Top Ten Tuesday – Real Places Books Made Me Want to Visit

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Brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Freebie! So we can choose whatever we like. I’ve chosen to talk about the top 10 real places books have made me visit, or want to visit!

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Places I’ve visited after being inspired by a book…..

Ireland

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I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland, since my family comes from there, but there have been some books that really made me want to go! I got to study abroad in Ireland for 6 months during my undergraduate work, and it. was. amazing.

Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning – (Adult Urban Fantasy)
Elemental World Series by Elizabeth Hunter (Adult Urban Fantasy/Romances)
Daughter of Ireland by Juliene Osborne-McKnight (Adult Historical Fantasy)
Sweep series by Cate Tiernan (YA Urban Fantasy)

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Scotland

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Scotland has captured my imagination since I was young, probably because my father was stationed there in the Navy and I grew up hearing about the Highlands. I got to go to Edinburgh for a week, but haven’t gotten to the Highlands yet. Plans are made for us to go this coming May, however!

Macleod series by Lynn Kurland – (Adult but G-rated Historical Romances)
Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning (Adult Historical Romances)
The Light Isles by Juliet Marillier (Adult Historical Fantasy)

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England/London

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I’m sure anyone who has read Harry Potter or seen the movies has wanted to visit London at least a little bit! As a fan of Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes stories, and so very many other england-based stories, I too always had it on my “to-go” list. I was lucky enough to visit a couple times while I lived in Ireland, and i did indeed get to visit “Platform 9 3/4”!!

De Piaget series by Lynn Kurland – (Adult but G-rated Historical Romances)
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (YA fantasy)

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Denmark

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I started reading adult romance novels when I was pretty young, like 13-14 probably and some of the first ones I read were these Viking time-travel romances. So I fell in love with Viking history and Norse culture when I was pretty young. then when I studied in Ireland I took a history class on the Vikings, so I always wanted to visit a northern european country. I got to visit Denmark and got to see their Viking Ship museum. It was an incredible country. Probably my favorite of the places I visited abroad!

Viking series by Sandra Hill (Adult Historical/Fantasy Romances)
The Light Isles by Juliet Marillier (Adult Historical Fantasy)

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Paris

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I was an Art History major for my undergraduate degree, so obviously I had to visit Paris (aka the Lourve). But after reading The Da Vinci Code and seeing the film many years ago, I definitely knew I had to visit the city of lights. The museums were amazing, but the city itself left me feeling … “meh”… compared to some of the others I visited!

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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Rome/Italy

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Ok I’ve always been a huge ancient history buff, and I was really into ancient mythology and such when I was younger, so Italy was always going to be a dream destination for me. I read a lot of roman myths and histories, Shakespeare’s Caesar, and other historical fiction taking place in Italy, which made me want to visit. I couldn’t think of a lot of the books, but Angel’s and Demons does stand out in my mind!

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

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And here are some places I WANT to visit, but haven’t yet…

Romania

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I’ve always been oddly compelled by Romania and am eager to visit, though I have not gotten too yet. I think its the architecture that is a big part of what draws me. Then, at my first “adult” job I became friends with a girl who is from Romania, and her stories have only made me want to visit even more. Hopefully I will get there soon!

Circus of the Darned series by Katie Maxwell (YA fantasy)
Dracula by Bram Stoker – Classic Horror
Night Prince series by Jeaniene Frost (Adult Paranormal Romance)

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Japan

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There’s so much about Japanese culture that is rich, vibrant, and alluring that its on my list of places to visit. I recently read a book that took place there which I feel really gives a good feel for the culture and the country….

Ink (Paper Gods Series) by Amanda Sun (YA Urban Fantasy)

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New Orleans

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I’ve read so many books that take place in New Orleans that I feel like I know it’s streets myself. And yet I haven’t gotten the chance to visit (yet)! Fingers crossed I’ll make it before I’m too old to party in the boisterous city lol!

Immortals after Dark series by Kresley Cole (Adult Urban Fantasy Romance)
Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Adult Urban Fantasy Romance)

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Greece

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I mean, really is there any need to explain this one? Who doesn’t want to visit Greece at least a little bit, right?

Troy by Adele Geras (YA Historical Fiction)
Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Adult Urban Fantasy Romance)
The Goddesses series by Alicia Fields (YA Historical Fiction)

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Honorable mentions…..

Pacific Northwest

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Something about the descriptions of the landscape of the pacific northwest really calls to me!

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (Adult Urban Fantasy)
Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer (YA fantasy)

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Chicago

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The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Adult Urban Fantasy)
Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs (Adult Urban Fantasy)

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So what about you guys? Are there any places you’ve gone to because a book inspired you? Or anywhere you want to go to after reading about it in a book? What about from tv or movies?

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Real Places Books Made Me Want to Visit

  1. Your reactions to Paris and London are interesting–the opposite of mine. I fell in love with Paris the first time I visited, and the second time was better. London, though, made little impression on me one way or another, even though I got to know it better because one of my sons lived there awhile.

    The Pacific Northwest, absolutely. Especially British Columbia and Alaska–they make Washington and Oregon seem like Kansas. Full disclaimer: I’m a biased native of BC, though I now live in Arizona.

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    • lol! Im so exceeded to get to the PNW, and Alaska in particular is on our list! Yea I don’t know what about Paris put me off but I just never connected much with it. London, though, I adored lol!

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  2. What?! You’ve never been to Chicago? That sounds so weird, but then again I only live a few hours away. :p I’m totally with you on wanting to travel to Greece and Japan! They both look so amazing and Japan’s culture is so unique! ^.^ EE! Now I really want to go. :p
    I’m also super jealous of you having traveled to Ireland! I’ve been to Paris and London, but Ireland is one of those alluring places that I know so little about and yet really want to visit! What was your favorite part about it?

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    • Oh Ireland was so wonderful! I was lucky enough to visit Belfast, Dublin, Cork, and Galway (major cities in North, East, South, and West) plus a lot of littler ones in between. By far the best part was the people! They are so laid back and welcoming! Also we drove along the coast up the western side of the island and got to see like ancient stone forts and the Cliffs of Moher. So the people and the landscape on the west coast were some of my favorite parts! Definitely not the food though lol, they truly are not known for good food for a reason!

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      • Haha! This is awesome! IT makes me want to visit Ireland so much more than I already do (partly because I LOVE their accents. :p) But the images from the countryside always look so beautiful and thanks for note on the food. Haha! I’d still be interested to try it, though. Traditional food is fun!

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      • I definitely recommend their stews, and they do lamb really well. But they aren’t so great on “fancy” food (probably better to stick with paris for that haha) but they do homey and hearty food pretty good. And I know its stereotypical but their potatoes really were good at like every single meal haha Oh my gosh, yes their accents are awesome (don’t tell my boyfriend but I thought my male flatmates accent was wonderful 🙂

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