Wonderful and Whimsical Fantasy Worlds to Get Lost in This Summer

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Hello all! Like many of you, I’m craving some escape this summer… but can’t get away. Luckily, I’ve found before, books can be an excellent cure for wanderlust. I’m gonna try my hardest not to repeat places I’ve used before, so we can all head to new hotspots! Without further ado, let’s take-off!

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Nevermoor– this is a new favourite world for me- it’s wundrous and whimsical and unique. I just adore it.

Kyrria– I thought I knew this world, as I’d seen the movie Ella Enchanted, but really I had no idea how fun and different it would be! The kind of world I’d love to run off to.

Whimsy– fresh off of reading Sorcery of Thorns, I was tempted to include it on this list, but it didn’t quite fit. Fortunately, Enchantment of Ravens, with its little town that is a pocket in fairyland and its journey into the fairy courts, fits the bill perfectly.

Stormhold & Faerie– from Stardust. There are, as you can tell, many fairylands I’d like to visit, but this one has Gaiman’s magic touch.

Prythian– this world is so lush. It sparkles on the page- especially in A Court of Mist and Fury, when we get to go to Velaris!

Cabeswater– I can’t believe I’ve never included Cabeswater before? It’s (literally) dreamy and magical and alive with possibilities. Well, I’m rectifying that today, thinking about this with special reference to Dream Thieves.

Weep– likewise, I can’t believe I’ve been so remiss as to not mention the exquisite and innovative world of Strange the Dreamer. In case you don’t know, Laini Taylor is one of my favourite authors and she can do no wrong. Her worlds are immersive and fantastical and the dream getaway.

Rivendell– umm yeah I somehow never mentioned this either (I guess cos I’m a massive weirdo always going on about Mirkwood). Obviously, this is the *best* destination in Middle Earth (unless you fancy a staycation in the Shire of course 😉)

Red London– I’ve snuck this into a list before, talking about books set in my hometown, but given that was cheeky, I’m gonna be cheekier still and put it here. Especially cos right now I’m stuck in a rather grey London- wish I could put on a cloak and spin off into another version of London (preferably one without the pandemic)

The World of Crestomanci– yeah, I’ve always got to sneak Diana Wynne Jones into one of these lists- I mean she does embody the words “whimsy” and “cute” and “fun”.

Ten Thousand Doors– yup, I’m raving about this book again, because it’s amazing. The world building just transports me off to a thousand other worlds!

Fantastica– and if we’re talking about getting lost in stories, then I simply have to include this now classic journey into storyland. With every turn of the page, you will be transported.

And that’s all for now! Do you fancy booking a trip to any of these? And what fantastical, whimsical worlds would you love to jet off to? Let me know in the comments!

27 thoughts on “Wonderful and Whimsical Fantasy Worlds to Get Lost in This Summer

  1. I’d love to run off to so many of these places! Kyrria, Rivendell, Red London, Ten Thousand Doors….yes to all. And Cabeswater is the ultimate dreamy fantasy world to get lost in during the summer. I haven’t read An Enchantment of Ravens yet, but its world sounds so lovely, I can’t wait to visit!

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  2. I’m currently reading the 3 (very loosely related) Howl books by Jones and my goodness, they are perfect vacation books. I have not tried her Crestomanci books and am not sure if I ever will or not. I didnt like her Young Wizards series, so I’m 50/50 with her…

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  3. The Ten Thousand Doors of January sounds like a good time! Not on your list, but the world of Princess Mononoke would be a wonderful world to transport to with all the tree spirits! 🙂

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  4. Many on here I have to read, but I absolutely love Strange the Dreamer/ Lazlo and Sarai have quickly became a favorite of mine. It was my first read from Taylor, and i just fell in love with her imagination and writing style. I just had to start reading Muse of Nightmares right after i finished Strange.

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  5. laini taylor’s writing is so amazing that you immediately want to be transported into whatever world she describes 😍😍 and i can’t wait to read a darker shade of magic! visiting london is at the top of my travel bucket list, haha

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  6. I’ve been meaning to read A Darker Shade of Magic and Nevermoor for years (oops). Also, I have never read a Sarah J.Maas book 🙈. I am not a huge fan of Strange the Dreamer but the world is fantastic!

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  7. Yes and YES to Cabeswater and Rivendell! I absolutely adore this post, and I love that you added photos along with the covers! My sister is listening to Nevermoor on audiobook so I’ve caught bits, but I want to get around to the others sometime soon! 🙂

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  8. LOVE this post omg!!! The photos you included are all stunning and I want to be transported into all of them hehe.

    I NEED to read Stardust omg. The film adaptation is literally one of my all time favourites. Like top 5 and I,,, haven’t read it?? I’m so terrible. But I think the audiobook is narrated by the author so I might do that idk.n Point is, I’m behind and must get on that.

    ADSOM is such a good rec YESSS. And OF COURSE Cabeswater. Both amazing. Need to get on Strange The Dreamer though welp

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