The Wanderlust Book Tag

The Wanderlust Book Tag

When I was planning posts to schedule for my vacation, I came across this tag on The Orang-utan Librarian – which is one of my favorite book blogs, so go check it out. I thought this was perfect, since I will actually be traveling when this post goes up! Follow me on Instagram @advntrsofabibliophile – I might be updating with vacation pictures this week.


  • Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friends

The Questions

Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town

My first thought when I read ‘sleepy small town’ was Stephen king. So I’m going with It, which is set in Derry, Maine, a very small town that definitely has it’s fair share of secrets. (Don’t let the size scare you, it’s a great book!)

Salt and sand: a book with a beach-side community

I have to share a book I loved last year that deserves more attention: The Bone People by Keri Hulme. It takes place in a small New Zealand town and involves a boy rescued from a mysterious shipwreck and his Maori adoptive father. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful, and I would definitely recommend it.

Here there be dragons: a book with a voyage on the high seas

The first book that came to mind is A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. Which is so much fun. It definitely involves a high sea adventure. And pirates, obviously.

Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle

I’m going with Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield, which is a story about a girl pulled from a river, miraculously alive. The river might not really be murky, but the atmosphere of this book is wonderfully dark, so it kind of fits.

Frozen wastes: a book with a frost bitten atmosphere

Since I am currently in the Czech Republic, where I will be visiting ACTUAL NARNIA (not kidding – I literally booked the Narnia hike) I have to go with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This book as such a huge part of my childhood and I am so excited to be going! I’ll definitely be sharing pictures and posting about my trip when I get back.

The boonies: a book with rough or isolated terrain 

The first book that comes to mind is Red Rising by Pierce Brown. It’s set on Mars, and a lot of the story takes place on terrain that is both rough and isolated.

Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting

I think the only western I’ve read is Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman. Not my favorite Malerman, but I did enjoy it.

Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands

Ok, so technically most of this book is set in New York, but the scenes that take place in the desert are so beautiful and vivid that I have to go with The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. It’s just stuck in my head more than the New York setting, and I really hope we get more of it in the sequel (which is coming out next year!).

Wild and untamed: a book set the heart of the woods

I think this is the first time ever my brain has actually come up with answers to the tag questions almost immediately, so I’m going with it. And the book that popped into my head for this one is The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. This is about a girl who gets lost in the woods on a hike with her family, with only her radio and thoughts of her favorite baseball player to keep her company. And it’s Stephen King, so, obviously, it’s super creepy.

Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic

Since I didn’t mention it for the ‘frost bitten atmosphere’ question, and can’t get it out of my head, I’m going with Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. It’s wintery and magical and the perfect book to curl up with on a cold day. (Or, do like I did and read it in the summer as a distraction from the heat.)

If you’d like to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged. Also, let me know what I should be doing in Prague – I’ll be there for a few days after this post goes up, so I’ll see your comments in time if there’s something I MUST do.

Happy reading!

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