This is a Top Ten Tuesday topic from a few weeks ago that I loved but wasn’t able to participate in due to a blog tour happening the same day. I’m very particular about only having one post go up a day. What are your thoughts on this?
There are definitely particular settings that make me instantly intrigued in a book. A lot of the things I love in books are kind of nichey, but I’d love to see more of them!
These are so fascinating to me and I’d love to live in one someday. The closest I’ve ever come is visiting Hollywood Beach in Florida when I went to see my grandparents as a kid. I adored spending an entire day walking in and out of souvenir shops and looking at all the trinkets. My favorite book featuring this setting is definitely Jennifer E. Smith’s This is What Happy Looks Like.
This kind of goes along with the tourist town theme but I have a weird fascination and obsession with gift shops. They’re usually full of items that, when bought, will sit on some shelf collecting dust for the next 30 years. But the 8 times that we happen to look at that item has the potential to fill us with such joy and good memories and I love it. The most recent book I read and enjoyed that featured a gift shop was The Goodbye Summer by Sarah Van Name. Read my review!
Going to the small theme park a couple of hours from where I lived as a teen made me feel like I was living in a dream. Deciding to devour a giant corn dog, followed by a funnel cake, and then washing it all down with some lemonade before venturing to the roller coasters always seemed like a good idea at the time. Spoiler alert: it never was. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan made me realize how much I had been missing books set at theme parks. Read my review!
I’ve never been on one which is probably why I love reading about them so much! Following the characters around new cities and to tourist locations I’ll probably never get to visit allows me the possibility of traveling from my couch. There are always some sort of hijinks going on and I’m always in awe of the loyal friends that cover for the perpetrator. Gayle Forman’s Just One Day will always be the book I think of first for this setting.
There wasn’t much to do in the tiny town I grew up in but we did have a bowling alley. I worked there for almost two years in high school as well as for a short time after I graduated and it became like a second home to me. I bowled every chance I got and hung out there even when I wasn’t working. Something about the smell that hits as soon as you walk through the doors, the sound of the pins crashing down, and the regular league members you see weekly made it the best place in the world. I can’t actually think of any books I’ve read that have this setting and I desperately need that to change.
What is your favorite setting in books? Let me know in the comments!