TTT: There’s better places than home…

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This Top Ten Tuesday topic is 10 books set outside the U.S. I’m choosing to alter it ever so slightly to do my favorite book settings, simply because if I did it otherwise it would be a list of Spaceships and England. Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

Best Book Settings

1.) The Archives/ Narrows from Victoria Schwab’s The Archived  – Imagine a place where the dead (called Histories) rest on shelves… Everything about the Archive, even its problems, enchanted me. Not only the Archive, but the Narrows. Ceilingless narrow hallways where the Histories roam after they’ve woke up. Where Keepers battle to make sure they manage to Return them.

2.) Xanth – Piers Anthony’s Xanth series is a world filled with absurdities, magic, puns, and action. It is a world with more possibilities than any other I’ve ever read. Xanth never gets old, no matter how old you get.

3.) The center of the Earth from Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. Its utterly impossible, but the idea itself is fascinating. I recently heard about this whole Inverted Earth theory, which reminded me of Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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Illustration of Journey to the Center of the Earth by Edouard Riou

4.) Hogwarts from the Harry …oh, c’mon, I don’t have to cite this one, do I??!. I would love to live in Hogwarts, even as a muggle, as long as I could see it properly. All the magic, the secrets, the house elves, the drama… it sounds positively magical.

5.) The Oasis virtual world from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Whilst I may not be the biggest fan of the book, I love the idea of being able to attend school virtually. Of being able to get a fully 3D look at locations and history and things like that. Of being able to mute people who annoy you.

6.) The Long Earth Universe from the Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Again, while I wasn’t a fan of the books, the idea is fascinating. Imagine, bookworms could band together, and step through earths until they found an empty one they could set up as the biggest library in existence. *dreams*

…….That’s all I got, sorry.


Did we share any favorites? (Besides Hogwarts. LOL)

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11 Responses to TTT: There’s better places than home…

  1. Keep, I was totally planning to read The Archived but I needed to return it to the library before I could, so it’s still sitting on my TBR as of now. I’m glad to see you include it here though – it makes me more excited to read it eventually.

  2. Yes I’d love to live at Hogwarts, even if at times it is a little dangerous to live there.

  3. I won’t harp on about Hogwarts, beacuse… duh. But I’ve heard mixed things about Ready Player One, but enough things that I still want to read it.

  4. I think if I did your topic, Harry Potter/Hogwarts would be at the top!

  5. I loved Journey to the Center of the Earth when I was in high school. I’m not sure, but isn’t Hogwarts sort of cheating, since it isn’t real? Uh .. I hope I didn’t just disillusion you by telling you that. My TTT.

  6. Jamie Wu says:

    Journey to the Center of the Earth is definitely a great setting. I still like to think there’s a plesiosaur fighting an eternal battle against an ichthyosaur somewhere beneath my feet.

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