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Iconic Places in Literature You Can Visit

Ever wanted to visit places you’ve literally only read about? Well you are in luck my friend. This is a list of iconic literary places you can actually visit.

 

Tom Riddle’s Grave

We first learn about Tom Riddle’s grave stone in the fifth book in the series, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

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The grave is in an actual cemetery in Greyfriars Kirk, Scotland. Obviously the cemetery exactly like it is in the book but JK was rumored to have walked the cemetery and got inspiration for other character names. Many Harry Potter come to the cemetery and Riddle’s grave is the most popular to visit.

 

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The Kingdom of Arendelle

Arendelle is the fiction kingdom in Frozen and Frozen 2. The architecture and landscape was modeled after a real village in Hallstatt, Austria. It’s a small community of only a little more than 700 hundred people but the town is lively with up to 10,000 tourists a day.  The artists also got Arendelle’s name from an actual  city in Norway named Arendal.

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Bath

Jane Austen had written her most famous novel after her time in Bath, England. And the city inspired two of her books directly. Bath is famous for its ancient roman built baths that were mentioned by Austen. Tourism is large in Bath, thanks to The Jane Austen Centre, an exhibition that tells stories of her time there.

 

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Hobbiton

The Lord of the Rings has too many cool places we wish we could actually visit but thank goodness we can go here! The Hobbiton set was built in Matamata, New Zealand and 98′ Peter Jackson’s team came across Alexander Farm when they were location scouting. After nine months of building 39 nine hobbit holes were ready. Guided tours of Hobbiton started in 2002 and fans still can visit the hobbit homes.

 

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Green Gables

The Anne of Green Gables book series was inspired by real land and farm house that you can visit. Green Gables in a 19th century farm in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is an national historic site for its importance to literature and is on the most visited sites in the country. The author LL Montgomery visited the farm when she was young and got romantic inspiration form the house and surrounding areas for places i her books like The Haunted Woods, Lovers’ Lane and Balsam Hollow.

 

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5 Fantasy Books Set for Release This Month

As the new year dawns, so too does another year of books. While I can’t give you all of the releases for this coming year, I can provide you with a list of five fantasy books that are set for release this month. After all, is there a better way to start the new year than with a book hot off the printing press? For more fantasy books set for release this month, check out Tor’s article!

Here are 5 books that are set to be released this month.

 

 

1. “Dark and deepest Red”

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Written by Anne-Marie McLemore, Dark and Deepest Red is set to be released by the time of this article’s publication. The book’s Goodreads page provides this summary of the story,

“Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves. Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.”

This story is definitely borrowing inspiration from Han Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Red Shoes,” which, based on the version one reads, has a very grisly ending. All I know is that I, personally, will be grabbing up a copy of this book.

 

 

2. “Infinity son”

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Infinity Son, the first book in Adam Silvera‘s Infinity Cycle is set for release this month. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following description:

“Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures. Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.”

This is definitely worth a read.

 

 

3. “A Queen in Hiding”

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Sarah Kozloff’s debut novel A Queen in Hiding will be released in the third week of January, and it sounds fascinating. Goodreads provides the following book description:

Orphaned, exiled and hunted, Cérulia, Princess of Weirandale, must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerilla fighter, and transform into the queen she is destined to be. But to do it she must win the favor of the spirits who play in mortal affairs, assemble an unlikely group of rebels, and wrest the throne from a corrupt aristocracy whose rot has spread throughout her kingdom.”

Who doesn’t love a story about a queen regaining her throne?

 

 

 

4. “The Bard’s Blade”

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The Bard’s Blade, the first book Brian D. Anderson‘s series The Sorcerer’s Song will also be released in the third week of January. Here is an excerpt from the book summary:

“Mariyah enjoys a simple life in Vylari, a land magically sealed off from the outside world, where fear and hatred are all but unknown. There she’s a renowned wine maker and her betrothed, Lem, is a musician of rare talent. Their destiny has never been in question. Whatever life brings, they will face it together. But destiny has a way of choosing its own path, and when a stranger crosses the wards into Vylari for the first time in centuries, the two are faced with a terrible prophecy. For beyond the borders, an ancient evil is returning, its age-old prison shattered.”

