Books on my TBR I keep avoiding

It is probably no secret that us book lovers all have a TBR pile. I am sure that we all have that pile of books lying somewhere nearby just waiting to be read and yet we don’t. We have all probably asked it, why do we buy all these books and then don’t read them.

So when I saw this Top 10 Tuesday’s post, by That Artsy Reader Girl, I couldn’t help but chuckle. What books am I avoiding and why? Where to start? I should just put a photo of my shelves because the ratio of not read vs. read has tilted dramatically and not in my favor. As for why…that is a little more difficult to answer. So here are the books that I thought I would have read already but haven’t.

still me

Last year, when this book came out I read the first two books with the anticipation of reading this. I had read the first book awhile back and the reread was good. Unfortunately, the second book was not that great and by the reviews, it appears that is a common opinion. I know that the third book will have the answers that the second book left hanging and even though everyone says that the third book is way better, I keep holding off.

origin

Ok so I spent the past few months rereading the other books in the Langdon series to refresh my memory where we left off in the hopes of reading “Origin”. And I still haven’t done it. It waits on my bookshelf beckoning me and I continue to walk by. Though I will say, this is what happens when I try to read a series. I eventually catch on to the author’s patterns in their writing and then get bored with it. Maybe I just need some time away from Langdon before I delve into his latest adventure.

the secret history

I read “The Goldfinch” years ago and rather enjoyed it. However, it did have some slow parts in the middle that dragged. I think that is why I am reluctant to pick up “The Secret History”. I have heard it’s actually better than “The Goldfinch” but I just keep avoiding it.

Little Fires Everywhere

I have had this book in my hand every time I have gone into the book store this summer and every time I found some reason not to buy it. I absolutely loved “Everything I Never Told You” and normally I would race to go buy the next book, but I don’t know, I think I am scared this book won’t measure up.

the martian

I bought this book at the spring book sale with the hopes that if I owned it, I would read it. I have yet to read it. I have taken it off the shelf a few times, considered it but then slid it back into its spot to be forgotten. I normally don’t read sci-fi but the books in that genre that I have read I do like. But for some reason I keep thinking this book is going to be super slow and boring.

Station Eleven

I really wanted to read this book and now that I own it, I keep avoiding it. I know I would probably enjoy it but there is this fear that I am going to be disappointed. I think I got my hopes up with this book and now I am scared that I won’t enjoy it. Ridiculous I know, but my brain likes to play these games with me.

East of the Mountains

I read “Snow Falling on Cedars” on a whim about two summers ago and I ended up loving it. So when I saw David Guterson had another book, I immediately bought it. And that is where the story ends because it has been lying on my book shelf since. I will admit, “Snow Falling on Cedars” had the same fate after buying it at the library book sale until I randomly threw it in my suitcase on my way to Florida. I guess I am just going to have to do that with this one.

The golden notebook

Something made me buy this book years ago but I no longer no what. And it has been resigned to the same fate as all the others. I don’t why I keep avoiding this book. I see it, I know it’s there, but I don’t pick it up. It could be the fact that it is fairly thick and I have a sudden aversion to big books of late. I don’t know.

on the come up

I just read The Hate U Give and loved it. But honestly, if it hadn’t been book club I probably wouldn’t have read it. I think it’s going to be the same with “On the Come Up.” I know that it will probably be good but for some reason I am running out to go buy it.

the hobbit

I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was in high school after the first movie came out and absolutely loved them. I have always known about “The Hobbit” and I still have not read it. I think I am scared that it’s not going to be as good as the others. And yet I am curious to know how it all started. If only I would just pick it up already.

To just end this list on a positive note. I thought Margaret Atwood’s new book was going to be one that I ended up avoiding. But thanks to Barnes and Noble’s book club, I don’t have to worry about that because that is the book for October. Yes!!!


What books are you avoiding? Have you avoided any on this list? How many have you read? Let’s discuss! 

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September 2019 TBR

I thought summer was the time when things slowed down. It seems like this year I blinked and summer was gone.

The summer months are supposed to be the slow period at my job but I wouldn’t know it. I was busy, especially in August. So busy in fact, I only managed to read two books. It doesn’t seem possible after the year that I have had but alas it is. So few in fact, I didn’t think it was worth doing a reading wrap-up.

