Summer vacation is here! I love teaching, but by the time June rolls around, I’m always really ready for summer and spending some time relaxing and perhaps going on vacation. I’m hoping for a nice mix of work and play this summer as I prep for the next school year and hopefully also catch up on my sleep and the books I’ve been putting off. So in honour of summer vacation, let’s talk about my top five bookish vacations!
- Hogwarts (Harry Potter by JK Rowling): I will fully admit to being such Harry Potter trash that it’s not even funny. I really, really love these books and there was a part of me that was devastated when I never got my Hogwarts letter. So, it only makes sense that it would be high on my list of places to go on a bookish vacation. I’d want to sit in on a lesson, and explore the grounds. I don’t like sports but I’d really like to go to a Quidditch match and see who could catch the snitch first. I’d want to look at the Forbidden Forest, but I probably wouldn’t go in. If there was time, it would be fun to go down to Hogsmeade and visit Honeydukes. (Can you tell I want to go to Harry Potter World?)
2. Lyra’s Oxford (His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman): I loved the His Dark Materials series when I was growing up. I was always so fascinated by the idea of daemons and really wanted to know what my daemon would have been if I had lived in the world. However, I also would have liked to explore Oxford as Lyra knew it. I think it would be really cool to travel with her and meet Iorek and her other travelling companions. I really can’t wait until the new series comes out!
3. The Witchlands (The Witchlands by Susan Dennard): The Witchlands series is one of my all time favourite series. I find the world building really intriguing, and that’s why it’s on my list of places I’d like to visit. I’d want to know if I had magic and if I did what kind. I’d want to see all the places described and I’d want to meet all my favourite characters. The world is probably really dangerous for tourists, but I think it might be a worthwhile risk.
4. Caraval (Caraval by Stephanie Garber): I should clarify that I definitely wouldn’t want to be a player in Caraval, but it sounds like it would be really cool to watch. The world that Stephanie Garber has created is so magical and I really think I’d like to be a fly on the wall. However, I think I’d be too scared to actually be a participant despite the fact that the winner gets a major wish.
5. Camp Halfblood (Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan): I loved the magical world that Rick Riordan created. I think it would be really neat to visit Camp Halfblood. I know that I’m older than the typical camper but I think that if I had read this series when I was younger that I would have loved to go to a camp like that. It would have been such a cool adventure!
There are so many good places to visit in the world of books that it was hard to narrow it down to just five. Let me know where you would go in the comments down below!