Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Places

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week is a freebie, so I’m revisiting my favorite settings!

1. Gatsby’s house, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  It’s the ultimate party pad!  Huge, expensive, tastefully decorated, located on the water, flowing with champagne, packed with beautiful people cutting loose…and all that drama seething under the surface.  Ahhh.

2. MerytonPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  Their lives consist of going to balls, going on walks, reading books, and conversing through witty banter.  I could deal.

3. The Capital, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  I know you’re not supposed to like the Capital, but who wouldn’t like a place where food popped out of the wall at a push of a button?  And imagine all the outfits you’d see – it would be like walking into a Vogue photo shoot directed by Tyra Banks on LSD.

4. The Abhorsen’s house, Sabriel by Garth Nix. This comfy fortress is perched on the edge of a waterfall and contains a library, a flying machine, and an irritable cat-spirit.

5. The Dreaming Realm, the Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman.  I think this place would only be fun if you were Dream himself, with the ability to manipulate every detail of your reality, but let’s say Dream was just letting you chill with his powers for a while.  You could hop from mind to mind, collecting things from people’s dreams, then return to his realm and do whatever fantastic things struck your fancy.

6. Avalon, The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  Watching this idyllic world vanish from ours is one of the most painful things I’ve ever read.  Avalon was a world of peace, unity with nature, and good honest hard work – not a bad place to live, unless you’re being asked to give up your virginity to your half-brother.  I think one of my favorite things about Avalon is that it’s always sunny, even though it’s in England.

7. Jane Eyre’s school on the moors, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  The school itself is – well, “modest” is a nice way to put it.  Jane is so overjoyed at the agency it gives her, though, that you can’t help but love it as much as she does.

8. Hobbiton, The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien.  There’s no place quite as lovely as green, peaceful Hobbiton in the first book of “Lord of the Rings” – and it’s never so lovely again, even after it’s restored at the end of “Return of the King.”

9. Mr. and Mrs. K’s house on Mars, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.  This Martian house has beautiful views, airy open spaces, books you read by strumming them like a harp, and a kitchen table where you cook your meat in hot lava!

10. Hogwarts and The Burrow, the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.  Come on, Hogwarts had to be on the list.  My second-favorite place in the books was the Weasleys’ house, aptly named the Burrow, with all its homey quirks and warmth.

What’s your favorite place in a book?

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Places

    • “Sabriel” had lots of great places – I almost put the capital city on the list, but I barely remember it, it’s been so long since I’ve read the book. I remember it felt old and beautiful. 🙂

  1. I also approve of your inclusion of the Abhorsen’s house. Sabriel was one of the few physical tomes I kept in the Great Moving Purge of 2012.
    This is a tough question, though. I become less enamored with the settings in a book than the opportunities and powers available to those who live in them. That said, I have always wanted to eat at a Redwall feast, and Brandon Sanderson’s world of Roshar in The Way of Kings is the most intriguing fantasy setting I’ve ever imagined.

    • Oh man, a Redwall feast would be the best! There’s actually a Top Ten Tuesday coming up about favorite settings, so I can use those more broadly-appealing places/activities then – places like Battle School in “Ender’s Game.”

  2. Aw, man, I gotta think about this! (I should have thought about it before I came down here to the comment box, huh?) As a wee one I was entranced with the idea of the little cottage in Julie Andrews’ book Mandy–it sounded so perfect and beautiful, with pretty flowers and snacks that Mandy kept there, and all it needed was a little dusting! Never mind that in real life it would have had black mold spores and centipedes and mice and a caving-in roof and all that, haha.

    More recently I found Sherwood Forest in Robin McKinley’s The Outlaws of Sherwood to be beautifully and vividly painted, without sacrificing (much of) the gross realities of a bunch of people living in the forest.

    • Aww, I didn’t know Julie Andrews had written a book! That’s so sweet. Of course it would be about a perfect little house…

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