I Can Travel Just By Sitting Still And Reading

“There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away…”

– Emily Dickinson

Hello there! Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s prompt is “top ten places – real or fictional – that books have made you want to visit.”


I don’t know about you, but “traveling” through books is one of my favoritest things in life. I open a book and am instantly transported to another place/time. Words are magical, people.

070517_LightningThief_vmed_11a[1]And very, very good books make me want to visit some of their settings for real… so if I had a TARDIS (that could travel in and out of books as well as anywhere in space and time), these are the ten locations I’d visit first.

1. Camp Half-Blood, Long Island, New York
(The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan)

I thought this place sounded SO COOL when I was twelve, and I still feel that way! Sure, it has a beautiful setting, bizarre training arenas (lava-covered climbing walls, anyone?), and unique cabins dedicated to each Greek god and goddess – but none of those things are what I love most about this place.

I love Camp Half-Blood because it feels like… like home, I guess. It just feels safe, and peaceful, and it’s filled with loads of awesome people.

There are actually real-life versions of the camp (and its Roman equivalent, Camp Jupiter) hosted by book-loving nerds, but they are either A) located far away from where I live or B) only for kids. (And not kids at heart.) THIS MAKES ME HAVE ALL THE SADS.

2. The Coldtown in Springfield, Illinois
(The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black)

In Black’s book, Coldtowns are walled cities in which vampires are quarantined… and most of the story takes place in Springfield’s Coldtown. It’s a dangerous place, and yet somehow alluring. I guess I like risks. Who knew?

3. Shadow City, New York City, New York
(The Kiki Strike series by Kirsten Miller)

Tunnels under NYC? Yes.

Tunnels that lead to decades-old abandoned hiding places? YES.

Tunnels and people (AKA Kiki and her posse) to explore them with? OH MY GOD YES.narnia-lamp-post[1]

4. Narnia
(The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis)

When I was little, I was very disappointed that I had only a boring closet and not a wardrobe. How else is one supposed to get to Narnia?! (Well, through paintings or by being summoned by Susan’s horn, I suppose. But those aren’t nearly as cool, right?) I swear, someday I’ll buy a wardrobe and sit in it for hours, hoping that it’ll take me to Narnia… where I’d visit Cair Paravel and then sail eastward on the Dawn Treader.

5. Westeros
(The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin)

I PROMISE, THIS CHOICE ISN’T AS WEIRD AS IT SOUNDS. I would only go there if there were some sort of guarantee that I wouldn’t die a brutal death. Or die at all whilst there, actually.

Because underneath all that blood and gore and backstabbing (sometimes literally!), it really is a beautiful place. I’d love to visit Dorne, and Winterfell, and Highgarden, and the “Dothraki sea.” I want to meet queens and see dragons flying and eat the little lemon cakes.

2844406. Dublin, Ireland
(The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy)

I am ENAMORED of this series at the moment, and I want to see where it’s set! And if I could I’d see the Sanctuary, but I can’t because… it’s made up. Sigh. Being a bookworm is very disappointing sometimes.

7. Henrietta, Virginia
(The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater)

thought this was a real place, but now I’m not actually 100% sure! There is definitely a Henrietta in West Virginia, but the series is pretty clearly set in just plain Virginia. So. I’m not sure if I could ever go there for real but if I can, I will. In the books it’s described as this tiny, sleepy town set in the beautiful foothills.

8. The Underland, via the Central Park entrance in New York City
(The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins)

MORE STUFF BENEATH NYC! But very different stuff, actually. Like gigantic talking rats, and people who fly around on ginormous bats, and enormous cities built of stone. Why visit Panem when you visit the Underland?

9. New Beijing, Chinagregor[1]
(The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)

I just really really really want to see what a dystopian Earth would look like… especially in some place that’s not the USA, because I’ve read way too many YA dystopians that are set there. So I’d like to see New Beijing! I’d imagine that the architecture would be quite different in the future, and there’s so much new technology, and there’s ROBOTS.

10. Alabaster Preparatory School, New York
(The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart)

Why are so many of these places located in New York?!

Anyway, I’d like to visit this (fictional) academy because it has old buildings and tunnels leading EVERYWHERE (I like tunnels, don’t I?) and secret societies. Also, it is inhabited by the brilliant Frankie Landau-Banks, which is always a plus.


