Top Ten Tuesday: Places in Books I’d Love to Live

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I adore living in Toronto, but there are parts of all of these places that intrigue me. It would be cool to see them in person someday if it were safe and affordable to do so.

A red passport tucked into the handle of a blue wheeled suitcase If I didn’t mention a specific thing I wanted to do for the numbers on the list below, that means I’d want to talk to the locals to get their recommendations on the best restaurants, museums, parks, etc. before adding my own wish list to the agenda.

You can learn so much about other cities, countries, and cultures by listening to the people who live there and taking their advice on where to go and what to do.

If any of you ever visit Toronto once travelling for fun is possible again, I’d be happy to give you some suggestions of what to do here!

1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou’s Autobiography, #1) by Maya Angelou

Location: Stamps, Arkansas

What I’d Do There: Soak up every ray of sunshine I can. I get the winter blues each year, so this would make a big impact on my life.


Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan2. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Location: Japan (various cities)

What I’d Do There: Among many other destinations, I’d visit Rabbit Island.


3. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Location: Calcutta, India


4. Dubliners by James Joyce

Location: Dublin, Ireland

What I’d Do There: Visit whichever castle Irish people think is the nicest one there.


5. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Location: Manchuria, China

What I’d Do There: See the Great Wall of China.


Person going kayacking in Nigeria. 6. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Location: Nigeria


7. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Location: Dominican Republic (various cities)

What I’d Do There: Visit the schools and other places that a relative of mine helped to build! He has a lot of experience with this kind of stuff and used to visit every year to help with various projects.


8. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Location: Egypt (various cities)

What I’d Do There: See the pyramids, of course!


Ama Dablam in the Himalayan mountains 9. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Location: Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal

What I’d Do There: Quietly enjoy the majestic mountains for a day or two before asking about specific places there to visit.


10. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Location: Mexico



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88 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Places in Books I’d Love to Live

  1. The Great Wall of china sounds wonderful, and I’m really wanting to visit Japan as well.

  2. I started writing a post for this prompt, then stopped because it was giving me too much wanderlust.
    You’ve got some great choices and I’d love to go to every one of them. Especially now, I feel like I’d gladly visit the next village just for a change of scenery.

  3. Kanchenjunga is truly majestic, I do hope you get to visit there some day. And yes to Ireland, Japan and Egypt!

  4. Hi Lydia! Love your list. I’ve been to Japan and Egypt and both countries were fascinating. I’ve also used Egypt on my TTT!

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  5. Traveling to other places is one of the reasons I love to read. Japan and Nepal are two places I wish I could see.

  6. There are so many places in the world that I would love to visit. I love this list. How awesome that you have a relative that has helped to build schools in the Dominican Republic. It is a tough place for children to grow up.

  7. I’d love to go to Ireland! There are a lot of places on this list I’d like to visit, but a castle in Ireland just sounds so cool!

    Great list 🙂

  8. I’ve always wanted to visit Rabbit Island. 🙂 I’d love to visit pretty much all of these places, especially Ireland, Nigeria, and Egypt!

  9. I 100% agree with your choices of Maya Angelou – I hadn’t even thought of it! Oh how lovely it could be there 🙂

  10. I’ve always wanted to visit Egypt. Wonderful list!

  11. I would love to visit Japan! I agree with so many of these 🙂

  12. I’d love to see the Himalayas – great list!

  13. Jo

    I’d love to visit Dublin, and India, and Egypt, I so want to see the pyramids!

  14. Lots of lovely places to visit.

  15. I would loveeee to visit Ireland, it looks so beautiful! Great choices!

  16. Ah, these are all wonderful! I’d love to visit the Great Wall of China, and I love that you included Like Water For Chocolate.

  17. Wow! You’re very adventurous to want to visit or live in all of these places.

  18. These sound like great places to visit.

  19. Great list! I’ve been to the Great Wall of China, and it was breathtaking. Rabbit Island sounds neat, too—both for the history, and for the rabbits!

