This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Favorite Book Settings. I’ve done a similar prompt a few years ago, so I’m going to try to limit this list to more recent book I’ve read and not list the typical ones (Narnia, Middle-earth, Neverland, etc.). Here are ten book settings I’ve recently discovered.
City of Weep from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: This whole book is magical, but the City of Weep, the Citadel, the Library… all of it is so dreamy and perfect and just so well done I don’t even know what to say about it.
Amity Falls from Small Favors by Erin A. Craig: The town of Amity Falls is so atmospheric. It has a good blend of the idyllic farm town and something-is-definitely-not-right vibe that fits perfectly for the story.
Arborley and the Sea from Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar: This book! This setting! The sea and the island and everything in between. Add in some pirates and scientific details and this book is so fun because the setting made it fun.
Miraji from Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton: The blend of Middle-eastern culture and the Old West is so freaking brilliant. I’m totally jealous. But it works so well for this story, and I absolutely love how important the setting plays a part in the characters and plot, too.
The Narrows from Fable by Adrienne Young: Honestly, most of the books on this list are here because the setting is so atmospheric it’s memorable. And the Narrows are no exception. The whole way of life, the details and descriptions, everything about this world captivated me while I read this series. I love it.
Winterborne Mansion from Winterborne Home series by Ally Carter: I love the idea of an old mansion with hidden passageways and secrets. Combine that with an island-y setting, dangerous clifftops and plunging waves, and I’m 100% sold.
Elizabeth Islands from Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk: I love the simple island life setting in this book. The details and descriptions really captured the setting for this book. It makes me want to go visit!
Island from The Language of Ghosts by Heather Fawcett: This seems to be a theme for this list, but I love the idea of a moving island! An island with all these random bits and parts and washed up pieces. And a sea monster to boot! It’s perfect!
Layce from Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore: I appreciate when a book’s setting plays a key role in the story, and the wintry landscape of Winter, White and Wicked is definitely a huge part of this book’s plot and events.
The world of The Beholder series by Anna Bright: The world-building in this is so crazy. It’s like a weird mash-up of our world but mixed with fairy tales and myths and legends. I freaking adored exploring the different countries of our world but seeped in fairy tale magic lore. It was so different and intriguing.