Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Book Settings I Need More of in My Reading Life


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Settings I’d Like to See More Of (Or At All).  I’m giving the topic a tiny twist because I can’t speak to how many books with the settings I’m thinking about already exist in the world.  There could be plenty of them out there that I just haven’t discovered yet.  So I’m going with book settings that I just need more of in my reading life.  That said, if you have any recommendations that fit any of the settings I’ve listed, I’d love to hear them.


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10 Book Settings I Need More of in My Reading Life


1, Books set in colleges and/or universities.

I don’t know what it is about the college setting – maybe it’s just nostalgia – but I can never get enough of books that are set there.


2, Books set in bookstores and/or libraries.  

Of course I want more books to read that set in my favorite places in the world. Enough said.


3, Books set in quaint small towns. 

As much as I love reading books that are set in big exciting cities, I’d actually love to read more books that are set in small towns.  They just tend to have such charm.


4, Books set in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and Asia.

I always enjoy reading books that are set outside the United States, but I have tended to migrate towards those set in familiar cities like London and Paris.

I’d love to branch out and read more from other regions around the world.


5, Books set in the 1920s.

I read a lot of historical fiction but most of what I read tends to be set around WWII and sometimes WWI.

I’d love to read more set in the 1920s because I find it to be such an interesting period in history.


6. Books set in pre-Civil War America and Colonial Times

I think my obsession with the musical Hamilton has me wanting to read more historical fiction that is set much earlier in my country’s history.


7.  Sci-fi books set on other planets in our solar system besides Earth and Mars.

Maybe it’s a little far-fetched, but it seems to me that with sci-fi, anything is possible, even life on planets that in reality can’t sustain life.


8. Books set in restaurants, bakeries, cafes, etc. 

Basically any place that features delicious food that the authors can then describe in mouth-watering detail.

I don’t know why I like reading about food so much, but I really do, lol.


9. Books set in big cities other than NYC, Paris, and London

These are my three favorite big city settings, but I’d love to branch out and find books set in other cities that I’m not as familiar with.


10. Books set in lesser known seaside/oceanside locales.

Of course books that are set on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard immediately come to mind,

but I’d love to see some that are more off the beaten path but equally as charming.


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What are some book settings that you would like to see more of?

48 replies
  1. RO
    RO says:

    You’ve listed some great choices, and 1, 2 and 3 are my faves. I’d love to see more settings in the 1940’s and 50’s and in amusement parks. Something about those seem cool. Hope your day is amazing! Hugs, RO

  2. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    I am loving this week’s TTT – what a great subject! And I echo your love of college and school settings, as well as libraries and quaint towns. I also love space colony settings:)). Thank you for sharing these – and I do have a recommendation. Given your love for the 1920s, you might enjoy Diane Jane’s mystery whodunit series – The Magic Chair Murder is the first one featuring Black and Dods. The evocation of the era is absolutely brilliant…

  3. Lydia
    Lydia says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more about wanting to read about places that aren’t in North America or Europe. There are so many other spots to discover!

    My TTT.

  4. Angela
    Angela says:

    Yes to more college/university settings! That was a huge part of my life that I loved, but I rarely see books set there. High school, yes, but then they seem to skip to right after college.

  5. Greg
    Greg says:

    I’d like to read more books set in college or university as well. And bookstore/ library settings as well. Did you ever read Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore? That was pretty good and a little quirky. I’d like to see more books set on other planets too- such a great idea. And yes to more cities-I’d especially be interested in seeing more European cities like Prague or Budapest or whatever.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Oh yes, I really enjoyed Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. It definitely was a little quirky but in a good way.

  6. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    You know I have a beef about all the book seeming to be set in all the same cities, but I also love books set in small towns. There’s something about everyone knowing everyone that I love.

  7. Dini @ Dinipandareads
    Dini @ Dinipandareads says:

    Love a good book that’s set in a library or bookshop and how could I forget about the ones set in cafes and bakeries?! Those books are always so sweet and heartwarming (not to mention they make me so hungry for all the cake)! This is a great list of settings 🙂

    My TTT post

  8. Jessica at Booked J
    Jessica at Booked J says:

    SO many good picks here. I genuinely don’t know where to start unless I literally just parrot back all of these settings. I think I’m most intrigued by books set in big cities other than NYC, Paris, and London. I love big cities. NYC is my favourite city in the world, but I’d love to see OTHER cities, too. So I agree 100%.

  9. La La in the Library
    La La in the Library says:

    Yes to all of these! And even if it is iffy about colonizing other planets in our solar system other than Mars, there have been moons of other planets which have been deemed possible to colonize, so thats definitely an option. I love SciFi. 🚀✨

  10. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight says:

    Oh these are great settings! Idk if you saw my review or if it’s your kinda book, but I just reviewed Spellbound by Allie Therin which is set in the 20s! I’ll be doing a rec post for books in 20s at some point once I have enough books to rec, since it’s my fave time period 🙂 But oh, definitely look into A Criminal Magic if you haven’t already! But idk, small towns tend to be more creepy than quaint when I read about them lol.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Ooh, thanks for the rec. I’ll have to check out your review and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for your rec post. 🙂

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