It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, hosted by the fabulous folks over at The Broke and the Bookish! And the topic this week is one of those things that I think helps set “great” books apart from “good” books.
Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books
World building! That feeling that you’re actually in the setting of the story instead of simply reading about it. Sometimes a book has a really interesting plot that engages me, but I have a hard time picturing the world, making the book simply “good.” Other times, I feel transported to a different time or place, and those are the books that really stand out to me.
So here are my Top 10 books that have the best world building, in alphabetical order:
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Harry Potter (entire series) by J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb (Yes, this is technically the same world as Assassin’s Apprentice, but the two series focus on totally different aspects of that world, so I think it’s valid to include both)