ACK! I have been doing horribly at the #ShelfLove Challenge to read books from my own shelves… but then again, I’ve also been failing miserably at reading books in general. Life has gotten really busy, and book writing has taken precedence over book reading, at the moment.
Still, I like their theme for May, which is “Summer Vacation,” so here (in no particular order) are my Top 10 Literary Vacations!
(1) London, England: The Sherlock Holmes Museum
Who hasn’t wanted to jump into the pages of a Sherlock Holmes mystery and solve it themselves? Now you can visit 221B Baker Street and see the world’s most famous (and only) consulting detective’s flat for yourself at the Sherlock Holmes Museum.
(2) Baltimore, Maryland: Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum (and grave)
As a member of the Poe Level of this year’s 365K Club challenge, it’s only natural that I’d want to visit the dark and dreary author’s home and museum. And, of course, who wouldn’t want to run into the mysterious Poe Toaster and raise a glass to the legend at his grave site? If you’re into dark, brooding, gothic literature, mysteries or psychological horror, then Poe’s the author for you.
(3) New York, New York: Multiple literary sites (and sights)
Though I’ve previously lived in NYC, I’ve never actually checked out most of the city’s literary attractions (except, of course, for the public library)! Here are just a few:
(4) Indianapolis, Indiana: Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
Being a library nerd and a Vonnegut fan, I’d love to visit the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library… even if it is located in Indianapolis.
(5) Parcines, Italy: Peter Mitterhofer Typewriter Museum
I’m a sucker for typewriters, so the Peter Mitterhofer Typewriter Museum in Italy is definitely on my To Do list. How can you resist visiting a place totally dedicated to this fine, writerly machinery?! (You can also take a virtual tour on the museum’s website.)
(6) Buenos Aires, Argentina: City of Borges
I’ve never been to South America, but I figure Jorge Luis Borges’ Buenos Aires would be a great place to start. Here’s a New York Times article with a great summary of what to see and do there.
Also, how can you not want to visit this amazing bookstore?
(7) Yarmouth Port, MA: Edward Gorey House
Kooky, creepy and altogether original, Edward Gorey is definitely one of my favorite authors and artists. So visiting the Edward Gorey House is on my Bucket List.
Plus, you know they’ve got a sense of humor when a visitor can snap a photo like this:
(8) Chicago, Illinois: Poetry Foundation
As detailed in my A to Z post, the Poetry Foundation is another place I’d love to visit – both for the fantastic library and for the many literary events held there.
(9) Springfield, Massachusetts: The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum (coming soon!) and Sculpture Garden
Springfield, Massachusetts is currently home to the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden, but they’ve also got a museum in the works as well. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is scheduled to open sometime in 2016 in the writer’s hometown. And even though, technically, most of his books were written here in San Diego (he lived in La Jolla), I’m curious to see what the museum will hold!
(10) Bath, England: Reading Spa
I loved this concept of the “reading spa,” which I recently discovered in an article about the city of Bath (which I have managed to misplace, hence the missing link). Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights offers a one-on-one chat with one of their booksellers in the “Bibliotherapy Room,” complete with tea or coffee and cake, and a personalized selection of books to suit your reading needs. How cool is that? And why don’t all booksellers offer this kind of personal attention? I’m sure this would help drive up sales in any indie shop, and I’d certainly want to eat cake with a knowledgeable bookseller. Given that so many rely on their computer’s ability to locate books these days, that kind of personal touch is really fantastic. (Oh, and if you’re a Jane Austen fan, you’ll also want to visit Bath for their Jane Austen Festival!)
Many of the Literary Travel tours appeal to me, so if you’ve been wondering what to get for my birthday, I’m up for a getaway!
Where would YOU go on vacation?
Got a literary destination you’d like to visit? Let me know the sights you’re most excited to see!