Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Places In Books I’d Love to Live

First, I'd like to make it clear that are a lot of places I don't want to be. I do not want to travel with the folks in Grapes of Wrath from Oklahoma to California and live in a migrant Hooverville camp. I wouldn't make a good sailor aboard the Pequod in Moby Dick. I can't see myself as a soldier in Vietnam alongside Norman and Henry and Rat in The Things They Carried. And I'd be dead in hours if I went to live with Wang Lung and O-lan in the China of The Good Earth.

On the other hand, I'd love to live...

..."in an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, with twelve little girls in two straight lines." I'll take Paris in any time period, in any circumstances. Madeline.

...any house on Mango Street. Yes, Esperanza wanted to leave her barrio at first, but she gradually came to know what a wonderful community it really was. The House on Mango Street.

...Call me crazy, but I think it would be delightful to live in a rabbit warren in Hampshire in England.  Watership Down.

...Wouldn't it be fun to ride with Gus and Woodrow in 1870s Texas on a cattle drive? Lonesome Dove.

...I'd love to travel with Rincewind and Twoflower and the Luggage (made of Sapient Pearwood) throughout Discworld. The Color of Magic and other Discworld books. 

...Talk about an inclusive community. In Who-ville, the folks love each other and sing well together, but they are also willing to bring in to dinner a fellow who stole all their Christmas presents, decorations, and food. How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

...I don't know what town they live in, but I can't think of anything I'd rather do than find a magic coin and travel through time with Katherine, Mark, Jane, and Martha. Even if the coin only half-works. Half Magic.

...I feel sure I'm not the only one who might enjoy being a hobbit in The Shire. Just think about Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, and Supper. The Hobbit.

I've wanted to be a dog that drives and heads to that fabulous dog party all my life. Go, Dog, Go. 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by 
The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


  1. Hi Debbie! I love how you covered so many different genres! I don't think I would have been good in the 1800's Texas. Elza would complain non-stop about her white fur getting dirty. But we will join you in the rabbit warren!

    Ten places we'd love to live / die / travel in

    1. I'm pretty sure Elza wouldn't enjoy the dog party in Go, Dog, Go either.

  2. OOh nice picks!! Paris would be fun!

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  3. There are some fun places to live. Very sad to hear that author Larry Mc Murtry died this past week (Lonesome Dove).

  4. That rabbit warren sounds amazing.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-places-in-books-id-love-to-live/

  5. FABULOUS!!! I esp like Madeline and Lonesome Dove--I don't think I've ever seen Lonesome Dove in a TTT

  6. I love your list Deb. I would love to live in Whoville as well. Lots of great places here.

  7. The Shire would be lovely. Paris too, I love the illustrations in Madeline!

  8. Rabbit warren is definitely a very unique pick!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/30/top-ten-tuesday-309/

  9. Wonderful choices! I especially like the idea of the rabbit warren. :-)

  10. These are great fun! Yes, to me almost anyplace in England, and Paris of course. But I'd really love Three Pines from Louise Penny's books. I wish it was real!

  11. What a fun post! I can think of plenty of places that I do not want to be in:

    The well in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
    That strange planet in The Sparrow
    The Stacks in Ready Player One
    The room from Room
    On the raft in Unbroken
    The Hailsham boarding school in Never Let Me Go

  12. I'll take Paris any time, too! And Go, Dog Go! was one of my favorite books growing up. What a fun choice for this week's TTT. :D

  13. PAris- yes! And Whoville! Excellent choice. Always looks so peaceful there. And the Shire. Love it.

  14. What would you want to do in Paris?

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  15. Great list! I've never been to Paris, but I've got plane tickets to fly there in October after spending a week and a half in the U.K. Can't wait!

    Happy TTT!

  16. Fun choices! I think it would be wild to visit Who-ville and I'd love to see the Shire too.

  17. Nice choices. I also have Paris, of course! But I love what you did with the topic.

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  18. Great picks. Paris is definitely on my list of real world places I'd happily live for a while.

  19. Except for Lonesome Dove, I'm with you :)

  20. II enjoyed this post a great deal. Very creative.

  21. The House on Mango Street almost made it on my list! This is such a fun post.

  22. I loved Lonesome Dove but I'll join the cattle drive well AFTER that terrible snakes-in-the-river scene. *shudder*

    I didn't even think about The Shire but I'm all in for second breakfast.

    Fun list!


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