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Top Ten Tuesday | Places to Go



Travelling is something many of us would love to – or maybe have, experience. There’s something about the discovery of new places and experiences that pulls at us. Sometimes we don’t get to travel because of reasons that make it anything but practical or perhaps our location of choice isn’t feasible because, in a perfect world, it’d be to return to the past or visit the future.  

Whether we have been able experience travel or not, there is one safe way we can experience it day after day: through the joy of reading.  

Broke and Bookish February 2nd  

Top Ten Historical Settings You Love/ Ten Historical Settings You'd Love To See or Top Futuristic Books You Love/Ten Futuristic Societies I'd Love To Read in Books
basically this week is all about the past or the future....spin it however you choose!

I’m not sure what I’ll come up with for this topic, but the idea was fun so let’s get started!

(The list below will primarily reference the young adult market.)

#1. Dystopian

I know, you're probably reading this and thinking, "is she nuts?" 'Tis true the YA world of books has no shortage of dystopian titles. I think when I thought up this list I knew exactly what I meant by wanting more dystopian, but now I'm drawing a blank. Overall, it's mostly about wanting a different kind of dystopian; a world that a.) isn't quite as weird (for lack of a better word) as the norm and b.) NO love triangles.
 
#2. Fairy Tale

Again, I realize the YA market is teeming with this genre - re-tellings and the like included. What I'd like to see more of is a more traditional fairy tale. Don't get me wrong, I admire all of the novels that re-tool the genre and idea for a new generation, but craving the old-fashioned kind of fairy tale a-la Ever After or the like is sometimes the sweetest kind of fairy tale.

Tell me, what "traditional" fairytales am I missing?
 
#3.  Foreign Places
Perhaps I'm just missing them, but SO many novels (perhaps this one leans  more towards the adult books I read) are stuck in the SAME places. Mixing things up when it comes to locking in a novel's setting would make things so much more interesting - even if it's only a "big city" setting; books make the city a villain far to often.
 
#4.  Inspirational YA
 
Seeing more YA from the Christian/inspirational market would be amazing! With authors like Mary Weber and the writing duo of Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon leading the way, there's already an amazing (albeit far too small) presence.
 
#5.  Regency
Jane Austen aficionados unite! More "bonnet" drama, please!
 
#6.  Roaring Twenties
 
This probably stems from the fact that I'm going through Downton Abbey withdrawal. I'm - *sniff* - so sad that chapter of my TV obsession is over.

#7.  Time Travel (Doctor Who Style) 

Yes, I know time travel has a decent showing in YA, but we need it more like DW!  
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That's a wrap on another Top Ten Tuesday.
 
It's now YOUR turn. What settings would you think to see more of?
Leave your thoughts and/or Top Ten Tuesday links; I wanna' visit.
 
As always, thank you for visiting and the comments.
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  1. Fun list Rissi! Foreign places are always great fun, especially if you've never been to that particular country; you learn a lot about the place through the story <3

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    1. That you do - and a talented author makes the place THAT irresistible, ya' know. :)

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  2. Time travel is good one! Especially if it is Doctor Who style.;)

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    1. Right!? That's what I'd like to see more of, Amanda. :)

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  3. Lovely list! :-) I enjoy reading time travel books (if they don't confuse me too much!)

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    1. That's true, Chrissi! Sometimes certain genres are confusing; I find that in fantasy novels - sometimes the worlds are too elaborate. :)

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  4. I know this wasn't the point, but I love your graphics. I haveno idea how to do fancy stuff like that. Check out my list here

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    1. Hi Anne! Thanks so much. Design is part of the fun in blogging so I probably spend a bit too much time on that aspect... but writing and blogging is something I'm pretty serious about so it's fun to explore the other aspects of the craft. :)

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  5. I like dystopians, and want more. I'm not tired of them at all, but yes some new ones- maybe with a cyberpunkish slant. Inspirational I agree with, and time travel- another one I never get tired of if done right. :)

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you'd like some new Dystopian worlds too, Greg. I'm not entirely sure what I'd like to see more of, but I've a feeling once I find it, I'll know exactly how to word it. :)

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  6. FAIRY TALES FOR SURE. <3 I love them...and I would read a zillion of them quite happily. hehe. Although I think I'll pass on ever going to a dystopian world. XD I just feel like I'd be the misfit who'd end up getting killed to maintain the quota. xD
    Here's my TTT!

