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Travel Tales: Setting the Scene

Welcome to our first official post in the TRAVEL TALES event we are hosting with Elena from Novel Sounds and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books! This is where we make each other completely depressed, daydreaming about places we want to visit in books but can’t — whether it’s because of time, that green stuff, or […]

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August 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- August 12, 2012 - […] + Alexa is doing a birthday giveaway! + Alexa wrote a review of A Mutiny in Time. + Alexa wrote about different types of transportation in books in From Here to There. + Elena wrote about places she’d like to visit in Harry Potter. + Estelle & I discussed books that really set the scene for us and made us want to go there. […]

August 11, 2012 - 2:50 pm

elena - Love the way you formatted this post! I’ve never read the Mary Poppins series but it sounds like fun. Hooray for adventure. Your Nancy Drew story is so great, Estelle! I used to be OBSESSED with that series and remember being baffled when they ‘upgraded’ her and made her 17! I totally agree with all your picks, Magan! I would love to visit the castle in ToG and yesss to ice cream in Second Chance Summer.

August 10, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Randi M - I’ve read Cinder and many many Nancy Drew books out of these, but I completely concur with visiting London and any kind of castles. I’ve been meaning to read Second Chance Summer, and I think a lake would be a nice place to spend the summer, even though the reason her family’s there is a heartbreaking one.

Great post, ladies! ๐Ÿ™‚

August 9, 2012 - 10:38 pm

Kristen Evey - Oh, these are so fun! Out of these I’ve only read Mary Poppins (um, yes please let’s jump into chalk drawings and go on awesome adventures!) and Nancy Drew. From the setting descriptions of the others I want to read them too, especially Cinder and Throne of Glass. ๐Ÿ™‚

August 9, 2012 - 7:37 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - So I’ve adored the other girls’ posts and this one is no exception. I’m loving this idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

Estelle – Somehow I made it out of childhood without reading Mary Poppins! It’s always been a book I felt I should read (& I certainly know enough people who swear by it), but it’s never been a top priority for me unfortunately. It wasn’t until the Olympics that my interest in it resurfaced. Thankfully I work in a bookstore and can easily get my hands on a copy.

Oh, Nancy Drew. ♥ Unlike Mary Poppins (which I didn’t even know was a SERIES!!), Nancy Drew is very familiar to me and was a massive part of my childhood. I couldn’t wait to get home from school everyday and curl up with another Nancy Drew book. Despite the sheer number of books, I’ve been wanting to go back and reread the series.

Magan – Oh my gosh Cinder. That’s my go-to recommendation at work (I’ve even pushed it on a few coworkers :)).

I’m SO excited for Throne of Glass! I have yet to see a single negative thing said about this book.

August 9, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Roxy - Ooh I love all the books you have mentioned. I actually read Moonglass on the beach and I felt so connected with the book and when I was younger I always, always read Nancy Drew. No matter what. As for Second Chance Summer, I’m reading that right now. It’s amazing! I always love Morgan Matson’s books! ๐Ÿ™‚

August 9, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Hooray for traveling through books! I think it’s great how we can visit new places, even when we’re stuck at home or at work or on the subway.

I love all the settings that you guys mentioned in your post! For the ones I’ve read (Cinder, Nancy Drew & Throne of Glass), I would definitely be interested in checking out some of the places mentioned in those books. And for the ones I haven’t, they sound SO GOOD. I really need to get on with reading those books!

August 9, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - That logo is awesome, FYI.

Estelle – I am a NANCY DREW FANGIRL. I love love your inclusion of Nancy Drew on this list! I am totally with you – sometimes thinking of books and their settings really just reminds me where I was when I read them!

Magan – dude, Second Chance Summer. What a vividly beautiful book. I loved how Morgan Matson described the flags that would be waved on each pier – that stands out to me so much!

August 9, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh yes to Crystal Cove! Jessi Kirby told me next time I’m in Cali she’d take me on a personal tour… I say we all make this happen ๐Ÿ™‚ haha

Cousins Beach from The Summer I Turned Pretty is another beach type setting I’ve always wanted to visit; however, it’s not real ๐Ÿ™ I know, so sad.

I am DYING to see this glass castle that’s mentioned in Throne of Glass. Eeeeep!