 

 

5. “Nottingham: The true story of robyn hood”

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Nottingham: The True Story of Robyn Hood is set for release this coming week. I’ll admit it: I’m a huge sucker when it comes to Robin Hood. I love the stories and the legends, and I want to eventually visit Sherwood Forest. This is definitely a book worth checking out, because Anna Burke creates a very interesting take on an old legend. The book’s Goodreads summary states,

“Robyn Hood didn’t set out to rob the rich, but in Nottingham, nothing ever goes according to plan…. After a fateful hunting accident sends her on the run from the law, Robyn finds herself deep in the heart of Sherwood Forest. All she really wants to do is provide for her family and stay out of trouble, but when the Sheriff of Nottingham levies the largest tax in the history of England, she’s forced to take matters into her own hands. Relying on the help of her band of merry women and the Sheriff’s intriguing—and off limits—daughter, Marian, Robyn must find a way to pull off the biggest heist Sherwood has ever seen.”

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5 ‘The Witcher’ Memes to Feast Your Eyes On

Now that the The Witcher has dropped on Netflix, fans have been busy putting together memes to share on the internet. And, naturally, a ton of these are hilarious.

While I can’t unearth every single meme that this franchise has inspired, I can most certainly share a few of the ones that I felt hit their mark. Here are five Witcher memes to peruse and enjoy!

 

 

1.

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Regardless of if you want to be held by book Geralt, game Geralt, or Henry Cavill’s Geralt, I think this meme sums up a hidden mutual longing that we all possess. Need I say more?

 

 

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This is a fun take on the meme of the woman yelling at the cat. We all know that Jaskier (Dandelion) drives Geralt up a wall, and in the Netflix adaptation, we got to see that at full force. This meme definitely conjures up memories of episode 6. Typically, this meme has bolded text above it explaining why the encounter is even taking place, but I couldn’t resist sharing it as it was.

 

 

 

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This meme has circulated the internet quite a bit already, but I still think it’s absolutely fantastic. Did I binge the entire season in one day? Yes. Yes I did. Did I put off my responsibilities? Yes. Did my family wonder why I had gone awfully quiet all of a sudden? Yes. Do I regret it? Nah.

 

 

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We all know the song at this point, now don’t we? We all know the word play at work here. Am I going to go listen to the song on repeat for an hour? Ha. Try three. Go big or go home.

 

 

 

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If I have to live with the reality that the next season is coming out in 2021, then so does everyone else! While I didn’t share this meme primarily out of spite, I did share it because I think most fans had a similar emotional response after a long binge. Fans of the adaptation will have to, indeed, wait until 2021 before the second season drops. So what should we do in the meantime? Well, crying is a pretty good option. Rereading the books is there too. I’m on my second watch of the Netflix series at the moment, so not all hope is lost.

 

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5 Book Themed Resolutions Other Than ‘Read More’

New Year’s Resolutions are hard. We all know that. We also all know how lovely it would be if we could read more. But, alas, we don’t have the time. We have to watch the new Netflix show. We have to binge conspiracy theory videos on YouTube for four hours. If you are looking to get back into literature, but cannot be bothered with a generalized resolution that will definitely be broken, here are five more specific and more attainable resolutions for book lovers.

 

 

1. Find a New Genre

 

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Rather than vowing to read more, vow to read more of a certain type of book. Whether they are graphic novels, mysteries, or romance, this specificity immediately makes the resolution more achievable. Now, if you manage to read only one book from a new genre this year, you will have succeeded. And you may discover a new favorite kind of book in the process!

2. Visit a New Bookstore

 

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Buying books is never the problem. Reading them, however, is a different story. If you are a master browser, turn your resolution into visiting as many new bookstores you can in the coming year. The pressure to read is alleviated and instead, you have an excuse to peruse your heart out. This is a great way to explore hidden gems and support local bookstores. This is also a perfect resolution for an avid traveler looking to explore local bookstores on their upcoming trips.

 

 

 

3. Try an Alternate Mode of Reading

 

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There is more than one way to absorb literature. This resolution could mean investing in an e-reader or buying an Audible subscription. You just may discover a new favorite way to read and fulfill that resolution to read more after all.

 

4. Get the Bookshelf of Your Dreams

 

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Another common resolution that is too broad and unattainable is getting organized. Instead, focus on one aspect of your life: your bookshelf. This could mean splurging on a new Ikea bookshelf, donating old reads or color coordinating your novels. This makes your collection more appealing and inviting.

 

 

 

5. Set a Goodreads Goal

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Making a Goodreads account is a good resolution on its own. Tracking, rating and reviewing your books is a great resolution for keeping track of what you read and getting recommendations from friends and family. If you still are set on reading more, Goodreads is a great platform for attaining it. Set a reasonable goal—you can always adjust it later—and use that as motivation to get reading. If this seems too big, set weekly or monthly goals for a certain page count or number of chapters to be read in a period of time. Breaking up large goals ensures success.

 

Happy New Year and happy reading!

 

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