Best Books with Rural Settings
Looking for a book straight out of the wild? Vote for your favorite works with rural settings here.

To get you started, trek into the wilderness with these five recs from Charles Frazier, the Appalachian native behind Nightwoods, a novel set at an abandoned mountain lodge. See his picks here!
1 To Kill a Mockingbird
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2 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 389,479 ratings
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3 The Secret Garden
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 467,462 ratings
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4 Jane Eyre
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 886,965 ratings
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5 Wuthering Heights
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 674,847 ratings
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6 Little Women (Little Women,...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 959,665 ratings
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7 Charlotte's Web
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 652,141 ratings
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8 The Little House Collection...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 107,165 ratings
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9 The Adventures of Huckleber...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 818,812 ratings
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10 The Fellowship of the Ring ...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 1,160,914 ratings
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11 Of Mice and Men
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,060,671 ratings
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12 The Grapes of Wrath
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 383,340 ratings
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13 The Hobbit
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,569,397 ratings
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14 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 637,972 ratings
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15 Heidi
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 123,122 ratings
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16 Animal Farm
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,348,876 ratings
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17 My Ántonia
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 74,305 ratings
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18 Tess of the d'Urbervilles
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 123,201 ratings
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19 Sense and Sensibility
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 574,557 ratings
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20 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 2,902,962 ratings
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21 The Chronicles of Narnia (C...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 284,245 ratings
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22 The Tale of Peter Rabbit
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 114,877 ratings
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23 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 380,287 ratings
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24 Watership Down
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 215,013 ratings
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25 The Poisonwood Bible
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 445,555 ratings
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26 The Wind in the Willows
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 92,372 ratings
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27 Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Gr...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 66,882 ratings
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28 Walden
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 80,736 ratings
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29 East of Eden
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 240,498 ratings
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30 All Creatures Great and Small
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 70,370 ratings
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31 A Midsummer Night's Dream
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 247,887 ratings
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32 The Call of the Wild
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 168,354 ratings
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33 Little House in the Big Woo...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 115,054 ratings
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34 The Scarlet Letter
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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 380,444 ratings
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35 The Help
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,078,426 ratings
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36 The Hound of the Baskervill...
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37 Fried Green Tomatoes at the...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 148,584 ratings
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38 Winnie-the-Pooh
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 155,859 ratings
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39 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 178,201 ratings
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40 Dracula (Barnes & Noble Cla...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 422,755 ratings
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41 Far from the Madding Crowd
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 53,987 ratings
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42 The Good Earth (House of Ea...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 142,665 ratings
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43 Tuck Everlasting
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 130,764 ratings
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44 A Walk in the Woods: Redisc...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 159,276 ratings
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45 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 300,280 ratings
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46 Rebecca
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 214,510 ratings
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47 A Painted House
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 49,279 ratings
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48 Little House on the Prairie...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 139,196 ratings
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49 The Witch of Blackbird Pond
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 80,742 ratings
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50 Misery
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 225,993 ratings
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51 Island of the Blue Dolphins...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 183,601 ratings
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52 I Capture the Castle
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 42,247 ratings
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53 The Mists of Avalon (Avalon...
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54 Cold Comfort Farm
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 20,612 ratings
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55 Christy
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 26,497 ratings
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56 Prodigal Summer
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 62,071 ratings
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57 Cold Sassy Tree
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 60,659 ratings
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58 Cold Mountain
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 137,048 ratings
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59 Ethan Frome
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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 54,452 ratings
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60 The Road
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 394,676 ratings
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61 Where the Red Fern Grows
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 205,128 ratings
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62 Caddie Woodlawn
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 27,925 ratings
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63 Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 146,254 ratings
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64 Emily of New Moon (Emily of...
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65 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 39,285 ratings
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66 Blueberries for Sal
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 40,501 ratings
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67 The Thorn Birds
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 194,758 ratings
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68 Pride and Prejudice
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,370,295 ratings
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69 Wives and Daughters
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 23,433 ratings
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70 One Hundred Years of Solitude
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 415,245 ratings
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71 A Thousand Splendid Suns
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 556,523 ratings
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72 O Pioneers! (Great Plains T...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 22,328 ratings
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73 Plot Music
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 47 ratings
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74 Danny the Champion of the W...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 30,089 ratings
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75 As I Lay Dying
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 75,209 ratings
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76 She Walks These Hills (Ball...
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77 Middlemarch
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 72,929 ratings
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78 Payback in Time
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79 The Tempest
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 94,462 ratings
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80 Atonement
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 268,686 ratings
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81 David Copperfield
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 112,992 ratings
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82 White Fang
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 72,211 ratings
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83 Robin Hood
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,568 ratings
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84 Emily Climbs (Emily, #2)
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 11,821 ratings
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85 The Swiss Family Robinson
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 60,647 ratings
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86 Brideshead Revisited
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 52,456 ratings
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87 Things Fall Apart (The Afri...
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 149,187 ratings
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88 The Kite Runner
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 1,253,592 ratings
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89 Silas Marner
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 32,662 ratings
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90 The Horse Whisperer
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 30,522 ratings
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91 Emily's Quest (Emily, #3)
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 8,756 ratings
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92 By the Shores of Silver Lak...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 40,752 ratings
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93 Anne of Ingleside (Anne of ...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 26,078 ratings
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94 Winter's Bone
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 14,638 ratings
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95 Mudbound
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 34,575 ratings
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96 Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 21,778 ratings
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97 The Sword in the Stone (The...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 12,174 ratings
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98 The Shoppe of Spells
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 113 ratings
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99 The Blue Castle
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 11,591 ratings
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100 Beauty: A Retelling of the ...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 46,866 ratings
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Comments (showing 1-14 of 14) (14 new)

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message 1: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl To Kill a Mockingbird doesn't have a rural setting. It takes place in a small town.


message 2: by Jan C (new)

Jan C I think that is true with a lot of these. Certainly The Adventures of Tom Sawyer also takes place in a small town.


message 3: by Ian (new)

Ian To kill a mockingbird is in a town, but it has sort of a rural setting around it.


message 4: by Molly (new)

Molly Lovelady Alice in wonderland isn't a rural setting...

Also Into the Wild would be a good add :)


message 5: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Wicke Gone with the Wind? Atlanta? C'mon...


message 6: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl A lot of Gone with the Wind takes place at Tara, though.


message 7: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Wicke Yeah, I'll give you that, but I still don't think of it as a rural kind of book.


message 8: by Chaminda (new)

Chaminda dff


message 9: by Judy (new)

Judy Some of these are definitely not my idea of rural. For those of you looking for a great book, I think "Ordinary Wolves" is a much under-acknowledged book. I found it fascinating, takes place in a remote part of Alaska.


message 10: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah What about The Help? I don't think the citizens of Mississippi would consider their capitol city "a rural setting"!


message 11: by Christine (new)

Christine Gone With the Wind definitely belongs. A lot of the book does take place in a rural setting. But who thinks Jackson Mississippi is rural?!


message 13: by Melanie (new)

Melanie David Copperfield? Rural setting? Not quite.


message 14: by ☯Bettie☯ (new)

☯Bettie☯ There is a discrepancy in the list description which throws voters off. Rural denotes farmed or grazed land i.e. tamed by man in some way. Wild is the opposite. *shrugs*


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