TTT : Wish you were there?


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Settings I’d Like to See More Of

I’ve gone for a mix of things that I’m not sure you’d entirely class as ‘setting’ as such – but, anyway, here they are:

Japanese high fantasy – such as the Shadow of the Fox series by Julie Kagawa – a great setting filled with different myths and folklore, hungry ghosts, shadow paths, kitsumes and magic. Shadow of the Fox and Soul of the Sword.

The 80s.  I love reading books set in the 80s such as Ready Player One, or One Word Kill.

Cold climates – Books set in places with a colder climate can make fantastic winter reads – you know it’s cold outside but you’re on the inside, all cosy, reading about the snow and the howling wind.  The Bear and the Nightingale, The Snow Child, The Wolf in the Whale

Historic Russia – for example, the Danilov Quintet by Jasper Kent – vampires, or  voordalak–creatures of Russian folklore.  A series spanning history starting with the French Invasion and working its way through to the Revolution.


The Land of the Fae – I can’t resist tales of the fae and any excuse to travel into their realms.  The Queen of the Fae for me is Holly Black – I read her earlier series (Tithe, etc) a few years ago but more recently have loved returning to these realms by reading The Cruel Prince.


Alternate Mexico – I’m loving spending time in alternate Mexico and I’m thinking of one author in particular.  Silvia Moreno-Garcia wrote Certain Dark Things, a fantastic vampire novel set in Mexico and then more recently Gods of Jade and Shadow which takes us to the roaring 20s and is a fairytale style story of a young Mexican woman determined to take the initiative.

Out at Sea

I love stories of pirates and swashbuckling and can always be persuaded to pick up more.  Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch and Where Loyalties Lie by Rob J Hayes.

Above or Below

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman,  Wool by Hugh Howey, The White Road by Sarah Lotz

And that’s my lot for this week folks – can’t wait to see what everyone else has come up with.




29 Responses to “TTT : Wish you were there?”

  1. Davida Chazan

    I like how people also include fictional settings!

  2. sjhigbee

    What a wonderful lineup. If you are keen on Japanese fantasy – Sarah Ash’s wonderful Tide Dragons duology with a must-read. I heard Jasper Kent talk at a Fantasycon a while ago and was impressed at what he had to say, I promised myself that I would track down his series – so this is a timely reminder to do so… And I absolutely echo all that you have to say regarding Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s writing – I am reviewing Gods of Jade and Shadow tomorrow as it happens:). Thank you for this, Lynn!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Sarah – I will go away and check out Sarah Ash, thanks for the suggestion. 😀

  3. Nadine - NadsBookNook

    Great choices! I especially agree with cold climates and above or below.

  4. Astilbe

    Alternate Mexico is a great choice.

    This is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  5. lydiaschoch

    I’d love to read Japanese high fantasy.

    My TTT.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, I highly recommend the Kagawa series – I’m really enjoying it so far.
      Lynn 😀

  6. alittlehazebookblog

    I recently read gods of Jade and shadow too and I would definitely love more books with that same setting. It was an amazing read. Brilliant list. I love your choices. 🙂
    My TTT:

    • @lynnsbooks

      I also read Certain Dark Things by the same author – with the same Mexican setting. It was very good, don’t be put off about the vampire theme, it was really a great read packed with all sorts of myths and folklore.
      Lynn 😀

      • alittlehazebookblog

        Ooh I’m going to add that to my TBR! Sounds really great. Thanks for the rec 🙂

  7. Tammy

    Land of the fae and the 80s are two of my favorites as well. I will read anything with those settings!

  8. lifewithallthebooks

    Historic Russia is a great one – I’d love more books to be set there! And cold climates are always fun too!
    My TTT:

  9. Susan

    I like historic Russia… that is a good one!

  10. evelynreads1

    Great list!


  11. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I love Japanese high fantasy and Asian-inspired settings in fantasy, and lucky for us they seem to be a growing trend lately!

  12. Jessica at Booked J

    These are some great picks and I’m 100% here FOR LITERALLY ALL OF THESE.

  13. waytoofantasy

    I’m with you on all of these. I’d also love to see some South American settings and more Africa-based fantasy as well. And honestly any countries or cultures that we don’t get to see much of in fantasy, I’d be jazzed for. 😀

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