Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Top Ten Tuesday: Let's Travel! (Through Bookworld)
As always, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
Today's topic is Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit (both fictional and real).
So... let's begin!
1. Middle Earth. I expect to see this on 99% of the lists I visit from the linkup. Let's have a book blogger field trip to Middle Earth!
(But seriously, wouldn't that be awesome? If we could have a big yearly trip with all the book bloggers to some fictional place. We could vote for the top location, and aaaahhh let me just pause in the unachievable beauty of it all....!)
2. Narnia. Again, an obvious one. But clearly impossible, even in the fictional sense, because (highlight for spoilers):it's destroyed in The Last Battle. And I like to stick to canon.
3. The 100 Acre Wood. From Winnie the Pooh. It must be gorgeous!
4. Ravka, from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Like Ukraine, except magical. Such perfection. (I also want to visit Ukraine, but not for literary reasons. So it's not on this list.)
5. Venice. Yes, yes, I've been there once before. But only for three days! So I must return. I haven't read about it in a particular book, but I am writing one myself, so technically, you can say that a book has made me want to (re)visit it!
(Hey, it'll be for research. Yes. My excuse.)
6. London. Also been there before. But desperately need to revisit again! 221B Baker St., the Globe Theater, even the little restaurant in Greenwich where Charles Dickens drafted Our Mutual Friend - London (and it's surroundings) are replete with literary history!
(Yes, I've been to all the above mentioned places. YES 221B YES I DO NOT LIE)
7. On a similar strain, England during the Middle Ages. When we were little book-obsessed hobbits, my sister and I would plot what we would do if we entered the story of Robin Hood. We had everything planned out, down to the common sense things (like bringing an extra pair of glasses because what if ours broke while we battled with the sherriff's men? Sadly there are no optometry shops in medieval England). We were very logically imaginative children.
8. Regency Era England. Clearly, I like England. (It is on the top of my list for potential study abroad experiences next year.) Imagine how much fun it would be, going to all those balls with the Bennets and the Dashwoods and all their friends. Though... quiet and nice as I am, I might get frustrated by all the unspoken rules and implied connotations that seem to cause all the problems Jane Austen's books... Also, I am not very witty, when you put me on the spot. And all the nice people in Austen seem to hang out with the nice witty people. So darn.
9. Okay, I'm going to cheat here, and say Jasper Fforde's Bookworld. Which (if you haven't read his Thursday Next series) is basically the world of every single book that's ever been written. It's where books happen when you're reading them. It's kind of hard to explain, so you should just go off and read The Eyre Affair and eveything beyond it. So go.
There is no 10 because right now the one place I want to really go is BED. I am drowsing off at my desk.
This is what college does to you, people!
Where have books made you want to travel?