Top Ten Settings Allison Would Like To See More Of (Or At All)

Top Ten Settings Allison Would Like To See More Of (Or At All)


“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss


1. Upstate New York

Do you know how exciting it is to be reading a book and find out that it is based in the area that you live? Especially when they mention surrounding areas and specific attractions by name. I want to feel more of that!


2. Ships/Ocean Liners

I’m a sucker for a Titanic story (as I’ve mentioned before) but I would also love to read more books where the location is some type of ship/ocean liner regardless of its name.


3. Broadway

I love Broadway musicals, and would absolutely adore reading any books where Broadway was the setting. It is truly a magical place, and I could totally get into all the behind the scenes romance and drama.


4. Road Trips

I haven’t read any books that deal with road trips as a setting but I feel as if the possibilities are endless for them.


5. Summer or Winter Camp

At first I was going to say summer camp for this but I decided to go with either because both have potential. I mean, in the summer there is the possibility for romantic swims, or other less-romantic more comedic camping accidents, and in the winter, there is skiing and sledding, and of course the cuddling up next to the fire!


6. College

A time of self discovery and adventure. The possibilities are really endless!


7. Castles

Another thing I’m a sucker for is a story in a castle. Especially if it is a historical romance, or a time traveling romance. Love love love them and want to see more!


8. Bookstores/Coffee Shops

Two of my favorite locations…it would be so much fun to read about them…like a group of friends gathering each week…or two strangers meeting and slowly falling in love…


9. Australia

This is one of the places that I have always wanted to visit (and I will someday) and I love to read a story (or stories) where that is the primary setting. I think it would be a very unique and fun place travel to in a book.


10.   Volunteer Shelter

I would love to read more stories that teach the value and the importance of volunteering and giving back. On the surface, it may seem kind of lame but, I still think there is possibility for many different type of stories there. I know I would read it!

Have you read any books with these settings?
If so, please share! I want to read them all!

As always Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

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Allison is 27 years old. She is always looking for new books, good music, quality/epic adventures, and a normal sleep schedule. She currently works with the elderly.


  1. I love the idea of stories set in castles. And Australia would make for a great setting.

    Aside from the non-fictional account of the Titanic I don’t think I read a single book set on an ocean liner. Though I really want to read Claudia Gray’s Fateful. And most of my “road trip” novels I’ve read were some form of horror story where the road trip itself was more akin to an escape than an adventure. Though I have read a couple YA “road trip” novels.

    And wasn’t there a great Jane Green story set in a bookstore in London? I recall enjoying that when I read it ages ago.

    You chose some awesome settings for your stories and I hope you discover some great reads that take place in these settings.

    Happy reading!

  2. This is a great list.

    I don’t know if you read YA, but if you do you might want to check out Roger and Amy’s Epic Detour, Jessi Kirby’s In Honor, and Kristen Hubbard’s WanderLove. They all have a good road trip setting.

  3. Quite a few people have been saying ships or cruise ships – I think this is a fantastic idea! Great list! 🙂


    Great, great idea!

    Are you psyched for Smash too??

  5. The closest I have gotten to a book about upstate NY, is Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde, which is a vampire book based in the Rochester area. I haven’t read any of her other books yet, but I wouldn’t be surpised it that’s where they are based as well, as she grew up there. And, I read a series a few years ago set on Broadway, and the drama to reach the top. It was a lot like the show Smash. And as soon as I remember what it was called or who it was by I will tweet you the info. 🙂

  6. You win for choosing bookstores!
    Also, we both quoted Dr. Seuss! 😉

  7. Broadway, YES! I’m excited for Better Nate Than Never because it’s set on Broadway. I think 🙂 And I think volunteer shelters would be wonderful settings for stories as well!

  8. Australia’s been popping up on a lot of lists, including mine. It’s such a beautiful country with so many interesting features that I’m surprised we don’t see more of it in literature!

  9. Yes to camp! I love books that take place at camps; there’s something super exciting about them and they totally take me back to being younger! Love all of your settings and that they’re so unique.

  10. I have castles on my list too, as well as my home state. Everybody seems to have cruise ships on their lists. And I love the bookstore/coffee shop idea.

  11. Nice list! I love reading about Titanic as well, and I’d say absolutely yes to reading about summer camp.

    My TTT

  12. Hey Allison!

    This is a great list. It just struck me as I was reading it that I finished Golden by Jessi Kirby on an ARC Tour last week and I think that may have possibly been my very first book that had a road trip setting. I know people always love road trip books, but I can’t really remember having read one! I enjoyed Golden, though! (It was also my first Jessi Kirby book!)

  13. I absolutely love books that take place in castles! They are always so much fun and I love to explore it with the character. Great picks!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  14. Summer camp would be a GREAT setting for a story, as would any of these other settings you mentioned. Great list! I’m pretty excited in particular that you mentioned bookstores because they’re awesome.

  15. Road trips and Australia are on my list too, and I think castles and Broadway would also be awesome settings! 🙂 My TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  16. Hey, the blog design has changed!! 🙂

    I really hope you get to visit Australia one day, soon! It’s such an awesome place to live and it’s a great place to holiday, too!

    I want more road trip books, too!

  17. There is something very cool about reading a book that takes place somewhere you live! I agree.

    Here’s my Top Ten Settings. Come by, if you can, and share your thoughts.

  18. YES to all of these! I completely agree that a book set somewhere you know can be a very exiting experience. Though mostly seeing all of these locations has made me want to visit them myself. A cruise? Yes please! A castle? Road trip? Australia? Bookstore? sign me up for those too!

  19. I listed CNY. It’s s great when were you live is the setting for a book. Not too much is set in CNY, though 🙁

    And definitely yes to castles and college!

  20. I can’t think of ANY books involving camp except The Percy Jackson series, which don’t really count in the way that I think you mean… I’d definitely be into a good camp contemp.

    I had road trips on my list too because the couple that I’ve read were so fun! Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson and Saving June by Hannah Harrington, if you want some fun ones 🙂

  21. YES, PLEASE on the ocean liner setting. And also castles, because what girl doesn’t want to be a princess and/or live in a castle? And college, because I need some grown-up-ness.

  22. CASTLES ARE AMAZING! So are bookstores and Australia. 😀

  23. I love your settings!!
    Also, cruises are awesome setting – I remember I once saw this movie where a bunch of kids were on a cruise and it was awesome – 😀