Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in a Place I’d Love to Visit

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This week’s theme: Books Set in a Place I’d Love to Visit (real places or fictional). What fun! In no particular order, here are mine.

Murder on the Med is set in Greece. That’s definitely on my list of places to visit.

The Blessing Way is set in New Mexico, as are all of Hillerman’s Leaphorn and Chee books. I’ve been there, but it’s been a long time. I’d like to go back and visit and include a stop at a dear friend’s house.

The Owl Service is set in Wales. That’s been a bucket list trip for a while now.

Under Lock & Skeleton Key is set in California. I’ve been to California, sure. But I want to go visit Tempest and her family specifically. I want to hang out with Grannie Mor and eat some of Grandpa Ash’s cooking. I want to explore the house with its secret staircases and odd angles and hidey-holes. It would be fun!

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe – any of Heather Webber’s books, really. In this one, the setting is Wicklow, Alabama. And I would like to eat at the Blackbird Cafe. But the small Southern towns she writes, they all call to me.

Sunrise is set in Alaska. Susan May Warren’s descriptions are so vivid and so beautiful, I’d love to see it. Even in winter. When it’s cold. And I don’t like cold. But I’d go there.

The Vanishing Type is set in Miracle Springs, North Carolina. I’ve also been to North Carolina. I want to go specifically to Miracle Springs. I want Hester to bake a comfort scone just for me. I want to browse Miracle Books and see what Nora recommends.

Magic’s Pawn is the first in Mercedes Lackey’s The Last Herald-Mage series, and but one of her books set in the kingdom of Valdemar. I’ve wanted to visit Valdemar since I first met Vanyel and all of the characters that inhabit the kingdom and the world as a whole.

Murder by Mocha is set in New York City. I am not a city girl. I’ve never had a huge envie to go to the Big Apple. But if I could meet Clare Cosi and all of her awesome baristas, and Mike Quinn, and Matteo, and Madame, and have coffee and treats at the Village Blend, I would be there in a hot second.

Living on New Orleans Time is set in New Orleans as much as anywhere. Y’all who’ve followed along with the blog might know I’m a Louisiana girl. You might be thinking, why do you want to go to New Orleans? Haven’t you been there a lot already? The answer to that second question would be, I’ve been a fair bit. But I don’t really want to go to New Orleans. Instead, I want to go to Tennessee. You see, the author of this book is my biological dad. That’s where he is. I was adopted as a baby and only found him last year. So I want to go meet him in person and hug his neck. That would be the best ever! (And y’all go get the book. It’s a memoir and travelogue and collection of fascinating writing from a unique point of view. I’m not just saying that ’cause he’s my dad. Y’all should already know I don’t say nice things about books I don’t actually like.)

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21 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in a Place I’d Love to Visit

  1. Poinsettia says:

    I bet Greece would be a beautiful place to visit!
    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  2. Greg says:

    Greece would be the top of my list too. And I would visit that Ellery Adams town too. I haven’t read that particular series but I liked her other one set in North Carolina.

    Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe- love that cover.

  3. Cindy Davis says:

    I lived in Greece for almost 2 years but haven’t read a book that is set there. I was just in TN this past weekend, I lived in a small town right outside of Knoxville for 7 years. It is fun to visit places, whether in person, or through the pages of a book 🙂

  4. You’ve got so many great places on here! I’d definitely visit all of them, although I’ve definitely visited NYC plenty of times since I live really close. Every time I go I find something new.

  5. Greece is on my bucket list!! Also, I really hope you make it meet your biological dad in Tennessee. That’s huge and I really do hope you get to go. <3

  6. What a fabulous list. We were planning a trip to Greece when COVID hit. As you know from stopping by my blog, Alaska is also on my list. We used to visit NYC every year, but not since COVID started and definitely not with all the random attacks on people happening. I hope that is brought under control. I had never heard of Miracle Springs, NC, so now I want to go.

    Hope we both get a chance to visit some of our book destinations. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  7. I’m not a city girl either. I’ve been to NYC once and that was enough for me! It was interesting to see, but it was also loud, crowded, and dirty. No thanks.

    NOLA is on my travel bucket list. Speaking of adoption, my adopted daughter was born in Baton Rouge. When we picked her up, we flew into NOLA, but we didn’t get to see any of the city because we went right to Baton Rouge to pick her up. So, a trip there with her is going to happen soon-ish.

    How amazing that you found your biological father and that he’s an author! So cool.

    Happy TTT!


  8. Interesting. I have just come back from Wales. I recommend it. It is very wet, however having just had the heatwave and dry weather in South East England I was glad to experience it!

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

  9. That’s so cool about your biological dad! I’d love to go to so many places, especially back to Alaska and Greece, they were beautiful

  10. I haven’t heard of any of these worlds, but this is an awesome list of travel adventures!

  11. Rose says:

    I’ve been to Wales a few times but would love to explore it further. I really like the sound of Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe – would definitely be a nice cafe to visit 🙂

  12. Peat says:

    Great list, it’s been way too long since I’ve read any Alan Garner. And what sort of genre are those Tony Hillerman books?

    Also that’s lovely about your birth dad, hope it happens soon and is everything you want.

    • I’d call the Hillerman books mysteries, possibly police procedurals. They’re also billed as Native American fiction, as the main characters are Navajo and a lot of the story takes place on or near a reservation in New Mexico. His daughter Anne has written books set in the same place, continuing with Leaphorn and Chee and having Bernadette Manuelito featured more often. They’re also quite good.

      Thank you for visiting!

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