Which bookish locations would you love to visit? And are they real or fictional? I’d love to know!


About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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21 Responses to I Can Travel Just By Sitting Still And Reading

  1. wordnerd227 says:

    Any Middle-Earth location would suit me just fine- but I’d especially love to see Minas Tirith or Lothlorien. OH MY GOSH that would be so cool!

    • nevillegirl says:

      I’d love to see Minas Tirith too… that location is a HUGE reason for my love of The Return of the King. It’s just so pretty and majestic and… gah. *sighs happily*

  2. Cait says:

    I love it when dystopians are set outside the USA. x) I have nothing against American-ones of course, I just….I like to see versions of the WHOLE world. And it kind of makes me sad that, like, mostly Australian books are contemporaries or just survival stories. -_- Where is our weird and freaky dystopias?!! *ahem* I LOVE THIS PROMPT TOO. Although my post absolutely glitched on my blog (I know, I know…another reason I should move to wordpress) and it’s basically largely hidden unless you have a specific link to get to it now. Gah. I’m very frustrated with blogger atm.
    When we moved a lot when I was little I used to ALWAYS check our new houses for Narnia. You can never tell till you try, right?!

    • nevillegirl says:

      The only non-US dystopians that I’ve read were… well, How I Live Now (UK), the Lunar Chronicles (China/France/the Sahara), The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm (Zimbabwe), The House of the Scorpion (Mexico), and possibly The Maze Runner books (The Scorch Trials is set in Mexico).
      I’ve read a LOT more that took place in the US, so… L/

      Yeah, I saw that! 😦 *patpat* I hate it when I have blogging glitches. (Although that doesn’t happen very often. xD Come to WordPress, Cait!)

      Ehehe, good for you! Narnia is the best. ❤

  3. I’ve wanted to go to Dublin since I first read the Skuldiggery Pleasant books, too – so at least 5 years, and it’s still never happened! I also agree that Westeros would be amazing to visit (if only because of Joffrey…), and I don’t know about you but I’ve always really wanted to go to Neverland. I watched the 2003 Peter Pan a few months ago, and ended up crying as I really wanted it to be real because I don’t want to grow up right now!

    I’m struggling to think of any other book-ish places I’d like to visit; now that I’m trying to think about it, they all go out my head!

    • nevillegirl says:

      I love the Skulduggery Pleasant books! *excited to meet another fan of them since she doesn’t know many*

      I’ve never actually read the original Peter Pan books… I’ve just seen the Disney movie! xD But I should read it. Someday.

  4. My favorite place of all time, will always be Hogwarts. This year for me though, Reading Cinder and going into all the wonderful places there such as New Beijing. Picturing the buildings and ships as they fly, and all the planets. Yes – Thats my favorite of this year. ❤

  5. orphu44 says:

    Ooh! I’d mostly like to go to Ireland for its own sake, if anything, but the fact that Skulduggery is set certainly doesn’t hurt its case. And yes, Underland Chronicles! Any place with enormous rats and bats (that some people ride!) sounds promising, but particularly when it’s a setting for stories I love.

  6. Mo says:

    I’d love to go to Tortall, more out of nostalgia than anything else. And I’d love to travel the H2G2 universe… And also the Firefly ‘verse, though that’s not a book. 😛 I dunno, most books seem like fun places to go.

  7. matttblack42 says:

    Ooh, I’d love to visit Westeros, but only if I was part of the upper classes and it was currently spring/summer. Otherwise, life sucks for just about everyone in that world.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Totally. And even then, I’d be really careful about who I’d hang out with… the Tyrells and Martells seem like decent choices. Lannisters, not so much (depending on which one and where they are in their character development).

      • matttblack42 says:

        I’d love to hang out with the Stark kids, before the events of AGoT took place. They were all so happy, and none of them were dead/crippled/suffering from serious emotional trauma back then. *starts to cry*

  8. Thomas says:

    Love the diversity of locations in this post, from Westeros to New York City! Not going to lie, as a realistic YA fan I kind of wish I could see what some of my favorite characters’ high schools were like. I probably wouldn’t want to go their high schools necessarily, but the social dynamic would be so intriguing to observe. This is a wonderful prompt and definitely makes you think about the gamut of locations we take for granted in our fiction.

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