14/10/2014

Where Books Have Made Me Want to Travel {Top Ten Tuesday}



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, where we get to reveal our top ten of whatever they chose as the weekly topic! Click here for a list of future topics.

This week's topic is cool places that books have made us want to visit. Or places my books have manipulated me into thinking are cool, when they may actually not be. Because I'm gullible and want to believe my beautiful books would never lie to me. OPTIMISM, FOLKS.
 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/72193.Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher_s_Stone
I laugh in the face of anyone who thought this wouldn't be number one on my list because IT'S LIKE YOU DON'T KNOW ME AT ALL. And I don't want any naysayers telling me that Hogwarts isn't real, because you're clearly just jealous you didn't get your letter. I did though. And I've even visited Diagon Alley and rode a broom and I've drunk Butterbeer. So there.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11210739-the-scorpio-races 
 There are beaches that wash up magical horses. I MUST GO. And, okay, the horses are deadly and the races kill people. But MAGICAL HORSES. Plus I've always wanted to live on an island and I know you're all like, 'Britain is an island' but it is totally not the same thing. I mean a proper island. Like the kind with magical horses.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11235712-cinder
It's the future, in a land where there are androids and world peace and PRINCE KAI. So obviously I need to be there. Meyer does a great job of building the marvellous New Bejing and even though there is that small matter of a deadly plague, I want to go to the marketplace and visit the city centre and see all the gloriousness of this future world that's filled with culture and awesome.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7664334-amy-and-roger-s-epic-detour
This isn't technically cheating, because even though they go to loads of places it's still all in America. So HAH! Put your rulebook down. I've always dreamed of road-tripping across the US and seeing all the lame tourist spots and eating at those classic diners and singing karaoke with the locals in dive bars and all that junk. I'd scrapbook the trip just like Amy and it truly would be epic (see what I did there?).

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12849260-small-damages
Where nuns blackbird by and the air smells like fruit and sun and the colour blue. *Sighs* SEVILLE, COME AT ME. I've been to Spain, but not for years, and I've never been to Seville and I feel very angry about that now. It just sounds so amazing and sunny (I love the sun, and resent being vampire-pale) and like the wind would taste of fresh-baked bread and rainbows.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12925350-so-much-closer
 Now, I've already been to New York (see above picture of me looking very stoic and PINK) but I was only a little munchkin at the time. 16? God, it seems like forever ago. I did the touristy stuff like seeing a show on Broadway, having breakfast in Central Park, visiting Times Square and the Empire State and ordering Chinese at ridiculous o'clock. But I never got to see the New York of Susane Colasanti's world. 
I want to see the High Line and visit Crumbs and Big Gay's Ice Cream. I want to wax philosophical while looking at Water Towers and be all writerly at Joe the Art of Coffee. I want to get a chance to see Strawberry Fields and jam along to the Beatles and bring a flower for John Lennon, just because.

 Things pretty much suck wherever you go in the world alla Throne of Glass, but MAGIC. It's still very powerful here and there are Fae people and real warriors to teach me bad-ass moves. I would love to visit and learn all the skills to completely kick the King's douchey behind.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18599667-don-t-you-forget-about-me
So maybe I'm insane, but come on. Gardnerville sounds cool and you know it! No death? No illness? The chance of developing awesome supernatural powers? I WANT IN. So, yeah, my best friend may try to kill me, or I might lose my temper and burn down a house or two. But what's the big deal? Fire's pretty, right? 
 
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13600168-daughter-of-smoke-and-bone
 Prague sounds like a city wrought with magic and history, where every night is a dream and the architecture can be breathed in like the wind. Plus it reminds me of cake, so basically I WANT TO GO OKAY?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16143347-we-were-liars
My very own island? And, yes, I would become a Sinclair and it would be mine. Beechwood sounds so luxurious and peaceful; a blissful slice of escape from the world. Where you can swim with fishies and build sandcastles. I'll take a one way ticket! As long as someone brings me my books.


What lovely (and possibly deadly) places have your books manipulated you into wanting to visit? Fancy coming on my fictional trip? If yes, bring loads of snacks. Or I'm kicking you out of the car / spaceship.



