Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (42)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: The Wizarding World
Even before the movies and the amusement park, I could picture Hogwarts so clearly in my mind. Up until my eleventh birthday, a little part of me was convinced I'd be getting an acceptance letter there. (Confession: Some part of me still thinks my owl got caught in a storm or something... ;)

2. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard: Central America
I've done three posts about this book for my Around the World feature because I loved it so much. Someday, I will travel to Central America for real, and it's all because of Wanderlove!

3. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini: Alagaesia
It's a land of magic, dragons, Elves, and swords... take me there please! 

4. The Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke: The Inkworld
The Inkworld was one of the amazing fantasy worlds that made me want to write fantasy books. It's so intricate and enchanting, with some of the best characters.

5. The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner: The Glade
The setting is what makes the first book in this epic trilogy so exciting. The Maze, combined with the Grievers, and the civilization the boys had formed, made the Glade so vividly depicted in my mind.

6. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard: Victorian (Steampunk) Philadelphia
While I always love the combination of magic and history, I especially liked how the Convention Center added science into the mix. Plus, zombies.

7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Paris, France
I've always loved all things France (c'est vrai!), but I think this book made me feel even more enchanted with Paris. I think everyone who has read Anna has felt that way.

8. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: Camp Half-Blood
I can't tell you how much I'd love to go to this camp, even if it's usually being attacked by some monster from Ancient Greek mythology. I'd want to be in the Athena cabin.

9. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray: The Realms
The Top Ten Tuesdays where I don't include this series are rare indeed. Having not touched these books for a year, I can still picture each aspect of the Realms, and of Gemma's boarding school, in detail. And they are both great and terrible. 

10. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Narnia
This is another fantasy series where the world was so incredible that it inspired me to write. In fact, it was one of the first fantasy series I ever read. (I had the collector's edition paperbacks with the beautiful illustrations

What are your favorite world/ settings?


  1. Yes! The Realms are such a well imagined world, like it was always so easy for me to picture the Gorgon and all. Love it.

    That is a beautiful illustration, the one from Narnia. I love when books feature tactile elements like that.

    My TTT

  2. Good list. I love the worlds of Harry Potter, Narnia, Percy Jackson and Anna and the French kiss as well.

  3. Great picks! I forgot about Percy! I love that you included Wanderlove. I am looking forward to Something Strange and Deadly-steampunk AND zombies? *swoon*

  4. Great list! I haven't read Percy Jackson myself. Need to though.

    Check out my Top 10 Tuesday.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  5. Great list! I've been wanting to read Percy Jackson, the Maze Runner, and Gemma Doyle. And I'm glad to see Inkheart on here, I was beginning to think that I was the only one who's read it because not many people seem to have heard of it :]

    Kaitlin @ Read. Write. Love.


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