Wish you were there.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

Rebecca – by Daphne DuMaurier.  An author who frequently wrote novels set in Cornwall.   Always makes me want to visit and explore along the rugged coastline, stop in at some of the small fishing villages and enjoy a cream tea.

Chocolat by Joanne M Harris – even though I’ve visited many times this book makes me want to visit France all over again.  I love the book and the adaptation, it has an effortless charm that brings to life the way of life.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres – beautifully evokes Greece, the crystal sea, the white houses the bright sunshine.

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons – set during WW2 and the siege of Leningrad you wouldn’t think this book would entice you to pack a bag and set off for distant shores but this book weaves a spell – a little description from the author’s website ‘Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer illuminate a city of fallen grandeur whose beautiful palaces and stately avenues speak of a different age, when Leningrad was known as St Petersburg.’

The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky – set in Manhattan and starring Greek Gods the descriptions play a major role in this thriller.  Definitely enticing.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – set in Alaska during the frontier years this book and the breathtaking descriptions of the wilderness and the cold are simply amazing.

Witchlight by Susan Fletcher – I absolutely love this book.  It’s a historical novel based on true events that took place in Scotland in the year 1692.  The main protagonist is accused of being a witch.  Some of the descriptions of the rugged landscape are simply gorgeous.

Any of the Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – make me long to visit Victorian London.  I would visit Victorian London in a heartbeat – who has a time machine?

Books that use Venice – or a very familiar take on Venice.  For example, Scott Lynch’s Lies of Locke Lamora – describes a city strongly reminiscent of Venice. If you haven’t visited then I absolutely recommend you do so and take this book as your holiday read.

That’s it for me – the tenth suggestion is left open for your suggestions please?



14 Responses to “Wish you were there.”

  1. pcochrun

    Janloon from Fonda Lee’s Jade City. The magic of the jade and the Far East. Great setting for a wonderful novel.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ad a book I would like to read as it enjoys excellent reviews.
      Lynn 😀

  2. lifewithallthebooks

    I love Venice too! Plus I would love to go to Manderley from Rebecca! Great choices 😊
    My TTT: https://lifewithallthebooks.com/2018/06/12/top-ten-tuesday-books-that-awaken-the-travel-bug-in-me/

    • @lynnsbooks

      Manderley – if only it existed (although given the conclusion of the book even if it had existed it wouldn’t exist any longer).
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    If I was going to travel, Scotland and Ireland would probably be my top picks. Although I still want to go to Minnesota and visit Paisley Park someday. Other than that, I’d rather stay home.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Nothing wrong with staying home after all – our own little piece of paradise.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    Strangely enough, The Little Prince always makes me want to pack up my backpacking gear and set off into the unknown. Probably because of all the talk about stars and seeing beautiful things with your heart. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      That sounds lovely – I’ve not read that book, shall have to take a look.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    One day I would definitely love to visit Alaska. I hate the cold so I probably wouldn’t want to live there, but a nice vacation during the summer to see the sights sounds good 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know, I have a love hate relationship with the cold – I think I like the idea of it more than the actual real thing but Alaska does sound amazing.
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I whole heartedly agree with your Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier choice 😀 I was really hoping to join in with this TTT topic this week, but sadly the week got away from me! So for your 10th slot I would recommend one my top choices for my-list-that-never-was: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier, because not only is there Maurier’s beloved rugged Cornish coastline but we also spend some time in the beautiful, sun-drenched Florence. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh my – I love my Cousin Rachel, and Frenchman’s Creek – and Jamaica Inn – the list goes on.
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        Lynn, I too loved My Cousin Rachel and Jamaica Inn. While I have Frenchman’s Creek and My Loving Spirit to look forward to on my TBR. 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        Hope you enjoy them both.
        Lynn 😀

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