TTT. All Those Magical Places

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.
I finally realized one good thing about being an international reader: if Top Ten Tuesday asks you about books that take place in another country, every book you've read takes place in another country. And, then, you're left wondering: is it bad that I can't remember the last book I read set in my country? πŸ™ˆ I think it was eight years ago and I didn't even finishit ... Oh Gosh, I really need to read more books set in Portugal. 

Today I'm going to pick some of the most magical places that I've meet through my readings (and that would love to visit but probably never will).
Ireland seems a magical place. Its folk tales are beautiful and so inspiring. Oh, and the folk creatures are so alluring. Who wouldn't like to meet a fairy? One of the nice ones, not one of those who would trick me into the fairy world ... or definitely one of those.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Let's pretend that Thisby is real. And that one day I'll ride a capaill uisce. 
I think I'm repeating myself, but Eastern Europe has such a variety of charming places. I'm completely in love with the architecture. And the folk tales - folk tales have a special place in my heart. Can you recommend me book set in Easter Europe?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Prague, Czech Republic. . I feel in love with Prague while reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone.
The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Russia
Dracula by Bram Stoker. Romania
I'm probably cheating since all of these places are fictional ones, but none of these countries were inspired by or are placed on my country. You've a new America, a parallel London and a loosely based Ketterdam on Netherlands.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Verity.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Red London.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Ketterdam.

The Upside Down from Stranger Things (I know it's a TV show and not a book, but it does remind of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. So, since in my head the Upside Down iwas inspired by a book, I can place it on my list). Yes, I definitely have a things for places were I would certainly be violently murdered or torn to pieces by strange creatures. Just look at the fictional lands I picked...


  1. I really need to pick up Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I see it everywhere!

  2. Nice list! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment on my TTT post!! Happy reading to you!

  3. So many of these books are on my TBR list. I need to read Six of Crows, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Scorpio Races, and The Bear and the Nightingale. I loved ADSOM. I have read that one. Great list!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone and ADSOM were both on my list this week too!
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  5. Your intro cracked me up! But was also interesting to me. I have been reading a bunch of books by Australian, English, and Irish authors (yeah for US releases!), and because I read contemporaries, they tend to set the books in their home countries. Do you have any favorite authors based in your country? And do they set their books there? I have been saying this all day, but I love that there are a good selection of fantasy books set outside the US and Western Europe. It's great to see other cultures getting highlighted, even if it's a fantasy version of it.

  6. Oh my gosh. We just read The Bear and The Nightingale for my book club. Such an incredible book!!

    Erica | Erica Robyn Reads

  7. Red London and Ketterdam - almost made my list! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  8. I really need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and The Scorpio Races, apparently! I've seen them on so many lists today! I thought about including Bram Stoker's Dracula on my list, too, but went with the Temeraire series instead. Love Dracula though.

    Crystal @ Goddess In The Stacks

  9. These are mostly new to me, but The Bear and the Nightingale is in the mail on its way to me right now! I can't wait to read it!

  10. Great list. We totally need more books in eastern europe too. Countries like Romania doesn't get the attention it deserves either a lot of the time.

  11. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is amazing. One of the reasons I loved it so much is because the action takes place in Prague. I`d be terrified to visit The Upside Down, but would love to be able to see Ketterdam/Ravka.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

  12. I can't believe I forgot to include The Bear and the Nightingale on my list this week. That's one of my favorite book settings. Wonderful list!

  13. I love your choices of books. And I totally agree on how I would be dead in five minutes in the upside world.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes