My 10 Favourite Book Settings – Top Ten Tuesday

my 10 favourite book settings

Hi everyone! I can’t believe another week has gone by, but here we are again. And since it’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “favourite book settings”. I actually wrote a post a while ago about real-life locations that inspired fantasy worlds, so you can imagine this one’s right up my alley. Anyway, here are my 10 favourite book settings!

Rivendell – Lord of the Rings

I love the Elves in Middle-Earth, so either Lothlorien or Rivendell has to feature in this list. And if I have to choose, I prefer the latter because of how pretty it looks in the movies. (Mirkwood was definitely not an option because of the spiders)

Scottish Highlands – Outlander

I actually went to Scotland after reading Outlander and fell in love with the mountains, the lakes, and even the rain. I can’t wait to go back and see more of it! The later books in the series are set in a different location though and I’m kinda sad about that.

The library – Sorcery of Thorns

I love libraries, but the one from Sorcery of Thorns isn’t your average library. The books on these shelves can attack and kill you! I loved this book and the grimoires that play such an important role in it.

Hogsmeade – Harry Potter

I guess a lot of people will pick Hogwarts for their lists, but I think Hogsmeade deserves some love too. Who wouldn’t want to drink some butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks Inn?

The convent of St. Mortain – His Fair Assassin

A convent where nuns are trained to become assassins to serve their God of Death? It might not be the most fun place, but it’s an intriguing one!

Earthsea – Earthsea Cycle

Everyone always talks about Tolkien and CS Lewis, but I feel like Ursula K. Leguin deserves more recognition as one of the greats (where I live, I feel like barely anyone has ever heard of her or her books?). And Earthsea is a wonderful world to explore!

The Night Court – ACOTAR

The Night Court! To find a place where you belong, with the people you love… Aaaah!

Norway – (no specific book)

Okay, this one doesn’t refer to a specific book. But like Scotland, I really like Norwegian landscapes and would love to see the fjords with my own eyes one day. In the meantime, I’ll just read some Viking romances or something.

The world of Cinder – The Lunar Chronicles

Not one place in particular, but I do love the whole world Marissa Meyer came up with for her Lunar Chronicles. It’s set in a future version of our world, with cyborgs and spaceships!

Ketterdam – Six of Crows

Look, I wouldn’t last a day in this city with its gangs and everything. But I think it’s a really cool location.

And those are my favourite book settings. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below. Happy reading!

19 Comments

  1. Lauren @ Always Me

    Agreed about Ketterdam. 😉

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      Yeah, I’ll just read about Ketterdam from the safety of my couch lol

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  2. iloveheartlandx

    I’m reading Sorcery of Thorns at the moment and love the libraries! I also love Ketterdam, Hogsmeade and the Night Court.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/10/12/top-ten-tuesday-337/

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      So glad you love the libraries!

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      1. iloveheartlandx

        Always do!

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  3. masterspj

    Hogsmeade would be fun to explore! I feel that Diagon Alley would be interesting as well.

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      Oooh yeah, I’d love to browse all the shops there!

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  4. stefani

    If I could be transported to any fantasy world right now, it’d have to be Rivendell. Happy reading! My TTT https://readwithstefani.com/ten-more-books-about-books/

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      Yeah, I wouldn’t mind escaping reality and traveling to Rivendell!

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  5. Aymee

    Rivendell and Hogsmeade for the win!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      Perfect locations to wander around!

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  6. Lydiaschoch

    Rivendell is a fantastic choice!

    There’s a little farm and history museum here in Toronto called Riverdale. I misheard the first person who told me about it and was very excited to visit a human version of Rivendell for a moment there. Haha.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-favourite-book-settings/

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      Oh, the disappointment upon finding out you misheard must have been huge, I imagine!

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  7. dinipandareads

    Great list! I’ve been to the Scottish Highlands once and absolutely loved it and would definitely love to read a book with that setting! The world of Cinder is also AMAZING and of course, Ketterdam 😍

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      I feel like the Highlands have something about them that makes it a great setting for books. If you love romance, I can really recommend Outlander!

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  8. Greg

    Rivendell would be top of my list as well. Something about it… the waterfalls, how I imagine the libraries would be. I love how Tolkien describes it and yet leaves a lot of it to our imagination!

    Earthsea always intrigued me because I just love the idea of windswept archipelagoes…

    I loved the convent from Fair Assassin as well, although I only read the first book. I need to get on those sequels.

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      I don’t remember much of Tolkien’s description of Rivendell, to be honest. But the way it looks in the movies… I wouldn’t mind living there!

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  9. Anne Bennett

    I considered including Scotland and Outlander, too. Then I remembered that I haven’t actually read the books. Ha! (Just watched the shows.) My TTT vivid settings

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    1. An Dierickx (Post author)

      But that way you got to admire the Scottish landscapes already 😀

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