Top Ten Tuesday – Settings I’d Like To See More Of

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is Settings I’d Like To See More Of.

July 23rd: Settings I’d Like To See More Of

I don’t think I can come up with ten different choices today because I am not that imaginative lol! But I would like to see the following:

Books with a realistic hospital setting for the long term ill

Frequently I find in books that we get a sanitised version of what being a long term patient of a hospital is like and therefore I would like books with more of an authentic feel. I would also include in this settings for doctor appointments be they for physical and/or mental health struggles.

Translated books set in the author’s native country

I think books from outside traditional English speaking regions should be highlighted more as reading a book from a country foreign to your own is a great way of understanding and learning about our modern diverse society.

Books set in alternative histories of our world

I just love alternative histories when they are thoroughly researched and therefore have fantastic world building.

Books set in libraries and book stores

Can never have too many books about books!!!

Books set in single place

I really love the idea of a book where the action all happens in real time in one room.

And that’s my list! I am happy that I came up with five ideas. I will probably read loads of posts by other bloggers today and be like ‘oh why did I not think of that’ lol!

If you have any recommendations of books that fit any of the settings from my list can you please let me know in the comments below. I would really love to get some great book recs today.

49 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Settings I’d Like To See More Of

  1. As someone with a long term condition, unrealistic hospital settings drive me MAD. I especially get annoyed when they’re romances, because unless I’m going to the wrong ones beautiful people don’t tend to strike up conversations in waiting rooms and fall madly in love with you…
    I love bookish books too! Have you read the Paper and Hearts Society? It’s fab 💜
    Amy x

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    1. HAHAHA OH MY GOD YES!!!! I have never once caught eyes with a dreamy looking guy across the waiting room because I am too sick and stressed to care about such things in those types of situations. It’s just like no… Ugh those books drive me batty!!!
      I haven’t read paper and hearts, been undecided about wanting to read it. Need to read a few reviews first I think :)))


  2. This is a great list! I love a good book about books, libraries and book shops–can definitely never get enough of those. Books set in alternative histories of our world sounds really interesting too. I can’t actually recall reading any books in that setting but I’ll have to check out some!

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    1. I read The Calculating Stars recently that was an alternative history exploring the space race which is really what got me wishing there were more books out there like that! But even my frothy recent arc American Royals is also alternative history …but it just needed more world building for me lol!

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  3. Yes to more books in authors’ native countries! Also I definitely get not being able to hit that 10 settings aha. This post took me hours!

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  4. Oh there are some great ideas here! I’ve heard of a few bookshop-y books but haven’t got around to reading them yet so not sure what they’re actually like but there’s Pages & Co by Anna James which is middle grade and the Bookshop Girl series (YA) by Chloe Coles who is a bookseller herself but I’m not sure how much is actually set in the bookshop…

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  5. Couldnt agree more about reading books that have been translated. I set out to do this a few years ago – it’s hard getting them from certain countries but I’ve still read from more than 40 countries.

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  6. I love alternate histories too – and library settings. Have you read the Genevieve Cogman books? They combine the two. The library acts as a conduit to a multitude of places and eras and they’re all slightly different than the versions we know of.
    Lynn 😀


  7. Hooray for libraries and book stores!

    I’ve seen more diversity in books recently, but it’s still usually books written in English. I agree that I find modern translations fascinating.


    1. It would be so great if they were more widely available and publicised. I do like the international Booker prize for highlighting some books but those really tend to be literary fiction. It’d be great to see a variety of genres better highlighted.


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