Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Guys, I love this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish). I've been on a huge fantasy kick this summer and something that has really stood out to me is how fantastic the world-building I've been reading about has been.
1. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling - These books have touched so many people, and one of the reasons, in my opinion, is the powerful, vivid world that J.K. Rowling created. Why else would so many people be lusting after their own admissions letter to Hogwarts, even if it is (in my case) 13 years too late?
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien - I can't get over how detailed Tolkien's worlds are. When I read anything by him, I know that I am not being given all of the world that he has created -- I am just seeing snapshots.
3. The Books of Tortall by Tamora Pierce -- Tamora Pierce has created several series around the fictional kingdom of Tortall, and I have been intrigued by it since I was 11 (Hogwarts-letter receiving age, sigh).
4. His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman -- These books are so thoroughly imagined and absolutely entranced me when I was younger.
5. The Redwall books by Brian Jacques -- These entranced me even younger. I love the way each story can stand on its own but each also augments the others.
6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor -- I have rarely been as swept up as I was by this book. The writing is so beautiful and evocative that it drew me into the story effortlessly.
7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo -- I am about 2/3 through this novel and I am so impressed by the complicated hierarchy of Grisha and the legends behind the Shadow Fold. I am excited to delve deeper into the series and to learn more about the characters.
8. Jennifer Donnelly -- While her books are not about fantasy worlds (although in Revolution there is a somewhat paranormal element), I have to give her a mention because in all of her books she invents these characters that seem to be legitimate and are actually completely fictional. I have been fooled every single time, and each time I am so disappointed that the characters aren't real.
9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Donnelly -- I just finished this book a few days ago and am still reeling over it. I especially love the University and the traditions associated with it.
10. The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale -- I really enjoyed all the different countries and their separate traditions and physical features.