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Top 10 Tuesday 23rd July

on July 23, 2019

Welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week our topic is:

Top 10 Settings I’d Like To See More Of/Read In Books

  1. Alaska. Oh my gosh. I love Alaska! I watch a lot of Alaskan-based TV shows about homesteading and survival and stuff and it’s like crack to me. I’d love to read more books revolving around that sort of thing. Perhaps they’re out there and I just don’t know how to find them! But I would really like to read some good gritty Alaskan stories focusing on the difficulties living off grid and what it’s like in winter with such long periods of darkness. It’s something I can’t really fathom living down here in Australia. I’d also accept northern Canada as an option.
  2. Antarctica. From the top, to basically the bottom. I’m interested in Antarctica too although it’s different in that it’s mostly inhabited by scientists and researchers and has no real stable population. But I love a good doco based there and I’ve read a couple of fiction books set there too. It’s a more limited setting but there are things that can be done with it.
  3. Africa. I have a bit of an ‘A’ theme going on here. This is a bit of a cop out as Africa encompasses a lot of very different countries but I’m interested in reading something from pretty much any of them. I’ve read a few set in Botswana, a few in South Africa. I think I’d like to read a few from places like Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania. I’m really quite into a lot of the wildlife in parts of Africa so I think a few books on conservation efforts and things like that would be really interesting.
  4. Asia (Central). Might as well keep the A going. I think Central Asia is something woefully underepresented in terms of books I’m seeing and have read. Something from any of the lesser known ‘Stans – Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan would be amazing. I’ve read a non-fiction book about a man who followed the trail of Gengis Khan which went through some of these and it was really interesting. Would be super keen to read some books that are about life there, be it fiction or non.
  5. Australia. But not the obvious ones. I live in Australia, and there’s a lot of Sydney/Melbourne based books, a smattering of Brisbane and then some set in fictionalised rural towns. But I’d like to read books set in far North Queensland, or the Northern Territory. Western Australia particularly around Broome or Port Headland. I’ve read a few here and there but I’d really like some more. Remote Tasmania, western New South Wales. We have a lot of really different places in this country.
  6. (the) Amazon. Let’s see if I can keep this ‘A’ thing going! I haven’t read a lot of books set anywhere in South America but particularly the Amazon area, which just seems ripe for so many fascinating stories.
  7. Albania. Never read a book set there. Or anything about it.
  8. Scandinavia. Well it had to end eventually. I’ve read some Scandinavian crime, which exploded a few years ago and there’s some very good ones out there. I’d like to branch out into other types of books but set in these countries.
  9. Rural Russia. Away from the St Petersburg/Moscow areas. Seems like it could be interesting.
  10. University/College. I found living in dorms and stuff for university/college a very formative part of my early adulthood and I really enjoy reading about teens going through that experience. The post high-school era is a bit underrepresented too, there’s lots of YA about high school and then quite a lot of early 20s people trying to find jobs and their way in life, which are both great. I’d like to read a bit more of that in-between period.

There’s lots of things I’d love to see, I am always interested to explore new-to-me places in fiction. I’ll often pick up a book purely on it being set somewhere I’ve not read before or don’t know much about. I can’t see myself ever doing much actual travel so sometimes reading is a way to do that as well as learn new things. And it gets super boring to read the same Australian city/American city/UK city type thing over and over again.

If you know something that fits the above, feel free to recommend it!

31 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 23rd July

  1. I’m with you about Africa but more specifically historical fiction set in Congo. Obsessed.
    I’m loving books set in Singapore at present too. I have a few on my tbr. Maybe it’s the colonial thing for me. I like books set in India as well.

  2. Margareta says:

    Have you read Kristin Hannah’s THE GREAT ALONE? Having been to Alaska last year I can understand your love of reading about this wild, untamed area. I love both the place and Kristin’s book.

    • Yes, I have! Loved it. I’m so jealous that you’ve been able to go. It’s such an epic trek from here isn’t it?! I’ve been looking at some tours and packages and stuff but a lot of them are doing a cruise from San Fran up the coast and I’m not super into that much cruising. I think I’d just like to fly there, cruise the inside passage and then maybe do the train journey across Canada. Of course, I probably need to win Lotto for that.

      • Margareta says:

        We were undoubtedly very lucky. It was our ‘epic family trip’ – the holiday of a life time – for the kids to remember of their teens. We actually hired a camper van from Vancouver and trekked inland up into the remote north – 8000km in three weeks, plus time in Saskatchewan & Calgary. I think we saw most things (possibly more?) doing it this way. We could never have afforded the train trip nor the cruise. If you drive from Vancouver to Calgary, the train line follows the road a lot of the way. It truly was the best trip of my life. There are lots of options if you think left field. If you can ever see your way clear, do it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. sprite says:

    I agree with lots of yours, but particularly college. I’ve enjoyed most of the books I’ve read set during that period of life.

    • Me too. And there’s just not enough of them. It’s such a big part of many people’s lives, those 3-4 (sometimes more) years they spend in higher education and it’s really underrepresented

  4. YES – more remote Australian places. I’m a huge fan of MKR and I love seeing the instant restaurants from places in Australia you’ve never heard of! Like those Truffle farmers!

  5. Academy or Boarding School have made a lot of lists I have read. I wish I would have thought to put them on my list but I thought I have come across a lot lately especially indie ones that I was going to use a different one. Give me all the Amazon Warrior books please.

  6. lydiaschoch says:

    Alaska is a great choice. I went there on vacation earlier this summer, and it was gorgeous!

    My TTT.

  7. YES, we need more college books, I’ve read some like Fangirl and Love Story that take place in college and are focused on college life other than partying.

    Here’s mine:

    • Yes, I enjoyed both of those! I would really like to be able to read a lot more dealing with those issues that college brings up and that transition between high school and college which can be quite daunting for a lot of people for many different reasons.

  8. damianarose says:

    That’s a great list. I would like to read more that take place is rural Russia too.
    my ttt

    • Yeah it’s such a huge place that you could read so many books and not come anywhere near the same settings! I feel as though there could be a lot to learn, there’s so much I don’t know about day to day life there.

  9. Albania is an interesting choice. I think modern Eastern Europe needs more love in fiction.

    This is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    • Definitely! There’s a lot of interesting history and culture there but there’s also a lot of change and modernisation and the tourism trade there is growing a lot. It’d be interesting to know more about it as it is today, rather than what we learned in the 90s etc.

  10. Australia was on my list too! Great post.

  11. I read a fun romance series set in South Africa by Jo Watson. I would recommend it, if you haven’t read it.

  12. Yes to all of these? Maybe even especially to the Asian half of Russia… when people think of Russia, they usually think of European Russia, but the (mostly rural) Asian half of the country has such amazing diversity; I’d love to read more about it!

  13. OOH, yes! Great picks. I feel like I’ve never really read any books set in Alaska. That’s always a bit weird to me, you know? I just rarely see any books that take place there!

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