Top Ten Settings I’d Like To See More Of


January 21, 2013 by Alice in Readerland


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday had me make a list of the top ten settings I’d like to see more of in books. Settings in books are definitely important; after all, a lot of us travel by reading! 


As Sunny at The Blue Sky Bookshelf points out in one of her posts, books are the perfect transport. So buckle up and get ready to see the top ten settings I’d love to pretend to be transported to:

1. Fairy Tale Land

Castle by Lake

Speaking of fairy tales, next month is Fairy Tale February here on Alice in Readerland! All month long I’ll be reading and reviewing fairy tales/fairy tale retellings, and participating in features such as The Book Addict’s Guide’s Deja Vu ReviewThe Cheap Reader’s Project: Fairy Tale, and more!

Fairy Tale February Official Banner

2. Portland


Home of the late, great, Leverage! Anyone else reading this a Leverage fan?

3. Safari


I have always wanted to go on a safari, or at least visit a safari park!

4. Hawaii


I’d love to read more books set in the Aloha State!

5. A Carnival


It could be fun, it could be creepy, but either way, I think a carnival would be an interesting setting to read about.

6. A Road Trip


Okay, so it’s more several settings than one, but I couldn’t resist adding this one; I’m fascinated by road trips!

7. San Francisco

Cable Car

I live near San Francisco, so I’m biased.

8. Time Travel


Yes, I’m choosing time travel in general over picking a certain historical date, but I really would love to read more time travel novels!

9. Australia


I’ve always thought Australia would be fun to visit!

10. Ireland


I’d love to see more books set in Ireland!

What settings would you like to see in books?

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123 thoughts on “Top Ten Settings I’d Like To See More Of

  1. Love the carnival idea! Not creepy at all! Ireland was on my list too! :)

  2. Stormy says:

    Love all of these, but time travel made my list as well. I get that time travel gets really complicated and heady, but the possibilities are endless. Also, love fairy tale land. Love to see more in Ireland as well! (Even though I’m actually reading an adult literary fiction novel set in Ireland right now and I am less than a fan, so maybe not for awhile).

    • I just finished an adult fiction book set in Ireland, called The Kilternan Legacy by Ann McCaffrey and really enjoyed it. I’d definitely love to see fairy tale land and time travel! :) Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

  3. elena says:

    YES, all of this sounds AMAZING esp fairy tale land! A carnival would be awesome too.

  4. Great list! A carnival would definitely be an interesting setting to place a story in :)

    Here’s my 10 places for this week’s TTT =)

  5. I also had road trip, Ireland, and Australia. I thought about time travel but it didn’t seem to fit in my head as a setting so I left it out. Definitely agree though. Have you read the Ruby Red series (Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue) by Kerstin Geir. If not check them out, they are incredible.

    I’ve always thought Portland was pretty, so I agree with you on that one.

    Great picks!

    Here’s mine

    ~Danica Page

    Taking It One Page at a Time

  6. marissa says:

    ooh I put Circus but a Carnival works too! And I can’t seem to be able to get enough of fairy tales and retellings so fun
    Marissa @ Rae Gun Ramblings

  7. Ooh I love the idea of a creepy carnival! And yes, we definitely need more good road trip books. I adore fairy tale retellings, especially Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

    Pretty Deadly Reviews

  8. Super Cute!!! I almost picked safari and carnival!!!

  9. Bree says:

    Ooooh, good choices!! Road trips and carnivals are awesome ideas!!

    My Top Ten @ Coffee Bean Bookshelf

  10. Caitlyn Echo says:

    Ooh! Carnivals would be cool! Fun AND creepy!

  11. Oksana says:

    Time travel is a really interesting pick! There are so many interesting time settings in the past that have made such a great historical impact. So while there’s no time machine, the books are are a great means to visit these times. I also have road trip and Australia on my list and you just gave me an idea about safari. I’d love to read a book about it too!

