I’m not much of a traveler, but I just read a book that made me fond of small towns.
I want to live in a lighthouse and paint all day…and I DON’T EVEN PAINT.
Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town
Baked goods on a book cover denotes a small town setting.
This is a fact.
Hope Was Here has a pie on it. SMALL TOWN!
The Cupcake Queen has a cupcake tower on it. SMALL TOWN!
Small Town Hearts also has a pie on it and has “small town” in the title. SMALL TOWN!
Salt and sand: a book with a beach-side community
Twenty Boy Summer takes place in Zanzibar Bay. The girls spend all day on the beach.
I (allegedly) lived on Treasure Island for a few years. I’d like to go back and see San Francisco proper.
The Wicked Deep and The Graces, two witch-y books, take place in small beach towns.
Some of the climactic scenes even take place on the BEACH.
The beach scene in The Graces is…upsetting.
Here there be dragons: a book with a voyage on the high seas
All the Stars and Teeth has mermaids! And high seas! And pirate bois! And princesses!
I’m really afraid it’ll be as bad as The Girl From Everywhere.
PLEASE BE GOOD.
Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle
Riverman by Aaron Starmer looks interesting.
I read Euphoria and am not sure how I feel about it.
It has some CONTENT.
Frozen wastes: a book with a frost-bitten atmosphere
I don’t understand why Conceal, Don’t Feel exists.
I mean, obviously to capitalize on Frozen 2.
Otherwise…did we really need this?
The boonies: a book with ruff or isolated terrain
Both of Tea Obreht’s books – Inland and The Tiger’s Wife – take place in isolated and/or desolate areas.
A pivotal scene in The Tiger’s Wife takes place in a mostly-abandoned town.
Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting
Sarah Gailey has a western novella out soooon!
Vengeance Road has a cattle skull on the cover, which MEANS COWGIRLS.
We also have…Gunslinger Girl?
Oof, that book was SO BAD.
Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands
I’m leaving Rebel of the Sands here and refusing to talk about it.
Wild and untamed: a book set in the heart of the woods
(CW: rape, incest)
I read Robin McKinley’s Deerskin a trillion years ago and could not finish it.
The book takes a look at trauma (specifically, incest) using the classic fairy tale “Donkeyskin.”
I would recommend reading this with plenty of tea and blankets.
Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic
I have mixed feelings about The Night Tiger.
The premise looks interesting, but it IS a book club book. I generally have bad luck with those.
I’ll stick to enjoying the cover for now.
As my CUTE LIGHTHOUSE IDEA is NOT A REALITY, I will instead enjoy delicious pasta in my smol apartment.
That works for me.
Do you like pretend travel?
I tag ya.