TTT! I haven’t done this in ages! This week’s topic is actually pretty interesting! Since I mostly read fantasy, the settings are often fantastical and imaginary, so I feel like I can list just about anything here? Truth is, I do “feel better” in some settings more than others, and when I read historical fiction I love some countries more than others, usually those which are less written about. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things.
1. Scotland, and its surrounding islands.
I guess there are many books set in this area, but I’ve only read several, so if you know a good one feel free to leave me a recommendation! There’s just something about the foresty, foggy islands that feels utterly magical, doesn’t it? I instantly imagine mermaids, selkies and kelpies, and would you know it, they are usually the central characters of the books I’ve read.
Who doesn’t like a creepy forest? Okay, it can also be a magical forest, but usually the creepiness overwhelms. We can call it a wilderness, in a wider sense, but a forest is more claustrophobic. This is one of my favorite settings, and it’s perfect for a horror or a mystery novel, and it works quite well in fantasy too. Know of any creepy forest books? Hit me.
3. Lands inspired by Russia/Russia in fantasy.
So either Russia in fantasy, or its fantastical counterpart like Ravka. I’m especially interested in fictional Russia lookalikes which play with and further explore the Russian folklore. I’ve read several takes on this which truly impressed me, so I’d love to read more more more.
4. Haunted house.
I just need every horror book to have a haunted house please? It can be just a teeny-weeny bit haunted, not all the way. Seriously though, we all fear the unfamiliar, that’s just how we’re wired, but when the familiar goes and turns all murdery on you? Doors opening on their own accord, scratchy noises coming from the attic, lights going on and off, now that’s creepy.
5. A single, claustrophobic location.
There is something even more creepy being confined in a small space, especially if you’re claustrophobic. It can also be a fresh and interesting take on a novel, pronouncing author’s abilities even more, because they’re limited to a single scene. Unfortunately, I’ve only read one such book, so I’d love some recs? I did watch several movies revolving around a single house/room/car/grave lol, and I find it changes the experience completely.
6. Parallel words (Set on top of each other).
This is very specific, so basically Londons in Darker Shades of Magic haha. I loved that idea so so much, and I’d love to read something like it, if it exists? It’s very interesting how all four Londons are so different, and how the characters can hop from one to the other (Only if you’re Antari b***h).
7. Netherlands in the 17th century. Dutch golden age.
Whether in historical fiction or in a fantasy, I love Netherlands. Actually, I adore Netherlands IRL, so I guess that’s why I love reading about it? Also, they have the most beautiful streets ever, so I’m actually surprised more people haven’t used it as an inspiration for a movie or a book. Historical mysteries/thrillers set in Netherlands, anyone? I need more.
I’ve only read one novel set in Iceland and I fell in love with it. It’s so gloomy and atmospheric, right up my alley. Not that Iceland is generally gloomy, it’s a gorgeous country which I adore, but when you have only a few hours of daylight in winter, creepy things are bound to happen.
Lol I know, right? I am currently on a Sandman binge, so that’s why this popped into my mind. I don’t think it’s a really good idea for a whole novel to happen in a dream, but I can see some crazy stuff happening in dream state.
By now you probably realize how crazy I like my books. By Faerie, I don’t really mean just any land where fairies happen to live. I prefer the true, wicked Fae, you know the ones who steal your wee babies and play similar tricks on unsuspecting humans. Give me wicked, give me crazy, give me Fae and I’m there.
So that’s that, I’m officially back, my blog is up and running and I won’t let it die again! Which settings do you like the most, or which settings do you think are not used enough in literature? Let me know, and if you have any good recs for some of the above – you know my TBR mountain needs more and more and more books. ❤
Sidenote —–> Some of you might remember the last time I peaked out of my hole I mentioned how I missed my 1st bloggiversary (Tears) and that I plan on giving away some bookmarks designed by yours truly. I still plan on doing that, and I’m thinking 500 followers milestone would be a perfect opportunity for that, since I’m not that far off, and I’ll think of more goodies to give away when it happens!
Sidenote #2 —–> Do you guys have a bookstagram? Should I make one? Will you follow me? I’ve been using my personal Instagram for that, and not a lot, but I’m thinking of making one specifically for my blog, and devoting more time and attention to it, it should be fun?!