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I love books set in the UK for some reason. Small villages, especially.
I also like the familiarty of books set in New York or San Francisco or San Diego…places I’ve lived…especially if done well and with authenticity.
I recently read the Men of Smithfield series by LB Gregg, and those are set in a fictional town very accurately based on my neighboring town in Connecticut. I loved it!
I don’t think I pay too close of attention. Only to the point that I look for descriptions to be rich, taking me to that place, but not overly so to the point where I never want to go there. If a story is based in Seattle though? That’s when I pay attention. So many authors get things wrong, like heading North on I-5 to Tacoma when the person is starting off in Seattle… Um, no. Seattle would already be North of Tacoma. The internet is a wondrous place, more people, including authors, should use it for research if they’ve never been to the city or country before. And maps… MAPS! Geography people! Learn it.
Okay, so maybe I care a bit more than I’ve let on.
While I don’t have a preference for settings I do get kinda excited with books that take place in England or Ireland. I have a very special love for Ireland, so any books set there give me warm fuzzy feelings.
Also, if I’m honest, I’m a bit bummed that nearly no books take place in Mexico, I think I’ve only read one or two books that do.
Normally I don’t pay attention, and lots of books fall into Faceless City territory, unless it’s something local (like what Kristie mentioned), because if someone gets Seattle wrong, it kind of sticks out. I do appreciate it though when the author really creates a location that is very new to me, like Rose Christo’s Gives Light, which was on a Shoshone Indian reservation, or in Harper Fox’s Scrap Metal, which was on the windy coast of Scotland. In both books, the setting seemed to be a strong character itself, which made it a really vivid reading experience.
It’s not necessarily something that I look for when selecting stories, but I do enjoy traveling the world through my books. I have noticed that I’ve been attracted to authors that take me to different places on a regular basis, especially those that create rich wonderful backgrounds….imaginary or real.