Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit.
1. Hogwarts – Let’s be real; who doesn’t dream of attending the famous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? I’m still holding out hope that my enrollment letter will be arriving any day now; the owl tasked with delivering the letter just got lost for a few years, that’s all.
2. Terabithia – As a child, I wanted so badly for the magical kingdom in Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia to exist. It may have been a place conjured by the imagination of the two 12-year-old protagonists, but it felt real to me.
3. Henrietta, Virginia – I’m not certain whether Henrietta is a real or fictitious town, but what I do know is that I’d love to cruise its mountain-and-tree-lined streets in an impudently orange Camaro, exploring its mysteries and tasting the magic and summer heat with Gansey, Blue, and the rest of the gang in The Raven Cycle series.
4. Cirque des Rêves – The titular circus in Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus is a place of marvels, a black-and-white wonderland full of whimsical delights and enchantments. Ticket for one, please! (Read my review of The Night Circus here)
5. China – Traveling to China is a liberating and transformational experience for the characters in Justina Chen’s North of Beautiful, and I think I could benefit from such a life-changing trip.
6. Blackhurst Manor – I’ve always been charmed by the idea of living in a cottage, and reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton made me fall even more in love with the idea of a cozy home surrounded by rambling gardens.
7. Scotland – I wanted to travel to Scotland long before I read The Queen’s Own Fool, Girl in a Cage, and Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, but this excellent historical fiction certainly added to my interest. The highlands are calling my name, and I mean to answer.
8. Walden Pond – I visited Walden Pond when I was in 8th grade, but at the time I hadn’t read Walden and didn’t appreciate the fact that I was on literary holy ground. I’d love to go back now that I’ve read Thoreau’s work and have a better understanding of his philosophy.
9. Zephyr, Alabama – There may be monsters and murderers in this town, but I can’t help but long for a place where enchantment seeps into daily life, making even the most ordinary experiences magical.
10. France – I’m not what you’d call an adventurous traveler, and prior to reading Just One Day by Gayle Forman I never would have thought twice about taking a spontaneous jaunt through a foreign country. Now that I’ve finished this spectacular novel, however, I’d be willing to reconsider.
What about you – what places have books made you want to visit? Leave your answer in the comments section below!