Top Ten Tuesday #163


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these. I’m going to be heading off to France tomorrow for a few days of sun and poolside reading (weather dependent!) so I’m super excited for that.

It also means that today’s travel topic is quite apt! Now the official topic is Books That Awaken The Travel Bug In Me, but honestly, I have such a severe case of wanderlust that all books awaken the travel bug in me, I just want to go everywhere and books are one way of me doing that (certainly a cheaper way!). So I’m going to go with Books That Made Me Want To Visit Specific Places (and tell you whether I’ve actually been to those places or not):

  1. Percy Jackson and The Olympians-Rick Riordan-Greece and New York

I’ve always been obsessed with the Greek Myths, but reading Percy Jackson just made me want to visit Greece even more and also gave me the desire to go to New York so I could visit the Empire State Building and try to get to the 600th floor (don’t worry, I didn’t!). I have now done both of these things, I went to New York with my family in 2012 (and we did go up the Empire State Building, though only to the 86th floor observatory as going to the top was too expensive. One day I would like to go back and go to the top) and I went to Greece with my friends to celebrate my 21st birthday last year.

2. Skulduggery Pleasant-Derek Landy-Ireland

Yes, I know, Ireland is right across the sea from me and I still haven’t been, it’s bad! I’ve always thought that Ireland was the perfect setting for any kind of magic, no idea why and the Skulduggery Pleasant books just confirmed that for me. So I would definitely like to go visit someday!

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone-Laini Taylor-Prague

I read this book last year and thought that Prague sounded like the most beautiful, wonderful place to visit and I wished I could wander the streets with Karou and Zuzana, visiting Poison Kitchen and eating pastries and all of that. Luckily, this book made my friend Nicola want to visit Prague too, she’s been doing her study abroad semester there since February and I’m going out to visit in just over a week’s time! So yeah, yay for friends who travel to cool places!

4. The Crown’s Game-Evelyn Skye-Russia

I know I can’t visit Imperial Russia anymore, but Skye’s descriptions of St Petersburg in this book sounded so amazing, it really made me want to go and visit St Petersburg and skate on the Neva, and walk the streets and eat some of the delicious food she described. I haven’t yet been to Russia, but hopefully one day I will!

5.Virginia-Maggie Stiefvater-The Raven Cycle

Whilst I know Henrietta itself doesn’t exist, I would still love to visit Virginia, as I know it’s big for horses and I’m a massive horse person, so obviously I would love that and it also just sounds like a really beautiful state, so I’d love to visit it and see it for myself (and pretend to search for ley lines like the Gangsey!).

6. Hawaii-Heidi Heilig-The Girl From Everywhere

Granted, I can’t visit the 1884 version of Hawaii that Heidi Heilig describes in this book, but still, she describes Hawaii in such a way that makes it sound so beautiful that you just can’t help but want to visit!

7. Italy-Caroline Lawrence-The Roman Mysteries

The Roman Mysteries was one of my favourite series when I was a kid, I used to check them out from the library obsessively when I was a kid (unfortunately never managed to finish them) and I always wanted to go and visit the places that the characters in the books did! I did actually go to Naples back in 2010, visited Pompeii and Vesuvius and Herculaneum and Capri, and it was an amazing trip, but I would love to go back to Italy and get to visit Rome and Florence and Venice and all the other beautiful cities there.

8. India-Tara Sim-Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2)

I love reading about places that I don’t get to read about often in books and Tara Sim’s Victorian India definitely fitted the bill. Her descriptions of India were so gorgeous, they made me feel like I was there, and now I really want to visit to see the place for myself!

9. Alexandria-Rachel Caine-The Great Library Series

I’ve always loved the idea of going to Egypt, it’s a place that is catnip for a History lover like me, and Rachel Caine’s Great Library series has definitely made me want to take a trip to Alexandria (especially because in the real one you have no chance of being chased by bloodthirsty automatons) as I’d love to see the few ancient places that there are left there, especially the ruins of the Serapeum of Alexandria (the daughter library of the main one) and just generally explore, because Caine’s book makes Alexandria sound like such a beautiful place.

10. Poland-The Storyteller-Jodi Picoult

Part of Jodi Picoult’s 2013 novel, takes place at Auschwitz as the main character’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. Reading books like this one really make me want to go and see Auschwitz for myself, not because I think that going to see a concentration camp would be fun (obviously going to see a place where people died is not fun) but because I feel like it’s something that I need to do. It’s so important that we don’t forget what happened to these people and I think that going to see the place where so many Jews died in the Holocaust is part of that.

So there we go, Books That Have Made Me Want To Visit Specific Places! Have you ever been to any of these countries? Are there any countries that you’ve read about that you really want to visit? Let me know in the comments!

