November 18, 2014

Map It Out

In the fantasy novels I've read and loved, the author almost always manages to make the setting come to life down to the very last detail! It involves a lot of work as the author must perfect all the necessary elements - the language, the clothing, the customs, the societal arrangements, the history, the lore, and even the physical appearances of things. In terms of setting, however, it's always a happy thing to discover that a fantasy novel includes a map! It helps me "place" the story a bit better, providing a visual to reference from time to time. In honor of the awesome maps fantasy novels have, Hannah & I are sharing our own "maps" of our respective worlds today.

(1) Home

This is a slightly misleading icon, as the reality is I live in an apartment. But after a few years, it's come to feel like home to me - a place where I can rest, recuperate, and relax every single day.

(2) Work

We recently moved to a new office, with a bigger floor area, better kitchen and nicer overall feel. I really love how huge my desk space is, though I have yet to really personalize the area.

(3) Restaurant

Honestly, my latest favorite restaurant, which is often somewhere I pop over to for a quick meal is Le Pain Quotidien. They serve pretty light fare, and my favorite is their waffle!

(4) Shopping

The one store I probably shop at the most at the moment is H&M. I don't shop a lot, but this is my favorite shop for basics and for some fun, trendy pieces to inject my wardrobe with new life!

(5) Bookstore

Hands down, Books of Wonder is my top bookstore! They have a great selection of children's books and young adult books, some really cool collectibles, a cafe and host really great events!

(6) Central Park

The one spot I really enjoy wandering around, whether with a purpose or without one, is Central Park. It's a very beautiful, scenic spot, and there are just so many things to do and see! 

And now, I'm going to be sharing with you one of my favorite maps in a book! This is from a recent fantasy read, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (which was freaking amazing, by the way!), and it's just so preeeeetty.


What are your favorite books with maps? 
Do you like finding maps in books? 
What would be on your personal map?


  1. I love the word 'mellon' - though I've always found it strange how Elvish opens a dwarf kingdom xD I think it was because of that word I started looking up other Elvish

    - Love, Felicia

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  2. I love that you made a map of your personal favorite places! So creative and fun!!! Great post, Alexa! <3

    Sometimes I really like maps in books. Sometimes, they take the magic out, like the one at the back of HOUSE OF HADES! My one co-worker won't even let me loan her a fantasy ARC anymore if it doesn't have a map in it b/c...I think it was KISS OF DECEPTION?...didn't, and she had trouble reading w/o a map!

  3. omg this is so adorbs! love how you and hannah have v similar maps. I WOULD TOO, TBH.


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