Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Settings








Welcome to this week's edition of Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's theme is Favourite Settings

So, in no particular order, here are some of my favourite settings

WWII - The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte - I know that there is a lot of talk out there about people being over WWII as a time period, but I still love it, mainly because there is so much variety. You could read about Europe, America, Australia, Japan, about someone on the frontlines or the people left behind or so much more. This book is set in Russia, features a German main character and was one of my favourite books of last year. (review)

WWI - The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart - Actually,  I do enjoy books set against any big conflicts, so I do enjoy it when I read a good book with a WWI setting. I must find some more.

Bookshops/Libraries  - The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan - There's something very comforting about reading books about books, whether it is characters who love to read or work in bookshops or whatever.

Cafe/Bakery/Restaurants -  Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber - The heat in the kitchen (both due to the cooking and between the people who work there on occasion), the sense of community, the delicious sounding food! What's not to love.

Scotland - The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley - I love both historical and contemporary books set in Scotland. It is a place that keeps calling my name.

Paris - The Black Swan of  Paris by Karen Robards - Speaking of places that call my name. One day I will get back there. The most recent book I read set in Paris was this one.

Russia - Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten - I don't read them as much as I should be I do love a good book set in Russia.

Africa - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - I have long loved a book set in Africa. I chose this book to spotlight because it is a book that was set in Africa (at least at the beginning) and I read it while I was in Africa

Melbourne - Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood - I love it when you get to read a book where you recognise the landmarks and places that are mentioned in a book.

Rural settings - Snowy Mountains Daughter by Alissa Callen - I do love a good rural romance setting. There are so many great books out there. Whole series set in small country towns where you get to know the whole community.

And what's better than one of these settings? When you manage to combine two or more. Bookshop cafe in Scotland...I'm there. Although I am not sure all the combinations would work.

What are your favourite settings?


  1. I agree with all of these. Paris is a setting I actively look for. I'm also always drawn in by WWII. I wish I could find more really good historical fiction set in very old times.

    1. Deb, have you read The Paris Wife? Just lovely historical romantic drama about Hemingway’s relationship with his first wife, Hadley.

    2. I actively look for Paris as a setting too Deb, although I don't think that is a surprise to you!

  2. Homegoing does sound good!

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-favourite-book-settings/

    1. It was a good reading choice for that trip Lydia.

  3. I’ve seen bookstores and libraries on so many lists today!


    1. It's a no brainer that people who love to read love to read about books Lori!

  4. Rural settings and bookstores are great! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    1. And bookstores in rural settings - ding! ding! Ding!

  5. I love books set in bookish locations! The Bookshop on the Corner was a fun read.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  6. I do enjoy a good library. :)

    Check out my TTT

  7. I love books set in NYC, where I grew up, but they better get the details right! I also like books set in Italy.

  8. Love this list! I agree with a lot of them. I've been taking it easy with WWII reads this year, only because they're always so heavy and I haven't been super in the mood for heavy. I still find it an endlessly fascinating time period, though, and a WWII setting will always turn my head, even if I'm not in the mood for it at a particular time.

    Happy TTT (a *little* bit late)!



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