Settings in Books That Just Butter My Eggroll (a rare occasion)

It’s not every day that my eggroll gets buttered.

But when my eggroll does get buttered, it’s a rare and splendid occasion. So I decided to share the occasions that I love the book setting.

Anyways, the title is a reference to the vine video “vines that butter my croissant” and honestly?? I’m just going to start titling my posts based off of vine title videos from now on?? 10/10 idea, definitely.

There are so many different book settings that I really love so here’s a list of some of my favorite book settings and basically a couple of examples for each that I enjoyed that I’m recommending to you!

Forewarning: for almost half of them I say they’re trashy reads so be ready.


asian-inspired worlds

I’m not sure if you guys know, but I love asian-inspired worlds?? I mean, I’m SURE YOU DON’T KNOW, especially from my asian-inspired fantasy books post??

(But I’m linking it down below in case you didn’t see it. Because I love promoting this post!!)

asian inspired books

But anyways, I love fantasy worlds inspired by Asian places and Asian mythology/folklore! THEY’RE ALWAYS SO INTERESTING TO READ ABOUT and I far prefer them over worlds inspired by Western culture.


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The Forbidden Wish is so amazing and magical and it’s an Aladdin retelling and I just love Aladdin so much?? He’s amazing and literally my favorite characterization of Aladdin.

The Wrath & the Dawn was probably one of my first books in young adult and it was SO addictive and I don’t think I put it down?? (Except I don’t remember. But probably.)

As for An Ember in the Ashes, I really enjoyed this novel but I didn’t really enjoy the sequel that much but I’m planning to reread it because Sabaa is a queen and I love her.


palace/kingdom grounds

I always love books set in the palace or a castle or whatever because I JUST LOVE ROYALTY and it’s always so interesting because there’s usually some good political manipulations and I LOVE POLITICAL MANIPULATIONS.

And the descriptions are almost always so vibrant?? I love it when there’s a beautiful garden and the best food is always there.


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And I Darken is a genderbent Vlad the Impaler retelling and it’s so fantastic and Lada is a queen but it’s a big thick and hard to read? It took me a couple of days to finish it, when I can usually finish a book in three hours/a day if I read through multiple sittings.

The Winner’s Curse is actually the sequel in the series, but I thought that the second book had a lot more political intrigue/manipulation than the first one, but the overall series is extremely good and I’d recommend!!!

The Selection is kind of trashy but I did enjoy it when I read it a couple of years ago, so??? I feel like I wouldn’t enjoy it if I reread it now, though. But it does take place in a palace so!!!


the sea/ocean

No, I don’t mean the beach. I mean books set in the MIDDLE of the sea. Like Moby Dick. But not Moby Dick because I haven’t read that.

I always love those set in a ship because there are almost always pirates and pirates?? Are my favorite?? EVER??

And if there aren’t pirates, well… goodbye.

(I’m mostly kidding?)

But if there aren’t any set on a ship, it’s usually travelling and going to tropical and new locations and I JUST LOVE SOME GOOD ISLANDS, because a. they are beautiful and b. my lifetime goal is to just live off the grid on a nice island with wifi.


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Blackhearts is another one of my trashy faves that has a mainly romance plot and I feel like I might get frustrated by the plot if I read it now? But it’s in the sea, soo ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

The Glass Spare was actually really good, a large portion of the book is them travelling from place to place, I think, and the main character is smart and fierce, which I LOVE.

Daughter of the Pirate King was actually almost one of my favorites (it’s not though) and those plot twists had me shaking.


the city

These are always so fun because just. THE CITY.

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Even though!! They can be actually quite horrible in person and people usually scream at you or creep you out, they’re great settings in books because I love going to small locations with really great food.

Literally it all just comes back to food.

(ex. if you start with trees, then trees create books,  then one of my hobbies is to eat food while reading a book.)

Whenever I think of the city I automatically think of Ted Mosby and the HIMYM cast sitting out on their doorsteps?? It just COMES TO MY HEAD AUTOMATICALLY.


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Warcross is amazing and wonderful and I literally love this book so much, god bless Marie Lu!!! I’m impatiently waiting for the sequel to come because I love Emika & Hideo so much and I need to know what happens at the end of the story!!!

I don’t know if you know, but Starfish really meant a lot to me in terms of myself relating to the Asian American representation, and it just felt really personal? I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH (although it can be problematic based off of the abuse representation).

They Both Die at the End is such a sad novel and it’s just about two boys basically walking around the city and it’s so pure and sad and wholesome and I just?? have so much love for both of the characters.


fairy/fairytale worlds

Fairy worlds are so magical? My favorite type is when the fairies are all evil and basically trying to sabotage every turn because usually the protagonist is much smarter than I am and uses their WILES in order to defeat the fairies/other random creatures and?? it’s great?

The farthest I’ve gone to being close to one of these protagonists is probably figuring out how to redeem multiple coupons in one order at Burger King when you’re only allowed to redeem one. But not important!!!

(Answer: the cashier literally doesn’t care.)

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The Cruel Prince is actually one of my favorites!!! I love it so much and the romance was fantastic!! (Although it was less implemented in the story than I predicted.)

