The awesome blog The Broke and Bookish host a weekly feature called Top Ten Tuesday. Being that we love us some lists, how have we not participated in this before? I have no idea. In any case, we are sooooo in now.
Today’s topic is: Top Ten Books Settings
1. Genovia – If you regularly read this blog, you knew that was the answer. Maybe because you’re just a little bit psychic or maybe because I am crazy insane obsessed with The Princess Diaries and all things relating to it (ahem, Michael Moscovitz). Even if I didn’t need to believe that Michael was dividing his time between NY and Genovia with the awesomeness that is Princess Mia, I still think Genovia sounds like a pretty great place. It even has its own website. If only it were a country. Looks alot like Monaco, doesn’t it?
3. Cousins Beach– I’m not even sure if this is a real place or not. Is it? I mean, I’m sure there is a place called Cousins Beach, but I think the one from Jenny Han’s Summer Books (The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer) is fictional. Either way, I’d love to spend my summers at the Fisher beach house. Especially if Conrad was hanging around.
4. New York City– So many great books take place in New York. I’ve been lucky enough to travel there (only once. Sad face) and I will never forget the incredible energy radiating from that city. It was beautiful and full of life and now, makes me think of Mia & Michael (Princess Diaries) and Adam& Mia (Where She Went), among others. Also, I think I really deserve a Magnolia Bakery cupcake.
5. That Place Where All The Sarah Dessen Books Take Place– Yeah, so there’s no actual city name, but Sarah Dessen’s books all take place in a fictional town in the Northeast. All the residents visit the same gas stations and get their coffee at Java Jump and their breakfast at World Of Waffles. Every book makes it sound like the city isn’t too big or too small, but has a homey feel. Also, somewhere in that imaginary land, Wes Baker is fake living and fake breathing. That is reason enough to want to visit.
6. Boarding School– I’m thinking especially of Alabaster Preparatory Academy (of the Frankie Landau Banks School of In Your Face). I’m sure I would have been a totally wimpy kid who was seriously homesick like that dork from Real Genius, so I never would have made it through boarding school, but YA books make it sound like so much fun, dog.
7. Hartfield (or pretty much anyplace in the olden time English countryside/Jane Austen novel)- Oh Emma and Harriet and Mrs. Weston had such complicated lives out there in Jane Austenland, doing needlepoint and sipping tea, and gossiping about Mrs. Elton. Nevermind the fact that they didn’t have epidurals or good hygiene yet (or all of their teeth, I presume)or that women had essentially no rights. Men wore hats and breeches! They tipped their hats and bowed to the fairer sex! And they did a bunch of complicated dances. I think it all sounds kind of dreamy, or is that just me?
8. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory– You guys, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was my favorite book when I was a kid. I read it obsessively and can rightfully blame it and Roald Dahl for the fact that I must eat chocolate every single day. No exceptions. This has nothing to do with my lack of willpower or addiction to sugar. Nope. It’s all that wacky, corkscrew-haired Willy Wonka’s doing. His factory sounded magical and full of wonder and I spent so much time imagining it as a child that it has truly left a mark on me.
9. Jellicoe Road– I know there is alot of drama that happens in this amazing book. These poor kids experience things in life that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. But on Jellicoe Road there is a sense of hope. There is the ability to, despite the circumstances, shed it all and (in the end) be a kid again by playing in the territory wars. I know it takes the whole book for them to figure out that the games should be fun and friendly, but eventually they do. I like to think that they’re all out there now, drawing their lines and planning their attacks (with Taylor Markham head to head against Jonah Effing Griggs. Always).
10. Paris, France– I’ve never been to Europe but I’ve heard that despite the fact that French people supposedly hate Americans (is this true? I hope not because I could never eat another croissant again if that were the case. Ok, not true. I’d totally still eat them. And I’d eat them in Paris amongst the hateful anti-American glares). In truth, like most people, I have always wanted to go to Paris but what made me want to go all the more was reading Anna and the French Kiss. So France, even if the feelings are one-sided, I think I love you.