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The Wanderlust Book Tag

Hello fellow book dragons! 🐲

I wonder, have you experienced wanderlust? The longing to trek the Alps, visit Machu Picchu, or hang out in Harajuku? 🗺️ Well, I certainly have. More than most people, though, I also find myself longing to visit fictional worlds like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or the Warcross games in the Warcross duology. For this week, I’ll be revealing to you the places I want to visit through this book tag, which The Orangutan Librarian was the sweetest to include me in. Thank you! 💖

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RULES

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friends

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1. Secrets and Lies: A Book Set in a Sleepy Small Town

 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyAlthough The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society isn’t a story about uncovering the dark, unsettling secrets of a small town, I had to feature it because a) it’s a favorite, and b) part of the story is set on a small town on a small island. 🏝️ The post-WWII story is told in letters, which may seem old-fashioned to our life of emails and texts, but reading the characters’ own words perfectly suited the cozy atmosphere.

Related: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

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2. Salt and sand: a book with a beach-side community

 

The Starless SeaThe Starless Sea features an underworld haven for book lovers set by a sea made of honey. I know, the idea of an underground sea made of honey is very bizarre, but everything about this book is so unusual, from all the symbolisms to the little snippets of the Harbor’s secrets woven between pages of the main story.✨🌊 This strange, beautiful book may not be for everyone, but I certainly loved it. 💕

Related: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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3. Here there be dragons: a book with a voyage on the high seas

 

To Kill a KingdomTo Kill a Kingdom has been receiving a lot of well-earned buzz from the book community. My curiosity (usually up to no good) led me to a book with so much to admire, from the gorgeous prose, to the tantalizing hate-to-love, to the ragtag group of characters you can’t help falling for. 💞💞 Plus, a journey at sea – with the risk of a siren encounter 🧜‍♀️- is nothing short of equal parts terrifying and exciting.

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4. Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle

 

Journey to the River SeaI’m going to agree with the Orangutan Librarian and choose this book! This was one of my favorites when I was younger. I really aspired (and still do) to be as brave and kind and adventurous as the person Maia became. 💜 I was also really fascinated by the idea of setting the book in Brazil, on a plantation near the Amazon and its jungles. That said, I’m a little nervous about rereading in case I stumble on something racist in the portrayal of Brazil and the natives there.

 

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5. Frozen wastes: a book with a frost bitten atmosphere

 

The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep, #2)I remember reading this book a while back and really enjoying it. It’s about looking for peace between warring clans in a world and society inspired by Vikings. ⚔️ The winter setting of the forests and nearby sea permeated every word, forming a frost-bitten atmosphere that I appreciated very much.❄️ I was also fascinated by how belief in fate in the gods and signs played in important part in the book – almost more than fate itself.

Related: The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young: ARC Review

 

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6. The boonies: a book with ruff or isolated terrain 

 

Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)Although the Books of Bayern are my favorite among Shannon Hale’s books, Princess Academy stands out strong too. As always, Shannon Hale’s lyrical prose breathes life into the setting of the story, Mount Eskel. ⛰️The mountain is so important to the lives of the characters – both as a home and as way to earn coin – that it almost becomes a character too. Mount Eskel is a beautiful, dangerous place – but also home. 💛

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7. Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting

 

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)I only vaguely remember Rebel of the Sands when I read it a few years ago, but if I’m not wrong it’s a fusion of the Wild West and the Middle East. It’s a cool concept! I wish I had more to say, but I don’t really remember it 😅 Perhaps I didn’t click with the book as much as I wanted to, given that I’m not particularly interested in Western-esque books.

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8. Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands

 

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)In We Hunt the Flame, the Arz and its black untamed magic crawls over the land like a plague, and a group of rivals reluctantly team up to find a book that might contain this crisis. The worldbuilding and prose were lush and perfect for this quest story. ✅ I could feel the heat curling off the sands, the darkness cloaking the night…it was such an immersive reading experience.