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    1. LOL, I don't disagree with NOT visiting Dystopian worlds in the least, Cait. I'll just visit them through Story. Not even sure I'd visit a fairy tale world in reality. Depends if it's a nice one (or something sinister like "Hansel and Gretel") I suppose. ;)

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  7. Thanks for sharing, Rissi. Great list!

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Beckie. Always fun to join the Top Ten Tuesday memes. :)

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  8. I like your take on this topic!

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2016/02/top-ten-historical-settings-i-love.html?m=1

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  9. I would have to second the Regency era! More Mr. Darcy, please. ;)

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    1. Right!? Anytime we can have more Mr. Darcy, I'm all in! ;)

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  10. Doctor Who kept popping into my brain while making my list as well! What could be better being able to travel, dip in and out, of time. I definitely agree with your formula to improve Dystopias:).

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    1. DW is a must in my opinion; it's such a fun idea; plus, yet, visiting all those amazing eras sounds too exciting! :)

      Thanks, Stephanie! We'll just keep searching for our ideal dystopian world. :)

      Thanks also for visiting. I appreciate it.

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  11. The roaring 20's and Regency are probably two of my most favorite historical settings for a historical fiction! Great post! HomeMy TTT

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    1. Mine too! In fact I don't think I really had a good appreciation for the 20s until the TV addiction known as Downton Abbey came along. Now I'm all like, "MORE please!"

      Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  12. Love this! There is nothing better than a fairy tale setting. And I have to say I'm quite fond of dystopian too, despite the fact that it can be a bit grim!

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    1. True. Dystopian CAN be quite grim. What I really don't like is when the characters are so powerless (like THG). I know Katniss DOES wind up inspiring a revolution, but the themes are just... bleak.

      Three cheers for fairy tales. I'm all in too. :)

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  13. there's always room for more Regency fiction! :) My TTT

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    1. Right!? I couldn't agree more, Carrie. :)

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  14. I definitely would love to see more fairy-tale-esque things! There are a couple books I've read that kind of feel like fairy tales or folktales to me, but they don't actually follow fairy tale archetypes or anything. (Does that make any sense whatsoever?)

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    1. Sure! I think I get what you're saying, Kelly - and you know, sometimes those are the best kind of stories. :)

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  15. Great list! Definitely roaring twenties. There are so very few of those. I read Silver in the Blood last year and I loved that it was set in historical Romania. Seriously awesome!

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    1. *high five* fellow Roaring 20s fan.

      Ooo, I'm intrigued, Tressa! "Silver" sounds like it's something I should look up, huh!? :) Thanks so much for commenting.

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  16. These are some good wish-list-places for books. I'm also longing for more time in the 20's. Sadly, it seems like most of the books I've tried taking place in that time are all gangs and flappers and no real substance... But Downton's story-scape is a hard one to measure up to. ^^
    Lately I've also wanted to read a book set in the modern-ish UK that isn't fantasy (at least, not blatantly). Maybe something 1900s taking place in the English country or Scotland moors. *eyes glaze with wanderlust*

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    1. Excellent point, Joni. 'Tis true most 20s novels are short on good stories, but sometimes there is a time/place for that sort of tale. (Especially when we want something "silly.")

      OhMyGosh! I love your idea. How neat that would be! Let me know if ever you run across such a story - and SCOTLAND!? How perfect. :)

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  17. Well said about traveling and reading, Rissi. That's one of my favorite things about escaping into a good read! I LOVE your picks...I'd love to see more of every single one of these settings. But I'd totally love to especially see more Inspirational YA as well. That's one of my fave categories for sure. Anyways, amazing TTT Rissi! Your graphics are so cool, as usual. :)

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    1. Hey, Bekah. So glad to see you stopped in - as always, friend. I enjoy reading your comments. :)

      Thank goodness for books, right? We can visit tons of places this way, and usually, the air fare isn't terrible. ;)

      It's my hope that with authors like Mary Webber, the INSPY YA market will grow and become larger. There is some talent there already, but it's SO small, and I've noticed this all the more glaringly through work with the INSPYs.

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