Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit.

This, more than any other topic The Broke and the Bookish have ever done, was made for me. I read fantasy for the world building; for the incredible and fantastical worlds that I can only explore through the writing. If there is one thing I wish more than anything else it’s that I had the power to visit bookish worlds because there are so many places I’d love to visit. Until that becomes a reality, I’ll settle for reading about them.

Top Ten Tuesday #87

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Like probably everyone else who read the books I waited for my Hogwarts letter when I turned eleven. Obviously it didn’t arrive but I’ve never really grown out of the desire to go to Hogwarts; to visit Diagon Alley, get sorted into my Hogwarts House, take classes like Potions and Defence Against the Dark Arts, and visit Hogsmeade on the weekends.

Le Cirque des Rêves
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

If I ever developed the power to travel into bookish worlds this would be number one on my list. Le Cirque des Rêves was described so wonderfully in the book that I could almost experience it through the eyes of the other visitors, but I know if I ever got to go there for real it would be an experience I’d never be able to fully describe.

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

With her Lunar Chronicles series Marissa Meyer took us all over the world; from New Beijing, all the way to the Sahara desert, but my favourite setting was always Luna which we finally saw in Winter. Under Queen Levana’s control it sounded a horrible place to live, but under Cinder’s rule I imagine it would be safe to visit the capital city, Artemisia, if it were actually possible that is.

Camp Half-Blood
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Granted I feel like if I ever went on any of the quests Percy, Annabeth and Grover went on I’d die very quickly, I’m not a fighter it has to be said, but I am a huge fan of Greek mythology, and if a place like Camp Half-Blood ever existed in real life it’s where I’d want to be.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Wonderland was probably the first book setting I ever wanted to visit. I remember as a child being jealous of Alice falling down the rabbit hole and having insane adventures in a place as crazy as Wonderland. I’d have taken my chances with the Queen of Hearts if it’d meant I got to go to a tea party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare.

Red London
Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

I live in London, or close enough to count, but if I was in the Shades of Magic series I’d be stuck in Grey London, a world with no magic and no adventure. I’d want to be like Lila Bard, travelling to Red London where there’s magic, and adventures to be had even if they come hand in hand with danger.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor has a way of writing that makes me want to visit the cities she describes, just to be able to experience the magic she develops for myself. She did it with Prague in Daughter of Smoke and Bone and she did it with Weep in Strange the Dreamer, and while I can hop on a plane and travel to Prague there’s no plane that can take me to Weep.

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

After Feyre’s experiences Under the Mountain and how stifling the Spring Court felt the Night Court and Velaris was like a breath of fresh air for her character. It sounded so beautiful, and I’ve always loved the night and the dark more than I have the Spring.

The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater

The way Maggie Stiefvater wrote The Raven Cycle series was almost like the way magical realism books are written, there’s no solid explanation for why things are the way they are it’s simply magic. Cabeswater itself felt like magic, and I’m still not 100% sure what it is but what I am 100% sure of is that I’d want to experience that dream-like magic for myself.

Road Tripping America
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

This is a slightly different setting on my list this week because unlike all the rest this isn’t a fantasy book with a world I’ll never get to experience for myself. I’ve always loved the idea of doing an epic road trip in America, like the kind Roger and Amy do in this book. Maybe one day I will, but until then I’ll have to settle for feeding my wanderlust stories like this one.

So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what bookish worlds you’d love to visit.

50 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

  1. Great choices, Beth! You know I’d love to visit Le Cirque des Rêves as well as Wonderland. I’d certainly love to visit Weep as well, especially during the time before it had fallen to chaos. I think more than a few of us would LOVE to visit Velaris. That city was so beautifully detailed. Also, Rhys is there. So that’s a win win haha. And lord, yes, I’d love to take Amy and Roger’s road trip. I reread that book this month! Still a wonderful read. I think I got the travel bug again because of it LOL. Again, amazing picks!

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    1. Thanks so much Azia. 🙂 I feel like for everyone who’s read it Le Cirque des Rêves is the ultimate fantasy setting we’d love to visit. It’s just to magical. Weep would have been incredible to see before the chaos, and yes Rhys and Velaris are win wins in my opinion too. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is like the book to inspire wanderlust. I’d kill to go on a road trip like they did. 😀
      Thanks again Azia. 🙂 ❤

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  2. Oh, I’d 100% love to go to Hogwarts!! I think that’s every bookworm’s dream, right?? I think what makes the Harry Potter books so magical (besides nostalgia) is the world — it’s crafted so beautifully & extensively that we can’t help but fall in love with it!

