Monday, December 4, 2017

Nine Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

I have a hard time with topics like this because 1) I don't like to travel that much and 2) there are many, many book settings I would never want to visit. I don't understand when I see books like The Hunger Games on lists of fictional worlds that people want to visit, or books set in historical periods when people had fewer rights and died from lots of things that are preventable today. (I know I'm too much of a realist sometimes.) Anyway, I did come up with nine books that either presented a desirable fictional world or actually made me interested in visiting some part of our world — here you go.

1. All Creatures Great and Small: Yorkshire Dales
James Herriot makes spring and summer in the Dales (at least in the 1940s) sound like the most idyllic environment one could be in — wide open blue skies, rolling hills, calm meadows.

2. Anne of Green Gables: Prince Edward Island
I've only made two very quick stops across the Canadian border, and I think this would be a fun place to visit, knowing that there are Anne-related tourist stops around the island.

3. Birdsong: WWI battlefields
I've mentioned before that my great-grandfather served in World War I, and in this book one of the main characters visits the site of a battle her grandfather fought in. It made me want to see the parts of France mentioned in my great-grandfather's memoir of the war.

4. Eat, Pray, Love: Italy
I mentioned this in my list of books that make me hungry, but this book made me want to seek out the local restaurants in Italy that don't even have a name where the food was so good it made Elizabeth Gilbert cry.

5. The Fault in Our Stars: Amsterdam
Technically I got interested in Amsterdam from John Green's videos while he was researching for The Fault in Our Stars, but either way, it sounds like a cool city.

6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Guernsey
I don't think I knew this island existed before I read this book, but it sounds like a lovely place to visit.

7. The Harry Potter series: Hogwarts
I mean... obviously.

8. The Phantom Tollbooth: Kingdom of Wisdom
I don't think I'd want to get stuck in this bizarre world of words and numbers permanently, but visit it? Totally.

9. Totto-Chan: Tokyo
I have actually visited Tokyo, but it was before I read this book. I don't know if the location of her school is marked today, but given this book's popularity in Japan I would think it's possible.

Which books would you voluntarily inhabit?

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