Ten Bookish Settings I'm Still Mad I Can't Visit

Ten Bookish Settings I'm Still Mad I Can't Visit
Top Ten Tuesday  is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at  The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Here's the thing: I love fantasy but I almost never want to live in the worlds. Think about it.  Would you want to accidentally end up in Pannem, or Westeros, or the universes of the Red Queen or An Ember in the Ashes? I do not think so.  First I would have to shriek in horror and then I would have to hide.  I have absolutely no practical skills so I am pretty much guaranteed not to survive.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  by J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling

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Series: (Harry Potter #1)
Published: June 26th 1997
Rating: a homecoming
Times read: almost inumerable
Recommended by: basically the whole world

“Don’ you worry, Harry. You’ll learn fast enough. Everyone starts at the beginning at Hogwarts, you’ll be just fine. Just be yerself. I know it’s hard. Yeh’ve been singled out, an’ that’s always hard. But yeh’ll have a great time at Hogwarts — I did — still do, ’smatter of fact.” 

Listen, I am an adult.  I didn't read the books until I was 19 years old. I am still pissed that I didn't get a Hogwarts letter and that I am forever doomed to be a Muggle.  It is boring.

The Dragonriders of Pern  by Anne McCaffrey


The Dragonriders of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey

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Series: (Dragonriders of Pern #1-3)
Published: January 1st 1968
Rating: I want a dragon dammit
Times read: dozens
Recommended by: Myself and strangly later on I found out that my paternal grandmother was into the books as well.

"Rukbat, in the Sagittarian Sector, was a golden G-type star. It had five planets, two asteroid belts and a stray planet that it had attracted and held in recent millennia."

This isn't a new desire.  I have wanted to go to Pern and impress a dragon since I ran into Dragonsong at the library when I was in middle school. I had a name picked out and terrible fanfiction written and everything. Which I sent by snail main to Anne Mccaffrey as a twelve year old. She actually sent a postcard of the Masterharper back.  Which is in my mothers attic because I couldn't bear to get rid of it. My life is still annoyingly dragon free and that is not okay. 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe  by C.S. Lewis


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis

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Series: (The Chronicles of Narnia #1)
Published: October 16th 1950
Rating: magical
Times read: a lot, okay. 
Recommended by: My fifth grade teacher read it aloud to us at school.

“She stayed behind because she thought it would be worthwhile trying the door of the wardrobe, even though she felt almost sure that it would be locked. To her surprise it opened quite easily....” 

Did I know what a wardrobe was the first time that I read this book?  Of course not.  Does that even matter?  If you have a huge amount of money and haven't spent it on a house in the country that has a secret room with a Wardrobe made from applewood that was brought back from the beginning of the world that leads you into a magic world of perpetual winter with a Faun who makes you tea then you are spending your money wrong and should give it to me.

Dealing with Dragons  by Patricia C. Wrede

The Enchanted Forest

Dealing with Dragons
by Patricia C. Wrede

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Series: (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1)
Published: 1990
Rating: Dragons!
Times read: 7 or 8 probably
Recommended by: I found it at my library in middle school

"Linderwall was a large kingdom, just east of the Mountains of Morning, where philosophers were highly respected and the number five was fashionable."

Wrede, Patricia C. (2015-09-14T22:58:59). Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles) (Kindle Locations 101-102). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition. 

Think of every fairy tale, myth, and folktales that you have ever heard. Add a sense of the ridiculous.  Stir in an independent Princess and serve with cherries jubilee.  It has been so many years since I have first read these books and I still find them HILARIOUS.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Geisha Verse

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

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Series:  Six of Crows #1
Release date: September 29th 201
Rating: Full review of Six of Crows
Times read: 2
Recommended by: pretty much everyone who has ever read it

"If you couldn’t walk by yourself through Ketterdam after dark, then you might as well just hang a sign that read “soft” around your neck and lie down for a beating."

This might not be the nicest place to live. I mean. Ketterdam is basically hopped up on all the worst parts of capitalism and thats the safest place.  However, I could be hanging out with Kaz and the gang and that is enough for me.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Shire

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Series: Middle Earth .5
Published: September 21st 1937
Rating: precious
Times read: 5
Recommended by: my mom got the audiobook version to listen to in the car when we drove from New York to South Dakota.

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” 

ONLY THE SHIRE.  Terrible things are going on everywhere else in Middle Earth and I want nothing to do with it.  I want to live where there are second breakfasts and seed cake.  Is that too much to ask? Additionally, casual research suggests that adventure is quite easy to find there if you know where to look.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer  by Leigh Bardugo


Wonder Woman: Warbringer
by Leigh Bardugo

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Series: (DC Icons #1)
Published: August 28th 2017
Rating: girl power
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Fist saw it on Goodreads

"The island seeks to please, her mother had told her. It was why Themyscira was forested by redwoods in some places and rubber trees in others; why you could spend an afternoon roaming the grasslands on a scoop-neck pony and the evening atop a camel, scaling a moonlit dragonback of sand dunes. They were all pieces of the lives the Amazons had led before they came to the island, little landscapes of the heart."

I might be very happily married but I wouldn't mind planning a vacation to a beautiful island inhabited only by wise woman.  The patriarchy is getting me down. 

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Other Side of the Wall

by Neil Gaiman

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Series: no
Published: August 29th 2006
Rating: I actually like the film better...shhhh
Times read: 1
Recommended by: I read it after I say the film

"A warm wind stroked Tristran’s face: it smelled like peppermint, and blackcurrant leaves, and red, ripe plums; and the enormity of what he had done descended on Tristran Thorn. He was walking into Faerie, in search of a fallen star, with no idea how he would find the star, nor how to keep himself safe and whole as he tried."

So there is a witch and some murderous princes.  Every place has it's problems.  I still want to visit.

22055262.jpgA Darker Shade of Magic   by V.E. Schwab

Red London

A Darker Shade of Magic  
by V.E. Schwab

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Series: Shades of Magic #1
Published: February 24th 2015
Rating: Worth more than one London
Times read: 2
Recommended by: I think Cait at Paperfury

“You don’t know anything about these worlds,” he said, but the fight was bleeding out of his voice. “Sure I do,” countered Lila cheerfully. “There’s Dull London, Kell London, Creepy London, and Dead London,” she recited, ticking them off on her fingers. “See? I’m a fast learner.” 

Again, I have to be quite specific here.  Red London and Red London ONLY.  Grey London is boring and 19th century gross.  White London is not a place that I ever want to see in real life.  Black London is the stuff of nightmares.  Red London on the other hand is awesome in it's magic, beauty, and having Kell doesn't hurt anything either.

If you could spend some time in another world which one would you choose?

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