Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish!

Always while writing these Top Ten Tuesday posts, I realize something about my favorite books that I didn’t notice before. This week I realized that the books I usually love don’t have the safest settings. Aside from Harry Potter, when a book has magic, it’s not a usually happy thing! People in the world of the book hunt magical people and kill them. Or the world is at war or is just generally dangerous. So, saying that, here are a few books that have great settings (dangerous or not!)

Magical Settings


Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

I actually just did a review on this book. Daughter of the Burning City is set in a magical festival called Gamorrah and it was just SO COOL. I loved how quirky the city was. I would love to have my own tent in the festival. What would I do? Probably review magical books or something!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The whole Grisha world– aside from the turmoil and war and people hunting anyone with magical abilities–is super beautiful. Especially Six of Crows. It is set in a little island country called Kerch that is obsessed with luck and trading. Even though Kerch is seedy and dangerous to a naive girl like me, I would love to go there and see the lively city.

Nameless by Lili St. Crow

These books are weird because of the fact that they’re not exactly urban fantasy but close. They are set in a town called New Haven which is an oasis of a semi-peace in the midst of The Wasteland. All the books in these series are very loose retellings of fairy tales and I found them interesting and unique.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Obviously I couldn’t leave out Hogwarts. Like, probably everyone, I made up intricate stories of my time at Hogwarts when I was younger. I wasn’t directly connected to Harry Potter and the gang but I did know about them.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Henrietta, Virginia is beautiful and magical. I can tell that Maggie put all of her love towards her home into this book. I would love to see Aglionby Academy, Blue’s house, and Monmouth.

Contemporary Settings


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This is one of my favorite books. It is so easy to relate with, especially to anyone who is passionate about something. It’s also really nice to see the struggles of coming to college and starting something new portrayed in a book.

Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick

I haven’t read this but it sounds super cute, with every little place in Black Dog Bay having something to do with breakups. I think it could be the perfect little contemporary to break up the cold blues from winter.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I think this book is universally loved by the book community. I read it my first year of college and it was lovely. Anna’s descriptions of Paris are so romantic. I would love to go to the little movie theaters that she goes to and see the dorms of the School of America in Paris.

Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

This book reminds me of the Heart of Dixie tv show. The small town in Georgia sounds like it will be filled with delightful places. I mean, the series is called Southern Eclectic, how much more tantalizing can it get?

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This is actually my Book of the Month pick for December. I love the idea of these lonely people finding friends as adults. It is definitely going to make me cry. It reminds me of the character Lincoln in Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments book which I loved but I didn’t want to add more Rainbow Rowell books!

What settings would you like to visit? Have you ever gone to a bookish place in real life, like Sleepy Hollow or something? When I see people go on trips like that, I think it is so cool. I would probably go to Virginia to try to see what Maggie Stiefvater sees.

Thanks for reading!


About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

15 Responses

  1. sosobooks100

    I love how you organized your post for this week’s topic! I really enjoyed getting multiple recommendations for each type of setting. I’m currently reading Daughter of the Burning City and the circus, mysterious ambiance created by the author enchants me to no end. It’s a really well-written book.
    The cover for Sweet Tea and Sympathy is so cute! I love small towns, so maybe that’d be a book for me too. I loved your picks!!

    My TTT:

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