Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Brooke and the Bookish. This week's list of the top ten places books have made me want to visit, fictional or not. I only picked fictional places because I apparently like things I can never have. 

10. The Desert from "Vessel" by Sarah Beth Durst: I was a bit disappointed by the book, but the world-building was beautiful. It made me want to see the Sky Serpents and the Sand Wolves and the Silk Worms (even though all these creatures are not particularly friendly at best and out for your blood at worst).

9. The Forest from "The School for Good and Evil" by Soman Chainani: the dark fairy-tale world the main characters spend the whole book terrified of is not a place where I'd like to live, but I'd totally want to visit it, with its vast array of strange creatures.

8 London Below from "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman: it's a dark and dangerous place and going there means giving up everything you've ever known, which is why it ranks so low on this list - I'm not sure whether I'd be exactly happy to find myself there. It's however, an incredibly fascinating world.

7. Phantasia from "The Neverending Strory" by Michael Ende: a place where all stories come true? Sign me up! There's that downside of forgetting who you are and being blocked there forever, though, so, again, it's pretty low on the list.

6. The University from "The Kingkiller Chronicles" by Patrick Rothfuss: lo and behold! The first magic school in this list (and definitely not the last). And you don't only learn magic, it's also the place where pretty much all the knowledge in that world is kept and taught. You can learn anything there. 

5. Narnia from "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis: if as a child you didn't want to go to Narnia, you're lying. Aside from being a metaphor of paradise, it's every child's dream: a place where you can escape to to have adventures, vanquish foes and make wonderful friends, and be back in time for dinner. 

4. Discworld from the "Discworld" novels by Terry Pratchett: I can't pick just one location to visit in Discworld, since it's so multi-faced and bizarre. I want to go to Ank-Morpork, and I want to go the Ramtops and meet the witches, and... you get the idea. Discorworld is awesome.

3. Camp Half-Blood from "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" by Rick Riordan: I have never been much for summer camps, but even I can't resist the charm of Camp Half-Blood. You learn to fight monsters, and your teacher is the centaur that helped shape the greatest Greek heroes. You also  get to participate in  a really awesome (and pretty violent, but still) game of capture the flag.

2. Middle Earth from "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien: I was originally going to go with the Shire, but then I realized there wasn't a place in Middle Earth that I didn't want to visit (except Mordor). The Shire would be the first place I'd go to, though.

1. The Wizarding World from "Harry Potter" by J.K. Rowling: the whole Wizarding World (because I really really couldn't pick just one place), but especially Hogwarts. Don't lie, you're all still waiting for your letters.

What about you? What fictional places would you like to visit? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Kayla (The Bookish Owl)October 14, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Narnia, the Wizarding World and Camp Half-Blood are some of the best fictional universes ever! :)

  2. Hogwarts... Yes!! I'd start at Lothlórien in Middle Earth :)
    I'd also like to visit Narnia, Mirrorworld, Creepy Hollow and The lands about the Magic Faraway Tree.

  3. Nice list! I loved your description of Narnia..."and be back in time for dinner" :)

  4. I went the other direction this week and chose all real locations. I did make a similar list a while back with fictional places, though. Hogwarts made that list (of course).

  5. I almost put camp half blood on my list too!