 



Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart. Stalk her on twitter, instagram or goodreads.




38 comments:

  1. Islands, you need one! I like that you had some risky places on here, because that is all I could think of! Let's pop in and out of those risky spots. :) Also, I'm from the US and I've never been to New York. I do want to go one day, but it isn't even close to the top of list for real vacation spots. It'll happen though. I'll probably look painfully like a tourist!

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    1. I totally do need my own island! I need the sun and sea and I need sandcastle building. It's nothing something I get to do in England a lot and it's a travesty I tell you!

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  2. HOGWARRRRRRTSS!! That will always be at the top of my list (why I live on the other side of the world, I will never know.) I just love Prague and the way Laini portrayed it. It sounds absolutely magical and full of mystic wonders. That'll have to be on the bucket list.

    Snack wise, will those chewy candies suffice? BECAUSE I'M ADDICTED TO THEM ;)

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    1. Ohh, I should actually make a bucket list. Top of the list: Marry Gansey.

      Which chewy candies? I'm fussy with my sweets. UNLESS THEY'RE FRUIT PASTELS, IN WHICH CASE YES COME ALONG AHHH.

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  3. I love this! I think books are what first inspired me to want to travel and the H.P. series and the Outlander series are both two that have made me want to visit Europe the most.

    Great post!

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    1. Yeah, books have really fed my love for travel. And my resentment that I hardly ever leave the country. I need a holiday STAT

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  4. I WANT TO GO TO PRAGUE SO BADLY OKAY

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    1. WE SHALL GO TOGETHER AND EAT EVERYTHING

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  5. Nice! I sooooo want to go to Hogwarts! Or at the very least, the theme park! So far it looks like a family vacation to Orlando is in the works for 2016! It was going to be 2015, but then I read the Frozen ride would open in 2016 and since we love that movie, it makes more sense to wait another year. But le sigh, that's a whole other year!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. I really want to go to the one in Orlando too. I went to the UK studios, but the Orlando place looks so awesome. I mean, they BUILT HOGSMEDE. That's just too cool

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  6. I have to ask, what does Butterbeer actually taste like? I always thought it would be a creamier version of creamy soda for some reason. I'm far too old for Hogwarts, but I could totally be one of those weird and flamboyant teachers who doesn't do much but yell 'ARRY POTT'R in a cockney accent. I can totally go cockney. I love that image of New Beijing, it's like a real life Jetsons episode.

    Thanks so much for sharing Allie, loved it! <3

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    1. I've never had cream soda before (I don't think that's a thing here in the UK? Or maybe it is and I just live in a shell lol). But it's not that creamy. I mean, it is a LITTLE. But it's more kind of a coffee-type fizzy drink, with a sweet, yet tangy foam on the top.

      I really liked it!

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  7. YES! Books always make me want to travel and your choices make me want to travel EVEN MORE (if that makes any sense??)
    But serouisly-- Hogwarts. That's got to happen

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    1. Hogwarts will happen. Though at this point I'll have more luck going there as a teacher than a student BECAUSE I'M OLD NOW :(

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  8. Oooh such a wonderful list! I swear this weeks topic is driving my wanderlust insane! I'd love to visit Hogwarts, Seville, New York and Prague!

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    1. New York would be so amazing to see again. It's one of my top places I've ever been and I'd adore the chance to go back. Tag along with me ;)

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  9. I want to visit Hogwarts too! I think it would be so much fun to go to the Harry Potter replicas in Universal Studios =D

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    1. I went to Universal Studios and saw the set and the models and GAH. It was so cool. It's really cheap too!

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  10. Oh, Hogwarts. That would be totally be my number one. And I've been to New York a few times, but I want to go back and explore MORE!!

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    1. I'm so jealous! I've only been once and I loved it so much. If I ever go back I'm going to be the ultimate explorer!

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  11. Prague really is beautiful. I visited a few years ago. I most definitely suggest roaming the streets at night, when everything is twinkly and pretty! :)

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    1. Oh, really? THAT IS AMAZING OMG. Okay, I am trying to control my envy here and it is not working at all.
      Moonlit walks in Prague . . . man, it's the stuff of dreams

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  12. I just saw this post somewhere else, and I have to say, your list is way better and more specific!

