Shocking statement of the decade: I’m one of those readers who like to blur the line between fantasy and reality. When I read about a particularly dreamy setting, my internal voice turns into Liz Lemon, whispering, I want to go to there.
I’ve been lucky enough to fulfill a few of those bookish travel dreams in the past ten years. I visited the Japanese Tea Gardens in San Francisco because the October Daye series told me I could enter a faery knowe by crossing the Moon Bridge. I searched for selkie stories on the Aran Islands, just as David Thomson did in People of the Sea: A Journey in Search of the Seal Legend. And I did my best to push the trapped shopping cart the rest of the way through Platform 9 ¾ in London’s King’s Cross Station.
Er, the magical auras in this spot tend to mess with photographic quality.
But my literary bucket list is still giving me a major case of wanderlust, and I’ve decided to make it my New Decade’s Resolution to experience at least a few of the following book-inspired adventures in the next ten years.