My Favorite Bookish Maps // The Girl From Everywhere Release Celebration!

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Today is a very special day, in that it is finally February 16th, the release date of many, many books. (seriously. so many books.) Most notably, it is the release day for The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, a super cool book about hand drawn maps, and time traveling pirates, and colonial Hawaii. If you haven’t heard much about this book yet you can read the full summary on goodreads, and if you’re interested in what I thought about it you can read my ARC review!

In honor of this book’s release me and a few bloggers have gotten together to have a blog release party, with each of us posting something related to the book each day this week. As maps are something super important to The Girl From Everywhere, (the book has multiple maps in it!) and because I loooove maps in books, today I decided to share a list of just a few of my very favorite bookish maps. 😊

Elendel from The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

Elendel Maplove cities. City planning is so fascinating, and it’s always cool to see how all the roads and main buildings end up fitting together in an urban area. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy peering out of airplane windows as I land in a new city. I love the Elendel map because it is a map of a fictional industrial city that is chock full of detail. All the streets and canals and railways are outlined and it is beautiful. It really looks to me like a real city, albeit a meticulously pre-planned one. (unlike how many real life cities are built) I like how it shows the full picture of where everything is and how the characters can get there, without spending too much time on what each building looks like.

more pictures of this map: official image (with color!)

The Alexander and The Hypatia from Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

illuminaeshipssmallThe illustrations of the space ships from Illuminae are much more diagrams than maps, but I found them much too pretty to leave out. These are some sleek ships. You can tell how the Hypatia is meant to glide more and is more refined, while the Alexander is a little bulkier and made to be roughed up. I also really appreciate the front view diagram for each, and all the information in the little boxes. This is the kind of stuff that really helps me fully visualize a setting.

more pictures of this map: official image (alexander)

carryonmapWatford from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Out of all of these maps Watford is the most fun, probably because of all the color! I love how everything is in different shades of primary colors (even the grays are red or blue toned!) and I think the doodle-ish and wavy feel of it are a perfect way to represent this particular magic school. I also think this map does a great job of giving the reader an idea of all the major landmarks while not bombarding them with too much visual information.

more pictures of this map: official image / @twirlingpages / @thereaderbee

The Witchlands from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

truthwitchmapsmallThe map of The Witchlands is a map of a fantasy world that is simply gorgeous. I don’t really have many comments about this map besides that because I am usually just too busy making complete googly eyes at it. Just look at the curve of the land and the little sea monsters and all the perfect shading! Ahhhh I love it.

more pictures of this map: official image (colored version) / @articbookss / @hafsahfaizal

What is your favorite bookish map?

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10 Comments

  1. One of my favourite maps in Carry On because of the style it’s drawn in. Maps in fantasy books can look very similar when done on the scale of a country/continent, so the map to Watford was something entirely new for me!

  2. My favorite is the Grisha Trilogy/Six of Crows map. It changes every so slightly but I like all the countries that were listed in the Grisha books but not mentioned but turned up is SOC. I wonder if this was Bardugo’s plan all along.

    Your blog is lovely, BTW.

  3. WE LOVE THIS SO MUCH TAMARA!!! I really really like maps in books, and love to get back to it whenever the story mentions some place LOL! Your pictures are soooo beautiful as well. This is such an amazing post <3 All the love!

    Sil @ TBV

  4. Some of my favorite maps from books are of Middle Earth, Ravka, and Westeros. If there is a map in the front of a book, I’m way more likely to love the story. I just love seeing worlds brought to life and I’m so looking forward to reading The Girl from Everywhere!

  5. Eeeeeek! I love these maps, they make my heart sing! I could spend quite a long time simply stating at the map of a book before I read it, especially when they’re as pretty as the ones you shared. I appreciate a well-done map that shows the effort that has been made to make it that way.
    Great post! I loved it.

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