I realise that is the most awkward sentence but… YOLO. Today with Top Ten Tuesday we discuss places books have made us want to visit, whether fictional or real. I LOVE this topic! I definitely have the travel bug and I once did a list of books that feature travel in some way. I can’t visit all the places on this list, but that doesn’t mean I don’t travel there in my dreams!
(Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling)
This will forever and always be #1 on my list (the rest of the list is in no particular order). I so want to be in that old castle, eat in the magnificent dining hall, go through the massive library. Please please please can it exist for realsies.
2. Czech Republic
(Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series, Laini Taylor)
These books also make me wanderlust for Morocco, but I’ve already been there. I’ve NOT been to the Czech Republic and it sounds just fantastic. And historic. And stuff.
(Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes)
I had no idea that Detroit had so much art and culture and personality. I just thought of it as that bankrupt city. Now I really want to see its gritty self. But I sure hope there aren’t really such sicko murderers there though…
(Just One Day, Gayle Forman)
We get a tonne of elective students from Utrecht and Amsterdam, and it sounds like a lovely place. Bicycles! Rivers! Universities!
(Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor)
I’ve always been interested in The Giant of Africa, but reading about Sunny just makes me want to see it for myself even more. Even if there isn’t as much magic as in the book! I can’t even choose a picture because it would just reveal my ignorance about the many faces of Nigeria.
(Tiger Lily, Jodi Lynn Anderson)
Wild and dangerous and beautiful. Gimme!
(The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng)
I want to see the mountains and the tea plantations… they sound incredible!
8. The Ocean
(Life of Pi, Yann Martel)
Don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t want to be shipwrecked! I just really enjoyed living on a ship for four months. The ocean lulled me to sleep and greeted me every morning and it was lovely. There was that one time that we were in a massive Pacific storm, but, you know… we survived it 🙂
9. Some Massachusetts Apple Farm
(Songs of the Humpback Whale, Jodi Picoult)
Yeah, yeah, I’m a big sop. It sounds beautiful though, doesn’t it?
10. The Eastern Cape, South Africa
(Shades, Marguerite Poland)
This is where I hail from. This is where my roots grow. And with all its problems, my heart always yearns for the rugged Eastern Cape.