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Today’s Top 10: My Favorite Books Set in Urban Settings in 2021
The Top Ten prompt for this week is Bookish Pet Peeves. But I changed it to My Favorite Books Set in Urban Settings in 2021. I love books set in small towns but love the big city urban settings too.
#1. To Sir With Love by Lauren Layne is set in Manhattan and has lively descriptions of New York City.
#2. Heartbreak for Hire is set in Chicago, IL, and has a unique premise.
#3. The Christmas Dress by Courtney Cole is also set in Chicago in an apartment building for elderly residents. It was one of my favorite Christmas books this year (and I read a bunch of them!)
#4. The Butler by Danielle Steel is set mostly in Paris and in London.
#5. Oh William! By Elizabeth Strout is set in New York City and includes many references to the city.
#6. Tell Me S’more by Beth Merlin takes place in New York City and London and describes the life of a Broadway musical theater composer who works both on Broadway and in London’s West End.
#7. A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King isn’t out yet (Nov 2, 2021) but is set in New York City and the main character works in a Burlesque Theater as a stage kitten. And it’s a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
#8. When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord doesn’t come out until Jan 4, 2022 and it’s set in New York City and the main characters live, work and go to school in the city and are musical theater nerds!
#9. Meet Me in London, takes place in London and has fun descriptions of the city.
#10. It’s Raining Men by Julie Hammerle is set in Chicago! (and that song is once again stuck in my head!)
Do you enjoy books set in urban areas? Comment below!
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Great list Wendy. I enjoy both as well, especially if it is a place I would like to visit.
Thank you Carla
Wow, there are a lot of books out there set in New York City!
Thanks for stopping by earlier.
And thank you Lydia!
Great selection! I like books set in urban settings, and especially if it includes detailed descriptions…
Thank you Yvonne!
Yep, I saw that “Pet Peeve” prompt and wasn’t feeling it. I also love small town as well as big urban city settings too. To Sir With Love was very cute.
Thank you Rachel. I just couldn’t think of any pet peeves!
Christmas dress sounds wonderful. Chicago at holiday time! I like stories se in big cities sometimes too…
Thank you Greg, The Christmas Dress was much better than I expected, and I enjoyed that it was in Chicago and not NYC as most urban holiday books are set there.
The Christmas Dress sounds promising!!!
Thank you Jolene, I enjoyed the Christmas Dress so much, it was one of my favorite of the Christmas books this year.
I’m not a big city girl, but I do enjoy reading a book set in the big city when they make it seem approachable to those who are unfamiliar with the location or what it’s like to be in the big city.
Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
Thank you Pam. I agree, they have to be done right!
I do love small towns but I love urban settings as well!
I think it’s good to have both. Thank you Cindy.
I love books set in urban settings! Meet Me in London was such a lovely read! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Jodie! I do too!
Great list! I feel like I haven’t read many in a urban setting. A Certain Appeal looks good!
Thank you. A Certain Appeal was very different but very good.