Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

I love to participate in The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday. It's a blog round up with a new subject every week.

This week's post is Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (whether fictional or real).  Here we go, this makes me want to travel.

1.  Cornwall, England.  All of  Rosamund Pilcher's books make me want to go live in cozy Cornwall.  I want to live in a cottage, surrounded by primroses and eccentric neighbors.
Here's my new home.

2.  Maine.  I want to live in Stephen King's Maine.  Taciturn neighbors, people interested in privacy, and a strong dislike for nosy people.

3.  English countryside. I love Kate Morton's England.  Old, previously majestic English houses, now falling apart, but still made for cozy reading.  The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The House at Riverton.  I'll happily visit any of them.

4. Australian outbackHello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney is making me want to visit the Australian outback.  But it's not making me want to write a Christmas newsletter. Yikes!

5.  New England.  Alice Hoffman's Probable Future made living through a New England winter seem mysterious and romantic, instead of cold and painful.

6.  London.  Jane Green's books always make London seem exciting and relaxing at the same time.  I can't even pick one book, I love them all. 

7.  GreeceThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series always made me want to go to Greece, find a perfect man, and swim in the bluest waters.

8.  Ireland.  Maeve Binchy's Minding Frankie made me want to pack up for Ireland and live in the neighborhood that rallied together to raise one little girl.

9.  South Carolina.  I loved Mary Alice Monroe's Swimming Lessons and The Beach House.  I HATE humidity, but these books made me feel like I could totally tolerate sweatiness, frizzy hair and the bad mood that humidity inspires in me.

10.  Scotland.  Susanna Kearsley's The Winter Sea made me want to see Scotland, walk the sea walls that tower over their rough sea and snuggle in a castle in front of a fire.

When I look over this list, I can see that I should probably make an effort to visit England, but I just know that it wouldn't be the same as I see it in my mind.  But I'm pretty happy right here.

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