This week’s topic is ‘Places in Books I’d Love to Live’. You may have noticed, if you’re a regular reader of our blog, that there are two of us who run it, but that most of the posts are by me – Ariana. This is because my co-blogger and sister Gemma is currently in the middle of her undergrad degree, and so has little time for reading outside her course, but she and I have enjoyed brainstorming these Top Ten Tuesdays together, so when possible, we’ll feature answers from both of us. This week it’s 50/50, and there are almost too many options!
- The Burrow from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series – home of the Weasley family, it is a house made up of numerous floors all precariously balanced on top of one another. The caveat for living here is that she would like to attend Hogwarts too.
- The Library from Erin Morgenster’s The Starless Sea – this was on both of our lists, because who wouldn’t want to live in a secret giant library full of stories, secret rooms, a giant ballroom, and a great underground sea?
- The Lake District as described by Lucinda Riley in The Shadow Sister – the Lake District is beautiful enough as it is, but in this book it’s described in such a wonderful way.
- Camp Half-Blood from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series – downsides are that you may be attacked by monsters, or have to play a deadly Capture the Flag occasionally, but who can beat always perfect weather, strawberry fields, and plates that manifest what you want to eat at meal times?
- Pemberley from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – I mean, look at that. Stately gardens, a room full of statues, and -most importantly- Mr. Darcy.
- The Shire from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings – my first love, and the place I go to when I need comfort. I’d definitely want to travel all over Middle Earth, but I like the idea of having a cozy hobbit hole somewhere in the green Shire to return to after my adventuring.
- The fictional Sicilian town of Vigata in Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series – one of my favourite series, and I would love to stroll along its beach, eat at all the seafood places Montalbano spends most of his time in, and just generally enjoy the Italian life.
- Diggory’s house in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe – I thought of just saying Narnia, but outside of Cair Paravel, there aren’t many places for humans to live, so then I thought of that magnificent house with the wardrobe; I think I’d like to stay there, and be able to pop into Narnia whenever I feel like it (I know it doesn’t work that way, shh!)
- The Court of the Fisher King in Stephen R. Lawhead’s Taliesin – another of my favourite series, it’s a really beautiful retelling of the Arthurian legend, and the Court of the Fisher King is such a peaceful and magical location.
- Blackwater in A.G. Slatter’s All the Murmuring Bones – this one is a mix, because there are some pretty terrible things that happen here during the course of this story, but the overall location and its description are really appealing. A little commune with a nice house, orchards, and a big lake. Sounds ideal.