Top 5 Wednesday: Fictional Places You’d Take a Date To

I was so stressed out to see two settings-related topics in the same week! I found this prompt a little easier than yesterday’s Top 10 Tuesday, but that may just have to do with needing half as many books to fulfill the prompt! Mostly, I was worried about being too repetitive with my choices, since some of the places I’d want to visit are probably also places I would bring a date to. I liked this one better because it seemed a tiny bit more focused, and let me really hone in one specific places, such as restaurants or shops, instead of broader settings. It also was fun to think about what kinds of places would be fun to go to on a date.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and is now hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. The official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

1) Hogsmeade from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

I originally was going to specifically choose Honeydukes alone, but I decided that the entire town of Hogsmeade sounds like a fun place for a date. I think it would be fun to walk around and check out all the different shops, and to stop for a drink in either Madam Puddifoot’s or The Three Broomsticks. I think Honeydukes is still at the top of my list to visit since I love chocolate, and I’m sure there would be a great variety of treats to try. I’d also love to visit Zonko’s since that sounds like a lot of fun (although I’d also prefer to visit Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes in Diagon Alley!).

2) Le Cirque des Reves from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

It would probably be tough to find this circus, since it shows up without warning and without notice, but it sounds like such an incredible place to visit. This circus features amazing sights, including an ice garden, a cloud maze, and a variety of performers. I would especially love to go on a date there at the time that the book was set, where Celia and Marco were competing and adding new things to it every day. I think it would be fun to have this kind of unique experience on a date and be able to witness all the interesting acts and everything else that the circus has to offer.

3) The Letter Library from Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

To be fair, I’m not sure if this is a place that a date would necessarily want to go to, but I think it would be a fun and different way to spend time together. I actually intended to include this place on my list yesterday, but intentionally decided to save it since it seemed like such a great date location if I was with someone who was interested. The Letter Library is a section of the bookstore owned by one of the main characters, where the books are not for sale and people are encouraged to annotate them, leave notes in them for others, etc. I think it would be so much fun to spend a few hours at The Letter Library looking through the books and seeing what kinds of messages people chose to leave, or to leave some of our own.

4) Our Daily Bread from The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

It’s kind of funny how often this book seems to come up on my blog considering I’ve only read it once, several years ago. Our Daily Bread is the bakery where the main character Sage works, and I would absolutely love to visit it on a date. I absolutely love freshly baked bread, and all kinds of baked goods in general. I think it would be a great place to meet a date and enjoy a meal or a snack. Although the bakery is far from the main focus of this book, the delicious food that Sage bakes is mentioned several times and I remember they sounded so good! I’m totally up for a date like this where we can enjoy some treats and have the chance to talk.

5) A Starfall Celebration from the A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

If I’m completely honest, I didn’t remember this one in much detail until I started browsing other people’s posts on this topic to jog my memory a bit. ACOMAF may have been my favourite book in this series (although it is a tough call!) and I think I’d  love to take a date to the Starfall Celebration since it seems like such a beautiful and romantic event, celebrated by gathering on balconies to watch the skies, and there is also music and dancing.


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