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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday8 Comments

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic calls for a list of those places that we yearn to visit simply because we read about them in a book. Setting is something that I love in a story and when done well it is almost a character in and of itself. Here are some places both real and ficitional that I would love to visit if given a chance…or in some cases…the chance to go back. What are some places that you would like to visit based on your bookish travels? Let me know in the comments or link me to your Top Ten Tuesday!


Real Places



1. Paris, France – Anna and the French Kiss / Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins and every book that I’ve read set in Paris makes me want to go there and soon….very very soon….like 10 days soon I will be there!



2. London, England – Every book set in London makes me yearn to go back. My love affair with London started long before my first trip there as most historical romances were set there. My first visit involved dragging my friend to the Serpentine and Rotten Row and other similar places. Every book read after that first visit just increases my longing to return and see the new places discussed and to revisit old favorites.




3. Prague – The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and every book/movie set here. Prague is a dream destination of mine so it will happen!!!




4. Italy – Anywhere by J. MeyersWaterfall by Lisa T Bergen / Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Anywhere made me want to backpack through Europe…that book went to Switzerland, France and Germany and I just wanted to go to all those places and more!


5. Australia – Stolen by Lucy Christopher / Graffitti Moon and A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley / Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager and pretty much any book set in this fascinating country. Talk about a place becoming a character in the novels set here, Australia is filled with a raw beauty that I can’t wait to explore.


Places that I wish were real so I could visit



1. The Kingdoms of the West and the Angarak’s via The Belgariad/Mellorian series by David Eddings – this is one of my all time favorite series and one that I re-read often. I just love the story and the characters…if you haven’t read it yet and are a lover of fantasy then you need to check it out. As my most favorite character in the book would say…Trust me.




2. Forgotten Realms – This was a fantasy series that I devoured as a teen. It was just so richly imagined that its hard to believe sometimes that it isn’t real.



3. The World of Skuldenore via Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles, and Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta.

Seven Realms


4. Queendom of the Fells via The Demon King, et al by Cinda William Chima




5. Middle Earth via The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein


And of course….no fictional list is complete without Hogwarts….I’m still waiting for my letter!




8 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit”

  1. Vivien

    Yes!!! This list! Oh man. One more make believe place that I’d add is the Graceling Realm. And I must see the Mayan Temples at some point!

    • Irish

      Yes to Graceling! It was hard to choose just 5 real places and just 5 fictional ones…I could have easily done 10+ for each!

      Do you know of any books set in the Mayan Temples? As I think that would make for some great reading!!