TTT | Favorite Book Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is about favorite settings, so let’s see if I can keep this to only 10.

  1. Boarding Schools: There is something fantastical about boarding schools that just gives me so many great vibes. They can be either magical and wonderous or creepy and terrifying.
  2. Victorian Gothic: I’m doing this term as an umbrella term to cover anything in this genre: houses, schools, the forest, the marsh, London, it doesn’t matter. The Victorian Gothic is just mwah, perfection!
  3. Libraries: I mean I have to have this on my list somewhere right? Why would I call myself The Nonbinary Librarian if I didn’t love libraries?
  4. Haunted Houses: Give me all the good spooky house stories like The Haunting of Hill House or Northanger Abbey any day of the week.
  5. Small Southern Towns: The ones that you think should die off but they hang on just because they can. Where football is religion and you’re in the church pew every Sunday, and time just seems to slow down or completely stop. Those kind of small, southern towns.
  6. Universities: Okay, I was trying to hold back from my love of dark academia but I just can’t! Can anyone say Gaudy Night?
  7. World War I & II: I cry like a baby anytime I read any of these, but I know I need to read them and their stories because they are so important to remember. Plus, the female friendships that were made during this time period where just mwah!
  8. Castles: They’re are just so many nooks and darkness and beauty with castles, that I just love them!
  9. Space/Ocean: Okay, there’s a reason that I’m pairing these two together and that’s for the feelings I have whenever I read (or see) these two ideas/things/universes. I just am overcome with so much awe, but also beauty and a sense of longing, as well as a sense of how small I am. There’s also the sense of contentment in realizing that while I am so small, I’m still here, living in this moment and in this place. I just have a lot of emotions when it comes to space and the ocean that I love when books are set on a spaceship or boat.
  10. Cemeteries (I’d include forests in this as well): The fact that you never know what you’re going to find or come across in either of these places gives me so much tension but also excitement for what’s going to happen.

Happy Reading Darlings!

#FridayFives | Libraries & Bookstores to Visit

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

I absolutely love to travel (when a pandemic is not going on) and one of the things I love to do is visit bookstores or libraries whenever I go to a new place. Here are the five libraries AND the five bookstores I want to visit!

Libraries

Trinity College Library – Dublin, Ireland

Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Trinity College Library has always been at the top of my list! The gorgeous architect is just everything I love about an old library.

Biblioteca Vasconcelos – Mexico City, Mexico

Photo by Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In Mexico City, this library covers 38,000 square miles meant to be a “mega-library.” There intricate network of balconies and mismatched floors truly gives this book lover a feeling of being lost in a library.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Alexandria, Egypt

Photo by Cecioka, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

As is the case for most book lovers, I’m still not over the burning of the Library of Alexandria. Nor will I ever be. But the Bibliotheca Alexandrina was created to recapture the spirit of the Library of Alexandria. The place is not only a library but has four museums, a planetarium, academic research centers, and holds 5 million books. Just drop me off please, I’ll never come back.

New York Public Library – New York, New York

Photo by Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I mean I had to include the NY Public Library. The historic landmark with the two lions is the flagship of the NYPL system, and such a recognizable landmark in NY. And not only is the library in itself amazing, but the architecture is absolutely gorgeous!

Library of Congress – Washington, D.C.

Photo by Oliverchauncey via Wikimedia Commons

What can I say, the Library of Congress includes everything I love. Books, politics, and libraries! Oh, I would love to spend a coupe of hours or days here.

Bookstores

El Ateneo – Buenes Aires, Argentina

Photo by Phillip Capper from Wellington, New Zealand, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A bookstore in a theatre! Let me repeat that, a BOOKSTORE IN A THEATRE! Gah, I could spend all day here, which there is places to do so in the still in-tact theatre box seats and the stage is now a coffee shop! I’m in love!

Strand – New York, New York

Photo by Postdlf, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

No, I’ve never been to New York. Yes, I’m still salty about this. I desperately need to go, so I can go to this bookstore. Who cares about Time Square or anything else when there is a bookstore that boasts 18 miles of books!

Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen – Maastricht, Holland

giggel, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Like the El Ateneo, the Bokhandel Selexyz Dominicanen is a transformed building. For this bookstore, they converted an old church into a bookstore. The place was left in neglect for two centuries before being turned into a bookstore, and the alcoves of the church serve as reading nooks now. Absolutely gorgeous!

Dujiangyan Zhongshuge – Chengdu, China

Photo by Feng Shao via ArchDaily

This is actually a new bookstore that opened in the fall of 2020. The arches, mirror ceiling, and black tiles gives the space a feel of never ending books, as well as feeling like your stuck in a M.C. Escher image. With 80,0000 books, there’s definitely enough books to loose myself in.

The Last Bookstore – Los Angeles, CA

Photo by Johnnydeezwax, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The largest used and new bookstore in California. It has grown to 22,000 square feet in a converted bank building, and the famous book tunnel is definitely a place I need to visit. So many nooks and crannies to get lost in!

Happy Reading Lovelies!