I can’t blame my job for all of it. It was in truth partly my fault. I have a sudden aversion to tomes. I don’t know why but lately I see a large book and my brain just wants to shut down. Unfortunately, in my Modern Library Top 100 Book Club, that is all we have left as we approach the end of the list. July and August both had books that were over 700 pages, both of which took up most of my time and I didn’t even finish them.

But that was last month. This is a whole new month. While technically summer doesn’t end until September 21st, for me summer has always ended the week the kids go back to school. I am no longer in school but I can still feel the change in the air, the same change I felt back when I was a kid, the change that always prepared me that I was starting a new school year with new friends and teachers. It’s time for something new.

I have been trying to get more organized with my life all around. I signed up for the fall transformation challenge at the gym, which will get me back on track with my food and exercise routine. Part of my lack of motivation has been all the junk that I have been eating of late. Food is fuel. Corny I know, but it’s the truth.

Once I get back into my routine, I will be able to get back into my reading and blogging routine. I don’t want to get overwhelmed so I am just focusing on the book selected for book club.

Inland by Tea O’Breht is for the Barnes and Noble Book Club, which I joined last month. You are probably saying “Another one?!” but I am still at four. I swapped one that I could no longer go to for this one. I figured I would check it out to see what they were about.

The Dry by Jane Harper is the September pick for the Capital District Book Club. The genre is a mystery novel. I haven’t started it yet, but lately the CDBC has been picking awesome reads.

A Dance to the Music of Time – First Movement by Anthony Powell. This is actually the October pick for the Modern Library’s Top 100 Book Club and once again it is a tome. I am hoping it is better than the last two. Fingers crossed.

Shrill by Lindy West is the September pick for the Society of Avid Readers Across the Hudson (SARAH) Book Club. I have no clue what this is about but its a nonfiction book so I am going with it.

That is it for now. If I happen to read more, I will let you know at the end of the month in my wrap-up, but until then…

Keep admiring.


Have you read any of the books on this list? What are you reading for September? Let’s discuss! 

Books I’ve read and now want in my personal library

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday, by That Artsy Reader Girl, was a little difficult for me. I love utilizing my local library to read, but ever since discovering the library book sales, where I can buy books ridiculously cheap while supporting the community, I have made it my mission to buy all the books that I know I love.

So when this week’s Top 10 Tuesday’s theme was posted, I had to scroll back through my Goodreads to see what books I read but don’t currently own. Considering the amount of books I buy each year, I was surprised by how fast I was able to fill this list. I read way more books than I give myself credit for.

I could have sworn I had this book on my shelves already but I can’t seem to find it. Such a great book about an ongoing relevant topic here in the US: immigration. I can’t recommend this book enough.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed definitely left an impression on me and I want the book so I can go back to her story whenever I need inspiration.

I have no doubts that Ready Player One will come up in future book clubs or that my fiancé will want to read it someday (here’s to hoping), so I think I should definitely own a copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no doubts its going to be a reread for me.

I don’t normally buy John Green books, especially because I think they are a little overrated. However, Turtles All the Way Down unexpectedly impacted me in more ways than I can describe. I wouldn’t mind owning a copy of this for the future.

I don’t need you to tell me why I put this book on the list. Backman’s books really know how to get you in the feels when you are least expecting it. He has become an auto-buy author for me.

The Night Circus is another book that I thought I had purchased already but it is not on my bookshelf so another stop is definitely in order. I loved this book, way more than I thought I would. I seriously can’t wait for her new book to come out.

I read Fahrenheit 451 a few years ago when I was reading off the “books you should read in your lifetime” list. I had borrowed it from the library and then returned it. At the time, I didn’t feel the need to buy it but lately it has been coming up in bookish conversations more and more. I think I am going to need a hard copy for the future that I can continuously reference.

1984 is one of those books that you could probably reread and get something out of it each time that you read it. I have no doubts that if I were to reread this now, in this political climate, I would find some startling parallels. I already own Animal Farm and Homage to Catalonia, both of which I enjoyed as well.

I enjoyed The Scarlet Letter when I read it back in high school and lately I have been wanting to reread it. Also, since I am determined to include all the classics I love on my book shelf, this one need to be added.


What books have you read that you want to own? Are any on this list? Let’s discuss!

 

Cashing in at the BandN #BookHaul

As you know, I am not one to go on a crazy spending spree at the book store. I will buy a book here and there, if I need it right away for book club but normally I wait until the library book sales, where I can get the books I really liked throughout the year for my shelves.

