Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

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Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

1. Prince Edward Island: If ever a book made me want to visit a place it is the Anne of Green Gables series. Imagine driving down a lane "fringed with blooming wild cherry-trees and slim white birches;" an avenue so lovely it is called the "White Way of Delight." How about dipping your toes in the "Lake of Shining Waters?"

2. De Smet, SD: This railroad town is the setting for a few of the Little House books. My personal favorite is The Long Winter because it paints Almanzo as the hero I always felt he was. As you might recall, I spent a couple of days in De Smet this summer. 

3. Cedar Cove: I've never been to the Pacific Coast, but the fictional town of Cedar Cove with its lighthouse and cell phone reception that is only good out on the dock, sounds lovely. I would love to ride my bike all around the island and be somewhere that only a ferry connects you to the mainland. 

4. Spain: The Last Queen by C. W. Gortner, which is about Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country's throne, certainly made me want to know more about the country and its history.

5. France: For the King by Catherine Delors had the same effect for me as Gortner's book. After reading about these fictional characters and historical figures during the French Revolution, I yearned to know more. 

6. Valley Forge:  A Comedy of Erinn by Celia Bonaduce is partially set at Valley Forge. Erinn and Jude have an interesting time there. Their stay reminded me of my love for early American history and I would love to visit one day.

7. San Francisco: In Bachelor Girl by Roger Lea MacBride, young readers follow the early adult life of Rose Wilder Lane, the only child of Laura and Almanzo Wilder to live to adulthood. Though the Wilders lived in Mansfield, Missouri, Rose was sent to live with her aunt Eliza Jane Thayer in Louisiana to finish high school. Rose eventually moved to Kansas City to become a telegraph operator, before she moved on to San Francisco. I have to admit I never had a desire to visit California until I read this book.

8. Salem, MA: Is it a sin that a woman who lives in Massachusetts has never visited Salem? It should be. I would really love to go. I've read a few books set in this town famous for its witch trials. My most recent book was non-fiction: Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City by Sam Baltrusis.

9. Willow Ridge: Considering I'm not Amish, this might be a challenge. This fictional community created by author Charlotte Hubbard is so warm and inviting that I would love to visit---especially if I get to taste some of Miriam's cooking.

10. Bear Creek: Deputy Tempe Crabtree certainly has her share of mystery and adventure in the mountain community of Bear Creek in the Southern Sierra. The terrain sounds lovely, even when bad guys are roaming about; though I wouldn't want to tackle the river when it floods. 

What places have books made you want to visit?


Anonymous said...

Great list!

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

California made my list too! It started with San Fransisco but then I just made it California because there are lots of places I would want to see there! Great picks!

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Lois Johnson said...

Great choices! I'm really kicking myself that I forgot Prince Edward Island on my list as that is definitely a place that Anne of Green Gables has always made me want to visit since I was very young.
DeSmet, Iowa is a great choice too! I love the her books! :)

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

Good picks! PEI is beautiful; I loved our visit there. I haven't been to DeSmet but did get to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove (i.e. Plum Creek), Minnesota. One of those serendipitous things - we drove past it on our way to the Canadian Rockies. I wrote about it here, if you're interested!

Cheryl said...

I appreciate all the comments, everyone. Jessica, I probably should just have said California too. There are so many great places there to visit. Lois and Lark, I highly recommend a Laura Ingalls Wilder adventure. It was so much fun. Lark, how neat you visited the museum in WG. I liked it there.

Thanks again for the comments.