    And YESSSS. I’ve always dreamed of going to Camp Half-Blood and training among all the demigods. (I’d probably be horrible at combat.) And tbh all the Londons of the Shades of Magic trilogy would be awesome to visit?? I already want to visit the real London, haha!

    Great post!! ❤

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    1. Ha, yeah it’s definitely every bookworms dream, and I’d have been disappointed in myself if I hadn’t included Hogwarts on my list this week. 🙂
      Oh I’d be horrible at combat at Camp Half-Blood, and I’d probably die very quickly into my first quest, but it would be fun to experience life as a demi-god I have to admit. Well hopefully one day you’ll be able to make it to read London then. In my opinion it’s simply Red London without the magic! 😀
      Thanks May! 🙂 ❤️

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  3. I’ve read all of these books and I’d have to second you: they’re all enthralling setting which it would be amazing to visit someday. I think I’d really love to visit the island of Montmaray from the Montmaray Journals by Michelle Cooper, and Red London would be amaing if you stayed out of the way of all the people with quests to complete

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    1. It would be the dream right? To one day be able to travel to all the incredible places that before now we’ve only read about. I live in hope one day it will be an actuality instead of just a daydream. 😀
      Ha, yeah I think that’s solid advice for whatever fantasy world we wanna visit; stay away from the people with quests to complete. 🙂

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  4. This is such a fantastic review!! hehe I so wanted my hogwarts letter to come too 😉 You’re so right about Night Circus! And you’re really right about how great Marissa Meyer’s world building is- both on Luna and in general! I completely agree about Wonderland. haha I’m stuck in grey london too- I’d love to go to Red London! I’d so want to go to Velaris and Caibswater too! And I really like how you included Amy and Roger’s Epic detour as well!

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    1. Thanks so much! 🙂 Oh if only our letters could have come right (part of me is still hoping one does). The Night Circus would be a dream come true for me, and same with Wonderland given how much I love that book.
      Ha yeah we’re all stuck in grey London aren’t we? And I just had to include Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour because that book really really spoke to my sense of wanderlust. Also it’s the only one of these that could potentially happen one day! 😀

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  5. This is such a fantastic list, Beth, so many places I would love to visit ❤ Red London, obviously, you know my love for London, and filled with magic, that would be a thousand times more incredible, I am sure of it. ❤ Also, Hogwarts is quite obvious here, Cabeswater and Wonderland as well, for all the mysterious and crazy events it might bring haha 🙂 and YES to Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, so happy you included that one! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Marie! 😀 ❤ Oh yes, London is amazing but magic just makes everything better so imagine how much better it would make London (because obviously we'd be there after everything that happened in ACOL was done with). Ha, yeah had to include Hogwarts this week, and same with Wonderland actually.
      That book gave me such an incredible sense of wanderlust it needed to be on this list. Plus of all of these a road trip around America is the most likely one I could do you know? 🙂

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  6. Hogwarts is one I would love to visit too! As well as Velaris and weep! The court of Dreams was written so well and sounded so magical 😍😍 and weep … how do you even describe weep? I would definitely be a blast to visit! Great list 🙂

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    1. Hogwarts is like the ultimate travel-to location for bookworms isn’t it? Same with Velaris actually because yeah it just sounded so magical I wanted to experience it for myself. Oh Weep would be incredible, and given it’s been dreamed to life by Laini Taylor you know it would be amazing in person as well. 🙂
      Thanks Lauren! 😀 ❤

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    1. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all-time favourite series so I just had to include Luna. 🙂
      Well, I’m not too sure I managed to explain why I wanted to visit Cabeswater so badly in my post, but it’s just one of those places I WANT to visit you know? 😀


  7. The Night Circus is one of my favorite books ever, and I absolutely agree with everything you said about it. The lush, descriptive writing style made everything come to life. Le Cirque des Reves was so vivid on my mind!!
    Wonderland is a setting I also included on my list!! This place’s weirdness and madness are what made it so appealing to me. I wish I could fall into the rabbit hole too! (But avoid all the Queen of Hearts situation, because that woman REALLY scares me.) Amazing picks! I loved this post!

    My TTT:

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    1. Oh exactly, and The Night Circus is a great example of why I think world building is so important, because throughout the story sometimes I almost felt like I was there just from how Erin Morgenstern described everything in the book. It made it such a standout read for me. 😀
      Ha, yeah I wouldn’t want to run into the Queen of Hearts when she was in a bad mood either, but I think stay on her good side and you should be OK. 😀 Wonderland is always going to be one of those places I want to travel to myself.
      Thanks so much! 😀

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  8. I would die to be a demigod and go to camp half blood, and then probably actually die because there’s no way I could fight either. Great list!

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