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Today I want to talk about settings in books, I vaguely remember doing a post about this once a long time ago, but I think it’s a fun topic and I feel like I don’t talk about it enough while for me it’s important to how I experience a book. When I am reading a book I sorta see the events as a movie in my head, but I also feel like I am at that place. So the setting can influence how I feel when I read a book, settings that I love in real life are often settings I like in books as well and things that make me scared in real life like heights often make me uncomfortable when reading as well. Below I mention some settings and how I feel about them in real life, how they influence my reading experience and mention a book I read that features that setting.
Settings in books
- Nature. I love nature in real life and being surrounded by nature makes me feel free and at ease. There isn’t much nature around the place were I live, but even seeing trees from my window is already so much beter then where I previously lived. When reading a book with a nature setting, it can really improve my mood and make me enjoy the book maybe even more.
A book I read with this setting: The Darkness Rising series by Kelley Armstrong. I just loved how much the nature setting added to this series and it might be the reason I am a big fan of shifter/werewolf books as they often involve running through the forest and being close to nature settings.
- Cities. It seems a bit restrictive to just mention this as one setting as the way a city described is usually of big importance and there are many different cities. In real life I love visiting cities and walking around in them, but I never would be able to live in a busy city and pictures of new york freak me out every time because of the big amount of high buildings and people. In books I usually like cities especially when there are enough descriptions to really give me a feel for the city. I also like how sometimes a city can feel like a world itself only smaller, there is so much to do and see and experience in only one city. So even though in real life I have mixed feelings about cities, I usually enjoy them in books.
A book I read with this setting: Removed by SJ Pajonas. Most of the first two books all take place in the same city and I kinda like how it’s all in one city, but there is still so much to do and see in one city.
- Foreign countries. This is another one where my real life and book experience is the same. While I don’t get out much, I do enjoy visiting other countries or seeing what’s different there. I like the fact that to experience other countries I can just pick up a book which transports me to another country. As I live in the Netherlands I don’t really read a lot of books that actually take place in my own country and most books take me to a country I’ve never been before. I like reading about other countries and how things are different there and I still can be surprised at how different things are in the US than here.
A book I read with this setting: Anywhere by J Meyers. I choose this book as it specifically focusses on being in a different country. The main character goes backpacking in europe and visits multiple countries. I liked getting a feel of these different countries during reading this book and I liked how when she visited countries I had been as well I combined the image of the book with my own memories to get a feel for the place/ country.
- Houses. I spend a lot of time in my house, I like my house. In most books houses are common, I think about every book I read features houses in some form and I often just feel neutral about them as they are just so common. Although sometimes I feel an author can do a good job of making a house seem really homey or give it a feel that makes it different from my normal neutral response to houses. Houses usually do make me feel safe, so I usually have a slightly positive emotion to them.
A book I read with this setting: Nadia Stafford by Kelley Armstrong. I choose this book as the house left a strong impression with me. Nadia, the main character in this series lives in a lodge. Extra bonus points is that this lodge is surrounded by woods, so I really liked it, I always got a happy homey feel whenever Nadia was home in her lodge. It felt like home and I really understood how much that place ment to her.
- Underground. Being underground freaks me out, I am not exactly sure why, but I feel afraid and claustrophobic when underground. Books that have underground settings can make me feel like that as well and while the main character might not mind the underground setting, I do.
A book I read with this setting: Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis. Most of this book takes places underground and it got to me at times, it’s just a less fun setting than others, although this was still an enjoyable book even despite the setting. So that also shows that while I don’t like those setting they won’t instantly ruin a book for me, I just feel less at easy in a setting like that.
- High places. I am terrified of heights in real life and am not a big fan of them in books either, although you usually don’t come across high places a lot in books, so that’s a good thing. Or there is not enough description to make me scared, although there are some books in which the high places made me uncomfortable.
A book I read with this setting: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Anyone remember the ferris wheel scene? Damn that scene freaked me out, even though it’s a good book, I really could not relate to Tris and her ability to do scary things like that.
Okay that’s it for this week. I had so many settings I wanted to address that I decided to cut this post into two, so it wouldn’t get too long. So come back next week to hear my opinion about even more settings.