  12. Judith says:

    I found myself nodding to pretty much every setting on your list! Would definitely love some more books set in fairy tale lands, carnivals, safari, San Francisco, Australia…

  13. LillyLilac says:

    Good list, I love stories set in fairytale lands and I love time travel stories as well. I like the idea of stories that could be told at a carnivals.

  14. emziixgx says:

    All these places would be really cool to read about. I particularly like the idea of books set on safari or at a carnival, could be really creepy. Great list :)

  15. Elisa says:

    Oooh I also want to read books with carnival setting! Or probably at circus. It would be really magical and awesome =D
    Great list you have, and thank you for stopping by =)

  16. Ireland would make a good setting… and Lola and the Boy Next Door was a book in San Fran that I liked. Oh yeah and Fairy Tale settings are definitely cool too! Cool list, thanks for stopping by My TTT

  17. KateB says:

    I love books set in Ireland too! And I think carnival books would be awesome.

    Oh – I’m a huge Leverage fan. I’ve only just finished season 1 (I’m a little late to the party) but I love it a lot.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT :-)

  18. Yes! More fairytale settings! :-) These are great choices. I love the idea of a book set on a safari.

  19. Brittany says:

    Woooot thanks for the shout out!! :)
    I love Leverage! I think I fell behind a bit, but still love it!
    I love road trips and I. Love. Time Travel. Need to see more of this!!!! Great choices! :)

  20. I’m actually going to recommend not a book but a movie. If you love fairy tale lands, you should most definitely see the miniseries The Tenth Kingdom. It’s great!

  21. meganm922 says:

    Awesome list! I agree with all of those, especially carnivals. I loved the setting in The Night Circus (and circuses are similar in nature). Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday Post
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

  22. I like the safari and carnival ideas! I’ve seen Ireland and road trip on other posts – like those, too!

    I am going to check out those 2 challenges you are doing as well…

    Here’s my post: Top Ten Tuesday

  23. Oww Carnivals…. I love the idea of traveling groups and things happening. Thanks for the reminder.

    Thanks for stopping by on my TTT

  24. stuckinva says:

    dangit, guess it’s time to overahaul my roadtrip book idea and actually start writing it. :D Roadtrips popped up quite a bit on the lists I read this week!

  25. Ashling says:

    Great list, and I love the Pushing Daisies gif! I’m also a Leverage fan, and I’m so sad it’s over.

    Here’s my TTT

  26. Tee says:

    Time Travel! I love it! What a great choice. Also carnivals. Creepy carnivals make me think of Scooby Doo (Why? I don’t know), but otherwise they have a certain magical element about them. :)

  27. Lisa says:

    Great list! Safari would work for me, and I always love a good time travel story! I think the next book coming out by Stephen King is set in a carnival… it sounds good and creepy.

    My TTT

  28. I love that you include pictures! I love Ireland. That’s a great way to combine your first and last setting, because someone could go from there to faery. Also, road trip stories are always my favorite too.

  29. Lucy says:

    Agreed that a carnival could be a very fun setting! All of these settings are ripe with possibilities actually :)

  30. Candice says:

    I LOVE carnival settings! There’s something oddly romantic and creepy at the same time about carnivals. And definitely Portland and that area up there. I’ve loved everything that’s been set up that way! Great list; would love to read books set in several of these settings!

  31. Ireland and SF are amazing. I’d love to read more about this.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  32. Alley says:

    That Pushing Daisies gif! LOVE IT

  33. A safari would be a good one! I don’t think I’ve ever read any story that involves a safari, but I love Africa, so I imagine that could be a good story. Australia would be interesting as well. I’d like anything in a foreign country :)

  34. I can’t wait for Fairytale February :)

  35. Great list! So many things I didn’t even think of that I’d love to add to my list now, lol. I have an irrational fear of Australia, but I wonder if I read more books set in Australia if I’d get over my fear?

    My Top Ten Tuesday Post

  36. Janita says:

    All of these! So gorgeous. Ireland would be amazing, same as San Francisco. Oh, and Hawaii! Someone should write a YA book from a native point of view instead of a tourist.

