“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”


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:

Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

For a slightly different spin I’ve listed either bookshops or libraries from the fictional world:

1.The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.  This is a library with portals to an infinite number of worlds at different periods – either past, present or future.


2. The Library or the bookshop in Beauty and the Beast – both look brilliant.

3. The University Archives in Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.


4. Toby Daye – the Library of Stars – to be honest, I can’t remember which book this first appeared in – maybe One Salt Sea – I would love to go visit.


5. Hurtfew Abbey, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clark – magic!


6. Young Frankenstein – I love this film, it makes me laugh, this is a scene not so much with a library but with bookcases and secret passages – that lead to nothing less than a medical library.  I want to visit this place.

8. Hogwarts.  I mean, you must want to visit Hogwarts and whilst there, well, there is all this…


9. The Citadel in A Song of Ice and Fire.  A place of learning where Samwell Tarly is sent to become a Maester.

The healers of the Citadel are the best in the Seven Kingdoms.[7]

– Samwell Tarly

21 Responses to ““Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.””

  1. imyril

    Oh bravo! I didn’t really know what to do with this week’s prompt – and I LOVE your twist on it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – when I saw the prompt – well, I had three libraries that I used a LOT, and I guess I’ve visited others during travels but this seemed easier for me to conjure a list from.
      Lynn 😀

  2. sjhigbee

    Yes! And there is also the library in the Unseen University whose librarian is an orangutan with a fondness for bananas…

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    This is a great take on the topic. I could have done libraries featured in cozy mysteries but decided to go off task and do a horror related theme.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, it’s the right time of the year for anything horror related isn’t it. Can’t wait to see what you posted.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    You left the best for last… 😉
    When I watched the scene in which Samwell looks at that endless expanse of bookcases, I knew exactly how he felt, I knew the kind of wonder and joy a book lover feel when surrounded by so many volumes…

  5. waytoofantasy

    Libraries~! That’s actually a square I put on our fantasy bingo this year. I thought it would be harder but I forgot how much authors love to write about books. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I need to get involved in a fantasy bingo – where do I find out all the whys and wherefores???

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh snap, I like your spin. If the topic had been fictional libraries I might have jumped on board this topic myself. The Invisible Library is a must!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I need to make an effort to catch up with the Cogman books – soon.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Carmen

    Oh, I would love to visit each and every one of these libraries! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Me too – although I guess I have visited them in one respect.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    I love your take on this! Any large, old libraries with hidden nooks and restricted sections are a win for me. And it’s not a library per-se, but I have a fondness for that room in Uprooted with all the discarded, “useless” books. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, exactly, any room with nooks and crannies – and books – and a comfy chair and a cup of tea.
      Lynn 😀

  9. PerfectlyTolerable

    I love that quote by Ron 🙂 I have a pin that says “When in Doubt Go To The Library” 😀 And I would totally love to visit Hogwarts library ❤

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t believe that I haven’t been to visit the Hogwarts attraction in London – seems like a must really. One day.
      Lynn 😀

  10. jessicabookworm

    Aw Lynn, this is a great twist on the topic! I wish I’d thought of this! I would also want to visit Hogwarts and the Beauty and the Beast library, and I love Young Frankenstein 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I had to do a twist – it just felt easier which sounds a bit lazy but…
      Lynn 😀

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