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?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

17 thoughts on “Places books have made me want to visit”

  1. I read a whole lot of the Hillerman books in high school, all that were out at the time. Never gone back to catch up on the series though. Mysteries just don’t reread well for me.


    1. Yes, I read Tony Hillerman in high school, too. I agree I don’t reread mysteries unless it was something I read so long ago I can’t even be sure I read it!


  2. Hillerman’s books always made me want to visit the Southwest. It’s been years since I read any of his books so I’d forgotten what a sense of place they had! Definitely agree about Julia Spencer-Fleming’s books. Despite all the murder and mayhem Miller’s Kill sounds beautiful. I’d love to go to Scotland, Yorkshire, and Denali National Park. I need to get back to Stabenow’s books. There are several I haven’t read. Great list!


  3. Number 9 is brilliant!! I wish I had thought of it because I love the charming quirky people and their charming quirky pets. I also wish I had included Hobbiton. I thought of Middle Earth but for some reason could only call to mind Mordor and all the nasty scary bits rather than all the lovely places.


  4. Another list with Hogwarts and Middle Earth! Great minds? Denali National Park is beautiful! I was lucky enough to spend four years in Alaska and I loved it! Unfortunately, very few people actually get to go all the way inside the park (there’s a yearly lottery), but hopefully you’ll get to one day!

    Here are my Top Ten!


    1. That’s good to know about Denali, Tracy. I may have read that at some point, but had forgotten. My daughter has been to Alaska several times, but I haven’t. I would just settle for getting to Alaska sometime!


  5. Ooh, I love your slide show! And this is a great list.

    I’d love to see Denali, but not because of a book, just from photos – I’ll have to check out those books. I’d love to go back to the Highlands and the Scottish coast; I’ve never seen Slaines Castle and I’d like to (even though I haven’t read the book yet.) Yorkshire is wonderful, both the Dales and the moors (think the area around the great house in The Secret Garden.)

    Oz, Middle Earth, and Hogwarts, absolutely. But as interesting as Dune was, you can have Arrakis all to yourself. 😉

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    1. Thanks, Lark! Denali looks amazing. I haven’t been to Scotland, but it’s on my list! Dune is kind of a scary place, but I grew up in a desert and it can be beautiful. I love the way the people have adapted to their environment.


  6. Yes, I’d love to visit New Zealand (I’ve actually been there, but it was ages ago and I’d love to go back…it’s a beautiful country) and as long as we’re talking about places where adaptations have been filmed, I’d love to visit Northern Ireland where a lot of Game of Thrones is filmed too.


    1. You’re lucky to have been to New Zealand, Mogsy. I hadn’t thought about Northern Ireland and Game of Thrones (although I can’t watch Game of Thrones–things like the Red Wedding are too much for me…LOL) My husband loves it though.


  7. I really like the slideshow, Jan! Very cool. I also really want to go to Scotland thanks to a book…even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Outlander I thought that Gabaldon’s description of Scotland was breathtaking. The Highlands here I come!


    1. Thanks, Danya! Yes, there are a number of books with a setting in Scotland which make me want to go there. The Winter Sea is one of the best, I think.


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