I really, really loved The Hazel Wood (also the cover is so so pretty and it shimmers and ahhhh!!) and it kind of transforms from gritty city to the fantastical fairytale world and the transition is done so beautifully.

An Enchantment of Ravens fell short for me in the amazing romance, because while it was interesting and I enjoyed it– it felt extremely insta-lovey to me and the plot felt a bit hurried? But the writing was so beautiful and atmospheric!!



Look, I know all of us hate school and yeah, school is frustrating a lot of the time but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to read about??

Because usually, in a novel, they don’t talk about the tons of assignments they give you, all of it is just fun and baking and stuff!! So!!


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Nice Try, Jane Sinner is honestly so underrated in my opinion because while it has raving reviews it’s underexposed, which just sucks. Jane Sinner is such a hilarious and dry-witted narrator that I actually laughed out LOUD several times.

Winner Take All was such a powerful and gripping story, for me, and although it’s lowkey another one of those trashy reads, I still enjoyed it and it was an extremely fast-paced book.

Vampire Academy is literally the epitome of my trashy read list, and I don’t even care. If I read it again, I would love it. Of course, don’t expect 100% originality and creativity, but I didn’t when I read it and it fit all of my expectations.


I’m leaving the link to the vine video that I referenced in case you guys want to treat yourselves to some vines right here!

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What are your favorite book settings? Do you have any trashy reads & what are they? How horrible are you at giving summaries of books? Do you watch vines & what are your favorites?



    i think we can all agree the best line in this post is the first one, “it’s not every day that my eggroll gets buttered”

    also i’m totally gonna steal the “___ that just butter my eggroll” title idea because i’m sad that i didn’t think of it before

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  2. I LOVE this post! I also happen to be a fan of The Selection because I was obsessed when I first read it, but I’m not sure how much I’d like it if I read it now. Also, if you’re looking for a book based on the water, I highly recommend Song of the Current! There’s a lot of time spent on the river but also in cities so it’s a win-win?? Awesome post!

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    1. THANK YOU ❤ Yeah, exactly! I feel like if I read it now, I'd be frustrated by a lot of things during the story that I didn't really care about when I was a newer reader? I've heard of Song of the Current oml!!! IT SOUNDS REALLY GOOD I'll check it out! Thank you for the recommendation ❤

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  3. Oh my gosh, I have no life, I literally thought of that vine the second I read your title, haha. But yes! I literally melt every time I see something takes place palace or a castle or includes royalty of some sort. It’s pretty pathetic, haha. I’m just now getting into The Selection, and it’s such a fun popcorn read, I can’t wrap my head around all the hate it gets!

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    1. GOOD MY TITLE HAD THE DESIRED EFFECT. I know right?? I love palaces so much and princes and LSKdjflsdkjf they’re just so fun and like,, 100% of my fantasies. Ooh!! Let me know how you feel about the rest of The Selection! I thought it was so fun as well. 🙂


      1. Oh I never read the continuation of this series, I’ve heard mainly the bad reviews, so I’ll just stick to the original series 😂

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    I’m so very happy you’re screaming about The Forbidden Wish because that book is incredible and everyone needs to be screaming about it. I also love love love The WRath and the Dawn and really enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes, have to continue on with this series as soon as I can!
    I also really love city settings and cute contemporary settings overall like schools and small towns, they seem pretty basic, but they’re all fluffy and adorable especially with the characters in it soooooooooo I’m all for these kind of settings haha 😀
    Loved this post 😀

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT. The Forbidden Wish is soooo good it literally deserves so much more hype than it gets in my opinion??? Also YES THE WRATH AND THE DAWN IS SO GOOD (and also I LOVED the king so much!!!)

      Ahahaa yes! I LOVE FLUFFY AND ADORABLE SETTINGS they’re like my guilty pleasure?
      Tysmmm ❤

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  5. This post is so…. aesthetic? And so well done. Legit a treat to read! Also, you are now the reason I’m going to read The Glass Spare! So… thanks, babe! I hope you’re having a happy summer solace! ilysm! 💛xx

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  6. For me, Asian inspired fantasies feel like coming home! It’s exciting to come across phrases you’re familiar with or places that you’ve visited, you know?

    Since you love sea settings (me too!!!), I’d recommend you check out Waters of Salt and Sin by Alisha Klapheke, Air and Ash by Alex Lidell, aaaand Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier.

    I love your recommendations here! Will be checking some of them out!

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    1. Yes, I know right?? It’s so fun to see familiar sights and references??

      Ahhhhhh I haven’t heard of Waters of Salt and Sin but I just checked the goodreads page and it looks oso good!! I’ve heard of the ohers and they look really good thank you so much for the recs!! ❤


  7. Oh oh I love a ton of these too!! Especially the faerie picks ajfkdslad I LOVE THE CRUEL PRINCE SO MUCH. And I only recently read An Enchantment of Ravens and just fell in love. So basically I need to hurry up and read The Hazelwood, right?!😂And cities are great too! Starfish and The Both Die were amazing (still sobbing over TBDATE tho brb).

