Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
March 27: Books That Take Place In Another Country
For this week’s theme, I’m going to look at a few books that inspire wanderlust and a desire to travel. Most of these are contemporary novels, but there are a few fantasy in there that might just surprise you.
The places in these books include: *huge intake of breath* Italy, France, The Netherlands, Austria, Monaco, Japan, China, the USA, Hawaii, Spain, Africa, and Czech Republic. *exhales* That’s a lot of places.
The Gentleman’s Guide and Wanderlust both give me serious travel feels because they don’t just visit one country, but several. Both books involve tours across Europe, albeit at very different periods in history, and each city is described in tantalising detail.
Japan is the setting for Strange Weather in Toyko and Red Girls and just thinking about them makes me want to go back so badly. After I spent three months living in Osaka last year, Japan is going to be my #1 place to visit for the rest of my life. The culture, architecture, scenery, food, and people there are just incredible.
When Dimple Met Rishi and You Know Me Well are based partly in San Francisco and reading them made me want to go back and revisit the long, winding streets and the Golden Gate Bridge in the next few years.
I’d been vaguely interested in visiting Czech Republic in the future for a number of years, but when I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone that interest shot through the roof to a mighty need. Although it’s a fantasy novel, the descriptions of hidden Prague streets and the Charles Bridge made me desperate to go see them for myself and experience the beautiful architecture of the city. Likewise, The Girl From Everywhere, despite involving time travel, made me curious to see Hawaii and Forest of A Thousand Lanterns, while set in the past, made me want to visit the big cities in China. I’ve been to Portugal and Spain before, but The Alchemist‘s magical descriptions of Tangier, North Africa, me intrigued to see that city too.
Which books give you wanderlust? Where are you hoping to visit over the next few years?