Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Why I Love Wednesdays... Bookish Worlds

Reflections of a Bookaholic

Welcome to Why I Love Wednesdays!  For the month of June and July, my blogging friends will pop in to share their book loves!  I know you get tired of hearing me gush on and on so let's hear from my fellow gushers :)  Why I love which takes place on Wednesdays. Today's proclamation of love concerns our Favorite Bookish Worlds!

There are plenty of bookish worlds I enjoy reading about – Hogwarts, Avonlea, and Nancy Drew’s River Heights come to mind as happy places to be. If I could hop into any fictional setting, though, I’d definitely go for Lieutenant Eve Dallas’ New York City of 2058. If you aren’t familiar with the In Death series, it’s by J.D. Robb (a pseudonym for Nora Roberts) and it’s the perfect blend of detective work and romance. Think “Law & Order” with a bit more lovin’. Throughout the 34 books in the series, Robb has created a futuristic setting that’s easily recognizable, but with cooler toys and fancier gadgets. Think Autochefs (no need to cook!), off-planet resorts, household droids, and all sorts of fancy ways to adorn yourself and your possessions. It’s a world in which you can choose “professional mother” status as your career or go for a virtual beach jog from the comfort of your own home. Beyond that, Eve’s personal life is pretty enviable as well. Her amazingly brilliant and handsome husband, Roarke, is a billionaire with an Irish accent, and they live in a fabulous home in Upper Manhattan, complete with an indoor gym and a spa. Yes, there are dark events in Eve’s past and her job as a homicide cop can be gruesome, but I return to these books again and again because I’m fascinated by this world and the characters who inhabit it.

~Sarah from The Brazen Bookworm
Blogging since: March 2011
Primary genre focus: Historical and contemporary romance

There is something about the worlds writers are able to create that resonate with readers. Sure, some are absolutely atrocious (The Hunger Games comes to mind), but there are always those that stand out and beckon the reader in with an enticing fragrance that is irresistable (Harry Potter is the epitome of this, but I've already written about that world). Because of these wonderful worlds that authors somehow conjur up, this week's "Why I Love" is dedicated to the Book World.

A great example of what I consider a loved Book World would have to be The Shire from JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. There is something otherworldly about that place; perhaps because it is, technically, otherworldly. What I love so much about The Shire is the sense of community you feel from the members. They celebrate everything as a community; whether happy or sad. There is such a joyous approach to life in The Shire that it becomes contagious for the reader. We want to basque in that wonderful aura and run among the lush green fields and hills that encompass the surroundings. We want to dance and celebrate at Bilbo's 111th birthday. We want to drink pints and toast to a new year with our neighbors. We also want to partake in elevensies...

Let's all take a field trip to New Zealand and see the Hollywood version of The Shire! I'm game :)

I originally started my first blog in 2007 while I was living overseas as a means to keep everyone back home updated on what I was doing. However, I soon became incredibly neglectful of that and, instead, sent out mass emails. In 2010/11, I really started getting serious about blogging...and had to create a new domain because I couldn't remember my password to the original blog for the life of me :) I've been blogging pretty steadily since then and have focused mainly on book reviews and writing.
I tend to focus the majority of my reading on historical fiction or literary fiction, but I am not opposed to reading anything. Even if I'm not interested at the beginning of a book, I continue reading, hoping that things will get better. I can't bring myself to abandon a book at all...even if it's awful.

I think one of the best quotes that describes my love for books, bookstores, libraries, reading, etc. would have to be Jorge Luis Borges' "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library". Maybe that's why I love Borges' Labyrinth. It's like that scene in Beauty and the Beast when Belle sees the library for the first time...magical

Which bookish worlds do you love? Feel free to create your own post and link up.  Don't want to create an entire post?  Tell me your favorites in the comments.  Thanks for stopping by for another week of Why I Love Wednesdays!!

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  1. At the moment my favorite bookish world maybe during the periods of mid 1800's up to the early 1900's. I've been reading Historical romances by Marlene Banks and I would of love to been in that time period for the setting of a few events.

  2. I think my favorite bookish world currently is from Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. I love that she can time travel--as a history buff I would love to do that :)

  3. I also love the world Tolkien created in LOTR and the Hobbit. And seeing it on screen brings it to life even better than I can imagine in the books.

  4. Awesome topic Alexis! I have to agree that the Shire is perhaps one of my most favorite peaceful book settings, I could live there forever! Really, I love any setting that is so vivid that I can see it in my head.

    Bonniie @

  5. Great worlds :D I do love authors that can create those

  6. I do love the Shire as well - so idyllic! And I'm with Felicia today - the world of Discovery of Witches/Shadow of Night is absolutely enthralling and I can't stop thinking about it. Thanks again for having me, and hope the studying is going well! :)

  7. 34 Books in one single series. That's crazy!!! I've actually heard a lot about the In Death series. A good friend of my has been trying to convince me to read it for years!

  8. Yes yes yes! I wish I could visit bookish worlds. I love that Brazen included Nancy Drew's.


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