Books That Made Us Want to Visit a Location

Hello! Prepare to get totally bombarded by me posting in the next few days. With this today, Top Ten Tuesday tomorrow, a YALC recap after I had the most amazing weekend (ahh!) and having just finished Children of Blood and Bone (I need to vent my feels into a review because ahhhh it was amazing). Let’s just the blog is going to be very busy in the next week or so.

But anyway, on with the Blog Hop, which I signed up to write today. Today’s post is all about places we’d love to visit thanks to books set in exotic and charming locations!

My Answer

You’d think being a keen fantasy reader I’d not really want to visit any of the worlds I read about, and yet so many spring to mind. And no I don’t mean the horrors of Panem.

The breath-taking views of the Scottish Highlands in Harry Potter, not to mention the magical castle of Hogwarts (I may have finished education but I’m still waiting on that letter). The tumbling metropolis of New York that’s always bustling with life in The Mortal Instruments series. Even the quant country lanes that Skulduggery Pleasant guides his Bentley down in Ireland.

In fact I’ve written a whole Top Ten Tuesday about all the places I’d love to visit thanks to books. Now we can see what’s on the other bloggers’ bucket lists!

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Marcia Marques from Trendy Simple Life

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I’m a big fan of Anne Rice and the first time I read Interview with the Vampire, I knew I had to go to New Orleans. I love New Orleans and just recently went back there to celebrate my husband’s birthday.

Allie Block from Girl With a Book and Her Dog

I have always wanted to go to Ireland. I love reading Nora Robert’s Irish romance novels. It is so breath taking!

Leslie Conzatti from Upstream Writer

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Pretty much every book I have ever read and loved makes me want to visit the location–it would be one of the reasons I love the book! Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl described the stately Deep South of Georgia in such dreamy terms that I immediately wanted to go visit the area to see for myself! The Dawn of Steam Trilogy by Jeffrey Cook made me proud to be a Pacific Northwesterner, because some of the regions he describes in the book are actually here in Oregon! From the way she describes the places, I would want to explore the hitherto-unnamed world of The Chronicles of Lorrek by Kelly Blanchard. I just want to live inside the books I read!

Casia Schreyer

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For a realistic setting, Victorian London. Sherlock Holmes, of course, is a huge draw, but also the Anne Perry mysteries.
Fantasy – Middle Earth, of course, where I will dine all day with fine Hobbits for friends.
Science-Fiction – I want to go to Arakas, before the rains came, and see the vast expanse of sands, the cave cities of the Fremen, and the worms. (Dune)

Brandy Potter from Brandy Potter Books

bpSo mine is a fantasy novel. Many of you who know me well will think that I am about to say Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but that is only because my favorite fantasy author is a bit obscure. His name is David Eddings. The first series I read from him is called The Elenium and I desperately wanted to be part of that world (Yes I am now singing Part of your world stop laughing at me.) But I loved the characters and the variety in the landscapes, religions and such. Theto have the misunderstood part of that world come to life in The Tamuli series was like Christmas for me. It was sooooooo awesome!!!!!!

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So there we have it! All the places we long to travel to, real and not so much. What about you? Where do you most want to visit from a novel? Have you been to any of the places we’ve listed, just to make us jealous? Did you write a similar Top Ten Tuesday? Love to hear from you guys in the comments!

The other stops on this blog hop are:

You’re Halfway Through a Book & not Loving it. Quit or Committed?

What’s this? A post on Tuesday AND Wednesday?? I know what you’re thinking- that I have no life. You wouldn’t be wrong but there is a special reason I’m posting oddly frequently- I’m hosting a stop on The Bookish Summer Blog Hop, a blog hop that runs between July 1st-31st

And since this involves liaising everyone else’s answers I have to act responsible and not just warble on for a whole post as per. I’ve already started warbling about warbling, so we’re off to a great start.

Here’s the big questions (also featured in the title): You’re halfway through a book & not loving it. Quit or committed?

My Answer

As a dedicated, efficient, totally not easily distracted reader I would put the book down for a little while… and definitely, maybe, potentially  coming back to it later…

It’s just novels are so often topical and sometimes I’m just not feeling a certain book at that moment? Like if I’m in the middle of perilous exams that will decide my fate and the change the world forever, or at least my school would have me believe, then I’m not going to read a book about a tightrope walker walking between New York skyscrapers while dangling 3 orphaned children and a dog. Because STRESS.

Now lets look at what some of my new blog hop friends (the term friends being used very loosely here, we’re all in a Facebook group together but that’s about).

BTW no copying my tightrope idea- totally going to make that into a bestseller one day.

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Jo Linsdell from her blog Jo Linsdell

jlIf I get half way through I’ll carry on until the end. I’ve read some books that were very slow going at the beginning but then picked up towards the end. That said, if a book is really dragging and I’m still only a short way through I will put it aside.

Marcia Marques from Trendy Simple Life

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My TBR is so big right now that I have become selective and no longer push through to finish it (unless it’s one of the books in my book club).

Kelli Quintos from Tangled in Text

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I used to pride myself on never not finishing a book I started, but last year I wasted so much time on making myself finish some pretty dry books. That caused me to get into a reading slump for about three months.

I try to find the light in any book because I can appreciate how much time and effort authors put into them, but I’ve decided to stop taking finishing a book so personally. If it’s slow or I’m just not getting into it, it doesn’t mean it’s not a great book, it’s just not the book for me and I don’t want reading to start feeling like a chore. If I don’t like a book, I’ll move on to the next.

Rachael Beardsley from Variance Fiction

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If you’d have asked me a few months ago, I would have said I always finish a book. But now, I’d have to say that time is too scarce and there are way too many good books out there to waste time on something I’m not enjoying!

Allie Block  from Girl With a Book and Her Dog

This is an easy one for me. If I am halfway thru the book and not dying to know the end, I just stop. There is not enough time to read books I don’t enjoy!

Casia Schreyer

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I’ll take a difficult book in stages. I’ll read until I can’t and then put it down. If it was really bad I may never come back to it. If it wasn’t that bad, or just slow, or just not what I needed at the time, I’ll usually go back to it. I’ve been lucky, I’ve hit very few bad or dry books so far.

Now, short stories is a different matter. Since I started publishing anthologies I’ve had to read anywhere from 16 to 260 short stories every 2 month reading period. There have been a few stories that I haven’t finished reading. There have been a few stories that I wish I hadn’t finished reading!

Brandy Potter from Brandy Potter Books

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Sooooooo I USED to push through it, but my writing time is becoming so precious. The author has 10 chapters to snag me. If it doesn’t speed up then out the window. 🙂

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Wow who’d have known blog hop hosting would be so much work! What’s your opinion on quitting v continuing on a book you’re not enjoying? Love to hear from you in the comments section!

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