Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (7-24-12)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week, 
they post a different topic, and you get to create your own top ten list. So, this week's 
topic is:

Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

1) Harry Potter - every place in these books is so vivid, you create this amazing mental picture in your head of what they must look like. I'm hoping JK Rowling's next book will be just as vivid.

2) Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan - taking place in coastal Maine, Sullivan paints a vivd picture of the landscape. Made me want to pack my bags and go!

3) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I remember reading this book and feeling as if I was walking along those paths in the English countryside with Jane. Bronte has such a way with words that I felt like I was there, feeling the wind whipping around me.

4) The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins - this series is known not only for its characters, but it's settings. The country of Panem is so stark and harsh that you conjure some pretty bad images in your mind. Collins definitely has a way with creating her own world.

5) Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear - I love the time period in which these novels take place (early 1920s-1930s), and Winspear has a way of pulling you into the story. I'm not entirely familiar with London and it's many neighborhoods, but Winspear writes so you understand the differences between them.

6) The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani - travelling between the Italian Alps, New York City, Newark, and Minnesota, Trigani takes her readers on an exciting journey. It's a sweeping love story that takes you through so many settings, and each of them is describred so vividly.

7) The Pact by Jodi Picoult - while a heartbreaking novel, I loved how descriptive Picoult was when describing the settings. I could understand how the two families' houses were positioned in relation to one another and how the courtroom looked.

8) Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey - I find Marie Antoinette fascinating and love to read novels based on this time period. I loved how thorough Grey was in her descriptions of everything. It was one of the best books that I've ever read about Marie Antoinette (and it was the first in a trilogy, so I have high hopes for the remaining two books!)

9) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - wow. I think that's the only way to describe the setting's in this book.

10) Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen - one of the most descriptive books I've ever read. And set in a 1930s travelling circus. Just amazing.


  1. Nice choice with Jane Eyre! That wouldn't have occurre to me but you're right it is a very vivid setting. I also think The Night Circus and Water for Elephants are great choices!

  2. I love the Maisie Dobbs books, great pick!

  3. I forgot all about the Night Circus. Good one!

    Here's my Top Ten.

  4. Wonderful list! Harry Potter seems to be a favourite of all!

    Here is my Top Ten post!

  5. Great picks!!! HP & The Night Circus are on my top 10, too!