This is such a fun one! I love atmospheric books, so there are plenty of locations described beautifully that I’d really like to visit one day. I’ve taken a slightly loose approach to this and decided to include fantastical places (I don’t know if that was That Arsty Reader Girl‘s intention when she set this TTT prompt!). If I only picked places that really existed in my favourite books, then this would be a very short list!
Bath (Jane Austen)
As some of you may know, I have definitely been to Bath. I lived there for three years while studying. However, I didn’t read any Jane Austen until after I’d left uni and now I want to go back and do a tour of all the placed significant to Jane’s life and to her characters.
2. Velaris (ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas)
This city just sounds like the most beautiful, magical place and I’d love to visit and explore it.
3. Faerie (The Cruel Prince by Holly Black)
This is perhaps the most dangerous choice on this list. I tried to pick places that would make a nice holiday, but I just couldn’t resist including this. I’d love to just sneak in and spy on some revels and courts. It would be beautiful and magical and thrilling.
4. Idris (Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare)
This is the Shadowhunter home city in my favourite book series and strikes me as a gorgeous, historic (unfortunately fictional) place. I’d love to be able to see all the places where the events of the books took places, and pay respects to those we’ve lost along the way.
5. Fennbirn (Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake)
Fennbirn is the just magic atmospheric island from my dreams. The concept that mainlanders don’t really know it exists, as it is masked by a shroud of magical fog is so interesting to me, as it could almost be set in our world. The description of the different areas of the island is lush and I would adore to visit and experience it for myself.
6. Hogwarts (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)
This one needs no explanation, right? Every bookworm’s dream!
7. Amsterdam (The Fault in our Stars by John Green)
This has cropped up in lots of books I’ve read, most notably The Fault in our Stars where it is the setting for Hazel and Gus’s bittersweet romance. I fell in love with it then, and have fallen in love again every time I’ve seen it on someone’s Instagram. I really want to visit there one day!
8. The Shire (Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien)
I just feel like I’d be so at home in the shire! It’s pretty, green, and there would be so many spots to curl up with a book for the afternoon. If I could move permanently to a fictional place, The Shire would be my choice.
9. Rivendell (Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien)
Perhaps whilst I’m living in The Shire, I’ll make the trip to Rivendell to take in the stunning views.
10. Hogsmeade (Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling)
Heading down to Hogsmeade for an afternoon in the snow to have a hot butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks is my DREAM. The ultimate cosy afternoon. Any of the wizarding world streets and towns would be wonderful to visit honestly. Maybe I can visit the Harry Potter attraction in Florida one day instead and try and satisfy that ever present hunger for the wizarding world!
And there we have my list! Let me know where you’d like to visit, real or fictional!