    I also like small creepy towns…where nothing is quite what it seems and a little magical. OH! And islands! Like The Scorpio Races or Summer of Salt! And I didn’t love The Wicked Deep but looooved the setting so much ahh. 😍😍

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    1. YES I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR THE CRUEL PRINCE CARDAN?? Yes! An Enchantment of Ravens omg I loved Rook so much he was such a cinammon roll. Also about TBDATE– I knowwwww why couldn’t Mateo please not leave the bed. PLEASE.

      Yes I know right!! I love it when there’s like a huge secret in the town but outsiders from the town don’t know it? OOH. ISLANDS ARE SO FANTASTIC. I haven’t read Summer of Salt or The Scorpio Races but they sound soo amazing and I’ll definitely have to read them soon?


    1. Yes, I know right? Wrath of the Dawn was such a fantastic book and I was so much in love with Khalid and I’m not afraid to admit it haha! Blackhearts was actually so enjoyable and I literally read it in one day?? SUCH A FAST-PACED READ.


  8. This is such a great post!! 💕 I love books set in the city and Asian-inspired worlds too (since I’m Asian as well). ☺️ And I agree, Starfish is such an amazing book in terms of the Asian and anxiety rep. And just wondering, since you like books set in the sea/ocean, have you read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue? (There’s only a small part set in the sea but I’m just curious haha.)

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    1. Thank you so much!! ❤ I agree, right? Asian-inspired worlds always seem so magical and feel so familiar to me? I actually haven't read The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue!! It sounds really fantastic and cute, though so I think I have to pick it up?

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  9. I loved reading this!! And yay for vine titles! *Tries to work out what vines actually are* *Assumes it’s a grape vine* *Laughs nervously*

    AND OHHH ASIAN INSPIRED WORLDS ARE JUST THE BEST!! I haven’t read many of these but I’m super hyped to try some! I’m planning on reading the Selection soon! It’s currently not in my library but I HAVE RESERVED IT!! (yay for me actually doing something for a change)


    AAAGGHH THE CRUEL PRINCE WAS SO GOOD?? And CARDAN is like everything?? And I want to read Starfish and They all Die at the End so bad??

    i haven’t read that many ya books with schools but fantasy is life

    Great post! xx ❤️😀

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    1. Thank you so much, Kerys!! AHAHAHA you didn’t know what vines are?? I KNOW RIGHT. ASIAN INSPIRED WORLDS ARE SO FANTASTIC AND MAGICAL AND WONDERFUL I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH. Ooh, let me know how you feel about The Selection!!


      Thank youuuuuuu!!!

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      1. No problem!! Not really?? I mean I probably do somewhere in my head but I’ve just forgotten the name?? AND YEESSSS THEY ARE SO AMAZING AND AGHHH I LOVE THEM!! I’ll be sure to tell you!

        Definitely! #Food4Life CARDAN IS SO SWEET AND HE’S MY BABY AND I LOVE HIM!!! And the second one’s not coming out till next year?? IT’S SO CRUEL AND I’M IN SO MUCH PAIIINNNN. I really want to read them I can’t wait! xx ❤️😀


  10. I don’t usually get into city settings as much as I do with other settings (um, hello fantasy/castles which I’m 3000% with you on) but Warcross really made me a believer. I totally wanted to be walking the streets with Emika! And I think you nailed it on the head with school – I love the school setting now that I’m not forced to write papers and try to cram everything in a tiny locker. Wonderful post, and these settings were all great! 🙂

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    1. Hahaha I know right? WARCROSS WAS SO BEAUTIFUL and aren’t you actually so excited for the sequel? Yes! I like school settings especially since they have such an absence of pressure (which might be unrealistic but we’re looking to escape, right) so thank you so much!


  11. I have to say Fantasy worlds are my favorite. I do have a thing for vibrant city settings, but most of the time I’m a fantasy setting kind of girl. The world of the Grisha is one of my faves because it actually feels like it’s really grounded, and I also get the city vibes from Ketterdam XD

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  12. YES TO ALL OF THESE!!! Hahaha I love love love Asian-inspired fantasy and anything palace related–I think I wrote posts about both of these things a couple of years ago hahaha I love The Forbidden Wish and TWATD and Ember in the Ashes you should really give it another chance hahaha I also love Russian-inspired fantasy!! Some of my favorite books : The Grisha trilogy, The Crown’s Game, The Bear and the Nightingale. Also BIG YES to The Winner’s Curse. I also love magical country (is this even the right term) or magical land like Red London from ADSOM and Weep from Strange the Dreamer ❤ great post!! 😀

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    1. I think that I’m definitely going to give Ember in the Ashes another chance!! I honestly really liked the first book, but I just didn’t enjoy the second book as much as the first. HOWEVER, the author is a stunning and amazing person so I’ll give it another chance 🙂 THE WINNER’S CURSE WAS AMAZING AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH?


  13. Loved this post! I have never been one to care for settings- they have never been that important. But this definitely opened my eyes to that! I’d have to say I’m one for school or castles! Royalty is always fun… right??


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