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16 Essential Literary Maps for Bookworms

April 3, 2017
Julie Jarema
Riveted Editorial Board

Whenever I crack open a book and find a map, I know I’m in for an adventure. Plus, maps in books are incredibly helpful since they lay out fictional, imaginary worlds in a way that makes the story clearer for directionally-challenged people like me. I can’t read a real map to save my life, but in books, I love to feel like I can investigate and explore the setting along with my favorite characters.

While writing Essential Maps for the Lost (which you can read an extended excerpt of here for free until April 17), Deb Caletti immersed herself in literary maps—specifically the map inside E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. In addition to the Mixed-Up Files map, I’ve rounded up a few more places that I’d love to travel to without leaving my couch. Let me know in the comments which fictional worlds, cities, and spaces you’d like to explore!


Map of The Met from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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The Marauder’s Map from Harry Potter

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Middle-earth from The Lord of the Rings

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Narnia from The Chronicles of Narnia

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The Lands Beyond from The Phantom Tollbooth

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Liliput and Blefuscu from Gulliver’s Travels

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Oz from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Road trip map from The Last True Love Story

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Alagaësia from Eragon

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The Kingdom from Huntress

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Beechwood Island from We Were Liars

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Eretz from Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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The North and The South from A Game of Thrones

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Anidori’s journey from The Goose Girl

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Camp Half-Blood from Percy Jackson 

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The Grisha Universe from Six of Crows

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