Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Places to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week's theme. You can find out everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week's theme is 'Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit'. At first I didn't think I'd manage to think of ten places, but as soon as I started my list I discovered there were more places I wanted to visit than I thought, so let's dive in!

Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: This is bound to be on pretty much everyone's list, right? I don't think I have to explain myself. I'm a Ravenclaw through and through and I want to go to Hogwarts!

Hogsmeade/Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: I'm not going to go to Hogwarts and miss out on a few trips to Hogsmeade. I want to try out butterbeer and fire whiskey and go shopping in Flourish and Blotts!

Wonderland from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: I love this book (I'm sure that's no shock given the state of my blog) so I'd love to go to Wonderland, but I wouldn't want to stay there too long - it's such a bizarre place that I don't think it'd take me long to get homesick and go mad.

Narnia from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: There are talking animals in Narnia. Why wouldn't I go?

The Garden from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: I love The Secret Garden, and there's something that sounds so peaceful and cathartic about the garden that I'd love to take a picnic and spend an afternoon there.

Stormhold from Stardust by Neil Gaiman: Any place where the Queen is an immortal star I want to visit. Yvaine's awesome.

The Shire from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: This is going to sound odd, but for a couple of years of my childhood I lived in an area of the UK that was sort of similar to the Shire. No it wasn't full of hobbits (boo!) but it was, as were all the places I lived during my childhood, in the countryside. We lived in an area where there were a lot of open fields and farms - in fact my older sister dated a farmer's son for a little while and I got to meet some piglets. Then in North Yorkshire, where I'm originally from and spent the majority of my childhood, each year there was a show where people entered their animals, from guinea pigs to horses, into competitions and sold their produce and homemade jewellery. There's just something about the Shire that reminds me of my childhood and I'd love to go there. Plus if I went anywhere else in Middle Earth I'd probably get stabbed.

Helford River from Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier: First thing's first, Helford River is a real place so I can go there one day (woohoo!). I've been to Cornwall before, some years ago now, but recently I've had a real desire to go there again and reading Frenchman's Creek convinced me that I need to go back. 

Dorne from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin: Okay, I'm cheating a little here because while I watch Game of Thrones I have yet to read the books. To be honest I'd rather stay away from Westeros entirely, but there's something about Dorne that sounds like a lot of fun.

Luna from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Luna might not be the best place to visit - Levana's crazy - but if there's a colony on the moon then hell yeah I want to see it!

Where would you visit?


  1. Wonderland didn't even occur to me, but that's such a great choice!

    1. It'd certainly be a fun way to spend an afternoon!

  2. Narnia would be beautiful to see in the winter! I haven't read the Chronicles of Narnia yet, but they're on my list!
    Great List!

    1. It would! :) I read The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was younger and I enjoyed them, but I never got around to the others. I'll have to cross them off my TBR one day!

  3. Oh, wow, the Garden is a *great* idea! I'd love to go there. That's one of my favourite childhood reads. But I think I'd stay clear of Wonderland - too many crazy things and not enough rules for me :)

    1. Haha yeah I wouldn't want to stay in Wonderland for very long!

  4. Great choices! Many of them made my list too. :)

  5. I read The Chronicles of Narnia a very, very long time ago, and I don't really remember much about it! And I only read the first Harry Potter. But the places on your list sound pretty great to me!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight