It's Thursday! And that means it's book chat day and Jessica and Ashley are talking about your favorite book setting. It took me awhile to figure this one out. Books are set in so many different places and cities. Sometimes they are set in a place that isn't really real.
A lot of my favorite books have been set in places that we can only go to in our imagination like Hogwarts and the Emerald City. They are wonderful places but when I think about my favorite setting it isn't really a specific place but an idea of a place.
This may sound crazy seeing as I am on the other side of thirty (33 to be exact) but my favorite setting for book is a college atmosphere.
I did go to college but it was a smaller one close to my hometown and I didn't live on campus. I lived at home and commuted the whole time. I had friends in my classes but I didn't socialize with anyone outside of the classroom. The college had it's own athletic teams but they weren't very well known. I don't even think there were any sororities and fraternities.
♥ Beautiful Disaster | Walking Disaster | Gabriel's Inferno | Gabriel's Rapture | Taking Chances | The Perfect Game / Poughkeepsie / Anna and the French Kiss | Beautiful Bastard ♥
So I like reading books about that time in people's lives. I like reading about coming into your own and finding out who you are. Sometimes it's story that I'm taken with and it just happens to be set in college like in Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture. The relationship between the two characters is taboo because it is professor/student but it could also very well be boss/employee, etc.
I also decided that sports themed stories are my second favorite setting and The Perfect Game is a perfect mix of the two. It's a wonderful, heartbreaking story about a good girl and the bad boy jock. I am such a sucker for a bad boy jock.
So yes, my favorite book setting is in college. It's not really a vicarious thing or living in the past. I truly loved that time in my life and reading books set in that time brings back the good memories and I let's me see into the part of it that I didn't at the time.
And I know that Beautiful Bastard isn't set in college but Chloe is a college student so it's close enough. I just love that book.
What's your favorite book setting?