Places books have made me want to visit



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week.

This week we are talking about the ten places books have made me want to visit–fictional or real! This is a very fun Top Ten Tuesday since the setting of some books make them very special. (These places are a mix of real and fictional and they’re in no particular order.)


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1. The Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, specifically the town of Millers Kill from the Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne series by Julia Spencer-Fleming–I really like this series and I’ve never been to this part of New York State. I like that the fictional town is called Millers Kill. (As well as the obvious definition a Kill is also a channel or creek and is used mostly in New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. It comes from a Dutch word.)

2. The Scotland coast north of Aberdeen found in The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley–Slains Castle which is in the book is located here.

3. Middle Earth found in The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien–I read The Hobbit many years ago and loved it. I’d also love to visit New Zealand to see Middle Earth created there!

4. Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series–When I was a teenager I thought it would be so much fun to go to a boarding school! I probably would have hated it, but Hogwarts is another matter–totally cool!

5. The desert planet Arrakis from Dune by Frank Herbert–I love this book. I’ve read it several times–once out loud to my husband as we made a long road trip. The desert planet fascinated me.

6. Tony Hillerman’s Southwest from the Jim Chee and Lt. Leaphorn mystery series–These are favorite books of mine. I’ve been to the Southwest U.S., but not to the Navaho Reservation.

7. Portugal from The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney–This is a fantasy series, but uses real buildings and areas in Portugal. It makes me want to visit!

8. Oz from the Oz books by L. Frank Baum–I read many of these books to my son when he was young and we loved them!

9. Yorkshire from All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot–I read this book a long time ago and loved it. However, I have to be honest I that the images in my mind are mostly from the British TV show which I also loved. My parents had videotapes of the shows which they watched over and over!

10. Denali National Park, Alaska from A Fatal Thaw by Dana Stabenow–These mysteries about Aleut Private Investigator Kate Shugak are favorites of mine (especially the earlier books).

What about you? What places have books made you want to visit?