Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit
Places books have made me want to visit… Aside from a few obvious childhood favourite bookish settings, I don’t think I’ve ever really given this one much consideration… But there’s no time like the present! I don’t think I’ll be including many dystopians this week, while they make for excellent reading, there’s not many of them I’d like to live in personally!
1. Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, The Burrow, Diagon Alley and Godric’s Hollow from Harry Potter – the Queen of storytelling, Ms J K Rowling, truly created a masterpiece with this series. While I usually leave my Harry Potter reference until last, I couldn’t resist listing some of my favourite places from this series first. With any luck, I’ll get to go to the Harry Potter Studios in London someday, but really, I’d love to get lost and spend forever in this wonderful world.
2. Alicante and Idris from The Mortal Instruments – Another fantasy world that I love, and another group of friends I’d love to know. The city of Idris sounds mysterious, beautiful and unique, and it would definitely be on my travel bucket-list. Check out my series overview for the Mortal Instruments.
3. “Here” from A Place Called Here – I didn’t love this book, but something about “Here” caught my attention. A place where lost things, and people, go. It’s whimsical, it’s dreamlike, and it has heart. Cecelia Ahern seems to dip into magical realism, and I don’t usually enjoy these stories as much as I enjoy her contemporaries (P.S I Love You and Love, Rosie are still my favourites, though Love, Rosie was called Where Rainbows End when I read it… changing the names of books, why?!).
4. 1920’s London from The House of Eliott – The glamour, the political movements, the era, the setting. This book pulled me in much more than I thought it would, and I was hopelessly hooked. A really enjoyable historical fiction read, especially for those who normally shy away when the words “historical” and “fiction” are placed together. My review of The House of Eliott.
5. 1500’s England from The White Queen – I’m taking a serious step back in time with this one, and while I’m sure the reality of 1400’s England is no where near as comfortable and cosy looking as the TV Show adaptation made out, I’ve become slightly obsessed with the era of The War of the Roses, and subsequently The Tudors. The royal court, the ladies in waiting, the Knights and Lords and revelry!
6. Manhattan/San Francisco from The Princess Diaries – Depending on whether you’re following the book location, or the movie version, but either way I’d like to at least be friends with Mia, if not be her 😉
7. Malory Towers from Malory Towers – I’m surprised how many “older” locations are making it into my list today, who would have thought it?! I was swept away by this old-school world when I was a kid, and kind of longed for the simplistic but amazing experiences these characters had.
8. The Chocolate Factory from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Who wouldn’t want to go here? But the original version obviously, not the ridiculous new one. Even if I love Johnny Depp, you just can’t beat the original!
9. Neverland from Peter Pan – I’m cheating with this one, as I’ve never read the book, so I’m basing this choice on the depiction of Neverland from the Disney cartoon and the movie, Hook.
10. Cherry Tree Lane from Mary Poppins – But only while Mary Poppins is there to go on adventures with her, Bert and the dancing penguins, of course.
Which locations and places have made your list today? My list is rather fantastical and make-believe! Link me up or let me know in the comments! Happy reading, Book Geeks!