Next week, I’m talking my Summer TBR, since it’s a week too late for me to choose books to read by the pool! In the meantime, I will hopefully have a Writing Corner post up for you guys very soon.

67 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #163

  1. Kaitlin (leviosanotleviosa) 12/06/2018 / 1:47 pm

    I’ve been to Prague (amazing, you will love it!) and Poland (Warsaw, Krakow, Lublin). I visited Auschwitz and it’s chilling, but absolutely an essential place to visit. My friend visited St. Petersburg last year and loved it. I love your list! Here’s mine:

    • iloveheartlandx 12/06/2018 / 10:12 pm

      That’s good to hear! My friend seems to love it and I’ve seen her pictures, it looks gorgeous, so I’m sure I will have a great time. She also went to Krakow last year and really enjoyed it. Honestly I would expect nothing less of Auschwitz but you’re right, it is an essential place to see. Oh that’s good to hear, my parents visited St Petersburg and loved it, so I definitely would love to go. I’d also really like to go to Moscow, if I ever went to Russia.

  2. InkReads 12/06/2018 / 4:58 pm

    I read a lot of good things about The Storyteller but I haven’t found the time to read it! Now I’m excited to read it πŸ™‚

  3. Kayleigh @ My Endless Shelf 12/06/2018 / 5:22 pm

    Your list is amazing!! Definitely adding some of these to my TBR! Have a lovely time in France!!

  4. halliereadit 12/06/2018 / 5:53 pm

    Love your list! I see several titles that I haven’t seen on other lists yet.I hope to read The Girl From Everywhere soon πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 12/06/2018 / 10:08 pm

      Thank you! Oh that’s great, I like to have a little something different. It’s a great book, I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

  5. ChrissiReads 12/06/2018 / 6:01 pm

    Fab list! I want to go to Italy so bad!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/06/2018 / 10:07 pm

      Thank you! So do I, I loved Naples but I want to see more!

  6. lifewithallthebooks 12/06/2018 / 6:23 pm

    I’ve been to Northern Ireland but never Ireland – I’ve heard Dublin is lovely though! Hopefully we both get to visit it at some point! Great choices! 😊

    • iloveheartlandx 12/06/2018 / 10:07 pm

      Thank you! I’ve not actually been to either, so I’d love to go to both, but I wasn’t inspired by a book to want to go to Northern Ireland, one of my friends from Uni actually lives there, which is why I only had Southern Ireland on this list, but I would definitely love to see both πŸ™‚

      • lifewithallthebooks 12/06/2018 / 10:31 pm

        Northern Ireland is really pretty! I loved it! Hope you get to go soon! 😊

  7. blessedtobelucky 12/06/2018 / 7:22 pm

    nice list! I would love to go to Prague..

    • iloveheartlandx 12/06/2018 / 10:05 pm

      Thanks! Ah I’m so excited, I’ll let you know how it is πŸ™‚

  8. Theresa @ TheCalicoBooks 12/06/2018 / 7:54 pm

    Great list! Of those you listed, I’ve only been to Virginia, which is so beautiful, but I’d love to visit all the places you’ve mentioned, too. Have fun on your trip to France!! ☺️

    • iloveheartlandx 12/06/2018 / 9:59 pm

      Thanks! Oh I bet, I would love to see Virginia, it absolutely sounds like the kind of place I would enjoy visiting, but since I am a student living in the UK, it’s kind of out of my price range at the moment!

      • Theresa @ TheCalicoBooks 13/06/2018 / 12:50 am

        Oh yes! I definitely get that! I’m from Ohio, so it’s only 2 states away from where I live.

      • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2018 / 9:42 am

        Lucky! Hopefully one day I will be able to afford to come back to the US πŸ™‚

  9. Just Another Girl and her Books 12/06/2018 / 8:01 pm

    Looks like a great list of places to visit. I wish I would have made it to more of the concentration camp sites while I was living in Europe (saw Dachau, my kids were horrible that day). I’ve always been fascinated by the Holocaust and the concentration camps, especially Auschwitz, were high on my list of places I wanted to get to, so I completely understand your desire to visit as well. It really is so important that we don’t forget.

    Have a great week. – Katie

    • iloveheartlandx 12/06/2018 / 9:58 pm

      Thanks! Dachau is the only one I’ve actually gone to, but I’d like to see some more of the sites, it makes it more real seeing these places for yourself rather than just having learned about them in history classes. I’m glad, I was kind of hesitant as to whether to put it on there, as it sounds kind of weird saying that you really want to go and see a concentration camp but then I was like, but we should want to go and see these places, to see how awful they were and make sure nothing like that ever happens again.