Related: We Hunt the Flame #1 by Hafsah Faizal

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9. Wild and untamed: a book set the heart of the woods

 

Wilder Girls*shivers* Wilder Girls was one of the wildest books I read last year. It begins months after a mysterious plague strikes an island which houses an all-girls’ boarding school and everything in it. Everything is affected: the pReeople, animals, plants, the forest. Rory Power’s storytelling really enhances the creepy nature of the now-unfamiliar forest and island and of the lengths people go to survive. 😨

Related: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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10. Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic

 

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)I don’t know if you agree with me, but somehow whimsy and magic reminds me of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. It’s been more than a year since I read it, but I still remember the lasting impression it left on me…why, it was just magical. ✨ I think the whimsy came from the magic and romance and the existence of a city thought to be a myth. And, of course, the fact that Lazlo Strange is a dreamer. 💖

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Tagging time (and feel free to tag yourself here)!

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I hope you enjoyed!

  • Have you read any of the books? What did you think of them?

  • If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?

Miri

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “The Wanderlust Book Tag”

  1. I have had serious Wanderlust for the past 5 years!! haha!
    I watched the movie for Guernsey and it looked amazing and so beautiful. I would love to travel there as well.
    I definitely would love to travel in the world of The Starless Sea too, it would be so surreal!!
    We Hunt The Flame is so perfect for a desert setting, the prose in this book was incredible and the setting was described so well.
    I need to read Wilder Girls and Strange the Dreamer. I loved reading your answers for this tag and I now have even more wanderlust, haha!!

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    1. OOH maybe you could do this tag and then you might help your wanderlust?? LOL. I remember there being a film for Guernsey – I wanted to watch it but I heard it’s on Netflix and I don’t have it… haha if I am very very lucky and find a way to the Starless Sea I’ll make sure to have you join me! Lol! ❤

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  2. Okay so I have two things to say…

    One – thank you so much for participating in my Tag! I loved reading your answers ❤
    Two – I owe you a big THANK YOU!!! Let me explain why…

    When I was little I read a book. Originally I picked up said book because of it's beautiful cover. Even as a child, I was drawn to books with interesting covers and this one looked like an old fashioned diary with a butterfly. Anyway, I loved the book inside the beautiful cover but forgot all about it until recently. Do you ever just suddenly remember a plot to a book and get the urge to re-read it as an adult? Because I did. Trouble is I couldn't remember the author or the name! I tried everything I could think of – I combed Goodreads, I googled "books with butterflies on the cover" and had no luck. It's been slowly eating away at me because I realized, heartbroken, I'd never find the book I was looking for.

    Never say never because YOU JUST HANDED JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA TO ME ON A SILVER PLATTER!!! Journey To The River Sea is the book I've been searching for! YAY!

    Anyway thanks for unintentionally helping out a fellow bookworm. 😉

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      1. I am! My copy came in the mail yesterday afternoon and I officially started it this morning. I’m only about 75 or so pages in but I’ve realized that not only did I forget so much but that I never fully appreciated this book as a kid. It’s so vivid and so enchanting and I just know it’s going to be a new favorite. I’m trying to savor it but I just can’t stop reading! I’ve also been enjoying researching the setting as I read and the whole “wedding of the waters” where the rivers meet is amazing. *mentally adding to the bucket list*. ❤

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  3. Oh thank you so much for tagging me!! ❤ I loved your answers so much, there are so many books here I need to read. I'd love to read The Starless Sea, but I'm a little nervous I wouldn't enjoy it, I think I need to be in the mood for it ahah 🙂

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  4. thanks for tagging me miri ❤ when i read the prompt "a book set down a murky river or a jungle", the first thing that came to my mind was journey to the river sea too. i read the book for my seventh-grade english class, and it has become a favorite of mine too.
    if i could travel everywhere, i guess i’d go to hogwarts as an exchange student. i’m too afraid to be a full-time student because of the terrifying stuff that sometimes happens in the wizarding world, but i’d love to get a taste of what it’s like to study at a school of witchcraft and wizardly and play quidditch! 😀

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  5. Ah I love Guernsey- great pick! Really want to read starless sea. And I loved to kill a kingdom- definitely agree that the hype is deserved. Oh yes to wilder girls- awesome choice! And I adore strange the dreamer!! (and anything Laini Taylor writes tbh!)
    I enjoyed reading your answers 😀 Glad you did this! 😀

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