It’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted on Tuesdays by The Broke and the Bookish. The theme for today is ten bookish places I would love to see.
This isn’t the TTT topic of this week, but I thought I’d chronicle a few places I would love to see “in real life” that come from the bookish world. More than anything else, I’d say this topic is about finding the extraordinary within the ordinary and appreciating the simple beauty and creativity in the literary world. I may also be doing a bookish bucket list in the weeks to come!
- Little, California. Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson (My Review)
I was surprised that this was one of the first books that came to mind. I thought that in my memory, Catch a Falling Star was nothing more than a book with a pretty cover that I read as an ARC and didn’t love or hate. I completely detached the plot from the cover, but now that I remember it, I want to read it again if I get the chance. The plot was memorable to me, and it was a really cute romance. And I ended up really enjoying the setting. Catch a Falling Star is set in a small town, about a girl who loves her small town, and it was refreshing and comfortable to read a narrative about a setting like that.
- Start. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (My Review)
In TSWSYL, Start is the underground dance club where Elise, who has been bullied and a social outcast her entire life, begins to DJ. It’s where she begins to make friends, find herself, and fall in love for the first time. With her DJing, it could be a lot of fun to check it out and see the place that made her, her.
- Poet’s Corner. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (My Review)
Poet’s Corner is hidden inside Samantha and AJ’s high school. There’s writing all over the walls from poets who have come through there. It’s where a group of teens come to perform and talk about their poetry/slam poetry, and I think it would be amazing to see it, especially knowing the history behind some of the stories on the walls.
- New York City, New York. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (My Review)
The Dash & Lily duology is one of the biggest, most heartfelt, most beautiful love letters to any place that I’ve read. In the times that I’ve traveled to New York, I’ve never managed to see it quite like Dash and Lily do. I love visiting, but there’s something special and personal in their narrative. If I got the chance, I would want to see NYC through their eyes, or with them. For now, reading their story is as close as I can get.
- Cousin’s Beach. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (My Review)
The Summer I Turned Pretty isn’t loved by many among those I know in the blogosphere, but I still love this trilogy, especially the last book. This was one of the first contemporary romances that I ever read, and from the start, I loved Cousin’s Beach and the history that Belly, Isabel, and Conrad have there. They continue to come back even though they grow apart, and it has a great unifying theme over the course of the series.
- San Francisco, California. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett (My Review)
Like with New York, I’d like to see Jack and Beatrix’s version of the city. Both of them are artists, and I think it would be a lot of fun to track down their journey through the story by following Beatrix’s legit footsteps from a late-night bus stop to drawing cadavers to Jack’s time creating masterful graffiti all over San Francisco.
- Miscreant’s. The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes (My Review)
I’ve read all of Paula Stokes’ released books, and even though all of them have awesome little places to visit and things to see, Miscreant’s is my favorite. It’s a breakfast place that’s one of the first places the Micah and Lainey go on a date, and they serve epic food. Epic food on first dates is always a good thing.
- The Irving School. The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban (My Review)
When I made my first draft of this list, there was no less than 4 schools on it. Maybe it’s because college apps are encroaching so quickly upon me, but I’ve loved reading about great schools and experiences there in recent years, and YA fills that love. I decided to keep a few schools, and one of them had to be the Irving School. Even though this isn’t a very loud or dramatic read, it’s a resilient and memorable one. It fascinated me with the topic of tragedy, and it made me want to go and visit here. Even though it is, in its own way, a tragedy, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this school and its students’ experiences there.
- Baltimore, Maryland. How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford (My Review)
Hidden in Baltimore is a radio show that Robot Girl and Ghost Boy listen to, even now. I would go out to Baltimore (or just create a really great receiver, I don’t know) if I could get the chance to take a journey with them on a flying carpet to somewhere where they’re together again.
- Paris, France. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (My Review)
I can’t find the name of Anna and Étienne’s boarding school, BUT the gist of the story is that Anna and Étienne end up at this boarding school. Anna has tremendous character growth, ends up falling in love, and makes some really great friends along the way who end up popping up in later books in this series. Stephanie Perkins is an amazing writer, and I loved the way she portrayed their school and how it played a role in the story.
Where in the bookish world would you love to travel? What would you love to see or do? Let me know in the comments below!