    But I think Hogwarts is pretty much at the top of all of them :)

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    1. Oh, why thank you m'lady!

      Hogwarts has to be at the top because REASONS. Also chocolate frogs.

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  13. I am greeeeen with jealousy that you've been to Diagon Alley!!! How awesome! I'm still waiting for my Hogwarts letter. It. Will. Come. I'm sure people won't find it difficult to figure out I'm a tourist. I'll take pictures with just about anything that peaks my interest heh. I'd love to go on a road trip around the US! This one time I went to Chicago, I read a story about a couple who planned on spending each wedding anniversary in a new state. How cute is that? I hope they have a long and happy marriage, yup. ANYWAY, Mistward sounds exciting too. If there is magic, I will go there! Great choices! I will gladly come along *gives gigantic bag of snacks in exchange*

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    1. It was so cool, love! Seriously. I think we took a million pictures. We were just such fangirls. AND WE GOT TO HAVE A CGI PICTURE OF US FLYING ON A BROOM.

      That wedding story *le sigh* I need that kind of romance. Okay, you and I need to plan a road trip. Quick, grab the snacks and I'll get the car filled up with petrol!

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  14. Ohh, I love your list! Seville sounds so beautiful, I have heard such wonderful things. And definitely Prague! And road tripping across America IS pretty epic ;) I drove from Pennsylvania to Las Vegas once, taking the southern route on the way there, and the northern route on the way home (which, incidentally, I stole the idea for from an episode of "Friends"). I still need to see more states though, and I definitely want to do another road trip!

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    1. I'm literally so crazy jealous of anyone who has done even a small kind of road trip in America. There's so much to see and so much diversity. So many hidden gems. I WANT TO EXPERIENCE THAT :(

      (Friends has the best ideas. Except, you know, trying to get a sofa up department stairs)

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  15. I love your choices! Plus the pictures - they are gorgeous. I was making a list of both fantasy and real life but decided to go with just the latter - anyway, Thisby would have totally made my fantasy list! Those magical horses... I'd be terrified though. :P

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    1. I would be terrified too. We'd have to keep apples in our pocket to feed them (or throw at them :P) if they tried to kill us!

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  16. I KNEW HOGWARTS WAS GOING TO BE ON HERE - ha! ;) It would definitely be a fantastic place to visit though. I mean, who wouldn't want to learn magic and potions. right? xD

    And New Beijing is such a creative choice! I hadn't thought of it, but it's certainly an intriguing place. I'd love to see some of the futuristic technology especially!

    And OMG! Touring across the US would be such a cool idea! I'm definitely putting that on my bucket list now! ;)

    Thanks for sharing Allie, and fabulous choices! <3

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    1. LOL. YOU KNOW ME TOO WELL! :P

      Zoe, you and me, girl. We must tour the US and go to ALL THE BOOK STORES and sample all the doughnuts and just generally be awesome

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  17. Really great post, one of my favourite parts of books is the places they take us! I love how you've mixed some fictional places with real ones - America is always a popular one with so many books being set there. But Prague would be super amazing too! AND HOGWARTS. I will one day go to Harry Potter Land and drink all the butter beer.

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    1. Yeah, America is always a fave among us folks that don't live there. I think it just has this certain allure. Plus: DINERS. I want to go to a diner :(

      If you pay extra at HP land you get to keep the butter beer cup AND IT IS AWESOME

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  18. Ahh Prague is totally on my list!! New York City is always wonderful. I'd go to Erilea just to see Chaol and Celaena and Dorian XD Wouldn't want to stay there too long... I want a private island too, Rachel Sinclair sounds nice I think ;) Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Yeah, haha, I'd get out of there quick before someone tries to kill you. We'd have to buddy up and have each other's backs!

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  19. Such brilliant picks and I love how you have set this out, it's so pretty. Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, the Burrow and Hogsmeade would have all made my list. Beechwood! Yes, reading We Were Liars made me want to be able to go to that island. Maybe not with the drunken children who make poor decisions though.

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    1. Haha, yeah, no drunken children or fires or anything bad. Just sun, sea, and Pimm's please!

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