It’s Tuesday! Time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the fab folks over at The Broke and The Bookish. The topic this week was pretty open-ended – Top Ten Favorite Books With X Setting. So we get to pick the setting! Except I read SUCH a crazy variety of books that it seemed hard to find a setting that I have at least 10 favorite books set in. And then after a while the answer seemed obvious – England! So here we go, my favorite books set in England.
1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – Well of course. England kind of lurks in the background of the awesome magical world, but it’s there. It’s there.
2. Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde – I love Thursday Next! And these books are set a quirky, alternative reality kind of Britain. Double-awesome.
3. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence – YES I just finished this book on Saturday. But it was SO awesome. Seriously, so much love. I love Alex’s little tiny town where he grows up.
4. All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness – Well the trilogy isn’t complete yet, and large chunks of the book occur in other countries as well, but the series starts off with the main character doing research at Oxford and the author did a fantastic job helping me picture England in my head. I WANT TO GO THERE.
5. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – Yeah, this one is a bit of a leap – the books take place in Scotland, England, and America. Still counts!
6. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson – This was such a great book, even if the character was that stereotypical uptight, super-polite English gentleman. He was such an adorable old guy.
7. Jane Austen novels – Well I don’t even think this needs explaining.
8. Julia Quinn romances – Historical romances usually take place in old-timey England, with big estates that rich people live at and lots of balls and dances happening. It’s a good swoon-worthy environment.
9. Nightside series by Simon R. Green – This one is a bit of a stretch too, since most of the novel takes place in the Nightside, where it’s always 3 AM and any number of insane things are happening. But the Nightside is located underneath London, so there we have it.
10. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory – This book put me in a total Tudor history phase back when I first read it. I would love to go see the Tower of London someday.
ALL OF THE BEST THINGS COME OUT OF ENGLAND. Well probably not all, but look how many! Not to mention how many of my favorite bloggers are over there… 😀
Alright guys, what are some books set in England that you think should be on this list? What are your favorite book settings? Share! Discuss!