Wish you were here…

Posted On 5 December 2017

Filed under Book Reviews

Comments Dropped 29 responses


Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

This week’s topic is bookish settings we’d love to visit.  I’ve given a half and half list with five places I’d love to see and five places I’d sooner not:

  1. Middle Earth – as imagined by Tolkien.  Such wonders to see, Rivendell, The Shire and Gondor.  Spectacular things to behold. Definitely visit.
  2. Mordor – as also imagined by Tolkien.   ‘It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this… it is folly’.  Avoid.  Just don’t go there.
  3. Narnia – CS Lewis and his wonderful The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe – you could pass through the City of War Drobe into the land of Spare Oom and have tea with Mr Tumnus.  Worth a quick stop.
  4. Jadis Castle – also by CS Lewis – home to the White Witch.  A cold place, you’re just as likely to be turned into stone as to sit drinking hot chocolate and eating Turkish Delight.  Not recommended – unless you’re a wolf or an evil minion.
  5. Hogwarts – JK Rowlings imagined school of Witchcraft and Wizardry – Oh yes, I suspect lots of people would like to pay a visit to this one.  Must see.
  6. Azkaban – also from JK Rowlings world – a prison for those who take magic to the wrong extremes.  Definitely don’t want to go to this one – Dementors are not the friendliest of prison guards, they suck the joy out of anything.  A bit bleak if you ask me.
  7. The Moon – as imagined by Andy Weir in his latest book Artemis.  This place is so well written it almost feels like it really exists – and I would love to visit.
  8. Mars – also the setting of another of Andy Weir’s books – The Martian.  I would not like to be stranded alone on Mars trying to survive on a diet of potatoes and talking to myself.  A bit too isolated for my tastes.
  9. Terre d’Ange – this is a richly imagined world created by Jacqueline Carey in her Kushiel’s Legacy series.  This place is fascinating, full of interesting things to see and places to visit, delicious sounding food, sumptuous balls, wonderfully imagined clothes – you would definitely want to visit.
  10. Drujan – ruled by the Mahrkagir, this is one of Carey’s places that you would not want to visit.  A hideous place of cruelty and torture.  Phedre and Joscelin travel there in book three of the series – but only because they have to.

29 Responses to “Wish you were here…”

  1. Lena @ The Printed Girl

    Great post! Many of the worlds I want to visit have places I would never want to visit! Like Mordor and Azkaban!
    Great TTT 😊

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – it’s very true isn’t it – there’s usually something horrible nestling alongside something lovely.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Mr and Mrs NW

    I’d love to visit hogsmeade. It sounded so charming.

  3. Mr and Mrs NW

    I love how you matched up the places you’d love to visit and the ones you wouldn’t.

  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’m seeing Narnia and Hogwarts on a lot of lists and I’d have to agree – both would be great places to visit!

  5. Tammy

    I love your interpretation of the theme, and I pretty much agree with all your choices😁 Hogwarts would be my first choice to visit!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I should go to the theme world in London – one of my friends has been about five times and just loves it.
      Lynn 😀

  6. readingwithjessica

    Love how your blog has falling snow!!! Sooo pretty!! Love it ❤ Great list!!! I love how you gave us places to visit and places to stay away from!! Perfect!!!

    My Top 10 Bookish places to Visit

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks 😀 – I tend to find reading fantasy that there are lovely places but also very dark ones in the same story.
      Lynn 😀

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Who wouldn’t want to live in Middle Earth? I’d love to visit every place, but I would take residence in the Shire of course. You know, they say the food is great… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh yes – and to have a hobbit hole, I think I could get away with living in a hobbit hole without two much head banging into doorways.
      Lynn 😀

  8. ChrissiReads

    Hogwarts and Narnia sound amazing. If only we could really visit them!

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Middle Earth is a popular one today, and for good reason – I want to live in the Shire! Also, I can’t believe I didn’t see Hogwarts on more of these lists! That would be an incredible place to visit, and also Hogsmeade!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I guess I could visit the Potterworld themed place down in London – supposed to be very good.
      Lynn 😀

  10. sjhigbee

    Yes… and it’s useful to know of the places where we WOULDN’T want to go, too:). Mordor and Azakaban are definitely holiday destinations I’d rather pass on… Great fun, Lynn – thank you for sharing:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was initially going to go for ten places that I didn’t want to visit but thought this was more in-keeping with the theme but also highlights that there are ups and downs to most places.

  11. iloveheartlandx

    Narnia and Hogwarts were both on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/top-ten-tuesday-136/

  12. jessicabookworm

    Great list! I love how you split it between the places you’d like to visit and the places you would definitely not like to visit. Similarly, that is why I specifically named Rivendell and The Shire to visit in my list, because pretty much all the rest of Middle Earth terrifies me! 😛

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, I’m a total coward – no way would I be walking into Mordor.
      Lynn 😀

  13. Lashaan (Bookidote)

    Hi Lynn! Oh man, Middle-Earth/Mordor!!! I haven’t read the books yet (I know.. I know…) but based on the movies… Waaaahh, it would honestly be an amazing adventure every single day out there! Also love that Narnia and Hogwarts were mentioned. Nothing more magical than those! 😀 Great list!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s