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Fantasy Worlds to Escape to on Those Rainy Spring Days

Books are my favorite way to escape reality, especially on rainy days. I usually prefer quiet while reading, but rain adds a special ambiance to the reading experience.

When choosing a rainy day read, fantasy worlds are the ideal place to go. You’re in a brand new or familiar world unlike your own. Things look, feel, and sound different. It’s easy to immerse yourself in fantasy in a carefully crafted world.

So the next time there’s a rainy spring day, here are five fantasy worlds you can escape to:

Winding Circle

In Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic series, the main characters are sent to the temple city of Winding Circle. It is a religious community of mages consisting of four temples that correspond to an element (earth, water, fire, and air). Winding Circle is a peaceful and enriching learning environment that takes a holistic approach to the training of novice mages.


With the recent release of The Damning Stone by TJ Klune, book 5 in the Tales From Verania series, I have been itching to return to Verania. Verania is a fairly ordinary place but with extraordinary inhabitants. There are humans, wizards, dragons, and many different magical creatures. Plus, Tiggy, a precious, lovable half-giant, lives there, so revising Verania is a must for me.


The kingdom of Araluen is ruled by the honorable King Duncan and defended by the renowned and elite Ranger Corps. I also like that there’s an open opportunity for a career path. When you come of age there are a myriad of fields you can apprentice in if selected. While a good portion of the books take you on various adventures outside of Araluen, the Ranger’s Apprentice series still makes it worth the visit.

The Zodiac

I love the way Romina Russell structured the worlds her Zodiac series takes place in. It’s a sci-fi fantasy series so the books take place in space. In this universe, there are twelve planets that correspond to a zodiac sign. I thought this was a cool idea and liked that throughout the series you get to bounce around different planets and meet different personality types.

Great Libraries

Margaret Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns has sorcerers, sorcery, and other magical things. Most importantly, there are magical libraries that have grimoires with personalities and can “talk.” In short, a bookworm paradise.

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Writing Prompts

Weekend Writing Prompt #111

Weekend Writing Prompt
SETTING PROMPT: Create your own fictional world and draw a map (see the image below for an example). Then describe the setting and history of that land(s).

Royalty Free Image via Pixabay


Eager to write more? Check out more writing prompts here!

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Bookish Memes Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

And welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt is favorite book settings, which I didn’t think I really had.

I enjoy fantastical fantasy worlds because I love the idea that anything is possible when building such worlds. I also like fictionalized places in Ireland or Scotland. Specific settings I’ve come to know and love are:

(1) Tortall (a kingdom)

(2) Winding Circle (a temple community and place of magical learning)

(3) Karasuno High School (a fictional school in the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan)

(4) Araluen (a kingdom)

(5) Phantomhive manor (home of the Phantomhive family in a “mist-covered forest on the outskirts” of Victorian London, England)

(6) Clarines (a kingdom)

(7) Verania (a kingdom)

(8) Green Creek (small town & home of the Bennett pack)

(9) Sevenwaters (a fictional place in 9th century northern Ireland; “based on an area called the Ring of Gullion in County Armagh”)

(10) House of Night (one of many schools for vampyres; Tulsa, Oklahoma, US)


What are some of your favorite book settings? Do you prefer real locations or fictional ones?

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