Top Ten Tuesday: Take me Away!


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is “the settings we would like to see in books, or see more of in books.” I am not sure that I got very specific for my list but I do know that this is what I would love to see. When you get done reading mine, head over to read Jana’s (top ten settings jana would like to see more of (or at all)) and then read some of the hundreds of other lists too.


Exotic locales like Prague in Daughter of Smoke and Bone
I really think this was one of the reasons I loved this book so much. The characters are interesting. The plot is great. But the setting is different. It is not the same old, same old. And the more I read YA the more I am seeking unique.

Altworlds like London Below
I adore Mr. Gaiman as I am sure you all know by now. But this idea, that directly under one of the largest, busiest cities in the world exists a whole other world which is almost like ours but not quite, that is the bomb.


Underworlds likeWonderland
I am also quite the fan of Alice and Wonderland in all of it incarnations. Fall through the rabbit hole and land in a topsy-turvy place where nothing is as it seems and wordplay is the name of the game.  There is nothing quite like it and honestly I can’t read too many stories set there.


Magical worlds likeNarnia
Narnia, like Oz and Fillory, have a special place in my literary heart. You can have your Middle Earth or your Melniboné, I want talking badgers and quests and witches.


Original contemporary magical worlds like Curse Workers
See point one in this list. I am hungering for unique and Curse Workers is urban magic unique. There is not wizards and fairies and vampires, but there are workers. They are rare and they can be dangerous. And everyone wears gloves to protect themselves. LOVE the whole damn thing.

houseCreepy houses like Woman in Black, Locke & Key
I have a huge old house obsession. If I won the lottery I would in a heartbeat spend unreasonable amounts on an old house like this and fix it up with love and care. I probably never be able to read stories likes these ever again. But until then, keep them coming.


Fabulous fairy tale settings like The Book of Lost Things
Anyone can do a fairy tale, but not everyone can do a fairy tale well. And to do a fairy tale with a well developed world takes an amazing amount of talent. I want more talented writers doing fairy tales.


Wondrous pseudo-Victorian worlds like Chime and The Night Circus
I adored these books and I think one of the reasons was their pseudo-Victorian settings. They were not overwrought like many steampunk novels but quietly set in a different time with a slightly different angle on the world.

castleGlorious Castles like The Castle of Otranto
Well who does want more castles  But I don’t really want more historical fictions, there are plenty of them. And I don’t really want more fantasies set in castles. I want new stories about the people in castles.


The Moors like Wuthering Heights
Because honestly I just want more Heathcliff and Catherine.


photo credit (Prague): szeke via photopin cc
photo credit (Wonderland): Stuck in Customs via photopin cc
photo credit (Narnia): MightyBoyBrian via photopin cc
photo credit (Curse Workers): Merixon via photopin cc
photo credit (Haunted House): Sean MacEntee via photopin cc
photo credit (Crooked Man): gilliflower via photopin cc
photo credit (Chime): helenbar via photopin cc
photo credit (Castle): Vincent_AF via photopin cc
photo credit (Moors): tricky (rick harrison) via photopin cc

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Take me Away!

    1. Awesome. This one was a harder list to do. I am glad that someone liked it and agreed with it. 🙂

    1. Thanks. I found a great search engine which gives me CC images and the code for credit so I feel better about being a bit more image heavy.

    1. I noticed that castles and mansions/haunted houses were really popular. And I do love a great fairy tale with a fabulous setting.

  1. Great list! Completely agree about seeking more unique settings out in YA. I loved the Book of Lost Things, too. And again, I agree that it’s hard to do a new fairytale right. I didn’t get on with Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, but found Erick Setiawan’s Of Bees and Mist to be okay.

  2. Looove this list and that you had at least one book in mind for each setting. Yes please to fairy tale settings (done the right way).

  3. Your list is basically perfection. London Below sounds like an amazing book- I definitely want to read it now! And if you like Wonderland, you’ll like Splintered by A.G. Howard. I loved the setting of Prague in The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, as well.

    Great list! Thanks for stopping by my blog (:

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