However, a sale is a sale and Barnes and Noble is currently having their blowout sale, where they have books 50 percent off. I couldn’t resist so I stopped on my way home from work. Since I am a member, I had access early. I was able to score five books plus a free tote but there were somethings I wish I had known before going.

  1. The blowout sale is not throughout the whole store. There will likely be 3 or 4 tables near the entrance that will have signage. There will be employees hanging around to direct people. This could differ from store to store.
  2. You may be able to score a free tote, but there is a condition: You have to buy at least three books. They can be any three books from the store, not necessarily from the sale.
  3. Circle a few times because you may not see everything the first time around. I must have circled three times and each time I found a book I didn’t see before. Either I’m blind or the book store elves were having fun with me.
  4. The biggest deals will probably be at the classics table. The sale at my store had one whole table dedicated to classics. Most of the paperbacks are $5.99 normally so the books are $3. I just happend to need Turn of the Screw for my book club in October.
  5. There may be a hidden table somewhere. I was at the end of my browsing, ready to check out, but I decided to go in search of With the Fire on High. I couldn’t find it but knowing that they usually have books on random displays, I decided to ask customer service. It just so happened that they had put these books on a cart at the second entrance to the store. I found a whole new selection to choose from. Not only did I get With the Fire on High but I was able to also get the latest Markus Zusak book half off! Sweet!
  6. Compare prices. Before purchasing the hard cover books marked down, I checked to see if they had the paperback versions and compared to make sure I was getting the biggest bang for my buck. Some of the hardcovers are $27 which is $13.50 on sale. Trade paperbacks are about $16 and a regular paperback is about $10.
  7. The book haul is also available online. I didn’t check it out so I don’t know if there are offers that differ from the store but if you don’t feel like physically traipsing to the store, there is that option.

My literary weekend with the Alcotts and Emersons

So obviously I didn’t actually spend the weekend with the Alcotts or the Emersons, but I spent one helluva literary weekend walking in their footsteps in Concord, Mass.

Remember, back in June when I mentioned that my best friend created a literary weekend for me to visit Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women? Well, I cashed that present in two weeks ago and it was one of the best presents ever. If you want a relaxing weekend that also fills your bookish barometer, then this is it.

It all started when we arrived at our Airbnb, a house that rested along the pond.  I am not going to lie, I had brief misgivings about it. The house is in the middle of the woods and set so far back that you have crazy long driveway to go up before you get there. We arrived at night so as my friend navigated the car up the narrow lane, I could only think of the movie “Get Out.” But my misgivings were unnecessary. Our host was a sweet old man who welcomed us warmly and the next morning had coffee and homemade scones waiting for us. We took them out to the chairs that overlooked the pond, and peaceful is putting it mildly. I could have sat out there all day. While it wasn’t Walden Pond (we didn’t get a chance to go), it was close enough. No wonder Emerson and Thoreau were so inspired.

After our wake up treats, we set out on our adventure, hell bent on getting to Orchard House early so we would get into the tour. With time to kill, we took a quick drive through the downtown area to get the lay of the land, grabbed some bagels and coffee and sat in the parking area of Orchard House until it opened.

Visiting Orchard House

We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the house so these exterior shots will have to do, but the tour was amazing. The most surprising thing was how much they had preserved. Usually when you go on tours of old historical buildings, a lot of it has been recreated. At the Alcott house, everything was the original, right down to the wallpaper on the walls. You couldn’t help but get goosebumps as you walked through the house, and see exactly how Louisa May Alcott lived. Louisa’s sister May, was the artist in the family (you may recognize her as Amy in Little Women) and her drawings are still on the walls in her room. She used to recreate paintings taken from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s house to practice. Her paintings she created in Europe hang on the walls throughout the house. When you get to Louisa’s room, you can stand near her desk that her father built between windows overlooking the road, the same desk she wrote the book that made her famous. As you go through each room, you are given the history of each of the family members and their impact on Concord.

After the tour, we were back in the gift shop where I did some damage. It took all of my strength not to buy every single Alcott book, since I have made it my mission to read everything she ever wrote. But I settled for her book, Hospital Sketches, which is her account of being a nurse during the Civil War as well as a biography by Madeline Stern, one of the better known biographies of LMA.

We didn’t want to leave the beautiful grounds but there was much more to do and see. Our next literary stop was Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to visit Author’s Ridge where Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne are buried. You can’t miss their graves because visitors have laid literary gifts at the grave sites.

