per my request for @ChrisK to request a list from me 😛
  1. Invisible Cities- Italo Calvino
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    "Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else." Through the course of this book, the narrator tours through fantastical, fabricated cities. Each chapter is a description of a city; each city has some quirk to it. Kind of sci-fi, kind of Kafkaesque. But while I have no desire to live in Kafka book, I dream of travelling through all these cities.
  2. Anne of Green Gables- LM Montgomery
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    "Anne came dancing home in the purple winter twilight across the snowy places. Afar in the southwest was the great shimmering, pearl-like sparkle of an evening star in a sky that was pale golden and ethereal rose over gleaming white spaces and dark glens of spruce." LM Montgomery's desriptions of Green Gables make you want to live there, and Anne's habit of making the everyday place magical enhances the feeling.
  3. The Weetzie Bat Books- Francesca Lia Block
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    "Weetzie and My Secret Angent Lover Man and Dirk and Duck and Cherokee and Witch Baby and Slinkster Dog and Go-Go Girl and the puppies Pee Wee, Wee Wee, Teenie Wee, Tiki Tee, and Tee Pee were driving down Hollywood Boulevard on their way to the Tick Tock Tea Room for turkey platters." The story of a girl named Weetzie Bat and her family, set in L.A. in the 80s. Very hipster, before being hipster was anything to scorn. Block's descriptions of Weetzie's L.A. make it into a fairyland.
  4. The Harry Potter Series- JK Rowling
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    "Harry looked upward and saw a velvety black ceiling dotted with stars...It was hard to believe there was a ceiling there at all, and that the Great Hall didn't simply open on to the heaven." Not just for the magic, but the coziness--school Houses and point systems, school robes, letters by Owl, going to Hogsmeade for a Butterbeer!
  5. I Am a Bunny- Ole Risom, ill. Richard Scary
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    "Then I curl up in my hollow tree and dream about spring." From my toddler's bookshelf. Straightforward premise- you follow Nicholas Bunny through the seasons. But what makes the book are Richard Scary's vibrant, vivid illustrations. I want to go to there.