a few settings I’d like to see more of

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is settings we’d like to see more of. Let’s get into it!

space stations/ships

In the past year, I’ve read a few novels that are set in space ships and/or space stations and I’ve loved them all. From The Illuminae Files to Binti to Gravity, all three were incredible. Which means I’m waiting for recommendations from you! Are there any other space station books you’ve enjoyed?

remote universities

the secret history

I know this is incredibly specific, but the setting was a large part of why I loved The Secret History so much. It’s set in a remote college in New England, and is so atmospheric.

(pirate) ships

Why have I barely read any books set on ships? Especially pirate ships? I love that setting, yet I was looking through the books I read and couldn’t really find any. I did adore Red Seas Under Red Skies, which takes place on a ship, as well as Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb.

Middle Eastern/African settings (historical/fantasy)

Once again, two novels that were so atmospheric. I sped through The City of Brass, partly because of the lush descriptions of 18th century Caïro. I’m also currently reading Twelve Kings, which is a fantasy novel in a desert setting I’m really enjoying.

polar fantasy settings

a shiver of snow and sky

I read A Shiver of Snow and Sky last January, and fell in love with the setting. It takes place in a little village on an incredibly cold island, where the ground is always covered in snow and the sky is clear and filled with lights. I can’t wait to read more polar fantasies, even though I will really need some recommendations for this one.

Do you have any recommendations for me? Which settings would you like to see more of?


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22 thoughts on “a few settings I’d like to see more of”

  1. Oooh, polar! I hadn’t even considered that much, but you’re right, it is a very interesting setting. I’m always really excited when a book is set on a space ship too. Plus, I love my bakery/bookshop settings.


  2. I unfortunately don’t have any recs, but I do agree with the list! Especially Middle Eastern/African settings – I NEED to read City of Brass ASAP. And something about polar settings feels extremely creepy and horrortastic to me, but maybe that’s because I hate being cold. Maybe I do need some fantasy polar settings to change my mind 🙂


  3. We used a lot of the same books for examples this week, which I always think is a fun and awesome bookish connection lol. I’m so with you on additional space station reads and remote universities!! I also have seen City of Brass show up on several people’s lists this week so I think I need to get on that book sooner than later!

    If you’d like to check out my post (my first TTT list in almost 7 months) you can do so here: https://nerdnarrationblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/top-ten-tuesday-book-settings-i-live-for/


  4. I have recs for this! 😀
    Space stations/ships: A Spark of White Fire, The Diabolic
    Pirate Ships: Seafire
    Middle Eastern: Rebel of the Sands, We Hunt the Flame

    I love the polar setting idea! It’s not polar, but The Wolves of Winter is set in a very snowy Canada.


  5. Great list! I totally agree with you about Middle Eastern and African settings. I’m reading The Lies of Locke Lamora right now and really enjoying, I can’t wait to get to Red Seas Under Red Skies specifically because I know pirates are waiting for me there. I really want to start reading Robin Hobb this year, too; I’ve heard amazing things about the Mad Ship books, but I want to read Assassin’s Apprentice and the other books in that trilogy first.


    1. Thank you! I would highly recommend reading Assassin’s Apprentice, etc. first. I’m also trying to read her books in order. I’m glad you’re enjoying The Lies of Locke Lamora so far, because it’s one of my favorites!

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  6. Ah space ships are always the best. All System Reds doesn’t take place on a ship but on a station on a world and there is more space ships in the second one. The outside by ada hoffmann starts on a space station and has more space ships. The Revener trilogy by Alastair Reynolds is all on space ships! The Constellation books by Claudia Gray take mostly place on space ships. There is a novella The Ghost Line that takes place on a space ship. Pitch Dark is a horror sci-fi that takes place on a mostly abondaned space ship. I also need to read more so I am going to remember Gravity 😀 I’ve been meaning to read something by Tess Gerritsen since I read a novella by her.


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