  20. Dominican Republic was on my list as well! I should have added Dublin, too. I hope we all get the opportunity to do some traveling once it is safe again. Great list!

  21. That is awesome that you have a relative that built houses in the Dominican Republic! Our friend goes to Mexico every year to build houses for poor people there over spring break. My dh just got a job that will give him paid time off every year to volunteer somewhere… I think maybe it’d be awesome if we could go next year with him. It sounds like it would be such a great experience.

  22. All of these sound amazing, but for me Japan is definitely number one on my travel bucket list.

  23. Great list! These places all sound amazing. The Great Wall of China is really cool, I hope you get to go there someday.

  24. This is a really thoughtful spin on this week’s topic! I hope you get to visit these places someday.

  25. Ireland has always been a dream bucket list vacation! I want to go to the best castle too. haha. So many great places you have here!

  26. There are so many places that would be cool to visit! Japan is where I want to visit most, but Egypt or Ireland would be nice to see too. Hopefully you’ll be able to get to some of these eventually!

  27. I have Ireland and Japan on my list too; And totally love your What I’d Do Theres for each one.. especially the soaking up the rays of the sun!!

  28. You chose such fascinating places to live. Japan and Egypt were my favorites. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog today.

  29. Good point! The locals have the inside scoop, so they would for sure know the best places. Toronto is a place I’ve never been, but I have a friend who travels there often for work. He LOVES it. Sounds like you live in a fantastic city!

    Happy TTT!


  30. Love your picks! Ireland is a bucket list destination for me, and I’d also love the see the pyramids in Egypt.

  31. Interesting places, Lydia. I get what you mean. Living in Europe is just great, you are only a couple of hours away from the most amazing places that everyone talks about. But many who are born here don’t appreciate that. We once lived close to London (about 30-45 minutes depending on the mode of transport you took) and I met people who had lived their all their lives and never been. So sad.

    Anyway, I know we always travel through our books and that’s also fantastic.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • You’re welcome.

      I’m amazed at how differently people think of travelling for a few hours for a day trip in Europe vs. North American!

      And, yes, thank goodness for travelling through books.

  32. Oh! I love the way you listed out the location and why you’d want to be there. Such an interesting take on the prompt. Great list!

  33. Glad to see India on the list! And pleased to see Calcutta since that is my hometown!

  34. I cannot stand James Joyce (you can thank my college English teacher who was obsessed), but Ireland is an obsession of mine. Also, Egypt would be amazing.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  35. What a great list! I would love to visit Ireland and Egypt. My sister was totally obsessed with Egypt when we were kids… it would be cool to take a trip down there!

  36. What a great post. All places you can add to your passport-to-do-list.

  37. I’d honestly just love to travel to ANYWHERE other than where I am in good ol’ Midwest, USA. 😝

  38. I can definitely vouch for Dublin – I spent a lot of time there at the start of last year for work, and it was a pleasure. Casual, friendly, fun and great public transport – and easy to get out into the countryside too. Perfect.

  39. Oooooh I love the variety in the locations and books you’ve chosen! I’d definitely love to visit Dublin, DR and Mexico (also I love Like Water for Chocolate! It’s so rare to hear anyone talking about it, but it’s a fave)!

    • Thank you very much.

      It’s been ages since I read Like Water for Chocolate, so the plot is getting fuzzy for me. But I do remember enjoying it quite a bit.

      It seems to be one of those books that haven’t gotten as many accolades as it should. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it, too!

  40. I’d love to travel to Japan and to the Dominican Republic. Great choices! 😀

  41. If the movies are an indication (don’t know that I’ve read many books set there), visiting Ireland would be a dream. It looks so stunning! 🙂 Thanks so much for the visit to Finding Wonderland, Lydia.

  42. There are many places I would love to visit but living is an entirely different ballgame.

  43. Oh, I would love to see the Great Wall of China!

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