By Klancy Hoover
As I looked at the books I’ve read over time on Goodreads, I thought it was interesting that only a couple of the books I read took place in my local area. New York seems to be the popular setting for most contemporary books, at least the ones that I’ve read, which makes sense because it’s a setting that is so well known to readers. Everyone has heard of New York and seen pieces of it in movies or in real-life. But I was curious to search for books that were set in my state, Indiana, and was surprised to find that there were a few books that were well-known in the reading community. Here are a few that I found:
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
I think it would be very interesting to read these three books and see where they take place in Indiana. Not only to read about a state I live in, but also to consider the places that the setting takes place in each book. Is there a coffee shop in the book that I haven’t been to? Or a restaurant that I would want to try? I really feel like reading these three books will help me learn more about my home state and will encourage me to explore more. There are so many places in Indiana that I haven’t been to, and it would be interesting to see how the books portray them.
I highly recommend reading books that take place in the city you live in as well. You could learn about cool hangout spots that you’ve never considered visiting before. If you’re traveling, reading books that take place in the city you’re traveling to could help you get an idea of where you would want to visit or what you should expect to encounter while you’re there. Books are often inspired by real-life experiences and, hopefully, they will be able to inspire you to explore different cities to create your own memories and unforgettable experiences.
Edited by Emily Chance