I love an amazing setting. Atmosphere and setting are 2 things that will make me fall in love with a book. So I was really excited about today’s prompt!
I was definitely surprised to see that most of my favorite settings aren’t entirely fantastical.
Here are 10 books with my favorite settings!
This is probably the most shocking one on this list for me because historically I don’t love things set at sea. But something about the Narrows, Jeval, and the Marigold sucked me in. This entire world is fantastic and atmospheric and everything I love.
This setting essentially a bookworms dream. It’s set in a small English town at bookstore – that tourists can run during their stay! Everything about this setting was cozy and inviting. I wanted to jump into this book the entire time I was reading.
This book made me want to visit Alaska so fiercely. It’s set in the Alaskan wilderness which would a nightmare to live (for me personally) but stunning to visit.
This is another setting that I wouldn’t want to actually live in, but it’s a favorite nonetheless. Not only is this book a favorite, but the setting itself is my favorite and one I am always on the hunt for – magical nature settings!
This haunted woods was so vivid and atmospheric.
This setting is based in reality but with a magical twist. This takes place on Sawkill Island which is a sentient island working with 3 magical girls to defeat a demon haunting it.
Another realistic setting! I’ve never been particularly drawn to New Orleans in real life, but this book definitely had me wanting to pack up and go. I loved how dark and gritty this setting was and it was the prefect backdrop to this vampire/paranormal story!
Who doesn’t love a good boarding school setting?? And this one is top tier. Not only do you get the amazing school setting, but it’s isolated on the side of a mountain so it creates a perfect setting for a closed door mystery.
Probably one of the most unique settings I’ve ever read! This setting is set between life and death and appears differently to everyone that arrives. But to the main character, it appears as a library. Amazing.
I say I don’t like sea based settings but this is the second one of this list… This YA fantasy is set at kingdom by the sea who worship a sea god. This entire setting/atmosphere is gritty and hella dark. Definitely one of the most atmospheric books I’ve ever read!
Last but not least – another setting I’d never want to live in but loved reading about. This is a set in snowy Russia and the setting is so vivid and descriptive it’s practically it’s own character. And in general this entire series is absolutely magic.
What are some of your favorite settings and/or books with that setting??