Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish and allows us to combine our love of lists with our love of books. This week’s topic is the Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books. World building is so important in books, especially when you’re talking about dystopian or paranormal books. Many of those books are set in worlds entirely different from ours and we need some fantastic descriptions of those worlds so we can be transported into the story and experience the settings the same way the characters do. With all of that in mind, I’ve listed here my top favorite worlds and/or settings in books.
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling : Of course this one makes the list. Perhaps it’s a bit unfair since it did have seven books in which to describe everything, but I don’t care. Jo’s ability to create an entirely different world within our own is, so far in my mind, unparalleled.
- Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin : Even though there is no specific location or time given to this book, the world building is incredible.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins : I love the drastic differences between Katniss’ District 12 and the Capitol. I loved that I could close my eyes and imagine all the places Katniss had been and the easy way that Collins had described them all.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo : I loved the world of Ravka and the descriptions of the places, the people, the clothes, everything.
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare : I loved Alicante. So different from New York City and the world Clary was so familiar with.
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery : I love the way Anne describes everything. I love the way she talks. I love how Montgomery uses her to paint a picture in every reader’s mind of exactly what Anne is seeing, even if it might not be what everyone else in her story sees.
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver : The world that Lena lives in isn’t extravagant or all that different from ours, but we are given a very clear picture of the difference between the Wilds and the city. We are also given glimpses into the laws and culture of the society at the beginning of each chapter that help create a bigger picture of how the world came to be.
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth : There was so much more to explore here than in Divergent, I loved “seeing” so much more than the Dauntless compound.
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare : Clare certainly knows what she’s doing. Another set of Shadowhunter books, this time set in Victorian London. I loved it, a much better setting than New York City, if I’m allowed to say that.
Well, that’s my list. It’s topics like this that remind me how many more books I still have left to read! I feel like I’m just getting started! A few books I have high hopes for : Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Blood Red Road, Graceling, and Cinder. Did any of those make your list? What book did make the very top of your list? I can’t wait to see! Leave me a link in the comments so I can come check it out!