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!
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!