If you’re always enthused about the settings of your favourite books, this website offers great book-themed travel inspiration
Books transport us to different worlds, they make us smile, they make us cry, they broaden our mind and change our universe. They also carry us swiftly into a different time and place, immersing us into scenarios set in surreal and real destinations and scenarios.
Take the Harry Potter series, for example. Author J K Rowling did an absolutely brilliant job of conjuring up an alternate universe, as did Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings and George R. R. Martin with Game of Thrones. We could almost imagine they were real.
And, then, there are the worlds that books are actually sited in. The Crossword-Solver website has a search tool that lets you name a city and see the books that are set in it. This interactive search allows book enthusiasts to see books by zip code or city name.
Of course, Crossword-Solver currently works only for cities in the United States, but that’s just incentive to make plans to visit.
We Tried The Search
We tried Crossword-Solver to see what books are sited in New York City, and we loved the results across six top genres. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald came up in Historical, and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt in Mystery. Then there was a favourite, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, in Romance, and Stephen King’s It in the Thriller category. The Sci-Fi category threw up Wonder by R J Palacio, and The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) by Rick Riordan was the Fantasy pick.
Crossword-Solver also pulled data from Good Reads to work out which cities books are most often set across the United States. It’s a close call between New York and California to be the state with the most book settings. New York wins (4,887) but only just, with California coming in with 4,505.
Among cities, New York City (above) is a clear winner with 2,609