Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – Places In Books I’d Love To Live

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

Have you ever just wanted to curl up inside the pages of a book?

But seriously, sometimes authors have the ability to portray a place so beautifully that I just want to live there. This happens to me a lot with fantasy settings, but for this week’s post I wanted to stick to places that really exist in real life. Also, I limited myself to places that I’ve never been to, although after reading the books mentioned below, I suddenly developed a desire to move there.

  1. Seattle, Washington – The setting for The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon is perfect for me, especially since I love the rain!
  2. Jaipur, India – Alka Joshi brought this beautiful pink city to life in The Henna Artist, and between the vibrant city life and the gorgeous buildings, living here would give me plenty of time to sightsee and learn about the incredible culture.
  3. Maui, Hawaii – I’ve been to part of Hawaii in the past, and it is such a gorgeous place. After reading about it in The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, I want to move there and see all that the island has to offer!
  4. Key West, Florida – I have been to South Florida for basically every single vacation I’ve ever taken in my entire life. But I’ve never been to the Keys, and after reading Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras, I was so ready to pick up and move to this little community. Surround me with water and Cuban food and I’ll be such a happy girl!
  5. Shanghai, China – This city just sounded so amazing in Chloe Gong’s These Violent Delights. I love being immersed in a culture that is different from my own, and from what I understand, it is absolutely gorgeous! Plus … I’m sure the food is delicious.
  6. Rome, Italy – Of course I want to visit Rome! The culture, the sightseeing, the food, the sound of the Italian language, and the gelato? Why wouldn’t I want to visit Rome? After reading How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi, I desperately wanted to go.
  7. Moscow, Russia – This is another place I’ve always wanted to go. Although A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles took place during the Russian Revolution, it made me want to move to Moscow and just explore as much as I could.
  8. London, England – Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams made me want to move to London. It doesn’t always make London sound perfect, but it does sound like a fun and interesting place to live and explore. Plus, it has the perk of raining a lot, which I love.
  9. Dominican Republic – Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo resurrected my desire to live in the Dominican Republic. Another island nation, with beautiful scenery, delicious food, and gorgeous weather? Sounds perfect to me.
  10. Paris, France – Oh, you know I had to include this one, especially after reading The GIlded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. It’s supposed to be the most romantic city in the world, full of history, and known for the food and wine, making it the perfect destination. If only I could speak French …

What are the destinations that you’ve wanted to move to after reading about it?

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  1. I have visited Jaipur before, and can honestly tell you it’s definitely worth a visit. Those older palaces are just too lovely to behold. And second your thoughts on Moscow (and St. Petersburg!), Rome and Paris. And I would add Scotland and Ireland and Japan to the list. See how it goes?! There’s no end to the places I want to travel to! ~Lex

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    • Agreed – there’s so many places that I want to visit that I can’t squeeze it into a list of just 10! I’m so jealous that you’ve been to Jaipur. I have wanted to visit India since I was young.

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  2. I visit London quite a lot (I was born there and lived there when I was a kid) and am hoping to move back there soon, it’s a great city. I’d love to go to Rome, I’ve been to Italy, but when I last visited I went to Naples (also a great place) so I’d like to go back and see Rome, and Venice. I really enjoyed seeing Seattle when I last went, but we weren’t there for very long, only a few days, so I’d like to go back and spend a bit longer in the city. Hawaii sounds really beautiful, I’d love to go there one day, and I’d also like to visit India if I ever got the chance. Basically I want to go everywhere ha ha, my travel bug has just got worse through the pandemic because I’ve not been able to go anywhere!

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    • I haven’t traveled very much, but it feels like every time I do, I just want to see more places! I’ve been to Oahu, Hawaii when my nephew lived there, and it’s gorgeous. I basically want to travel everywhere too!


  3. I’ve been to Paris and the Dominican Republic and both were lovely! I really want to go to London and Rome and other European cities some day, and sometimes I get so upset I’ve never been before because I already am in Europe, so it’s not like all these cities are far away 😂

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  4. I absolutely want to visit the Keys! I want to snorkel or scuba in the Pennekamp reef, have lunch at Loreley’s mermaid cafe, and explore pretty much all of Key West! Also, YES, Cuban food and coffee!

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