Unlike last week, I had no problem filling up the list this week. Honestly, I could have shared twice as many ideas!
1. Prehistoric Africa.
I’ve read dozens of prehistoric novels over the years. The vast majority of them were set in Europe or places very close to that continent. It would be really nice to read more books set in other parts of the world.
2. The Moons of Jupiter.
I’ve read many books about Mars and the Earth’s moon. It would be interesting to see how authors imagine life might be on other planets or moons.
3. Dirty Jobs.
That is, I’d love to read more books about characters who make a living as custodians, maids, sewage treatment plant workers, professional cleanup crews who are sent to clean up crime scenes, or other jobs that involve dealing with what can be difficult working conditions.
4. Hospital Waiting Rooms.
Seriously, think about all of the dramatic things that happen in hospitals: births, deaths, elective surgeries, emergency surgeries, and more. I’ve read plenty of books set in the emergency room, but not so many that focus on what it feels like to sit and wait to find out how a loved one is doing when the outcome is uncertain or you’ve been kept waiting much longer than expected.
5. Somewhere Beyond the “Staff Only,” “Closed for Construction,” or “Do Not Enter” Signs
Have I ever ignored one of these signs in real life? No, of course not.
Am I a little curious to see what those places look like? Yes, especially if they’re in a library or bookstore. What new books might be hidden behind that door? If only we could know!
6. Cruise Ship Stops.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was on an Alaskan cruise with my spouse and extended family earlier this year. All three of our stops were in small, Alaskan towns where tourism had become one of their major sources of income and employment.
I think it would be incredibly interesting to read a book set in one of these stops in the off-season. I wonder what they’re like when all of the tourists stop visiting for the season and only the locals remain?
7. Subway Tunnels.
Have I ever ignored the “keep out” signs and wandered into one of Toronto’s subway tunnels? No, of course not.
Would I sign up for a guided tour of them in a heartbeat if the TTC ever offered such a thing? Heck yes!
(Have you noticed the pattern here yet?)
8. Vegan Restaurants and Bakeries.
I’m not vegan, but I do go to vegan restaurants and bakeries on occasion because I like their cuisine and because it’s basically impossible to have an allergic reaction to something that is never on the menu! Based on the wonderful personalties of the people who work at the places I visit, I think this would make a fantastic setting.
9. Magic Show Rehearsals.
The cruise I went on with my family included shows from a talented magician. I can’t help but to wonder what the rehearsals for some of his tricks looked like!
10. National Parks.
As a diehard city person who loves her air conditioning and soft bed, I find the idea of disconnecting from the Internet and all other modern conveniences to go spend time in nature to be as interesting as it is slightly bewildering.
Maybe there are lots of books about spending time in national parks already and I’m not looking in the right places for them? At any rate, I wouldn’t mind having more of them.