Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is ten bookish settings I’d like to visit and did I ever have fun with this one.
1. Red London – V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series
Red London is a magical place. Nearly everyone has threads of magic running through them and magicians can roam the streets without fear of persecution. The king is powerful but kind and, best of all, you might find the charming Prince Rhy or Antari Kell walking around.
2. McGreevy’s Pub – Jessica Lemmon’s Real Love series
McGreevy’s is the kind of place where everybody knows your name. It has its regulars and it’s a happy place to be. The sassy bartender, Grace, will remember your order and if you’re lucky, you can strike up a conversation with cynical stock analyst Davis Price.
3. The Buoys fishing resort – Laura Drewry’s Fishing for Trouble series
At The Buoys, you can expect the O’Donnells to treat you like family. It’s a relaxing place where you can just enjoy the simpler things in life. I don’t even fish but I would go to The Buoys just for the experience.
4. Superheroes & Scones – Krista & Becca Ritchie’s Addicted series (and spinoffs)
What can I say about Superheroes & Scones? It’s the coffee shop/comic book store run by the Hale/Meadows/Cobalt family and it’s basically the coolest place on earth. It’s a place where a total nerd can just be a total nerd in peace while enjoying some tasty pastries.
5. (Fictional) Tudor England – My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
In this fictionalized version of Tudor England (around the year 1550), people mysteriously transform into animals, modern-day pop culture references abound, and the temporary Queen of England would much rather read a book than rule a country.
6. 1960s New York City – The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffma
I have a soft spot for NYC as it is, but Hoffman’s depiction of the city in the 1960s made me fall even more in love. I would love to visit the strange little shops that she mentions throughout the book.
7. Havana, Cuba – Andie J. Christopher’s Break of Day
In Break of Day, a tropical storm sequesters photojournalist Jonah and tourist Carla in Carla’s aunt’s boarding house. Despite the unfortunate weather, Andie J. Christopher painted such a vivid picture of Havana that I couldn’t help but want to visit.
8. Watford – Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On
Imagine Watford as a slightly edgier Hogwarts. I loved the whole vibe of Carry On and can’t imagine not wanting to visit this crazy school.
9. The Rampion – Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series
Captain Carswell Thorne is probably the biggest reason that I’d like to visit the Rampion, a massive spaceship in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. But hey, you never know – you might also meet Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, or any of the plethora of side characters of this massive series, and who wouldn’t want to do that?
10. SupaCon – Jen Wilde’s Queens of Geek
In all my years of fangirling, I’ve never been to any kind of con. Even now that NYC is only an hour away! Wilde’s depiction of the fictional SupaCon made me want to go to one even more.