Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday looks at Bookish Worlds. You know how sometimes when you’re reading a book, you want to live in that world? What about when you’re reading a book and you think that you’re happy not to be living in that world? I’ve experience both and I imagine that most of you have as well.

Upon writing this post, I realized that I haven’t read a ton of fantasy novels. I’ve read Harry Potter (as have most of the people in the book-reading world), but that kind of spans my “fantasy” reading. It’s a genre that I’d like to delve more into, but I haven’t had the chance and I love current world reading so, so much.

So instead of wanting to live in the bookish worlds, I just want to pop in and see how life is going! No need to stay in some of these very creepy + scary places.

Ten Bookish Worlds Alexis Would Pop Into

  1. Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series
    It’s a childhood dream!! How could I not want to visit?! Except maybe when Voldemort has come back full force…
  2. Panem in The Hunger Games
    If I could have a whirlwind tour of Panem, that would be pretty sweet. Except I wouldn’t want to visit during the reaping.
  3. Any Dystopia (1984/Brave New World/Fahrenheit 451)
    I am fascinated by the way society seems to crumble in the dystopian novels. I’d love to pop in for a moment and then pop out and resume my not-quite dystopian life.
  4. The Overlook Hotel in The Shining
    I imagine that this is one of the creepiest books that I’ve ever read, but I would 100% like to go see it, except for Room 237. I’d want to take some friends with me so I could chase them around screaming ‘redrum’.
  5. The Hundred Acre Woods in Winnie the Pooh
    As a child you have such fond memories of Winnie the Pooh stories. But have you listened/read any of them recently? I came across a post that talked about how truly terrible all of the characters were and I was like… why did I love this so much as a child?
  6. Oz in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    Another childhood dream!! I loved Dorothy and her friends when I was little. I had the beanie babies and a cardboard cutout of the entire crew. I also loved to perform ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’ It might seem like a cruel place sometimes, but I just want to pop in and follow the yellow brick road.
  7. Wonderland in Alice in Wonderland
    I’m going to be honest and tell you that I haven’t read the book, but the movie was fairly creepy (especially the Tim Burton version). I’d love to see the pops of color and larger than life critters, but then I’d want to crawl home into my nice comfy blanket away from the creepiness.
  8. The Circle 
    This book freaked me out and reminded me of what our world is coming too (maybe I am already living in this world?!) I don’t want to have to be fully connected all the time. I don’t want to tell the entire world what I’m doing or what I’m eating (OKAY, I like to take pictures of my food sometimes). But I don’t want it to be a requirement to be a part of society.
  9. Republic of Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale
    Okay, so this is a dystopia… but it has its own spot because I would want to be a fly on the wall for a long time. I want to be a part of it from the beginning and see how all of the pieces came together of removing child-bearing women’s rights. I want to see how this society ends and if the handmaids can end the tyranny of their lives.
  10. The Homophobic/Racist/Sexist World of The Hate U Give and our current society
    Side Note: I found this idea while I was reading other blogs, but I thought it was so moving I needed to add it to my list. While I am lucky to have the privileges that I do, I know that others are no so lucky. I don’t want to stay in a world where men and women aren’t treated as equals, or where we judge you based on the color of your skin or your sexuality. We’re all people and we all deserve to be treated with kindness and love.

I know that there are a lot of similarities between people’s list this week because many of us grew up reading the same books. If you had to choose one world that you would be in for the rest of your life, which bookish world would it be?

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds

  1. littlefoxandreads says:

    Panem, for me, is one of the most terrifying places to live. The capitol sounds better but living in the districts and being possible drawn into the Hunger Games… *shudders*


    • Alexis Spivak says:

      I would be absolutely terrified of Panem, but it would be interesting to see how the districts are stratified. The Hunger Games aspect is horrendous, but the way the society works is fascinating.


  2. Katie Fitzgerald (@mrskatiefitz) says:

    The Hundred Acre Wood is a good one! I read the Pooh books aloud to my four-year-old a few months ago and I was surprised, in particular, by how mean Rabbit really is to Tigger. But I think all of the characters are caricatures of different parts of human nature – if they were people , they really would be awful, but as animals, somehow their behavior is easier to take lightly.


    • Alexis Spivak says:

      I agree with you! The cute animals make it easier to swallow when they are mean to one another, but it’s still interesting how Winnie the Pooh has become ingrained in our society, but it portrays mean behavior.


  3. classybooksxo says:

    Hogwarts is on my list this week too (and I’m sure many others). As much as I loved the hunger games, I don’t think I’d survive there hahh! I love that you put the hundred acre wood on here! I too would love to live in that world! (I’m having a baby soon and the theme is winnie the pooh, so I can’t believe I didn’t think of this one for my list this week!) The Circle, is that the same as the movie with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks? If so, I totally didn’t know that was a book! Nice list this week, I like your thoughts!


    • Alexis Spivak says:

      I don’t know if I would survive in Panem either, but it would be a cool place to go check out! There’s such a variety of community and people, I think I’d enjoy it… just not during the actual Hunger Games. Yeah! The Circle was originally written by Dave Eggers. It was a great, but scary book. Very dystopian. I liked it much better than the movie. Congratulations on having a baby soon!

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  4. Dinh G. says:

    Hi Alexis!
    Just popping in to check out your site as we are partnered for the Summer Comment Challenge. I am looking forward to getting to know you better. 🙂

    I wouldn’t like to visit anywhere that is scary but would love to pop in the world of the Golden Compass and meet Lyra and her daemon.

    Dinh@Arlene’s Book Club


  5. Greg Hill says:

    I’d love to visit The Hundred Acre wood! Maybe I need to re-read the Pooh books though (that actually sounds fun) and see how they read as an adult- I had not thought about the meanness factor!


    • Alexis Spivak says:

      Doesn’t it kind of sound like a fun thing to do? Revisiting childhood a little bit. My only fear with going back to re-read little kid books is not being as fond of them as I was a youngster.


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