A Top Ten meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
The great pleasure in reading is being transported into someone else's life in another place and time. And it usually always starts with the setting, doesn't it? There are a few book settings that have stayed with me for years and another few on my bookshelf that I am really looking forward to getting to.
1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - The tomboy in me wants some of this adventure over sea and land in old Europe. It's on my TBR shelf but the size -1400+ pages- is a little daunting. Any suggestions on how to read this or what to expect? I'd need about a month with no distractions to immerse myself in this wondrous world.
2. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper - Again, the adventure. This time it's in the untamed wilderness of western New York state in the mid 1700s. I also like the idea of kinship between the white frontiersman, Hawkeye, and the two Mohicans, Chingachook and Uncas. TBR.
3. Dracula by Bram Stoker - Old Europe! Castles and country villages. Train travel. Apart from this being a super creepy story, it's got some spectacular settings.
4. Icefields by Thomas Wharton - I picked this up on a whim at a used book sale because it hints at adventure through 'mountains, glaciers, maps, history and art'. How awesome is all that!? I can see myself settling down and cooling off with this book on a hot summer night. And it has a lovely ice-blue cover. TBR
5. A Blade of Grass by Lewis DeSoto - South Africa sounds beautiful and otherworldly and is a place I will probably never get to except through books. TBR
6. This Cold Heaven by Gretel Ehrlich - Greenland is also a place I will probably never see except in books. This is a fabulous adventure/travelogue about a woman who spent 8 months there.
7. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver - Having spent eleven years in North Carolina, I have a soft spot for this particular setting, especially in spring and summer. The air is thick with humidity and filled with the sounds of cicadas and mockingbirds. Reading this book sent me back there with a glass of sweet iced tea in my hand - I love that.
8. Castaway by Lucy Irvine - A woman spends a year on an uninhabited South Sea island. I've read this multiple times just for the dreamy, wild and slightly dangerous setting.
9. Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden - This book makes it onto just about every book list I ever make because I just love the story and writing so much. The setting is lovely too, with most of it taking place in the small towns and wilderness of James Bay, Ontario.
10. Clan of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel - I devoured this as a teenager. I loved not only Ayla, the girl heroine of the story, but also the smoky caves and wild plains of prehistoric - Europe? North America? It's been so long since I read it I can't remember now if it ever mentions where it took place. The setting was all just so cool and exciting.
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