Tuesday 24 January 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday I'd like to share with you my Top 10 Favorite Book Settings.  I think a setting can really make or break a book.  I like my setting to literally take me away.  I want to feel I've gone away from my life for awhile and enjoy something different and/or new.  Let me share with you my Favorite Book Settings!

The Gable Faces East by Anita Stansfield
Australia. Horse Ranch. Hot, rich man. Historical setting. What is not to like?! The Byrnehouse-Davies Ranch is seriously a place I would love to visit. Heck, what am I saying?  I'd like to marry into the family so I could LIVE there! It doesn't exist really, but in my mind it is what I picture Australia to be.  It is a historical book, so it is set in the late 1800's.  I can not picture a better place and time!

Summertime, beach house, cute boys.  I now want a beach house because of this book. It is the ultimate beach read.  Perfect for your summer vacation!  It is YA Contemporary and I would have loved to grow up in such a beach town. It is picturesque! 

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Set on a Mythical Creatures Reservation.  Good and Evil creatures! This only will bring adventure!  I pictured it as a huge zoo for mythical creatures. Only the naked eye can't see them. They are hidden and only 'drinking the milk' will help you see them.  Every creature has their own lair so to speak, the descriptions are amazing! What a cool place to spend your childhood.

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Come on?! Aren't we all still waiting for our Hogwarts acceptance letters?  Who wouldn't want to go to boarding school where you'd learn the Dark Arts, Eat amazing food, and get to learn magic everyday?  It is every child's fantasy!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Set in Paris, France.  Boarding School.  I'm now mad my mother never sent me to boarding school abroad in high school. What was wrong with her?! I've been to Paris, and the descriptions are spot on!  The place will take you away as much as the love story!

Set in England.  Cherry gets to live in an old gypsy caravan in the backyard! I want one!!! I actually had dreams about that little caravan and how I'd decorate it.  It would be like camping every single day! Only cooler!

Austenland by Shannon Hale
Um, don't make fun of me OK.  I'd love to go to an Austenland type place where I could play dress up for a few weeks.  I think it would be hilarious and refreshing all at once!  Plus, England is gorgeous! 

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Italy, India, and Indonesia.  This is a traveler's book.  I'd love to be the places she was.  She lived in those 3 countries for 4 months each. It is a dream of mine to be a traveler like she is.  She got to experience the people, culture, food, etc of all those places because she was there for so long.  I'd love that!

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
In the mountains.  Academy for girls to learn to be a princess. Let me be honest, I would LOVE to go to an Acedemy to learn how to be a princess and hope to catch the princes attention so he'll choose me.  I think little girls around the world wish this.  What's not to like?!

The Widower's Wife by Prudence Bice
I have a thing for early 1900's Western books.  I don't know what it is about the great wild west that gets me.  The hardships the women endured or the simpleness of life? I can't get enough of this time period and place!

Do you ever get sucked in to the setting of a book?  What books have been an escape for you?


  1. Ooo I love your topic! Settings are really important to me. Most of the books I love have amazing settings. Like Harry Potter and Anna! Great list.

    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  2. That gypsy caravan in Cherry Crfush was so cool! I'd LOVE to live in one of those awhile. And yes, some part of me is *still* hoping I'll get to go to Hogwarts someday.

  3. Australia, Paris and Hogwarts?! Your list totally rules :) I love anything set in Australia, and Paris is one of my favourite places in the world!

    My top ten is here if you'd like a look :)

  4. Wholeheartedly agree with you about The Summer I Turned Pretty. There were other beach-y books I read last year, but Jenny did it right. I could never picture the scenery in any other book quite like I did with the summer series.

    And OMG - AatFK - amazing. I can't describe how badly I wanted to escape to Paris. I've never been there!

    My Top Ten Books I Snagged at ALA

  5. Great topic! I agree with almost all of these especially Hogwarts, Austenland, and Paris!


  6. great list category. i would love to go to the world of harry potter. i mean, voldemort isn't cool but everything else is. and anna and the french kiss had an awesome setting. made me want to go to paris asap.

  7. Beach Houses and Paris are always amazing book settings! Great list this week and thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    Happy reading!

  8. Anna and the French Kiss! The Summer I Turned Pretty! You're absolutely right! The settings were beautiful. I loved them both.

    Going to have to check out some of the other books I haven't read!

    Here's my Top Ten.

  9. Great topic and list! i totally agree with you about Hogwarts! And i wouldn't mind traveling to Austenland either. ;) i also wouldn't mind getting "stuck" at Anna's boarding school. And the gypsy caravan sounds AWESOME! i had never heard of Cherry Crush before but now i might just have to read it! :)

  10. Yeah the setting in Paris boarding school, totally!! I wish I could go! :)

  11. I've heard about Fablehaven but I never got around to reading it. I love love love to have a similar travel experience as Elizabeth Gilbert. I love the Harry Potter universe as well. I've always wondered about butterbeer. :) Oh Paris! At least you've been there! :)

  12. I love the Hex Hall books, I got sucked into them and their settings. x

  13. Thank you for stopping by my blog! Love your list. If I could live the rest of my life on Diagon Alley and be perfectly content!!!

  14. Love the list! I've only read Harry Potter - and agree, the Wizarding World is fabulous.

  15. You are very bad for my tbr list. I have to add The Gables Face East and The Widower's Wife. Great list! I agree about HP and Anna and The French Kiss!

  16. HP and Anna and the French Kiss made my list as well, but I love that you added Fablehaven as they are some of my favorite books as well! Great Top Ten! :D

    Ivy Book Bindings

  17. The Summer I turned Pretty is actually a great choice - which I haven't seen yet! I like the setting even more than the whole story :)
    My TTT:

  18. Great choices! I think everyone has HP on theirs, AS WELL THEY SHOULD! I'm definitely still waiting on my Hogwarts letter. :) Lovely list. Here's mine.

  19. Harry Potter! Is Princess Academy as good as everybody says it is?

  20. Nice list, girl! The Summer series has been on my TBR for EVER. I need to get on it!

    Check mine out, Top Ten Tuesday


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