Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Places I’d Like to Visit 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’ve fallen out of the habit of doing these but I really enjoy writing them and reading other people’s lists, so let’s try to get back on it! This week’s prompt is: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit. I’ve split this list in half; the first are real world locations that have inspired wanderlust and the second half are worlds that only exist in books (because where is the fun in staying stranded on our world?).


Singapore, Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

 

Singapore is on my travel bucketlist and Crazy Rich Asians makes it sound even more amazing. It’s the greenest city in Asia (with the aim to be the greenest city in the world), it’s modern, it’s beautiful, there’s great food there – what’s not to love?


New York, 1899, The Luxe series – Anna Godberson

Think Gossip Girl but with a nineteenth century backdrop. I love the high-class world of New York in these books and the change that is fast approaching with the turn of the century. I’d like to be invited to a ball please and thank you because just *look* at those gowns.


New York & Paris, 1920s, The works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Fitzgerald wrote and set many of his stories at the height of the roaring 20s. On an intellectual level, I understand that all of the partying and the hedonistic lifestyle was ultimately damaging and as a WOC, the past is not my friend, but this is a fantastical experiment. So, let me party with Gatsby for just one night please, specifically the way that Baz Luhrmann envisioned it. And if I could join the Fitzgeralds and Hemingway in Paris in the 20s during the Jazz Age, that would be wonderful too.

The Fitzgeralds


Talia, Stravaganza series – Mary Hoffman

 

This is a bit of a cheat for the real-world category but the Stravaganza series is based on Italy (and the Medici family) so I think it counts. The books explore different cities and it’s clear that Mary Hoffman has a deep love for the real places they’re based on; Venice, Siena, Florence, Padua, Ravenna, Lucca. Italy is gorgeous, yes, but 16th century Talia would have that extra bit of magic.


Red London, Shades of Magic series – V. E. Schwab

 

Hot off the tails of reading the first two books in the Shades of Magic series, who wouldn’t want to visit Red London? I drew parallels to our world when reading it and Red London to me reads as an Russian/Asian city which would be wonderful to see, even if I missed the Elemental Games.

Map of Red London from Etsy, which you can find here.


Nevermoor, Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend

Nevermore cover

I love the quirky world of Nevermoor and can think of nothing better than spending a week there just exploring the city and staying in the wonderful Hotel Deucalion with a room that would change to suit me. (Just as long as the Wundersmith isn’t around.)


Rebecca’s World, Rebecca’s World – Terry Nation

Rebecca's World

In this book the protagonist Rebecca finds herself on another planet where trees are scarce and there are ghosts haunting the world. Okay, so this is probably the least appealing bookish place on the list but this book is such a huge childhood favourite of mine that a short visit would be both safe and exciting.


The Land of Oz, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum

Marvelous Map of Oz
The Marvelous Map of Oz via Oz Wiki

Another one on the list that would fulfil a childhood dream! Let’s take a quick trip to Munchkin Land and follow the yellow brick road (eee!) to explore the Emerald City and see whether it really is that green.


This was harder than I had thought – a lot of the SF/fantasy books I love would probably not be nice to visit, even for a short trip. (And can you tell I just really want to go to New York?) Which bookish places would you want to visit?

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Places I’d Like to Visit 

    1. Red London is the dream!
      Paris is wonderful and I loved Shakespeare & Co but watching Midnight in Paris made me want to see it in the 20s too 😂

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