Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books


Victorian London- The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare: I spent the last week in Cassandra Clare's 'Steampunk' London and I loved every minute of it. I loved it's rich gothic setting, The Institute, and walking with Jessamine through a foggy, tree lined park. It was a very lively picture of historical London.

Forks, Washington/La Push Beach- Twilight- Stephenie Meyer: There are two things I love about Forks and LaPush: 1. That they are actual places that you can experience time and time again, 2. That they were vividly portrayed. I love the hominess that Forks seems to have. It seems a regular, small town, with its own little quirks that you probably would never know unless you lived there. I love the surrounding Rain Forests, as they are depicted by Meyer in such a lushly beautiful way. La Push seems like a dream. With the surrounding mountains, and frothy surf, it reminds me of a sunnier Welsh beach!

The Delphic- Hush Hush- Becca Fitzpatrick: I think this is one of the greatest imaginary settings that I've ever read. The Delphic in an amusement park run entirely by angels in the Hush Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick. Who wouldn't want to ride a roller coaster surrounded by angels in hiding?

Central America/Mayan Ruins- Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard: I LOVED Kirsten Hubbard's descriptions of Central America. It is as if she took us by the hand and led her readers to these awesome little places you might never have heard of before. Constellation filled nights, soft winds, exotic drinks, and beasts, and the scent of history all around you. Sounds like paradise!

Paris- Anna and The French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins- Having been to Paris, I thought that Stephenie Perkins' portrayal was beautiful! It is a setting to dream in. I loved her descriptions of the bustling crowds,, Notre Dame, Point Zero (Which was a new discovery for me), cafes, secluded cinemas. Brilliance.

District 1, Panem- The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins- There are too many places within Panem that I would love to visit, but District 1 would take the cake. Even just for a second....When the games aren't on. (I'm no fool :-).

Tokyo- After Dark by Haruki Murakami: After I graduated college, I began to entertain ideas of visiting Japan, and Murakami's writings have done nothing but fuel my desire to explore. After Dark particularly made me want to visit his portrayal of Japan. Anything can happen in the world of Murakami, and I love his surreality. Especially between the hours of 12 and 6 AM.

Sword and Cross Boarding School- Fallen Series by Lauren Kate- When I first started the Fallen series, Sword and Cross is what stuck out to me the most. I kept picturing a historical school likened onto Oxford, or Harvard, with it's foggy, gothic setting...once again, teeming with angels on all sides.

Sleepy Hollow- The Hollow Series by Jessica Verday: I LOVED Jessica Verday's portrayal of the legendary town of Sleepy Hollow. It's rich in fragrance, autumn, spice, and stays true to its haunting nature.

The Met Nightclub- All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin: As soon as I read of The Metropolitan Museum of Art becoming a night club in Gabrielle Zevin's futuristic Birthright Series, I was blown away. This is a place I adore, and pass at least twice a week. I can totally see it as an exclusive night club!

What are your top ten most vivid worlds/settings?


  1. So with you on Forks and Panem.
    I still long to see Forks for myself.

  2. I'd love to see Forks too and Panem has me so curious. I also loved the settings in the Divergent books, and the Seven Realms books by Cinda Williams Chima.

  3. You've given me so many good book recommendations...I love being immersed in beautiful settings!
    I would add Hogwarts! Along with Hogsmeade and Godric's Hollow in the Harry Potter novels. I love the atmosphere JK Rowling gives them. She manages to make Hogwarts feel cozy even though it's a huge castle. And she doesn't just TELL you there's magic around every corner, you FEEL it.
    Let's see what else...
    The fairy tale world of Robin McKinley's Spindle's End.
    The present day New Mexico of The Secret of Everything by Barbara O'Neal.
    The pre-World War II English countryside of the beginning of Atonement by Ian McEwan (minus the heartbreak, of course)
    Betsy and Tacy's Deep Valley, Minnesota (by Maud Hart Lovelace)!