Top 5 Tuesday | Books Set In My Country

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Bionic Book Worm!

This week is all about favorite books set where I’m from. I’m from Southern California, so there are tons of books I could choose from that are set all over the United States. You would think that makes this easier, but it actually made it so much harder! So, here’s what I actually ended up choosing.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare IMG952347

Are you guys sick of me bringing up how much I love the Shadowhunter books? Well, just get used to it, because I can’t stop, won’t stop. ANYWAY, The Dark Artifices take place (mostly) in California! The Institute is in Malibu, the Shadowmarket resides in Pasadena and there are tons of other landmarks up and down the California coast the team visits. It was so much easier to envision scenes in my head because I’ve visited them before!

Percy Jackson & The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan Screen Shot 2019-03-03 at 2.25.10 PM

Imagine a world where demigods are real, the Gods run big corporations like Amazon, and national parks and tourist attractions actually hide some seriously magical creatures and objects. Rick Riordan’s world of mythology is one of my favorites, and even though these are meant for younger readers and I’m well past the age bracket, his dad jokes and magical America will always be one of my favorites. Can I join Camp Half-Blood? Because I’ll totally move across the country for that.

Under the Dome by Stephen King Screen Shot 2019-03-03 at 2.24.20 PM

To be fair, I love anything Stephen King writes and he usually sets his novels somewhere on the east coast/Maine. BUT, I’m gonna go with Under the Dome for this list because I devoured this book in less than a week. A small town city full of dark secrets, corruption, and bat-sh*t crazy people is totally my vibe. The ending is not the best, but everything leading up to the last few chapters is so so so good.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 39974250_257919521720193_5792376256129400832_n

Oh hi, just me again talking about the Raven Boys, how much I love them, and this entire series. Who wouldn’t want to live in a Virginia town that sits on Ley Lines, is full of magical caves that hide demonic presences and not-so-dead Welsh princesses, and not to mention the feisty psychic ladies of 300 Fox Way. I could skip the gross summer heat of the Deep South, but for Gansey I would suffer. I’d also brave the hornets for one day in Cabeswater.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I’m throwing it way back to high school days with this pick, but To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic that depicts the deep south, racism, and inequality in America so vividly. There’s a reason this book is a classic and teens read it in school every year – it’s a must-read.

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What did you think of my picks? What are your favorite books set in America? Any I should add to my TBR list?

10 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday | Books Set In My Country

  1. YAY DARK ARTIFICES!!! I love that I got to picture it all so easily in my head when I was reading. WHY ISN’T IT REAL 😭 And I forgot that part of the Percy Jackson series takes place in Cali! I remember reading about Mount Diablo and freaking out because my extended family lives there.

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    1. The entire Rick Riordan anthology is full of American historical places that are full of magic and I LOVE IT. They stop at Hoover Dam in one book and the Angel statues come to life and I died.

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  2. The Dark Artifices is my favorite by Cassandra Clare!!! And try living in my country with today’s topic …so hard!

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  3. Ooooh Under the Dome! I never read the book but I watched the show?? And then like stopped watching it with like three episodes left. The “twist” made everything less interesting, sounds like the book has the same issue??

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    1. I read the book before the show came out and loved it (except the ending). I started watching the show but it just doesn’t capture the amount of crazy that he dreams up. I say read it! But don’t get your hopes up for a great ending.

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