Top Ten Tuesday: Book Settings I’d Love to Visit

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, and each week there’s a prompt for you to use in building your own bookish top ten list.

Today’s prompt is book settings I’d love to visit and I’m pulling from my 2022 reads thus far, so here are some settings I’ve read about this year that I’d love to actually see and some I definitely do not want to visit.

Book Settings I’d Love to Visit

1) Beyond the Mapped Stars by Rosalyn Eves | My review
Setting: 1800s USA

Elizabeth spends the book travelling across the States in the late 1800s, hoping to catch the solar eclipse. While I wouldn’t want to stay in the 1800s for long, her adventures on the train across such beautiful landscapes and the chance to hear from all these astronomers gathered together would be so cool.

2) The Heartbreak Bakery by A. R. Capetta
Setting: Proud Muffin bakery

I would absolutely love to visit the bakery in this book, or have a similar bakery in my town. Their baked goods sound so good and it’s such a fun atmosphere!

3) Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers | My review
Setting: New York

There are a couple different settings in this one as the characters travel around but a lot of the major moments take place in New York as Grace takes risks in seeking out a new direction for her life. I’ve been to New York several times but I always love to go back and explore more.

5) Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, illustrated by Wendy Xu | My review
Setting: Grandmas’ Bookstore

I’ve heard a lot about New England and I’d love to visit a small town and peruse the local shops. Nova’s grandmas run a bookstore (with some extra special magic books tucked away in the back). I’m always drawn to bookstores so this one looks like a treat.

4) The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill | My review
Setting: Tea Shop

This whole book is magical, of course I’d want to visit! These characters live in a beautiful world with little blacksmith cat creatures and the cutest tea dragons. I’d love to spend a day at the tea shop and meet all the dragons and watch their tea-making process.

6) Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega | My review
Setting: Babette’s House

Lots of grandmas with magical book collections! Like in Mooncakes, Syd’s grandma Babette also has lots of books on magic, and other magical tools too. Though I’d want to get Babette’s permission cuz she’s a little intimidating, I’d love to explore her house and meet Chunk and the other cats.

7) The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson | My review
Setting: Michif Creamery

I would be a constant customer at Lou’s family’s ice cream shack, the Michif Creamery. I loved the little notes on their creative process that we got in the book and perhaps I’d even try some of their wilder flavours.

Book Settings I’d Hate to Visit

8) Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Setting: Huaxia

The world of Iron Widow is a very violent place, particularly for women. And out on the battlefield, as Zetian learns firsthand, it’s incredibly brutal. I enjoyed reading about it and I can’t wait for the sequel but happy to never go near this location.

9) In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende | My review
Setting: Snowstorm

I’m sure the locations in this book would be lovely in spring, but our characters are stuck in a snowstorm and if the cold and icy roads weren’t enough, they’ve got a very tense adventure ahead of them. I would not want to be in out on the roads in that situation.

10) Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | My review
Setting: High Place

This is a horror novel so it makes sense the setting would not be desirable to visit. I want to stay far away from this creepy family, their house, and their obsession with fungi.

The book covers of those last three certainly look pretty but those characters are in some terrifying situations.

What are some book settings you’d love to visit?
Any in this list you’re intrigued by?

Cover images from Goodreads, graphic from That Artsy Girl.

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Settings I’d Love to Visit

    • Oh no! I haven’t been back to Toronto in a couple years but I’m sad to hear that. Most of the ones I’ve known here have still been going strong, I know one that had planned to relocate in 2020 had to shut down


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