  10. Kay Wisteria 12/06/2018 / 8:08 pm

    Percy Jackson!!! Greece would be an absolute dream vacation ❀ New York too!!!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/06/2018 / 9:53 pm

      One of my favourite book series! Ah both of them are amazing, I hope you get to go one day πŸ™‚

  11. foreverlostinlit 12/06/2018 / 8:08 pm

    Yes to all of these places! I wish it were easier (& cheaper!) to travel because I would love to visit pretty much every place you listed. I’ve never been out of the country, but one day I hope to be able to do more traveling. Prague, Ireland, Italy–all on my list, but Greece is my #1 first choice. Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/06/2018 / 9:52 pm

      As do I! It’s quite cheap for me to get to places in Europe, as I’m based in the UK, so Greece was easy enough to get to and wasn’t massively expensive, Ireland is literally just over the sea, Prague is only a short plane ride away, as is Poland and Italy. Russia is a little more difficult but that’s because of visa restrictions rather than not being accessible. New York I’d never have been able to get to were it not a family holiday and I don’t think I’ll be doing Virginia, Hawaii or Alexandria anytime soon. I’ve done quite a bit of travelling, but it’s a fair bit easier and cheaper to get out of the country when you live in the UK, and Europe is literally right on your doorstep! Greece is incredible, I hope you get to go one day. Thank you πŸ™‚

  12. danidewey 12/06/2018 / 8:55 pm

    All of your I’s are on my travel bucket list too – India, Ireland and Italy πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 12/06/2018 / 9:47 pm

      Ha ha did not realise I was so obsessed with going to places which had names starting with I. They do all sound so awesome though! I hope we both get to them someday-I am desperate to explore more of Italy, and eat more real Italian pizza!

  13. Greg Hill 12/06/2018 / 10:04 pm

    Ireland and Prague would be amazing- both are on my go-to list- and Greece is at the top of that list! I’ve always wanted to go there since I was a kid . πŸ™‚

    Great list! I love these destinations…

    • iloveheartlandx 12/06/2018 / 10:13 pm

      Thanks! Obviously I’m doing Prague very soon, and hoping it won’t be too long before I get to Ireland….I mean I have a friend who lives in Northern Ireland, so I really have no excuse not to visit. It was top of mine as well, so pleased to have finally had the chance to go and hope you get to as well.

  14. kozbisa 12/06/2018 / 11:22 pm

    Percy was on my list too. I love a good hero’s journey. I did love seeing all the sites in VA with the Raven Boys too. Some of those things were a little scary, but also very cool.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2018 / 9:45 am

      Me too! Yes, the occasional creepy site, but there were so many cool ones as well!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2018 / 9:44 am

      Yes, it looks gorgeous! Mine too, although basically everywhere is on my ever-extending travel bucket list!

  15. Rachael 13/06/2018 / 12:18 am

    I also wanted to go to Prague after reading The Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2018 / 9:43 am

      It’s impossible not to! I’m so excited for my trip πŸ™‚

  16. La La in the Library 13/06/2018 / 1:03 am

    I loved the Raven Cycle books and Virginia is beautiful. The Smoke and Bone series is on my tbr. ☺

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2018 / 9:35 am

      I bet it is, hopefully I’ll get to see it one day! I’ve only read the first book but I liked that one, hopefully I’ll like the rest!

  17. Heather Cilley 13/06/2018 / 1:36 am

    Oooh I bet Prague would be a gorgeous visit! Awesome list and thanks for stopping by my post!

  18. thebookishlibra 13/06/2018 / 2:30 am

    I meant to include Prague on my list. Can’t believe I forgot it. Have a wonderful time in France!

  19. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words 13/06/2018 / 3:35 am

    Aww I love me some Percy. I’m reading his Magnus Chase series now! Daughter of Smoke and Bone also made me want to visit Prague. Place sounds simply amazing. Same with Rachel Caine’s Great Library series! That book was so much fun. Great list πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2018 / 9:32 am

      Me too! I hope you enjoy Magnus Chase. Yes, the way Laini Taylor described Prague made it sound stunning and I’m excited to see it for myself. Yes, Alexandria also sounds amazing (and I do love that series). Thank you πŸ™‚

  20. Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA 13/06/2018 / 3:54 am

    Oh! I forgot about Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I love that it was set in Prague since not a lot of mainstream books are set in Prague!

  21. allthebookblognamesaretaken 13/06/2018 / 4:41 am

    I’ve been to both Ireland and Hawaii, and highly recommend both! In Hawaii we stayed on Oahu but took a day trip to the Big Island, which was pretty cool. It is so sad to see Kilauea now erupting and destroying such beautiful parts of the island.

