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By 'in cars' I really just mean road trip novels. Road trip novels are some of my favourites. I love the intimacy that comes with spending all of this time in a car and really getting to know the people you're road tripping with. Plus anything can go wrong during a road trip, from car problems to meeting the locals. Plus there's usually music and if you're in America, there's all these strange little places to stop. I love going on road trips myself and I especially love reading about them, like with Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
New York City
I really love NYC and some of my favourite books and films and TV programmes have been set there. It's a city that always has something going on and there's always something to see or do and with all those people, I bet you could meet some incredible people. Maybe I'm just fantasising about spending an amazing night walking around NYC like in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn or Where She Went by Gayle Forman. These books set a high standard!
I don't really have a specific place in mind for this one. I'd just like to see more books that are set in the UK as opposed to shelf after shelf in my libraries and bookstores about American teenagers. I was once an American teenager, so I have nothing against that. But what about teenagers these days here in the UK? Where are the books for them? I'd especially like to see books set in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. That'd make a nice change.
Okay, I probably would have never thougt of 'the circus' if I hadn't read and loved Pantomime by Laura Lam recently. But I think the circus is a really intriguing setting and I've bought other books (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen) about circuses based mostly on the fact that they are based within a circus. And of course, also because they come highly recommended. But there's just something about the circus, isn't there? Anything can happen there.
I haven't actually read any books involving summer camp, but I'd like to. It was a huge part of my teenage years, going off to summer camp. For me, it was usually sports related. I'd go to soccer and basketball camps, but there were still plenty of instances in which I stayed in a log cabin and there were campfires and an arts and crafts tent. I have very strong and emotional memories about those camps and I would love to read more about them.
I recently read and loved two books set in beach houses - Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz and I just had to include it on this list. I love stories set during the summer and I especially love the beach. I realise that there's plenty of books already out there set at the beach but I'm not complaining! I love these stories.
Do you agree with any of these? Do you have any recommendations based on some of my favourite settings? What types of setting would you like to see more of in the books you read?