Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic was focused on all the amazing places books have made you, as a reader, desire to visit, whether real or fictional!
1) Hogwarts/Diagon Alley/ Hogsmeade: Being a huge Harry Potter fan, there was no doubt in my mind that this was going to be at the very top of my list. Basically anywhere in the wizarding world would be fine by me to visit. When I was in London this past January I did several Harry Potter walking tours, and it was fantastic to see a lot of the interior and exterior filming locations, as well as doing the WB studio tour. However, nothing would compare to the actual, fantasy world!
2) Idris from The Mortal Instruments: I loved City of Glass largely because it took place mainly in Idris, the Shadowhunter country specifically for Nephilim, where everything is lush and green and woodsy. I always love when fantasy books have a realm where the paranormal characters get to live amongst just each other because its fascinating to see what their societies are like without having to hide their abilities.
3) Paris: Anna and the French kiss did me in, making my obsession with going back to Europe even stronger. I about died when she would describe the patisseries she’d visit and the rainy nights strolling along the Latin Quarter. This book made me swoon over a place more than a person! Also, I’ve harbored a strong desire to see France ever since I was introduced to Madeline as a small child.
4) Maine: Thanks to This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, I can’t stop picturing staying in a tiny little seaside town at the tip of the country for a quiet and magical summer.
5) Omaha (or some other snowy loaction): I just finished Landline by Rainbow Rowell and the white Christmas setting in the book seemed so picture-esque and beautiful…although I’m assuming living in months of snow would quickly become more irritating than charming.
6) Cross Country Road Trip: Ok, not exactly a specific location, but after reading Walk Two Moons as a child, I was in awe of the majestic sights and natural magic that Sal saw and experienced from the backseat of her grandparent’s car. (Now I’m nostalgic for a reread!)
7) Greec: I loved returning to the colorful cliffside houses and the perfect blue sea and the culture of Greece with every installment of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Lena’s chapters were always my favorite, and I loved seeing her interact with her foreign relatives and reconciling with her Grecian heritage.
8) Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory: Self explanatory! I do love both the classic and the modern film adaptations as well.
9) Halloween Town: Ok, so there’s not one specific book I’d link this too, but the concept of a Halloween Town where the inhabitants are all fantasy and paranormal creatures pops up again and again in children’s literature (the Halloweentown movies by Disney, The Nightmare Before Christmas movie, book, and poem, etc). I love Halloween and as a child was obsessed with the idea of a Halloween Town, where the fantasy was real all year long!
10) Dreams: Thanks to books like The Dream Thieves and The Nightmare Affair, the idea of being able to manipulate my own dreams, play out scenarios actively in them, and manifest objects to bring back to the waking world seems too cool.