Where in the World, California

Each week I ponder the question, where in the world are you? Where has your reading taken you this week?

I am currently reading Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

–Goodreads

Twenty Boy Summer takes place in California on the beach during the summer. California is home to me. I was born in northern CA and spent the first 11 years of my life there. The state is large and diverse. I recommend spending time in different areas if you decide to vacation in the state.

I love reading books where the setting is somewhere I’ve been before. It’s like greeting an old friend again. It also sparks my desire to travel and revisit old favorite spots.

WHERE HAS YOUR READING TAKEN YOU THIS WEEK?

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Where in the World, California

Where in the World, New Beijing

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I am currently reading Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. I am at the beginning
with Cinder which takes place in New Beijing, a sci-fi updated world full of
fantasy elements.

The current Beijing is fascinating to me. A culture extremely different from my
own. I would feel like an alien if I were dropped in the middle of Beijing. A
culture with tradition at its center, Beijing is a location needing to be
explored. History is something I revel in so Beijing, rich in history, would be a
perfect location for me to add to my travel bucket list.

Where has your reading taken you this week?

Where in the World, New Beijing

Where in the World, Zürich

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Switzerland

Each week I ponder the question, where in the world are you? Where has your reading taken you this week?

I am reading Hausfrau (and have been for awhile) by Jill Alexander Essbaum. The book takes place in Zürich, Switzerland.

The view is breathtaking. I have never been to Switzerland before but would love to experience it. In Hausfrau, it mentions the main character taking the train a lot. Travelling in Zürich must be easier than it is here in the U.S.

Zürich has two things I love a city to have–water nearby and mountains. Lake Zürich has the backdrop of The Alps making the city a picturesque view. The city is full of exploring opporunity as well. If you feel like churches, museums, or parks the city will provide.

Zürich is a place I would love to find myself. Until that happens in real life I will have to settle for between the pages.

Where in the World, Zürich

Where in the World, Paris.

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I tried finding something similar around the Internet but haven’t yet. I wanted to incorporate my love of reading with travel and geography. In my free time I love exploring maps, Google Street View, and travel lists. I started asking the question “where in the world are you?” when you are reading. A few ideas to include:

  • the setting of your current read
  • if you’ve been there before
  • a few interesting facts about that location

This week takes me to a location I dream about visiting, The City of Light, Paris.

I just finished reading Anna and the French Kiss which has the main character, Anna, whisked to France to attend her senior year abroad at a private school. I guess this post could also include Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S., Anna’s home home. This reminds me of a quote from the book.

For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.

I have spent a year abroad so I could relate to Anna and her struggles with communicating, a new environment, and being away from “home”. I have never been to France let alone Europe, but someday.

Things in Paris to explore, that the book touched on:

  • architecture
  • museums and theatre
  • parks, gardens, cemeteries
  • fashion and culture
  • Paris walks
  • cinema
  • food and drink

The things I would look forward to exploring would be almost all of the things listed above. Some are tourist destinations like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre but others would be just walking in parks and the different districts or along the Seine to experience the best that Paris has to offer. Anna went alone and made friends when she arrived. I would love to visit with a friend, someone to share the memories with and hopefully one that knew a little French or just a partner in crime.


Have you been to Paris? Where are your reads taking you this week?

Where in the World, Paris.