Today's Top Ten Tuesday is a FREEBIE! Meaning I can make it about whatever I want! And after careful deliberation (because I totally put a lot of thought into these things, don't you know), I chose to make up my own Top Ten rather than recycling one of their old topics. And that is: Top 10 Real Places From Literature I Want to Visit. There was a similar Top Ten topic months back.
- Venice, Italy: So many of my favorite books have taken place there: The Thief Lord, Cross My Heart, City of Masks - just to name a few. And unlike a lot of people, I don't think for a moment that Venice will be a disappointment, because I have done my research. I know it's expensive, a bit of a tourist trap, and perhaps not as pristine as one might imagine. But I don't for a moment think that it will lessen the magic of the place.
- Dartmoor, England: I am a Sherlockian and my favorite of the novels is The Hound of the Baskervilles. I think it might be everyone's favorite. But I simply must visit Dartmoor and listen for the call of the Baskerville hound at night.
- Philadelphia: When I was a kid/tween, I read a LOT of American Revolution novels. It gave me a very healthy appreciation for our history, and I would love nothing more than the visit one of the states that was so iconic during that time.
- Vienna, Austria: This isn't just because of books; it's also because of music.
- Iceland: Thank you, Jules Verne, for writing Journey to the Center of the Earth. I now have a reason to go see Iceland.
- London, England: How many novels have I read that take place in this city? I'm not sure, but a lot. And I really, really, really want to see it!
- Warsaw, Poland: If Victorian novels are the No. 1 most-read genre for me, WWII/Holocaust fiction is No. 2
- Ireland: Not sure where exactly in Ireland I all want to visit. Everywhere, I guess.
- Ostia, Italy: A small seaport town mostly made up of Roman ruins now, this was the hometown of my four favorite characters in my favorite mystery series growing up: The Roman Mysteries. I will satisfy my childhood dream one day and visit.
- Mongolia: I haven't read many books set in Mongolia, but I still would love to visit.
- Grab the book you're currently reading.
- Flip to a random page.
- Share 2 teaser sentences from that page!
"I said that you were the target and I still believe that to be the case. The truth is that it would not have mattered to Clarence Devereux if you lived or died. It was no more than a demonstration of his power, his immunity from prosecution. He laughs in the face of the British police and at the same time he warns them: do not come close, do not interfere with my business." Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz (pg. 135)