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From France to Morocco, I’ve collected and compiled a list of my personal favorite literary destinations.
Whether or not you’re traveling, see the world through the eyes of Daenerys Targaryen or Bilbo Baggins, and discover which little-known literary destinations to add to your “Someday Adventures” list. As a self-professed book lover, I’m constantly searching for literary destinations – places to curl up and read or sip espresso, knowing Hemingway or James Joyce once sat there as well.
So come with me! Escape the florescent lights of your cubicles and chaos of daily life and discover more about the places behind the book.
Inside you will find 30 pages detailing my favorite literary adventures and corresponding book recommendations. From the bookshelf to the map, let’s go on an adventure! In Little-Known Literary Adventures for Book Lovers, you’ll find…
- The Pillars of the Earth: A dramatic telling of Jack the Builder, Prior Phillip, and the heiress-turned-beggar-turned-survivor Aliena. Their lives intersect over the course of nearly 100 years – 100 years of grappling with a curse, justice, romance, and power struggles between royalty and the Church. At its heart though, the novels centers on rebuilding a broken town, and the broken people within it.
Where? A small French historical village on the outskirts of Paris.
- Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, the first of the Caster Chronicles, is a beautifully crafted story set in a small Southern town. Despite the teen romance, authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl escape most YA clichés by intertwining gothic Southern small-town elements and a unique cast of characters with voices vibrant enough to feel alive.
Where? A colorful Southern destination featured in the novels.
- The Bookman’s Tale: A mystery within a mystery: this unique story for book lovers centers on Peter Byerly and his inadvertent discovery of a long-kept literary secret – and murder – forcing him to overcome his coveted grief for deceased wife Amanda.
Where? A small Welsh village every book-lover must visit.
- Game of Thrones: With dragons, three-eyed crows, and bloodlust, this epic fantasy series has enthralled people all over the world. George R. R. Martin’s penchant for gruesome scenes and morally complex characters makes for a highly entertaining, addictive story.
Where? A Moroccan location sure to delight fans of the books and TV series.
- The Lord of the Rings: Another epic fantasy series about delightfully charming hobbits, wizards, dwarves, and elves. As a young 20-something, I actually discovered the movies before the books. Peter Jackson brilliantly portrayed the majestic world, but the books are lyrical, the prose poetic, and the story so detailed and complex, you can get lost in Tolkien’s words over and over again.
Where? A surprise destination! Hint: It’s not Oxford, England.
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