Top Ten Tuesday: Places I Want To Visit Because Of Books

Welcome to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!!

This week is such a fun topic, because I get to dream about all those awesome places I want to visit just because of books!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. This week’s topic actually was: “Books that take place in other countries” but because I live in Belgium almost all the books I read take place in other countries! I decided to make this week’s theme: “place I want to visit because of books”!

Enjoy!

 

1. Prague

Because of: the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.

This city seemed amazing from the first chapter of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. But, it wasn’t until Night of Cake and Puppets that I decided I really really wanted to visit the city around Christmas. We all know that Laini Taylor is a master in place descriptions and in this little sweet novella she has outdone herself. Every picturesque description of Prague just screams; VISIT ME!!!

Here in Belgium, we (almost) never get to experience a white Christmas. Although there are many reasons to be grateful for that too, I still want to experience an actual 100% white Christmas for once. So, mark my words, somewhere in the next 5 years (first need to finish school and go on a treasure hunt to find some money) you’ll see some pictures of me, celebrating Christmas in Prague!

2. Louisiana: Devil’s Swamp

Because of: Wicked Charm – Amber Hart

Exploring my inner Lara Croft in khaki shorts

This one is the This one is the strangest one on my list this week. A month or two ago, this would be one of the last places on earth I would think of visiting. Alligators (and other animals with teeth aren’t the most hospitable of creatures.  And, a place with the name “Devil’s Swamp” would be completely at the bottom of my list of places I would visit by choice.

The reason I suddenly want to visit these swamps has everything to do with the two main characters of Wicked Deep. They are two teenagers who have lived in the swamps most of there lives and really know how to navigate this green deathtrap. It would probably not be the best of ideas for me to visit this place, because I’m basically scared of my own shadow. But, a girl can dream!

3. Australian Beaches

Because of: Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty

Gossiping and sipping cocktails with a view.

Maybe the biggest reason I want to visit the places from this books is the fact that I was lying on an actual beach (in Egypt, not in Australia) when I read this book. It was such a perfect book to read on a beach and if the real beaches in Australia are anything like how they were described in the book, I just need to visit them.

4. The Shire

Because of: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Finally admitting that hobbits are my spirit animal.

All my friends agree that I’m a hobbit in disguise. I agree, I would feel completely at home with all the other hobbits. I’m small, I go on holidays but after a week I reallyreallyreally want to go back home and most important I’m scared of everything. By scared I mean more scared than your 4 year old sibling/niece/nephew… who still thinks there are monsters living under your bed (I still think that sometimes). I got even scared by writing a post about books I’m too scared to read! 100% full blood hobbit and proud of it.
I don’t think my life will ever be complete if I can’t move and go live there for the rest of my life, sadly it’s an imaginary place, so I still need to find a solution for that…

5. Scandinavia

Because of: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

I need someone to teach me how to do braids like that.

My number one reason to visit Scandinavia would be the perfect nature. This book is historical fiction, so Scandinavia obviously isn’t like in the book anymore. I do hope that there still are amazing places left were I can feel like a Viking girl (and return to my 5 star spa resort at the end of the day of course… High maintenance? Me?).

6. Themyscira

Because of: Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

Girl Power, isn’t that reason enough?

My chances of every getting on Themyscira are around zero. But, because I’m a dreamer I’m just going to pretend that I’m really brave and have an actual chance of being admitted. How awesome would it be to live out for ever on a place like this? I would probably just have a taxi to take me from the library to the kitchen and back. Sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it?

7. New York

Because of The Butterfly Effect  by Emma Scott

Infinite date night options

A romantic book with a lot of romantic date nights! I would love to go ice skating around Christmas or visit a butterfly garden! It probably all sounded more amazing in the book than it is in real life, but, in the book it sounded like New York is date night heaven! Does anyone have experience with that?

8. London

Because of: the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

What’s in a name?

London does exist, and I have been there a couple of times already. But the London I mean in this case isn’t so easy to go to. Red London sounds so much better than the Grey London that we know (although Grey London is all ready pretty amazing!).

Why would I ever be content with one London when I can visit 4 Londons! I don’t really want to visit them all of course,  I’m not crazy!

9. Scotland

Because of: the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

But only if I can get Jamie as a tour guide!

Scotland only interests me because of Outlander, it sounds like such a beautiful place to visit. If only the weather would cooperate. I heard from many people that the weather is quite bad there, I obviously never been there so I don’t know how exaggerated those claims were. Anyone who lives there or visited Scotland, who can tell me how bad the weather actually is?

10. Russia

Because of: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Minus the zombies and the sexism please!

The Russia described in the book was a medieval version, so the sexism was quite bad. And the zombies from the first book were probably even worse. But it still sounded like such an amazing and wonderful place. I would really love to visit the place for a week or two (maybe just one week would be more than enough, for my brave self).

 

We are already at the end of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed reading my post as much (or even more) than I had writing it! Please share all your thoughts with me in the comments and I can’t wait to get back next week!

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