This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.I’m not gonna lie, this is a pretty tough topic for me. A lot of the real locations in books that I’ve read that are the most majestic, I’ve already been to. (Think Paris, London, New York…) And a lot of the fictional worlds, fantasy/sci-fi, are so caught up in wars, rebellions, or scary monsters that I don’t necessarily want to be there. Yes, once again, I’m taking a topic way too literally, but whatever, this is how I roll. Cue a pretty clichéd list.
Real Places I Want To Visit
1. Prague – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This is absolutely first on my list for this topic. Taylor’s writing is beautifully vivid, but she made Prague one of the most beautiful places on Earth, I swear. I want to go there so badly now, purely because of this book.
2. Rome – Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
I know, I’ve been all around Europe, pretty much, but NOT to Rome. THE OUTRAGE. I want to go so badly, and I love Dan Brown’s way of showing these beautiful cities with all their histories and everything.
3. Washington, D.C. – The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Since I got to cross New York off my list of places to visit this year, Washington, D.C. is now at the top of my list of US cities. And same as the previous one, Dan Brown + cities/history = wanderlust. Though I didn’t enjoy this book as much, the city still came to life.
4. Oxford – The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
In lieu of London, since I’ve already been there multiple times, I’ll take Oxford! But err, not Samantha’s dystopian version, haha. Still, I love the atmosphere and the history, so Samantha’s version + what I know of the city and have seen in pictures = I waaaaaant.
5. Japan – Ink by Amanda Sun
Err, in spite of how much I didn’t like the book, I still love Japan, and I’m desperate to go there. I have been ever since I became obsessed with anime and J-dramas back in… 2005-ish? The culture just fascinates me. I really do need to plan a trip there sometime.
Fictional Places I Want To Visit
1. Hogwarts – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I was torn between Hogwarts and Diagon Alley, but it’s still pretty much my lifelong dream to be a student at Hogwarts. This should surprise exactly no one.
2. Rivendell – The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
I could choose 10 places in Middle Earth alone (granted, I could have just said Middle Earth), but top of the list for me would be Rivendell. I just love how the elves live in harmony with nature, and the beautiful trees and waterfalls around Rivendell are simply magical.
3. Camp Half-Blood – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Duh. I mean really. Duh.
4. Neverland – Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz
THE FIRST OF MANY TIMES HOOK’S REVENGE WILL BE ON MY TOP TEN TUESDAYS. But seriously, Schulz totally captured the beauty of Neverland. Who wouldn’t want to hang with pirates, faeries, and mermaids?
5. The Crucible – The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Live in a storybook full of magic, dragons, and fairytales? Yes please?