The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is...
Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books
I was very excited about this one, but it was difficult to choose! Here are my ten picks (all links lead to goodreads):
1. The Wizarding world in the Harry Potter series by J.K. RowlingWhen I was a kid, I wanted to go to Hogwarts. (Ok, I still do!) J.K. Rowling did such a magnificent job of creating a unique, interesting world with fun details. There are so many great settings--Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, the Burrow, Diagon Alley, Gringotts, Platform 9 3/4--and so many details that bring the world to life--Quidditch, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Butter Beer, the Whomping Willow, the Marauder's Map. J.K. Rowling made an entire world that I wanted to visit myself.
2. Narnia in The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. LewisAlright, I confess: when I was a kid, I checked my closet to see if I could find a way into Narnia. *embarrassed grin*
3. The island of Thisby in The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterMaggie Stiefvater did an amazing job in bringing Thisby to life, and the setting was a character itself. The sea, the water horses, the November cakes... The fictional island felt like a real place that I could go visit.
4. District 12/Panem in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne CollinsKatniss's world is frightening and brutal, and not one I would really like to visit, but Suzanne Collins makes it come alive.
5. Inkworld in the Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia FunkeCornelia Funke has a real talent for making a scene feel so real that you feel as though you are actually there. From Italy to the Inkworld, Cornelia Funke drew me right in!
6. Victorian London in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra ClareWhile reading the Clockwork Prince I was really drawn into the Victorian London setting. It was dark, mysterious, captivating... And Cassandra Clare also does an excellent job with the world of the Shadowhunters as well.
7. The world of Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterMaggie Stiefvater has a real talent for bringing settings to life. Not only do I remember the characters and scenes from this series, but the settings stand out to me as well: Beck's house, the bookstore where Sam works, the woods of Mercy Falls, the paper cranes hanging from the ceiling in Sam's room... The setting felt very real to me.
8. The futuristic New Beijing of Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder is one of the best books I have read this year! It was such a creative and fun read! The world of New Beijing is filled with cyborgs, robots, and hover cars, and described in a way that draws you right in.
9. The pirate ships/high seas in The Redemption by M. L. TyndallI read this trilogy back in high school, so I'm a little fuzzy on the details but I remember that the author did a great job in making me feel like I was really on a pirate ship in the Caribbean with the characters.
10. The enchanted moors of The Near Witch by Victoria SchwabThis is one of those books where the setting itself is a character. The moors were haunting and beautiful as well as mysterious.
What books did you choose?