I imagine every single person that has read Daughter of Smoke and Bone finished the novel with a burning urge to walk to old, cobbled streets of Prague, watching the weird and wonderful street artists and tucked away cafes. The museums and architecture. The sheer beauty of that city sends me dizzy and I’ve never even been there; I think I’d collapse when faced with the real thing.
I mean, really, who doesn’t want to go and get a cheesy picture on the TFiOS bench? I totally do. And I’d also like the ride a bike along the canals and visit the Anne Frank museum, see all of the multi-coloured houses and basically act like I’m in a movie.
So many authors that I love and have loved live, write and set books in this beautiful Southern state: Sarah Dessen, Nicholas Sparks, Stephanie Perkins and that’s actually all I can think of at the moment... But they made a profound impact on me. I have visions of a lush, idyllic countryside and beautiful sandy beaches with tall rustling grasses, whitewashed boardwalks and crumbling wooden shacks. And the indie bookshops sound incredible – Malaprops, Quail Ridge Books, Flyleaf Books – ugh, someone take me.
No brainer, this one. And I’m finally going to fulfil a lifelong dream next year and I am going to go to the city that never sleeps (once I can come to terms with the inordinate amount of money it’s going to cost me...). The city of Broadway, diners, music, The Strand, Books of Wonder, Friends and all of these things bring alive books set in NYC. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, City of Bones, Where She Went, The Luxe, Jessie Hearts NYC, The Geography of You and Me and I could keep on going.
Another no brainer. Who in their right mind doesn’t want to be fitted for their want at Olivaders, sneak to Honeydukes via the secret passageway, drink Butterbeer in the Leaky Cauldron, have Christmas at Hogwarts, meet nearly Headless Nick, learn to play Quidditch, have Hermione tell you it’s Wingardiam leviOsa, not levioSA. It’s every child (and most adults’) dream to receive that letter welcoming you to a world of magic and danger and extraordinary friendships. Eve at 22, I’m still holding our hope...
Where have books made you want to visit? Have you ever visited somewhere you fell in love with on the page?