Since I am one of the biggest mood readers around these parts (besides Tree), I was particularly intrigued by this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt. I really appreciate a book with a good vibe, but a solid setting is almost as good. These aren’t ranked in any particularly order, but this time I most likely could have easily organized them into one.
1. Road Trips
I just love the idea of being surrounded by way to many books. And honestly the whole vibe of bookstores in general. This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman.
3. Summer Camp
I think I love books about summer camp because I personally never got to go to one, and books like these are a good way to right that wrong. Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita, The Percy Jackson and the Olympian series by Rick Riordan, and The Lumberjanes graphic novels by Noelle Stevenson some of my favorite summer camp escapes.
Honestly I wouldn’t even be able to to claim this setting as a favorite with out the mention of Geekerella by Ashley Poston! It’s just such an iconic setting that every time I read a book about any kind of Con, I immediately think of this book.
5. Boarding School
Boarding school is just like the one of the best setting because the characters can basically do whatever they want, and there’s hardly any parental plot devices. Some of my favorites are the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter and the Truly Devious series by Marueen Johnson.
6. Foreign Countries/Traveling
I really enjoy books about traveling or visiting landmarks. I get to live vicariously for a little while, and only plan my future travel list at the same time. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson Just One Day by Gayle Foreman represent these vibes the best.
7. Magical Worlds!!
I love magic and everything within magical worlds. I wish there were more books with elaborate magic systems in place, but beggars can’t be choosers. The Bone Witch trilogy by Rin Chupeco and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor are some of my favorite magical worlds.
8. Spooky Mysterious Mansions
Who doesn’t love the appearance of a spooky old mansion and a plot that revolves around that very piece of architecture. The Inheritance Games series by Jenifer Lynn Barnes and The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware both have very different creepy ‘ol mansion at the core of their story.
*but like realistic, behind-the-scenes Hollywood, not artificial, glamourized Hollywood. My favorite example of that is Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner and You Had Me At Hola By Alexis Daria. Seeing behind any curtain is always fun, but especially when that curtain is the industry of film and Hollywood.
All the quintessential summer vibes! The Summer Book Queen, Morgan Matson, writes all the best summer-drenched stories. My favorites includes Since You’ve Been Gone, The Unexpected Everything, Second Chance Summer. Also, the Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han can’t be forgotten.
Which settings do you find yourself picking up over and over again?