Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TTT - Places books have made me want to visit

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

So apparently the last time I joined in with Top Ten Tuesday was in AUGUST, which is utterly insane... Anyway, seeing as I just got back from almost a month of travel, it seemed appropriate that I talk about all the places I want to go to thanks to books. This topic's kind of appropriate, actually, because I read a couple of books set in London while I was there, and everything made SO MUCH MORE SENSE when I was able to picture the places they were talking about and how you'd get between them. This is probably something that happens all the time for people who live in London and New York and other cities with a million and one books set in them. But when you live in Melbourne? Yeah, not so much... *sigh*

Anyway, here's my top ten:

1. Hogwarts! 
Please, like you'd say anything else. If there was one fictional place in all of time and space that I could go to, it would be Hogwarts. No contest. 

2. Italy
Every YA book that features a trip to Europe seems to feature Italy in some way, shape or form. I blame J. Meyers and her book Anywhere for this one. 

3. Scotland
Sure, it's grey and rainy like ALL THE TIME in reality. But I just want to gooooooooooooooooooo. And yes, Outlander may be partly responsible for this...

4. Discworld
Yeah yeah, another fictional place, I know. But despite all the war and the unexpected dragons and the murder and the general ridiculousness, I think Discworld would be a pretty fun place to hang out. 

5. Canada
I may have lived there as a kid, but I haven't been back in 20 years. I've read a few books set in Toronto or Vancouver recently, and reading about places that I only vaguely remember is making me want to go back. Like, a lot. 

6. San Francisco
This one is courtesy of Lola and the Boy Next Door and The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

7. Prague 
This has been on my go-to list for a while, but I don't think there's anything that pushed it up the list faster than reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone

8. An island off the US coast
This is nice and non-specific, but between several YA books set in small island towns and one of the books I'm reading at the moment, I really want to go to an island. I'm not fussy about which one. 

9. Paris
You'd think this would be on the list courtesy of Stephanie Perkins, but it's not. It's because of Joanne Harris' The Lollipop Shoes (published in the US as The Girl With No Shadow), which is set almost entirely in Montmatre. 

10. On a crazy roadtrip
There are so many great roadtrip books out there, and I just love them. The problem, however, is two fold: a) I don't drive so going on roadtrips is dependent on the driving abilities of others, and b) in Australia, you have limited options. If you want to roadtrip from Melbourne to Sydney, your options are the Hume (twelve hours of indescribable boredom where the highlight is a submarine like 200km from the coast) or via the coast, which adds approximately a thousand hours to the trip and you go through a million small towns with practically nothing to see. 

There's definitely no getting to an intersection and being all "Ooh, if I go left, I can do a small detour and go through [historically significant or beautiful place] while if I go right, I'll have to go through [amazing city with fabulous food]!". Nope. And God help you if you want to drive to Perth, because then there's literally one option and it involves days of driving and nothing to see... So a crazy nothing-planned-out roadtrip with friends in a place where there's actually stuff to stop and see? Uh, YES. 

What's on your list? 

K xx


  1. Amazing list. A couple of them mad it to my list too.

    My TTT

  2. I've gone on a lot of outback Australia roadtrips and...not my favourite.
    -_- I mean it IS beautiful out there, buuuut, too much of sameness. I always get jealous of Europe, because you can like drive through 3 countries in a day, and in Australia it's like 3 days in one state. GAH. But Paris has always been on my want-to-go-or-bust list...Anna and the French Kiss kind of just helped my longing. XD I really want to travel one day!

  3. Aside from Hogwarts and the Discworld, I so want to go on a cool road trip. I don't think we have that kind of road trip mentality in Germany as it is described in all the american novels.

  4. TIL yesterday was mostly that bosses are people too. Who knew?!

  5. Paris was the first place on my list. I looooooved it, and i love Stephanie Perkins too!

    Great picks!

    Kristen @OCA

  6. Great list, I love the mix of fictional and real places! And for sure come up north to Canada some time (I'm not biased at all!!) On my list right now is Bali.... I've been doing too much Yoga lately, and Bali seems less intense than India for a woman traveling by herself.

  7. Yeah, Bali definitely sounds less intense than India for solo travel!

  8. The last time I was in Paris was 1998, which doesn't seem that long ago. Until I remember that the Eiffel Tower has a "X days until the year 2000!" countdown on the front of it in all my photos...

  9. Oh, that would be a really fun roadtrip!

  10. Yeah, I don't know what it is about America and amazing sounding roadtrips. Maybe it's their cheap petrol...

  11. Exactly. Roadtrips aren't nearly as much fun when you know that there's three hours until the next town and it's unlikely to have anything more exciting than a servo.

  12. I'm thinking it's mostly the cheap petrol.


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