Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Hi everyone! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish for all list lovers! This week's theme is Top Ten Settings I'd like to see more of. Hmm, let's see...

  1. Boarding School      
 Hello? Hogwarts? Gallagher Academy? Culver Creek (from Looking for Alaska)? I've always thought the most magical things happen at a place where the students live together- it's like a family. Besides, now that I dorm at school myself I'm eager to compare my experiences with staff, roommates, food (this is a serious issue!!) homesickness, classes, sleep (or lack thereof) activities... there's just so much! It's such a rich world with so many possibilities for stories (i.e. prowling around a night in an invisibility cloak, pranks, scandals)



2. Another planet
Besides a few short stories by Edgar Allen Poe and a few memory scenes in The Lorien Legacies,  I have NEVER read a book that takes place somewhere other than Earth. Someone get me some sci-fi!!

3.Europe in the late 19th century and early 20th century
What a beautiful culture there was before the wars!! The music, the art, the theater, the dance. Now, I know that at the time Europe was still dominated by the Counts and aristocrats and if you were a servant your life wasn't magical at all but if you have ever read any book by Eva Ibbotson set in this time period you will wish with all your heart you lived there- the estates with the names and histories, and the balls and dresses. Besides, in the books the main characters are sweet and loving toward their staff- not realistic probably, but hey, don't we read to escape reality for a bit? There actually are a lot of books set in this time and place, I'm just expressing my love for them here:) 

 4. Magical otherworlds 
Wonderland and Narnia would be my first and second choices of my future home if they existed. Yes, I'm the girl who checks the walk-in closet for a secret portal. Sue me. 

5. Spooky Towns      
Gatlin isn't actually as spooky as this picture indicates, but it had that dark element. I LOVED THAT. It's so cool- the mystery, the connections, the lies. Besides the Beautiful Creatures series I can't think of any others like this that I have read so if you know of one, let me know!                                                


6. Rural eastern Asia and other undeveloped areas
How often do you think of life in a third world country? I actually took a trip to Morocco two years ago and while it was half developed half not, I saw enough to get the idea. I've actually read a fair number of books set in undeveloped areas of China, India, Somalia and such, but it would be nice to see them read about more often. People don't really appreciate their life and education, and even those that do don't usually try to help those that lack them. Besides, those places are full of ancient traditions and beliefs that are amazing and enrich books so much, especially fiction.

7. The Middle East
Everyone from the president to the bloggers have an opinion on the situation (or situations- there are sooo many different things going on) and how many people actually know what's happening? Even the most reliable media sources are biased and inaccurate when it comes to this and I think it would be an educational experience for us to read books set there. I don't know of any.. suggestions?

8. Underground
City of Ember? Enclave? I love the idea of rebuilding society underground- not that I'd want to do that myself. Life with no rain or snow would be depressing! But it's such an interesting possibility that those kind of books are usually really great!

Oh, how beautiful and quiet would life be if you lived on a farm? Yeah, right. A city girl like myself would go crazy, but I live in an agricultural country and there are farmlands everywhere, and I just love the views and smells and freshness and seeing hard work pay off. It would be nice to read something that features farming life but with a modern twist- working the land with technology.

10. L.A.
I can think of one series (Secrets of my Hollywood Life) that features this setting, but no others. I would love a closer look into the world of glitter and glam, stories and publicity. I mean, how much do we really know about the lives of the people the magazines write about? Their feelings, their regrets, if they really love their famous friends and boyfriends/girlfriends? Is is as amazing/hard as we think? Besides, don't we all wish we were that beautiful celebrity smiling for the cameras? I know I do, and I would thoroughly enjoy putting myself in one of their places for a couple of hours through a book:)

So those were my fave settings, what are yours?


  1. LA is a tough one, as I see a book set there going terribly, terribly wrong. I think Lauren Conrad's books are there though, and I have wanted to read those! Great list! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  2. Oooh Underground? Cool! And I love boarding school books as well! Great list :)

    Here's my Top Ten!

  3. I second Jessica and think Underground books are BOMB. Also, I'd love to read a book that's set on another planet with a whole different culture, technology, history, everything!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!!! (I followed back)

  4. I'd love to see more books set on other planets! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/settings/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  5. I love your list. Especially 1-5 and 8.

    Check out my TTT.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  6. I would love to read more stories set on a farm. Great list!


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