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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Places!

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a celebration of lists! Each week a theme will be posted and bloggers will post their lists on their respective blogs. Some themes are pretty straightforward and others are open for interpretation.

This week’s Topic: Ten Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit

OMG I love this topic! Okay so since I was a kid I spent LOADS of time imagining myself in some of my favorite books’ settings and as an adult that hasn’t stopped!

Rivendell from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein – Okay so you can see how GORGEOUS this place is in the movie, and in various artwork over the years but even if I didn’t have these visuals to rely on, I’d still want to visit. It’s so peaceful, a place to learn and heal. Not to mention all the books that they must have about the history of men and Middle Earth! I mean just take a look at the descriptions of Rivendell from the books:

"'Rivendell"' said Frodo. 'Very good: I will go east, and I will make for Rivendell...' He spoke lightly, but his heart was moved suddenly with a desire to see the house of Elrond Halfelven, and breathe the air of that deep valley where many of the Fair Folk still dwelt in peace." (The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I, Chapter 3)

"It's a big house this, and very peculiar. Always a bit more to discover, and no knowing what you'll find round a corner. And Elves, sir! Elves here, and Elves there! Some like kings, terrible and splendid; and some as merry as children. And the music and the singing..." (Sam - The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter 1)

"Sam led him along several passages and down many steps and out into a high garden above the steep bank of the river. He found his friends sitting in a porch on the side of the house looking east. Shadows had fallen in the valley below, but there was still a light on the faces of the mountains far above. The air was warm. The sound of running and falling water was loud, and the evening was filled with a faint scent of trees and flowers, as if summer still lingered in Elrond's gardens." (The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter 1)

"Evil things do not come into this valley... We are sitting in a fortress. Outside it is getting dark." (Gandalf - The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter 1)

"This is the Hall of Fire ... here you will hear many songs and tales - if you can keep awake. But except on high days it usually stands empty and quiet, and people come here who wish for peace, and thought. There is always a fire here, all the year round, but there is little other light." (Gandalf - The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter 1)

"Time doesn't seem to pass here: it just is. A remarkable place altogether." (Bilbo - The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter 1)

"For a while the hobbits continued to talk and think of the past journey and of the perils that lay ahead; but such was the virtue of the land of Rivendell that soon all fear and anxiety were lifted from their minds. The future, good or ill, was not forgotten, but ceased to have any power over the present" (The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter 3)

Narnia from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – I think a lot of people would want to visit Narnia. Before the movies came out, I read this one as a kid and fell instantly in love. I wanted to find my way into this magical land via wardrobe too.

Westeros from The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin – But only briefly because that is one f’ed up place I tell you. To be more specific I’d want to see King’s Landing and MAYBE Winterfell pre-Wall destruction. I’d love to visit Essos too if there was time, Pentos in particular.

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s New Orleans from the Dark Hunter series! Maybe I’ll run across a certain adorable demon?

Elizabeth Hoyt’s Georgian England from her Maiden Lane series. Raw and Earthy, I think I’d just visit for a bit. I like my plumbing thank you very much.

Paige Tyler’s Dallas, TX from her SWAT series. I want a hunky SWAT werewolf of my own okay???

Sabrina Jeffries’ Regency England from any of her series actually. Maybe the School for Heiresses series, I’d like to see what school was like for girls back then. But only briefly, I have a big mouth when pushed. Lol.

Spindle Cove from Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series – A quiet town by the sea? Yes please. That sounds so peaceful and beautiful.

Heartbreaker Bay from Jill Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series – It sounds like that’s the place to find great friends and maybe a happy ending with a nerdy or alpha male.

Comic Books count right? Cause I’m thinking I wanna visit Themyscira, home of the Amazons. An all female colony where you empower each other and learn to be a great warrior? Sign me up! Even if I don’t cut it as a warrior I’m sure they could use a bookworm/scholar right?

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