To take a break, we decided to go to the downtown area, where there two book stores, one of which was a used book store. The used book store was interesting to walk through simply because of their rare edition collection. They had first editions of the authors, which were way beyond my budget. I think Emerson’s book was priced at $3,000. *sigh* Oh to dream. Though I am not going to lie. I almost bought an autographed copy of Little Women I found in the antique shop down the street for $125. I thought better of it and kept walking. I did find a bookish mug that I just had to buy.

After an awesome lunch at a small market and café in downtown, we went off to the Emerson house, which we learned was open for tours. Just like the Alcott house, everything in the house was owned and used by Ralph Waldo Emerson and family, including the books that still line his books shelves in his study. What was even more astonishing is that the Emerson family still owns the house, so the staff at the museum work for the family. In fact some of the family still live in Concord. I was blown away.

The rest of the day was just spent hanging out back at our lodging, relaxing, reading and just enjoying the rest of the weekend before heading home. Because we had so much fun, we decided that these literary and educational trips were something we want to continue doing, so I am sure I will have several more of these posts in the future.

My literary purchases.

 

What does the future hold? My top 5 dystopian novels

It is hard to imagine what the world will be like in the years to come, and if it will be so much different than the world we live in now. Thankfully we have authors who can describe in startling detail what the future could possibly hold, even if that future is absolutely horrifying.

For this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, we are asked to list our top dystopian novels. It wasn’t that hard for me to come up with a list because the idea that our world could be anything like the world these authors have created has lasted with me.

(All book covers are linked to Goodreads).

I am sure that the Handmaid’s Tale will end up on many lists, but I also think it is because it hits close to home. Atwood wrote this in the 80s for a different political climate and yet we are drawing so many parallels from it that are still relevant today. It’s kind of scary. While I read this a few years ago, I still think about it.  It doesn’t help that there is now a show that is putting it in a visual context for us. You can read my thoughts in my review.

I happened across this book while browsing the library shelves a few years ago. The summary on the dust jacket intrigued me but I had no idea how this story would affect me. Basically, we live in a world where the skin of criminals is altered to the color of their crimes. When Hannah wakes up, she finds that she is red and that she is being charged with murder. Through the rest of the story, the reader follows Hannah on her journey of why she did what she did and her quest to find herself. I was blown away when I read this book and I recommend it to everyone I can.

I only read this book last year and I loved it. Given the progress we have made in technology, it isn’t really hard to imagine a world where people are immersed in an alternate reality game day in and day out to escape the hardships of the real world. The book focuses on a race to uncover an Easter egg hidden within the game, which makes the story that more enjoyable. It is definitely an adventure as we follow Wade Watson leading the pack in this quest. You can read my thoughts on the book and the movie here.

A dystopian list would not be complete without the Hunger Games. It is hard to imagine a North America so altered as the one that is described in this book. It is truly a story of survival as each year, one person from each district in the nation of Panem must compete in the Hunger Games, the fight to the death aired on live TV. When I first read this, I thought Katniss an inspiration, not only for her will to survive but her strength and resilience.

Can you imagine a world where books are the enemy and the firemen are tasked with burning those books along with the houses where they were hidden? I know, either could I. Prepared to get uncomfortable because that is the world you are dropped into when you read this book. All you can do is ask WHY?! as you follow Montag, a fireman as he goes about his job. But then as things start to happen, Montag begins to question things and the world as he knows it falls apart.


What are your top 5 dystopian novels? Have you read any on this list? What did you think? 

 

 

July reading wrap-up

Hey my fellow book admirers,

It feels like forever that I have posted. Oh wait… it has been awhile. My impromptu hiatus was due to craziness at work before and after I went on vacation. Things are finally winding down and I finally have the time to post. So even though it is long over due, I figured I would go back and do my wrap-up for July.

Due to the chaos, I was only able to read four books:

home fire

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie 

Since finishing this book, I have been recommending it to anyone that has asked for a good book to read. I can’t get over how powerful this book, particularly the ending. Every time I think about it I want to cry. You can read my full review here.

the hate u give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Another book I keep recommending. I can’t believe I almost chose not to read this book. Thank goodness for book club. After reading this, my perspective on this controversial issue completely changed. You can read my thoughts in my review.

dreamers

The Dreamers by Karen Thomas Walker 

This was an interesting book about a mysterious illness that befalls a college town. It definitely reminded me of the movie Outbreak. I thought the ending was a little disappointing but I enjoyed the book overall. See my review here.