    Ireland is also beautiful, but also felt really sad to me. Not in Dublin, which felt lively and busy, like any other major city, but in the country side where you are confronted with miles and miles of pennywalls, and famine houses dotting the landscape, they are grim reminders of the famines. And knowing that people were simply buried where they died as they worked along the walls…it just feels very heavy and sad in some places. Still, do visit when you can. There’s so much history to take in.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2018 / 9:07 am

      Hawaii does sound incredible although I hadn’t actually thought about the erupting volcano when I said I wanted to go there! Ah yes, I’m sure the evidence of the famine in Ireland must be sad, but I kind of like things like that, sad reminders of History just prove that the people were there and their memory remains there long after they’re gone. Plus I am a sucker for anywhere with a lot of history anyway!

  22. Time for tales and tea 13/06/2018 / 7:20 am

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of the reasons I went to Prague. It’s a beautiful city!
    I would love to visit Alexandria. I didn’t know anything was left from the ancient library, the Serapeum sounds so interesting!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/06/2018 / 9:03 am

      I’m so excited, only nine days to go now! Yeah, the library itself was completely destroyed but there are apparently still some ruins left of the Serapeum!

  23. Eve L (Evilous) 13/06/2018 / 10:37 am

    Oh some of these are really good. Prague is a good choice I didn’t think of. Oh and Hawaii I want to go there…maybe when it’s not on fire and all though. I was born in Virginia but that series does make me want to go back and see it as an adult! Great picks!

    • iloveheartlandx 14/06/2018 / 2:05 pm

      Thanks! I’m so excited to go to Prague, will be going there a week tomorrow! Yes, I might wait until that’s all settled before visiting. Oh that’s so cool!

  24. Chelsea 13/06/2018 / 12:04 pm

    What a great list! I spent about a month travelling around Ireland nine years ago and absolutely loved it. I find Irish history fascinating and loved seeing some of the places I’d read about in person. The southern US states worry me a little in the current political climate, but The Raven Cycle definitely made me curious about Virginia as well. As a former horse girl, I was actually temped to put Virginia on my list because I loved Marguerite Henry’s books about Misty of Chincoteague and the pony swim!

    • iloveheartlandx 14/06/2018 / 2:03 pm

      Thanks! Oh that’s great to hear, I’m a massive history geek, being a history student, so I would definitely be interested in learning more about Irish history and what better way than by going there! Ah yes, I might save visiting the southern US states until after Donald Trump is no longer president. I actually also read a horse series when I was younger that made me curious about visiting Virginia, it seems like heaven for horsey girls!

  25. Tessa G. 14/06/2018 / 11:09 pm

    I have never been outside of the United States, so I basically use books to travel vicariously through characters. There is a certain kind of magic in books that just make you want to travel. Discovering new places and cultures is actually one of the reasons that I love fantasy so much. While I love reading about Italy, France, Australia, and other earthly countries, fantasy novels create a whole new world for me to visit through the words. That being said, I still love reading A Fault in Our Stars for the Amsterdam vibes. I also loved The Night Circus because the setting changed all over the world! Your list definitely stirred the travel bug in me!
    Tessa @ Crazy for YA

    • iloveheartlandx 15/06/2018 / 10:47 am

      Books are definitely great to for armchair travelling! I feel the same way about fantasy, I feel like it was always meant to be the genre I love the most, because I’ve always loved the idea of escaping to other places. That’s great, I’m glad!

  26. inkinquisition 15/06/2018 / 5:45 am

    Ooh, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Prague is relatable, unfortunately as an American it will be significantly harder for me to get there. It’ll happen one day though!

  27. Jaime 16/06/2018 / 1:22 pm

    Oh! I forgot about Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Laini Taylor’s descriptions of Prague definitely make me want to visit it, even though before reading that book I probably had absolutely no desire to visit Prague. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2018 / 4:27 pm

      Yes, she does make it sound very beautiful. Ha ha me neither!

  28. wulfluva 16/06/2018 / 1:27 pm

    I didn’t know The Girl From Everywhere was set in Hawaii. Huh. Maybe I should read that… I’m just not really a fan of historical fiction.

    Thanks for visiting Shell’s Stories!

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2018 / 4:26 pm

      Yeah, it is. Fair enough, though it is historical fiction with a bit of time travel in, so slightly different.

  29. Ericka 22/06/2018 / 2:22 pm

    Interesting list! I’m not familiar with any of the books, but that made reading about them and why they make your list even more interesting.

    • iloveheartlandx 23/06/2018 / 12:29 pm

      Thanks! Well I would definitely recommend all of them, they’re great books πŸ™‚

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