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T10T: Book Worlds I Would NOT Want to Visit

December 5, 2017

This is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s challenge is Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit! You know how I like to change things up, though, so I’m going with ten settings I would NOT want to visit!


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1. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Out of all of the scary bookish settings I could think of, Panem is absolutely horrifying to me.

2. A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab
I’ve only read the first book in the trilogy, but it was more than enough to convince me that I would never want to visit White London!

3. Dread Nation – Justina Ireland
It would be bad enough to live in the 1800s in America, but to be surrounded by vicious zombies, too? Nope.

4. Monstress – Marjorie M. Liu
I’ve only read the first volume of this graphic novel series, and while it is stunning, the setting is so dangerous! It seems like people are dropping like flies. No, thank you.

5. The Innocence Treatment – Ari B. Goelman
I can’t say exactly why this setting would be a terrible one to live in, but it’s a dystopian book, and the government is doing some weird shit. Enough said, right?

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6. Rosemarked – Livia Blackburne
In the world of Rosemarked, there’s an extremely contagious plague that kills most people. The people who survive have a very high chance of being left with the plague running dormant in their veins, where it will return and finish them off after a few years. YIKES.

7. Saga – Brian K. Vaughan
Can you guys tell I just really don’t want to live in a war zone? Because that’s really what this boils down to.

8. Illuminae – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
I adore this series, so much, but again with the war zones, and the deaths, and the contagious illnesses…

9. Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
NO ONE IS SAFE. NO. ONE.

10. Uzumaki – Junji Ito
The town in the Uzumaki manga is cursed by a bizarre spiral shape that turns people into massive snails, requires pregnant women to become cannibals, deforms people’s faces, and turns them into violent psychopaths. Plus… it’s just a really gross town.


What is one bookish setting you would never want to visit or live in?


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  • Reply Lena @ The Printed Girl December 5, 2017 at 12:13 am

    You’re so right!
    White London is freaking scary! I really got the creeps from the place!
    Also GOT, no thank you! White walkers are so scary!
    Great take on this list! 😃

  • Reply dragonsandzombies December 5, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Great list!
    As great as Westeros is and as amazing as it would be to see the Wall, Winterfell, the Eyrie etc.. nope! Too freaking dangerous. If I don’t get robbed, raped and/or eaten by a dragon, I’d probably freeze to death. I pass!
    Same as with the Hunger Games, I like to be safe & have enough food, thank you!
    I’m intrigued by white London now – will buddy read the book soon 🙂

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches December 5, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Panem, Illuminae and GoT, DEFINITELY.
    I have yet to read Schwab’s books, so I’m curious about White London now, haha.

  • Reply Elena @ The Novelistics December 5, 2017 at 2:41 am

    I love your little twist on this one. I could not agree more about not wanting to go to Panem or the world of Game of Thrones. Clumsy me would be the first to go xD. When I was putting together my Top Ten Tueday I kept thinking that a lot of the places were places I should probably not stay long for similar reasons, haha.
    Great list! I enjoyed it a lot.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries December 21, 2017 at 12:15 am

      Bahaha thank you Elena! I try to keep it interesting! 😉 Lmao, saaaame on being the clumsy one going first. Thanks and I’ll check yours out, too!

  • Reply Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books December 5, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Panem and Westeros made my list of places I would not want to go too, which I included after a list of some places I would like to visit.
    Have a great week.

  • Reply coffeelovingbookoholic December 5, 2017 at 5:30 am

    i like that you switched the theme 🙂 i think one world, i would not want to be in is the world from “the enemy” series by charlie higson. first of all, i would be a zombie, because only kids live in that world. so yeah, i wouldn’t want to be a zombie 😀

  • Reply Louise December 5, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I love that you switched the theme, it’s the first one I’ve seen today. Totally agree with you on all these places but the town in Uzumaki sounds especially gross.
    My TTT this week

  • Reply Yulia @ My Unprofessional Blog December 5, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Your interpretation of the theme is awesome. At first, I was like “What?!” but then “That’s really creative!”. I wouldn’t go to The Hunger Games’ setting as well. White London sounds way too creepy not to try it tho :D. Here’s mine TTT

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries December 21, 2017 at 12:14 am

      Thank you so much! 😀 I try to switch things up a little whenever I can, haha! I bet White London would be cool to see and maybe visit for a little while, but I couldn’t live there, at least!

  • Reply sosobooks100 December 5, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I LOVE your twist on this. Rosemarked is a NONO, as well as The Hunger Games. Space creeps me out, and that is also why I’m not too fond of science fiction. Although I did love the high stakes of Illuminae! No that’d I’d be eager to be in their place…
    Great list! Super fun.
    My TTT: https://bookslikewolves.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2017/12/05/Top-Ten-Bookish-Settings-I%E2%80%99d-Love-To-Visit

  • Reply Sumedha December 5, 2017 at 7:40 am

    ADSOM actually made it to my list, but with me WANTING to go to Red London 😅 And I mentioned THG as well, in my “not want to visit” list which is actually the TTT topic for next week 😌

  • Reply Deanna Reads Books December 5, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I never do ttt anymore because I never have enough for ten, but this is an awesome twist to the topix. Say no to warzones!

  • Reply Barb (boxermommyreads) December 5, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I love your list and I took the same twist and shared places I didn’t want to visit. Loved seeing where you definitely did not want to go! I mentioned the Game of Thrones kingdoms as well!

  • Reply Poinsettia December 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Great take on this week’s topic! I agree 100% on not wanting to visit Panem or anywhere in Game of Thrones. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  • Reply Emma Goodwin December 5, 2017 at 10:52 am

    really solid call on the hunger games and illuminae. also solid call on being the most interesting blog of the bunch as per usual

  • Reply Annemieke December 5, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Yeah Westeros and all is such a big nope. I don’t have a death wish. Who even grows old there? Exactly no one.

  • Reply HeyGrace December 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I probably would have had an easier time making this list instead haha! Can’t agree with you more on both Westeros and Panem!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries December 21, 2017 at 12:14 am

      Haha honestly, I read so much dystopia and fantasy with these war-torn settings that I was like, “… where would I actually want to go?!”

  • Reply alilovesbooks December 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t know, Panem would be fine as long as you were in the Capitol and it was before that rebellion. I kinda want to try one of those showers.
    It’s probably more historical settings with no showers or even hot water I’d rather avoid 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries December 21, 2017 at 12:14 am

      Very true, the Capitol would be really cool, haha. I guess really, all of the first 4 districts had it easy, so I should say I’d just rather not be in, you know, district 11 or 12 especially!

  • Reply Dani @ Perspective of a Writer December 5, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    OMG Destiny I LOVE this upside down list… Usumaki is my favorite of your choices (ALL of them are quite good and I agree with…) I can’t imagine being pregnant and having to be a cannibal!!
    I love top 10 Tuesday… Here’s my post if you’re interested in my choices <3 https://perspectiveofawriter.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/top-10-tuesday-bookish-settings-to-visit-as-a-tourist/

  • Reply Much ado about Little Women December 5, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Oh wow…So many places I would not want to go! But I think top of my list would be Mordor from Lord of the Rings…

  • Reply Louise December 6, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I can’t think of any places in Junji Ito’s work that would pleasant to live in. Especially The Enigma of Amigara Fault and Uzumaki, yuck.

  • Reply iloveheartlandx December 6, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Love your twist on this week’s topic!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/top-ten-tuesday-136/

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