Top Ten Tuesday (20)

Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

 World building is one of the most important elements of any  novel and a strong setting is one of the things that really brings me from enjoying a book to absolutely adoring a book. So here are my top ten favorite settings in books!

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – I feel like this goes without saying and I know I am not the only one who was genuinely sad when they didn’t receive their Hogwarts letter.


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – One of the things I loved most about Seraphina was the world building, both in Seraphina’s real life and the world within her mind.


The Child Thief by Brom – This is a horrific and fantastical rewrite of Peter Pan that showcases all of the beautiful elements of the traditional tale while twisting them into something completely different. The novel is also filled with original artwork by the author, Brom which really helps the reader imagine the world and characters within it.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I loved the duality between Karou’s present and her past life. The twists and turns in the plot are beautifully outlined and really draw the reader in.


The Wintercraft Series by Jenna Burtenshaw – The world in which Kate, Silas, and Edgar live is one of the most rich and imaginative I have ever had the pleasure of reading.


Amber House by Kelly Moore – I just finished this novel last night and the world building was one of my favorite aspects. The main character, Sarah, experiences echos within the amber house and she shifts between the present world and past memories. The world building AND character development in this story literally kept me up at night!


Storybound by Marissa Burt – I loved so many aspects of this story but it was the world which kept my attention. The idea of being “Written In” to a story really added to the fantastical elements of the entire plot.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – The circus venue in this story is what really made the story for me. I was drawn in immensely and found myself really “seeing” the different tents and magical elements brought forward by Celia and Marco.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – This was another book that kept me awake at night because its setting was so intricate and creepy that I was imagining myself in the old abandoned house surrounded by cobwebs and mysteries.


Graveminder by Melissa Marr – I enjoyed the entire premise of this story but I LOVED the world “owned” by Mr. D. that Bekkah travels to. Melissa Marr was so intricately descriptive when building this part of the story that I find it constantly pops into my head at random moments.


Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier – Juliet Marillier has a knack for world building. I have a thing for intricate forests and “Other” worlds and this novel has both!


That’s it for me this week, what is on your Top Ten Tuesday?


12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (20)

  1. Oh my goodness, you have some on here that I haven’t read!! I’m bookmarking this page so I can make some notes. Really, some of these sound super fabulous. That Peter Pan story – GAH. Bookmarking, will be back to mess with my TBR. EEK.

    • I have to tell you, my friend its a really horrifying book. I LOVED it but its very graphic and there were moments I had to put it down so be wary! I reviewed it on here a few months back so check out my review if you feel so inclined!! 😀

  2. Harry Potter is on my list too! I still have to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I saw it on a couple of lists, so I have to check it out. I already love the cover!

    My TTT

  3. I’ve seen the Night Circus pop up on a few different lists, and it makes me happy. Since I’m a big fan of National Novel Writing Month and it started out life AS a NaNo novel…I have a special place in my heart for it. Now…I just need to get through my Shelf of 10 so that I can actually read it. 🙂

  4. So ok. First of all, super list. DoSaB is amazing and vivid. I love it so much!
    But you know I’m reading Seraphina right now and I’m LOVING it! I love the way the dragons and the humans interact and all the tension. It’s so good!
    I’ve been meaning to read Brom’s book, too. Quite honestly, the Pan drawing on the cover CREEPS ME OUT, but I’ve always been curious about it. Same with the Wintercraft series. Not the creepy parts, but the curious and wanting to read it parts. Need to read those soon!

    • Dude, The Child Thief is SOOOOO creepy. I read another book by him called Plucker and it was so disturbing I almost couldn’t make it through WHICH I LOVE because I am a freak. Seriously though, give it a try it’s really intricate and if you like horror (like me) you will love it! I also really loved the Wintercraft series, I picked them up on a whim and was blown away!

  5. I’ve been wanting to read Miss Peregrine’s for the longest time…I must pick it up! This list rocks. I like how most I’ve seen have HP at the top 🙂

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