Book Review, Top Ten Tuesday

Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books

This Top Ten Tuesday feature is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and I first came across it on Jaime´s blog. It´s a lot of fun and they post the topics way in advance!

Before I get started, don´t forget you can enter my giveaway for a SIGNED copy of MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick (see interview with Huntley and details here)

Today´s topic: Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books

So it would appear I am very much a character gal. I had a hard time remembering books where the settings really grabbed me so the ones below are very special because the world they created was so vivid, it stayed with me long long after. Also they all had wonderful characters 😀  To know more about each of those books, just click on the titles and pouf! you’ll be on the summary page from Goodreads.





1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis: Feeling claustrophobic while reading a book probably means the author has done it right…

2. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab: The writing is so poetic and I had the feeling to be transported in a fairytale land (the scary and eery kind from the Brothers Grimm).

3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: I could feel the wind on my face and taste the salt on my lips while reading this book. So much magic in the words!





4. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: I loved everything about this book but I also totally had the feeling I was with them on that road. Everything seemed so real and was depicted so vivibly that I have images in my head of places I’ve only read about.

5. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbart: If you cannot travel to South America this summer, just read this book and you’ll have the impression you also dipped your toes in the water!

Tell me, which is the last book you read where you thought the setting was essential to the story?


18 thoughts on “Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books”

    1. I love that book and really it’s amazing when the author manages to bring such a setting alive in front of the reader’s eyes 😀

  1. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is on my Summer TBR list (and actually on my desk, waiting patiently…). I have THE SCORPIO RACES on my TBR, as well as WANDERLOVE. So, I guess I’m saying I haven’t read any of these, but I plan to read at least some of them. I expect WANDERLOVE to be every bit as good as you say, since LIKE MANDARIN was such a great read. In fact, LIKE MANDARIN almost made my top ten list. 🙂

    1. I need to read LIKE MANDARIN and I cross my fingers you’ll enjoy ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and THE SCORPIO RACES as much as I did 😀

  2. Great choices, Elodie! I’ve read all of these except for THE NEAR WITCH and I totally agree: Fantastic world building!

    I’ve got a rec for you: STOLEN by Lucy Christopher. Have you read it? It’s very intense and character-driven (my favorite kind of novel) but it takes place in the Australian outback and the setting comes completely alive. It’s like another character. One of my favorite books!

    1. Thanks Katy! I haven’t read STOLEN yet but if you say it’s one of your favorites, I need to get on it 😀 You always have great recommendations! (by the way you enjoyed MY LIFE NEXT DOOR :-))

  3. I’ve read a few on this list, and of all of them I think The Scorpio Races really stands out for me. I felt like I was actually there in that damp and yet beautiful setting. I still haven’t finished the book yet (bad Jaime, I know), but I do look forward to returning to that world again when I do. 😀

    1. The Scorpio Races really have that magical touch to it 😀 and yes you need to finish it 😛

  4. The Near Witch and The Scorpio Races are on my list as well! Superb choices. I can’t disagree with any of them. This is one of my favorite lists.

    1. Thanks Booksmartie! I would love to know what you think about Wanderlove once you”ve read it 😀

    1. Thanks Nicole 😀 The horses definitely stand out. I also have a soft spot for the beach and the rest of the world Maggie Stiefvater created 😀

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