Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Places Bucket List

Posted March 7, 2017 by meezcarrie in Top Ten Tuesday / 52 Comments

The official Top Ten Tuesday meme appears to still be on hiatus, so I am bringing you a topic purely from within my own brain! haha!! I wonder if I’ll rebel against my own rules? Hmmm… let’s see!

Most bookworms are happy just to stay inside and read, but occasionally we venture forth for some sort of excursion. All the better if it’s book-related. Today, for Top Ten Tuesday, I’m taking you on a virtual tour of some places on my bookish bucket list!


Starting in the Midwest, I am determined to go here the next time we visit my husband’s family in that area of the country. I can’t believe we’ve been married for almost 17 years and I have yet to go here.  Specifically, I want to see the parking garage (yes, you read that right) and the children’s section. Here’s why:

Those first two pictures are indeed of the parking garage! And that children’s area!!! If I were a kid, I would feel like I was entering a magical world and would never want to leave. Heck. I would probably feel that way even as an adult haha!


Skipping over to the Eastern US… I feel this one is pretty self-explanatory. The New York Public Library is iconic, and no self-respecting bookworm would visit NYC without at least attempting to get to this bookish mecca. It’s more than just a place to house and check out books though. Observe:

  • According to Orbitz, the “NYPL has collected upwards of 25,000 restaurant menus, dating as far back as 1850.” If you have a library card there, you can view them. Otherwise, many are available in their digitized collection.
  • It has a two-story UNDERGROUND BOOK VAULT. The general public rarely gets to view it but still… do YOU have a two-story underground book vault? If so, we need to be friends.
  • Winnie the Pooh. Enough said.


While I’m in New York City (on this hypothetical bookish bucket list trip), I definitely want to stay at The Library Hotel. I mean, hey. Hypothetical trip, hypothetical unlimited budget right? According to the hotel’s website, “The Library Hotel concept is inspired by the Dewey Decimal system. Each of the 10 guestroom floors honor one of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System and each of the 60 rooms are uniquely adorned with a collection of books and art exploring a distinctive topic within the category it belongs to. Guests are invited to unwind from their urban adventures by enjoying the quiet exploration of over 6,000 books.”


Gotta pull out the passport I don’t have for the rest of the bookish bucket list trip! First international stop? Green Gables and Prince Edward Island, Canada. The PEI tourism website even gives Anne-fans a sample itinerary, highlighting can’t-miss sites and attractions. For me, some must-sees would be (of course) Green Gables Heritage Place as well as Avonlea Village, L.M. Montgomery’s birthplace, the Bideford Parsonage Museum, and the Lower Bedeque Schoolhouse.

Jane Austen Literary Tour, England

Assuming I could convince myself to get on an airplane and actually-hypothetically did make it to England, the next international stop would be England. Where my first order of business is to find a Jane Austen tour. I don’t care so much about the movie stuff but I would love to see St. Nicholas Church Steventon (where her father preached) and the Jane Austen Museum in Chawton (Hampshire) where she lived the last 8 years of her life. Then, of course, I absolutely must head to Bath and all the Jane-sites there. (I already wanted to go there, but Pepper Basham’s new novella Second Impressions sealed the deal.) Here’s a list of top 10 must-do things in Bath for Janeites … tea, anyone?


I mean, you know, while I’m here…. I can’t pass up the chance to stalk Lewis and Tolkien too. Must-sees? Tolkien’s house in Oxford, Tolkien’s tree at the Botanic Gardens in Oxford, and Lewis’ home The Kilns. Also a must is a visit to Magdalen College (Oxford) and stroll along Addison’s Walk, site of a pivotal conversation in Lewis’ spiritual life. And of course, no Lewis/Oxford tour is complete without a stop at The Eagle and Child pub.

William Shakespeare Tour, England

Shakespeare and I are first cousins (14 times removed, but that’s such a trivial detail really) so I really must stop by and say hi to his haunts and homes while in England. Definitely on the agenda? Catching a play at The Globe. Stratford-upon-Avon, including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as well as Shakespeare’s birthplace and his mother’s childhood home (I’m related to Shakespeare through his mother). Also on tap is Holy Trinity Church and a tour of the Cotswolds.


Not only is The Lake District England’s largest national park, it’s also been historically the home to several poets and authors. Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm is on the don’t-go-home-without-seeing-this list, as is William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount. And I can’t leave without visiting Hawkshead where Wordsworth carved his name into a desk at the grammar school and where Beatrix Potter’s artwork is displayed at the original site of her husband’s law office.


Before I leave England, I can’t pass up the chance to check out (see what I did there?) the British Library, specifically the “Treasures of the British Library” exhibit. On display – the Gutenberg Bible, the Magna Carta, Da Vinci’s notebook, just to name a few. I mean… I can’t even. I’m not sure if I would start crying or freeze in awestruck place or BOTH. (Probably both)


Before I set sail for home, I have to take one more trip. This time, to Corrie Ten Boom’s home in Haarlem, Netherlands. Corrie’s story in The Hiding Place is nonfiction, but it’s one of my very favorite books (because it’s nonfiction) from the first time I read it in 7th grade until now.  The Ten Boom family and their sacrifice to protect Jews during Nazi occupation inspires me every time I think about it. I *know* I would cry here. No doubt about it.

What about you? What bookish places are on YOUR bucket list?

