Monday, March 14, 2016

Musing Mondays (48) 6 Books, Series, or Trilogies With Settings I Would Never Visit

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat, that asks you to muse about something book related each week.

My Musings for the Week...

Random Weekly Question from March 7th: Which characters (from which book) do you think deserve their own spin-off story? Why?

Oh gosh, this question is kind of hard. I have a multitude of favorite side characters, many who could have their own stories. But, for today, if I had to choose one character who I would like to see get their own story, it would most likely be Blake from Finding Serendipity & A Week Without Tuesday. He is a prominent character in the books. I would still like to read a book entirely from his point of view, just to learn more about him and his writing process. I think it could be cool.

Other Musings...

So, this post is kind of inspired by a Musing Monday post I did a couple of weeks ago. I listed some of my favorite book settings, just a few of them. It got me thinking about all the wonderfully complex settings, in many different books, I wouldn’t visit them even if someone tried to pay me to do it. These are the worlds that I’m really glad don’t actually exist, mostly because they’re dangerous—primary villains, natural disaster type perils, and so on. They make for a good story, I just wouldn’t visit them.

6 books, series, or trilogies with settings I would not visit even if someone paid me to do it...

  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman: this book is definitely one of my favorites. However, because of the Other Mother, I would steer clear of this setting.
  • The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd: back in the nice little post about favorite settings, this one ended up being on the list. It fit so well with the story, but this is another one I would avoid altogether. There are many reasons for this, but I won’t say—too many spoilers.
  • The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas: The world in these books was pretty cool, but the villain turned what would have been a nice place into an absolute nightmare for the main character.
  • Mythos Academy Series by Jennifer Estep: The mythology was used in a pretty cool way, but Mythos Academy is a place I would avoid.   
  • The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken: This is another favorite trilogy. The characters, world building, and plot were all fantastic. Still, I wouldn’t want to visit Bracken’s version of the US. The environment was constantly dangerous, but it made for a really good trilogy. 
  • The Watchers series by Veronica Wolff: I might not have enjoyed The Keep as much as I did the previous three books. However, this series, undoubtedly, belongs on this list. The Isle of Night was six different kinds of terrible. I wouldn’t go there. Period. End of Discussion. The vampires are my main reason for this—they ruled the Isle, and their rules were unnecessarily strict and completely absolute.
So, those are six books, series, or trilogies that are some of my favorite books, but they just have settings I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

What are you reading this week?


  1. Madmans Daughter has been sitting on my self for a while. I've been a bit hesitant to pick it up. I'm intrigued now.

    Danica @ A Redheaded Bookworm

    1. I had the same reaction at first, but in the end I gave it a try. And, I happened to really like The Madman's Daughter. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  2. I enjoyed The Madman’s Daughter. I've yet to pick up the rest of the trilogy though.

    1. I'm pretty much the same. I haven't gotten to the rest of the trilogy, but I really want to read them. Thanks for stopping by! :D

  3. Ahahah, I totally agree about Bracken's version of the US - not somewhere I'd like to be! xD

  4. Cannot think of any book setting I would want to go to!:) either they would be boring and safe or dark and horrendous!

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog today. I have often said the same thing about all the historical settings in the books I've read. Nice to visit in bookland, but sure wouldn't want to live there.

    1. I completely agree. Thanks for stopping by! :-)


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