It’s Tuesday! That means it’s time for a brand new Top Ten Tuesday, hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m so happy I don’t have to come up with a new topic myself, lazy as I am. This week’s subject is a fun one: Bookish Worlds I’d Love to Live In. Now, I immediately scratched off any contemporary worlds. I mean, it would be cool to meet Professor Langdon or chat a bit with Eleanor or Park. But no, I choose only to include lands/worlds/settings with a touch of magic. Of course, these include some contemporary fantasy, so they are not all made up worlds. There’s just more than meets the eye in all of them. So, in no particular order, here are my ten picks.
1. The Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling from the Harry Potter Universe
Duh. DUH. If Harry Potter is missing from any of the Top Ten Tuesday lists, these people are clearly crazy. This is the best of all the Bookish Worlds. And while I’m clearly too old to receive my Hogwarts letter, I will just assume it got lost in the mail and some wizard or witch is still looking for that talented muggle who has yet to discover her powers. Seriously, how cool would it be if this world were real and if I could live in it. Please sort me in Ravenclaw and give me my wand. I am more than ready.
2. Ketterdam from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I would be happy visiting any place from the Grishaverse since Leigh Bardugo did some amazing worldbuilding in her books. But ultimately, I would choose Ketterdam. I could see myself living in a fantasy version of Amsterdam from a couple of centuries ago. And, also quite important, I would have the chance to meet some of my favorite characters ever. Kaz, Jesper, Inej, Wylan and Nina. Luckily, we will see a lot more of Nina in the upcoming King of Scars book. Nina is one of the four POV characters. But I would love seeing Jesper again sometime in the future even more. He is the best. Check out my Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom reviews!
3. Sempera from Everless by Sara Holland
OK, I only want to live in this world if I have enough time/blood/money. Otherwise, this would be quite pointless. See, in Sempera time = money. Before I read this, I thought this novel would be a fantasy knock-off of the movie In Time but luckily, it was much more original. Time is extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. It sounds more complicated than it actually is. Eating blood coins means staying alive longer. And the aristocracy can live for centuries like this. I wasn’t as overwhelmed reading Everless as most other people were, as it all was a bit predictable for me, but I am still looking forward to the sequel very much. You can read Ingrid’s review here.
4. Camp Half-Blood from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Universe
I don’t necessarily want to live in Camp Half-Blood itself. This was just the easiest way to describe Rick Riordan’s mythological world. I am and always have been a sucker for ancient Greek (and Roman) mythology. I actually had some Greek and Latin in high school so I learned a lot about those myths. All the Percy Jackson books (and other heroes from the Olympus) are on my bookshelves and I’ve read all other Rick Riordan books as well, like the Magnus Chase books. He is the Master of Myths. I’m currently reading The Burning Maze, his latest book. So, I would love to visit this mythical world. Who would my Godly parent be? I’m not sure! I’ve always really liked Apollo. Or maybe Hecate (goddess of magic) , Chloris (goddess of flowers) or Thalia (goddess of rich and luxurious banquets) Or one of the Muses?
5. Watford School of Magicks from Carry on by Rainbow Rowell
I have so much love for all the books of Rainbow Rowell. They are all favorites and I always recommend her to people who want to read something contemporary. But, her Carry On is a Harry-Potter-esque book so I could pick it for this Bookish Worlds list. I had soooo much fun reading Carry On. It had all elements I love in a book: a bit of magic, a great story, fun characters and two characters to ship. This is by no means a heavy book or a story to really think about. This is just almost pulp fun. Carry On such a blast to read if you like Harry Potter or if you’ve read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Anyway, the main characters go to the Watford School of Magicks and I’d like to visit them there.
6. Any of the Fae worlds from Holly Black
Holly Black is Queen of the Fae as far as I’m concerned. I started with her Spiderwick Chronicles. If you’re ever looking for a present for a younger child/pre-teen who wants a book: buy these. Holly Black also wrote a lot of Young Adult. Now, I haven’t yet read The Cruel Prince but it’s very high on my wishlist. It’s getting great reviews, also by Ingrid. I did read The Darkest Part of the Forest and I thought that was a good book with intriguing characters. I also want to read her Modern Fairytales Tithe, Valiant and Ironside. Yup, there’s a lot for me to still read by Holly Black. But I would love to visit her Fae worlds, as nobody writes them like she does.
7. London Below from Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere is and always will be one of my favorite books ever. It’s the book that introduced me to Neil Gaiman. I always, always recommend this book when somebody is looking for something to read. It’s contemporary urban fantasy and while writing this, I have the urge to read it again. I have two versions at home: the (signed) novel and the graphic novel. It’s highly probable than there will be a sequel somewhere in the not too distant future. Gaiman himself said he has written some chapters for The Seven Sisters. I’m so excited! If I had to pick a favorite out of all these ten bookish worlds, it would probably be London Below. I choose to believe it actually exists.
8. A Virtual Reality World like in Otherland or Ready Player One
I’ve read both the Otherland series by Tad Williams and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. And while both are very different books, they also have things in common. They are both set in the future, with elaborate virtual reality systems. Also, the protagonists fight an evil corporation. The Grail Brotherhood in Otherland and IOI in Ready Player One. Now, if you like something fun and easy, go for RPO. It’s a standalone and a fast read. If you like epic fantasy series, go for Otherland. These are four massive books you won’t read very easily. But I still recommend them if you have the time. So, I’d like to delve into one of these virtual realities. But I’d like to wake up in my own home.
9. Oz, created by Frank L. Baum
Obviously, Oz is on this list. I thought about including Tolkien’s Middle Earth as well but honestly, I wouldn’t want to live there. That can’t be said for Oz. This is such a bizarre and magical place, who wouldn’t want to go there? I’ve read the books, I’ve seen the films and I even saw Wicked. So I have a deep love for Oz, no matter what exact setting. There are happy places, there are dark places, there’s so much to choose from!
10. The Compound from the Kasie West Pivot Point duology
It’s been a while since I read Pivot Point and Split Second so I don’t recall them perfectly. But if I remember correctly, the main characters live in a place called The Compound. In this place, each and every one has a special power. The mundane, regular people are called ‘Norms’ and know nothing about The Compound. So, living there means I would have some sort of cool ability and I’m all for that. If you are a Young Adult reader, I recommend reading these two books by the way. They’re a bit older so they don’t get a lot of attention nowadays, but it’s a fun duology to add to your bookshelves.
What Bookish Worlds do you want to live in?
There was so much more to choose from, it was a lot of fun making this top ten. As said, I could have included Middle Earth. Or more parts of Leigh Bardugo’s world. Maybe the other mythological worlds from Rick Riordan. Or the Wheel of Time world. Nah, I wouldn’t want to live there. Too much drama. So, let me know in the comments what bookish worlds you would like to live in or just visit.