  37. Patty says:

    Yes yes yes to Ireland, carnivals and road trips! I have read a book set in South Africa and I think the guy ran a wildlife sanctuary? Or something like that. So that’s sort of like safari. Awesome list!

  38. Annie says:

    I love your list! Those are some great setting!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Annie :)

  39. Thinking Cat says:

    IRELAND!!! I completely forgot to put Ireland on my list!!!!

  40. *throws both hands in the air* LEVERAGE!!! Did you see the series finale? My goodness.

    My TTT:

  41. Oooh, Hawaii. That would be awesome to read about, but I fear it would make me desperately want to go there! lol

  42. Carnivals are practically Circuses, and I WANT MORE CIRCUSES! Good choices! :)

  43. Sabina says:

    Great list. I didn’t think of a safari setting, that would be awesome.

    Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten post

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

  44. What a great list of potential settings. I would love to read something with a carnival setting. I could see a cozy mystery set there. Definitely!

  45. I have not seen Leverage. . .I’ll have to check to see if it’s made it’s way to Netflix, but Portland seems like such a pretty place that I wouldn’t mind visiting in a book. Basically I love all of your suggestions! A Carnival would be an interesting backdrop. I feel like that could go either way as in it could be really lighthearted and fun or downright creepy. Either way I would read it. :)

  46. SweetMarie83 says:

    Great list! I love road trip books…you get to visit more than just one place, and that’s always fun. A carnival would be fun too! And I never really thought about it before today and seeing it on people’s lists, but there aren’t that many books set in Australia or Hawaii, which is weird since they’re both popular tourist destinations.

    • I recently heard of a book set in Australia called Love & Other Perishable Items, but I’ve yet to come across one set in Hawaii (even though I’m sure there are books set there)! :) Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

  47. vidyatiru says:

    #s 1, 6, and 7 all made my list.. Fairy Tale land – yes.. San Francisco – I live in the bay area too and road trips (actually plane/train/road trips – all)…

  48. I love the idea of more books set on a safari.

  49. jabaggiero says:

    Oh my gosh. Ireland. Yes. PLEASE.

  50. Totally agree on the time travel! I absolutely love visiting periods of time that i’ll never get to see. And the only Ireland setting I’ve read is Artemis Fowl which I loved so I’d definitely love to see more of:) Great list!

  51. Carmen B. says:

    Carnival! I’d totally be up for that! Did you know about the Carnie Punk anthology coming out in July? Also, road trips and time travel – really like those if well-done :)
    About Ireland books for your challenge: I’ve read Bridger by Megan Curd this summer and really liked it! It starts in the US but for the most part is set in Ireland. A series I haven’t read yet but that I know plays in Dublin is the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I think I’ve read more but I can’t think of them right now, sorry ^^’
    Thanks for stopping by yesterday!

  52. Forgot Road Trips!!! Love those books :)

  53. Sunny says:

    I feel so honored, you quoted me! Thanks so much :) But I absolutely agree with your choices. Australia would be fantastic since I don’t remember any books I’ve read with it being the setting. The circus is one that I would love to see more of as would others. Great list, I can’t even say how much I agree with it!

    My TTT:

  54. I’m definitely feeling a creepy carnival book. I would so read that. Great list!

  55. heylisarenee says:

    OOOH Safari would be so fun!

  56. KateB says:

    As a proud Aussie, Australia is a great place to visit – both in book and in person.

    and I love fairytales. I love to read old, new, traditional, twisted – all of them. I think living in a castle would be awesome.

  57. I didn’t think about Hawaii but I would love to read a book set there. And maybe take a trip there while I’m at it….

  58. Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman is set at a carnival and it is VERY creepy and a great book! I love fairy tale books, so I’ll definitely be stopping back for Fairy Tale February. (:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  59. I’ve got Australia and Road trip on my list too :D

    My Feature & Follow post.

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

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