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Louisa May Alcott  by Susan Cheever

I have had this book on my shelf for years, having bought it on the fly at a Barnes and Noble. I decided to read it in preparation for my literary weekend, which will be in a separate post. It was good but a little disappointing. The first half of the book was more about Louisa’s father than it was about her. The author also had a habit of including more detail than was necessary about side issues. While context is necessary, I felt that it took away from the story, which is supposed to be about Louisa’s life. I plan to pick up some other biographies to see how they differ.

DNF:

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The Naked and the Dead

This was supposed to be for my Modern Library’s Top 100 Book Club but wasn’t able to finish it. I wasn’t able to go to the discussion because I was away on vacation but I do plan to finish it at some point. It’s about a platoon in the Pacific during WWII. It’s actually really good so I want to know what happens.


Have you read any of these titles?  What did you think? Let’s discuss!

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

Can you imagine going to sleep, beginning to dream and then never waking up from the dream? That is what happens to a small college campus in the hills of Southern California, in Karen Thompson Walker sci-fi novel, The Dreamers.

It all starts when a freshman girl falls asleep in her dorm and then doesn’t wake up the next morning to go to class. When her roommate Mei tries to rouse her, she won’t wake up. She is sent off to the hospital and after running tests, they discover the student is not only sleeping but dreaming. Then another student falls asleep and then another. But there is no pattern to the timing or the person that is affected. They think it is only affecting the students at the college, but then people in town begin to fall asleep. Things begin to spiral out of control as the National Guard steps in to quarantine the town and doctors try to figure out what is causing the illness.

Overall I thought the book was good. The source of the illness keeps alluding the doctors and they know nothing about it or how it spreads. As more and more people in this small town fall asleep you begin to wonder, what happens if everyone in this town goes under? What happens then? And the fact that the town has only one road to get in and out just tells you how isolated it is? If everyone goes under, how will people know anyone is there? Who will take care of them?

Walker breaks up the book into multiple character perspectives from two of the students at the college who were never infected, to the couple who are new parents to a three-week-old, an old man that lives alone and a doctor who is trying to get down to the bottom of the illness. But each character brings their own source of tension to the crisis as they learn to deal with what is going on around them and wait to see if the illness will affect them. I was definitely holding my breath every time I read the parts with the parents of the newborn. Please oh please don’t let the baby get it, I kept thinking.

While I was reading this, I couldn’t help thinking about the movie “Outbreak” where a small town is shut down by the National Guard after fatal illness begins to spread. This book had the same feel, as the more and people get sick to the point that the hospital is undated and there is a growing underlying panic that is beginning to spread as no one can figure out how to stop it.

I will say that although I thought the book was good, I found the ending a bit disappointing. I couldn’t help thinking, “that’s it? That is the only explanation we are going to get?” It seemed unrealistic that the outcome was that simple. But maybe that is the thing. Sometimes an illness tricks us to believe that it is way worse than it is. I guess I just wanted to be scared into thinking like what if this illness really happened? What we would we do? And I didn’t get that.

Despite that, I enjoyed the book overall. Walker gave an interesting character study into what people do in times of crisis. What lengths will people go to save to themselves and those they love? How do people come together to help? What do you do when there is nothing you can do? It definitely made you sit down and think about a lot of what ifs.


Have you read The Dreamers? What did you think? What other science-fiction novels have you read recently? Let’s discuss!

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

This year has been full of great reads, thanks in part to the fact that I am part of so many book clubs. I now have to add Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie to this list, which I read this month for the Capital District Book Club. The genre that we selected this book for was “Books best read blind” meaning that you don’t know anything about the book. But even if you were to read the synopsis on the back cover, it can’t prepare you for the story that unfolds within its pages.

Home Fire is said to be a reimagining of Sophocles’ “Antigone” but I didn’t know that going in. The book opens with Isma, a British Muslim, who is detained in the British airport as she goes to board a flight to the United States. Isma is eventually let go and arrives in the US to pursue her dreams, but worry nags at her as she left her two siblings behind in England. She is especially concerned because her brother Parvaiz has recently been recruited to join ISIS, following in the footsteps of their late jihadi father. His twin sister Aneeka is left alone back in England.

The story moves along with each chapter providing each character’s perspective of the events as they unfold. We see how the unraveling of the once close-knit Pasha family unravel based on the decisions that each of them make, from Isma’s decisions after finding out what her brother had done and her decision to leave England, to Aneeka’s decisions to try to help her brother when he wants to come home. We also have the decisions of Aneeka’s boyfriend Eamonn, who is the son of the British Home Secretary Karamat Lone. Even Karamat’s actions against British Muslims has an impact to what happens to the Pasha family.

