Top Ten Tuesday No.1: Settings I’d Like To See More Of

Posted January 22, 2013 by chooseyabooks in toptentuesday / 6 Comments

So I have wanted to take part in this meme for ages, but finally decided it’s time I stop planning the posts in my head and actually write them. This week it’s all about settings we want to see more of in YA.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created at The Broke and Bookish and the below graphic is from their website too.


1. I so so want more YA set in gap-years or holidays abroad. I love travelling and I think there’s a real gap in the market for this. Gayle Forman’s latest book, Just One Day, incorporates travel before college and I hope more follow.

2. More YA in boarding schools or creepy colleges. I can’t help it, I love these books. One of my favourite nonYA books is Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and I want more like this, but YA too.

3. UKYA. You can never have enough and while I love US set YA too, I have a soft spot for YA set in my country. I would love to see more outside of big cities too, like ‘smaller’ places such as the Peak District, Yorkshire, Devon, Cornwall, etc.

4. The apocalypse. Yes, there’s a lot of dystopian about right now, but I love stories set in the midst or direct aftermath of something apocalyptic and want to read more like this.

5. History. There is some great historical YA and in particular I would love to read more set in the 20’s, Tudor and late Victorian/early twentieth century too.

6. Road-trip. Who doesn’t love a good road trip book?

7. The woods. It’s another cliche, but there’s so much potential with the woods and I love it when authors use rural settings and bring them to life. You could do a summer camp book, or a horror, or anything really.

8. The coast. I’ve always been a water-baby so a rugged coastline, surf spot or diving haven is my sort of place. There’s something healing about the sea, don’t you think?

9. Italy – this is sort of in with gaps years, but I’ve seen a lot of books in Paris, but hardly in Italy, a country I love. Not just is the food to die for, but you’ve got coast, lakes, countryside and big cities, not to mention the history, so there’s a lot of scope here, I think.

10. Jail. No, this isn’t as awful as it sounds but there’s been some great YA written about teenagers in young offenders’ institutions such as Looking for JJ or Heart-Shaped Bruise and I think there are some really interesting stories to be told here.

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6 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday No.1: Settings I’d Like To See More Of

  1. It didn’t take place in jail, the MC had just gotten out of juvie, but Simone Elkles Leaving Paradise might be something you’d be interested in. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

  2. Amy (@amylaurenwrites)

    Yay! I’ve got numbers 3,7, 8 and 10 in the books I’ve got with betas at the mo – both set in the UK (one in Somerset, one in Devon), one by the coast and one in and around creepy woodland – and there might be jail in one too…

    An old (but brilliant) series set in the UK, with jail in it, is K.M. Peyton’s PENNINGTON TRILOGY. A bit tricky to find, but well worth a read.

    And I second the above commenter (Jess Schira) with the LEAVING PARADISE recommendation. The author does a really good job of the jail setting and making it seem real.

  3. We have many of the same wants in settings Lucy (I expect nothing less :p)
    I like the idea of more woods-y settings!

    One boarding school rec I could give is Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabrielle Lepore. It isn’t a long book so doesn’t really get into the boarding school bit, but it is good!
    And a country-side(ish) UK book would be Bringing The Summer by Julia Green


  4. We’ve picked some similar settings! 🙂

    I’ve recently been LOVING historical YA after mostly avoiding it since forever, so I’m lookng forward to reading more soon..

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