One of the most important elements to me in the books I read is world building. If I am unable to believe in or feel skeptical about the existance and working of the setting it is an extreme deterrant to my enjoyment while reading. Now, not everyone gets like this or reacts quite as strongly, so yes, world building and setting is very close to my heart as a reader. Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and Bookish is 10 Vivid Settings In Books.
Top Ten Fictional Worlds:
1. Hogwarts and the Wizarding World
Why?: Y’all, the world JK Rowling built is so freakin’ vivid it has it’s own theme park and cookbooks. Seriously, I could make a list on Top Ten most vivid places mentioned in Harry Potter.
2. Middle Earth
Why?: Y’all, Middle Earth is totally a map lover’s wet dream. From the Shire to Isengard to Rivendell to Mordor.
Why?: Imre is the university town in The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I can totally picture myself getting a drink at the Eolian or hanging out in the archives.
Why?: I’ve only read Game Of Thrones, I know fantasy fan shame right there, but seriously I can dreamily picture Jon Snow on the fall, I can picture Winterfell, ALL OF IT.
Why?: Toll is the city that Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent go to in Twilight Robbery or Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge and it’s got this complex system of social stratification based on names and the system decides who gets to see daylight and who comes out at night.
6. The FJORD
Why?: So this totally refers to Icefall by Matthew Kirby, y’all who knew that a fjord could be so fascinating, what with reading about tales of treachery and day to day life while entrapped.
7. The Mejis
Why?: First this is from my favorite book series, The Dark Tower, which okay, I can easily picture the world in which Roland, Cuthbert, and Alan grow up and fall in love in. It’s also really easy for me to imagine the characters of the Ka-Tet following the Beam.
Why?: Do you even have to ask? Marillier paints this fantasy world that is very Celtic with bits of quiet magic. I love it. L-O-V-E this series and this backdrop.
Why?: GUYSSSS if I was not madly in love, I should like to go to Avonlea and kidnap Gilbert Blythe and take a dip in the Lake of Shining Waters or hang around Green Gables. Goodness do I love the gentleness of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne series.
10. Le Cirque des Rêves
Why?: Honestly. I want this world to be real. DESPERATELY. Like, while I read The Night Circus I could picture the tents, practically taste the food. Imagine the Circus members. This whole damn book was a sensory experience.