Shamsie does a great job interlacing the back story of each of these characters into the plot so the reader can understand why they make the decisions they do. It results in a build up that ends in a cascading wave of events that leaves you completely sucker punched. I reached the last page and was ready to have a bittersweet ending. Rather it left me gasping and crying. It hits you in all the feels and leave you emotionally drained. I was kind of in a book hangover after reading this book.

Let’s just say I couldn’t wait to discuss this book with the rest of the group. And not surprising, almost everyone in the group loved it. There was some criticism over the change of pace to the last part of the book and one who thought it was unrealistic, but otherwise, everyone else felt that it was a powerful read that was well done. Despite that, we spent nearly two hours dissecting it. Discussion ranged from whether Aneeka and Eamonn’s relationship was true or based on manipulation; whether Isma was the one to really cause the fallout because of her actions following her brother’s recruitment; how ISIS recruits its members; the grieving process; the Muslim culture and so much more.

A woman in the group said it best when she said she learned more about this topic in a fictional read than she has by reading news articles. I totally agree with this statement and it is something I have felt throughout this year. I think that it says something about the writer when they are able to put the reader in the character’s shoes as if they are experiencing it first hand. Shamsie definitely does that and I can’t wait to read more works by her.


Have you read Home Fire? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

Settings I would like to see more of in books

When this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, a weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl, asked for the settings we would like to see more of I had to put my thinking cap on. If there is one thing I enjoy in a book, it’s the author’s description of a place or environment that the plot is set. The more descriptive the better, because I want to get immersed in that place until I feel I am there.

The following is a list of the settings I want to see more books placed in:

Jersey Shore

While I live in New York now, New Jersey is where I was born and raised. I grew up in a square-mile town on the bay with a view of Manhattan. The shore is where I spent my summers. And yet, most books set in NJ are in places located on the western side, or more north like Jersey City. I have yet to read a book highlighting the picturesque views you can only see on the Jersey Shore what with the beaches, boardwalks, amusement parks, etc.

Upstate New York

There are plenty of books that are set in NYC and while I love the city, upstate NY doesn’t get the attention it deserves. There are so many awesome places like the Adirondacks, Lake George, Lake Placid, and countless number of little towns and villages that would be awesome for a book.

Western US

I have only traveled along the eastern seaboard of the US so when I read books placed out west, it’s like a whole new world for me. I know that I really need to see more of my country, but until then I am happy to read about them.

Library/Bookstore

If a book is set in a library or book store, most likely I will pick it up. It’s a place filled with books where you have an unending array of characters and who knows what could happen. It’s filled with mystery. When I was kid, I wished that I could live in a library or bookstore. But since that will probably never come true, I would like to read about characters that do.

Restaurant

Have you ever just sat in a restaurant and watched people around you? There is an assortment of conversations going on that runs the gamut. Besides what goes on in the kitchen? You know there is nothing but drama behind those swinging doors. And then there is the food. C’mon! Restaurants are the perfect setting for a book.

Farm

I love books that take place on a farm. I know there are plenty of books that do but I love them. It all started when I read Charlotte’s Web as a kid. Seriously how can you go wrong with talking animals? But I just feel like farms are so picturesque with the acres of land, crops growing in the distance, the hard labor that it takes to keep it up. It’s where things grow.

Into the Future

To read about the future can never get boring because we don’t know what will happen. Therefore, anything can happen. I want to know what the future could look like. I want options!

Space

We have done some exploring but to me space just seems infinite. How much have we yet to discover? What is life like on the other planets? What kind of life forms are there? Are they friendly or aggressive? I love getting lost in other worlds and space provides that option.

Under the sea

OK I am not talking about The Little Mermaid here. But seriously, how many books have you read that take place down in the ocean depths? The only book I can think of is “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, which I loved. I mean explorers have even said we know more about space than we do about the ocean. Mainly that is because we are limited due to how far down we can go before we are crushed by the pressure. But what if we weren’t? What if?!

Asia

I tend to gravitate toward books that take place in Japan, China, North Korea and I always love them. Again, to me, it’s a place that feels like a world away so I love reading about them every chance I get. But Asia is huge. I want more!

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What settings do you want to see more of? Are any on this list? Let’s discuss!