Dr. Seuss once said that “reading can take you places you have never been before”. And he is more than right when he said that. Books allow our imagination to get lost and explore the different worlds set before us. It also makes us experience the past, the present, as well as, the future. We get to stumble upon different characters in different places which sometimes makes us escape the bittersweet reality in which we live in.
With that said, this week’s prompt in Top Ten Tuesday is
Top Ten Tuesday was originally created and hosted by two lovely girls at The Broke and the Bookish but is now currently being hosted by ThatArtsyGirl. As per the name of the prompt, you need to list down your top ten based on the prompt. But for this, I’m just doing five.
Solid concrete, towering buildings, blinding lights and crowded streets? Anything is impossible. In my opinion, you cannot really go wrong with a city. What goes in the thoughts of those people walking around in the streets? It’s can be full of magic, drama, romance, mystery, or horror. Or maybe it can be all of it or just a part of it. Cities are so mysterious but there’s something that really pulls me into them. I hope it’s not the heavy pollution that’s pulling me.
Fun Fact: I live in a city in the Philippines and I really don’t go to other countries because I’m broke. There’s only one country I’ve been to and that’s just Malaysia. I have to go to Kuala Lumpur for a competition.(SPONSOR MY TRAVELS PLEASE). So far, I really want to see New York City, Las Vegas, Paris, London, Tokyo and Barcelona.
Don’t you just love the thought of a place that is cold and dark but at the same time it is filled with beautiful stars? More importantly is the fact that everything can happen in space. It’s so mysterious that it can be overly fictionalized but at the same time be real. Aside from that, the thought of cool spaceships and rockets up in the sky is really cool. Just like Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman. As a kid who wanted to be an astronaut before, there are times when I really want to go back to that childhood dream I once had.
To be honest, I haven’t read lots of YA books that are mostly set in the kitchen or wherein the main character cooks every now and then. Recently, I’ve read, Love a La Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm. I really like to see more of kitchen actions and stuff just like in where the main characters are in a cooking school. The only down side to this kind of books for me is that I get hungry by thinking about food that the characters are making.
4. Boarding Schools, Ballet Schools and Other Talent Schools
I love reading those YA books with that setting because everything is done big and extravagant. Take for example, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, specifically The Great Hall in Hogwarts. It was so extravagant and big. Not only that, but the mystery and the drama in those type of settings are extensively magnified just like the one in Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small . I mean, I’m sorry I’m such a peasant. Haha.
Fun Fact: When I was in my middle school and high school, I sort of attended a boarding school but not really a boarding school. It was a school that has a dormitory houses, really good teachers and such. But it was for free and there were also stipends given around by the government in exchange for studying sciences. As a bonus, I didn’t have that lots of snotty rich kids as my classmates. They were quite few. Thank god!
5. Travel: Road, Airports, Trains, Cruise Ships and Anything Related to Travelling
I love travelling. I like it when the characters in the book travels around and maybe meet someone new or develop new feelings towards another person. For example is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith which I fell in love with immediately. Travel can really do a lot to a person’s mind. Plus, if the writing was done right, it can make you feel that you’re travelling with them especially if the scenic places were described vividly. But if not, it can pretty much suck.
So that’s pretty much the settings I’d like to see more in my books! What about yours? Do we have some common things? Comment it down below and don’t forget to send me some of your book recommendations.