Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a different topic comes up and bloggers list their top ten books in that category. I love a good list...I've always said that. That's practically my catchphrase.

Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books!

Title: The BFG
Author: Roald Dahl

This was the first world I think I truly believed in: the world of The Giants in 'The BFG'. I was terrified that I would get eaten at Witching Hour and their giant sausage fingers would come in through my window...uggghhhghghg.

Title: House of Shadows

Author: Rachel Neumeier

This is a book I am reading at the moment and I absolutely love the world being built so far! There is magic and geisha's and all wonderful things- I have been completely drawn in!

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth

I love the world building in 'Divergent' because it is so organised and intense! I love the factions and the way different people are sorted into them. Awesome world...but I'm not sure I'd actually want to live there!

Title: Discworld Series
Author: Terry Pratchett

This series currently spans over 40 books so I'm thinking it must be one of the most established and detailed worlds out there! I love Discworld and how scientifically laid out it is. A world on a giant turtle's back is one I want to live on for sure.

Title: Noughts and Crosses

Author: Malorie Blackman

The world in this book is beautifully and intelligently constructed and a brilliant subversion of our Western society. Love this book.

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins

The world building in 'The Hunger Games' was a slow burner for me: I didn't quite get it at first but it really grew on me and then I found it hard to forget! Again, one that is built well but I would hate to actually have to experience it.


Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness

I adore the world in the 'Chaos Walking' trilogy by Patrick Ness. It is very different and unique, and is very connected to nature...in an 'Avatar' kinda way! As a woman, I would lie to live in this world as women's thoughts can't be read...lucky.

Title: Sin City
Author: Frank Miller

I love Basin City because it is so dark and filthy and corrupt and 'film noir'. I love the dialogue, I love the characters I LOVE IT ALL.

Title: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Author: Susanna Clarke

This world made it into my list because it is so intricately woven. Over 900 pages of subtle, beautiful world building and fantasy and magic- all things that are good for you.

Title: Harry Potter Series
Author: J.K Rowling

I don't really see how any other books could have topped this list. Isn't Hogwarts/the world of magic just the epitome of intricate world building? No world will ever make me long to be there as much as the one Harry + sidekicks inhabit. Lets just hope J.K's upcoming novel is just as awesome!

Those are my picks this week- let me know if you agree/what your choices are!


  1. Great list! I've only read The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, they most definitely have vivid settings. I'll have to check the others out. I've been meaning to read the BFG since I was a kid!

  2. Love the list! I've only read The Hunger Games and Divergent - and agree, both Worlds were spectacular.

  3. Great list. I've got to read House of Shadows. I'm hearing many good things

  4. Great list!
    Everyone is picking Harry Potter!
    but I agree! And hunger Games too!
    Those worlds are so believable

  5. Oh ROald Dahl is an awesome addition!! :)

  6. The BFG was one of my first Dahl favorites (along with The Witches)! I keep hearing about this Discworld...I may have to check it out, but 40 books?! I don't know if my to-read list can hold that many right now lol, it's already at the breaking point! Harry Potter was at the top of my list too- it just belongs there. I have a feeling it might top most of my lists :)

  7. Gosh, I own a copy of Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell but haven't been able to commit myself to it. I really need to pick it up again because I always hear such great things about it:) Great list!

  8. Nice list. But lacking any Middle Earth :)

  9. BFG - awesome choice! Dahl creates some wonderful worlds in his books. I read my first Discworld book a few months ago, and I'm eager to read more, I have another one lined up which hopefully I can get to soon!

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