Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Literary worlds I’d love to live in

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. This week’s theme is:

May 29: Bookish Worlds I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In

There are a lot of fantasy worlds I’d want to live in, given half a chance, so these are just a few of my top picks. (Hint: they all involve magic (and one involves time travel.))


The Last Namasara // This world has dragons. That’s it. That’s the draw. Although the dragons seem ferocious at the beginning of the novel, as the plot progresses we find out that they’re aggressive because humans have mistreated and misunderstood them. Once said humans begin to understand them better, they become more gentle. I would like to fly a gentle dragon please.

A Darker Shade of Magic // This is probably a surprise to no-one, but I would love to live in Red London. They have elemental magic, fair rulers and a vibrant city. Oh and there’s also a pure cinnamon roll of a future King, a sassy pirate, a dagger-wielding goddess, and a magician who can walk through worlds. *packs bags*

The Name of the Wind // There’s magic in the kingdom from The Name of the Wind and language has power, so I think I’d enjoy living there immensely, as someone who loves linguistics.

Invictus // This world has elements of Italian architecture, and you can go to a time travel academy and become a time traveller. I’m in.

Harry Potter // Honestly, though, who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts? *crickets* To be able to study magic in a beautiful old building and learn to fly over acres of green land sounds idyllic. I’d also get to spend time in the library *hearteyes* and the Gryffindor common room. Oh and I’d be 100% there for care of magical creatures.

Children of Blood and Bone // Although parts Orïsha sound dark and foreboding, other areas, such as the temples and forests, sound wonderful. It would be amazing to live surrounded by unique magical powers and I’d really like to be pals with Zélie. She sounds like a hurricane.

The Magician’s Guild // I had so much fun reading this series when I was younger, as it’s another world built around a magical guild within a city (and I love those types of stories). Although the magicians are elitist at the beginning of the novel, Sonea, the protagonist, changes that when she joins the guild. I think I’d prefer to live in Kyralia later on in the series, once society is more relaxed and the country is in peace talks with other countries.

The Night Circus // I’ve never been hugely interested in Circuses, but this is one I’d definitely like to live in. I’d get to travel all the time and be surrounded by others wi

Snow Like Ashes // People live in season-based kingdoms in this novel, which means I could live in somewhere WHERE IT’S SUMMER ALL THE TIME. Sign me up. Except that the ruler of summer is evil. So maybe I’ll defeat him, put someone on the throne who is benevolent, and then live happily ever after there.

Strange The Dreamer // I’m hoping to (finally) read this in the next few months, but I already know I’d like to live in Lazlo’s world. There’s a giant library. That’s all I need.

Which literary worlds would you like to live in? Which ones would you not?

Until next time

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Literary worlds I’d love to live in

  1. Red London sounds so cool! I’ve had my eye on A Darker Shade of Magic for so long now, I can’t wait to read it. And I love that you want to fly a gentle dragon, me too please! 🐉

  2. I love your choices here – though I was surprised to see Children of Blood and Bone, I wouldn’t live in that world haha. I have to say, the landscape sounds fantastic, if I can live on a remote island, okay then haha 🙂 And yeees for Red London! 😀

  3. This is such a fun post, I love it! I WOULD DIE TO GO TO HOGWARTS, imagine how magical and amazing that would be!? AHHH. I thought my dream would come true with the new HP app, but THAT was a huge failure XD OH MY GOSH THO STRANGE THE DREAMER. I would just like to live in Taylor’s WRITING tbh. But also i would like to meet Lazlo and eat cakes and just exist in magic, A DREAM COME TRUE!! I haven’t read children of blood and bone yet but I think Red London would be super cool to visit. I mean, I live in London so it’s a step in the right direction I guess?

  4. These are all great choices for this topic Kate, and I agree with so many as well. The circus from The Night Circus is probably number one on my “I want to live there” bookish worlds list, and Red London is high on that list too. It would be amazing right?! London but with magic so what could be better right?
    Although I’d love the ability to time travel in general I think the Invictus world is the best of the lot, because I love Italy and Rome as well. Again best of both worlds.
    Great post, and again great picks. 😀 ❤

  5. I definitely want to live in the wizarding world of Harry Potter! And Red London would be really cool! I think it would be lots of fun going to Narnia too! Great post!

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