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52 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Places Bucket List

  1. I’m from the KC area and haven’t been to that library. I should probably go next time I’m home. I see pics of it all the time…

  2. Honestly Carrie, I feel like we’re Book sisters: fellow Anne-fans, Janeites & you like Shakespeare?!! Thanks for the tips on libraries I need to visit now 🙂 I have been to Green Gables (and insisted on visiting ‘Mistawis’ when my husband and I visited Canada a few years ago). And while I’ve been to Bath (and seen a production of ‘As You Like It’ at the Globe), I really feel I should spend much more time in England to truly immerse myself in my favorite authors’ worlds.

    • Carrie

      more time in England always seems like a good idea! Book sisters, indeed! I love that! 😀

  3. Fabulous list! You’ve hit many on my bucket list. I’ve been to Stratford upon Avon and the NYC Library. Definite must visits. May I suggest 2 more? The Boston Public Library is great and offers a high tea. And while you are in the UK you might as well go to Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town. A town filled with bookstores — heaven! I’ll go with you!

    • Carrie

      oh how lovely! the BPL wasn’t even on my radar! YES! I meant to include Wigtown and forgot. And yes, please join me! lol

  4. Melissa Romine

    Yes. Yes. All these places. I have a close friend in KC. I really must visit the library, I mean her, there.
    My mom is from southern Missouri and we lived there for a while. I visited Laura Ingalls Wilder house several times as a girl. Having read the Little House books it was fascinating for me. I took my children back after I read the books with them.

    • Carrie

      hahaha! Yes… go visit that “friend” 😉

      I would like to visit the Laura Ingalls sites too – in MO and MN.

  5. Debra E. Marvin

    I absolutely love to travel to places I’ve read about. I was excited the first time I had to change planes in Atlanta, just because… Atlanta. Scarlett. Rhett.

    I can’t explain how thrilled I was the first time I visited the setting of a story I’d written! (Giddy!) Google Earth is the next best thing, though.

    Probably top on my bookish place list is an Austen tour of England!

  6. Love you list! NYC Library is definitely on my bucket list. The other place, Library of Congress. I live near DC and have yet to visit. I must remedy that soon.

  7. Jeanne

    Can you organize a bookish trip for all of us? I’ve only been to the NYC Library, and here’s a tourist tip: the library has the best bathrooms in all of NYC. Bathrooms are hard to find and are usually the size of a postage stamp, and let me tell you I don’t fit in a postage sized bathroom. Lol!

    • Carrie

      hahahahaha!! I wouldn’t either, Jeanne! LOL. An even better reason to just hang out at the library 😉

  8. Melissa

    You also need to put a trip to Powell’s in Portland on your list. It’s not called a city of books for nothing!

  9. I connect to your list on so many levels, Carrie! I live in the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City. The first time I visited the KC Library in your photos, I was there For A Wedding. Yes, you can get married at the Kansas City Public Library. The building is an old bank, built back when banks were fancy jobs, with marble floors and granite columns. It has a screening room in the old bank vault, too. Very cool!
    I too have always wanted to go to England for an authors’ tour, and in a few weeks, I’m going to get my wish. My daughter is studying at Oxford this year (I know, nice work if you can get it), and we’re going to travel together for a week. On our list: The Bronte house at Haworth, in Yorkshire. James Herriot’s home and veterinary office in Thirsk, Yorkshire. A thorough tour of Oxford, guided by my daughter. And three days in Bath, to soak in all that the Jane Austen Center has to offer, along with the Fashion Museum, the Grand Pump Room, and the Royal Crescent.
    Keep dreaming. Someday you’ll be the one on tour. And if you’re ever in Kansas City, let me know. I’ll meet you at the library.

    • Carrie

      that is SO COOL about the KCPL being used for weddings!! You can get married at the NYPL too – you’ll have to look up pics. Gorgeous. And what a fantastic tour that sounds like, Jane! Can I stow away? lol.

    • Carrie

      I’m sure we will be back in the area at some point in the next year or so – and that library is on my agenda! haha!

    • Carrie

      yes! Powell Books. I need to go there too. Checking out the Bookworm Box (never heard of it but what an awesome name! lol)

  10. Wow. Wow, wow, wow. That Kansas city library is just about the coolest library I have ever seen in my LIFE! One of the coolest bookish places I’ve ever been is in Tokyo – Jimbocho Book Town is a district that’s home to HUNDREDS of teeny-tiny little bookshops, it’s an absolute booklover’s paradise (most of the books are of course in Japanese, but even just being around that many books and fellow booklovers is pretty amazing). 🙂

  11. Oh I love the topic you chose! I’d love to see the Jane Austen stuff in England, and I’m hoping to make it to the NYPL this summer.

    • Carrie

      yes! I thought about adding New Zealand for sure. We have a Shakespeare and Co here in Lexington and I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been 🙁

  12. Sad to say, I lived in NYC the first 14 years of my life and never went to the NYPL! I passed it many times as my Mom worked nearby, but never climbed those steps. I can only remember visiting a small library where I checked out dozens of books. They housed the local library in old brownstone buildings. That’s been many years ago, and hopefully they have upgraded to more modern facilities (real estate is very expensive there).

  13. SUPER fun topic, Carrie. OHMYGOSH! I’d love(lovelove) to visit Prince Edward Island (someday list) and of course, visiting England (because AUSTEN!) would be a dream.

    Great topic, Carrie.

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