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10 March 2015

Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Amazing World-Building!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I made a long list of topics to discuss in today's post. I didn't really want to choose a genre or a certain book but an interesting topic. That finally lead me to books that have such amazingly well developed worlds and epic world-building. Worlds that are so highly imaginative, so vividly described, so intricately detailed, tactile and alive. Worlds that you are transported to in just a few words. Worlds that have a solid structure with their own complex society, politics, rules, conflicts. So this post is for all of you out there that love sinking your teeth into a book that has such fascinating worlds and those of you who adore exploring new, undiscovered places full of magic, intrigue, mystery and danger. 
Beautiful writing brings this luxurious and intoxicating world to life brilliantly. A world seeped in history and politics it's rich, ancient, elegant and gritty. The Winner's Crime allowed us to further explore this vivid, complex world. 

Need I say much about the outstanding world that is Middle Earth. Tolkien was pure genius, creating a mythical and absolutely entrancing world that is seeped in layers and layers and layers of history and myth. Seriously, there's so much more to Middle Earth than what we see in LOTR and The Hobbit. It's just a beautiful world, expertly constructed. 

Not only is Jodi Meadows' writing delicious but also her unique and magical world. It really is the most enchanting place, so alluring in its portrayal of a fantastical, mythical world. I loved the sense of peace and serenity that permeated throughout but also the haunting and eerie atmosphere that crept in here and there. It was definitely a mysterious place.

Sanderson has expertly crafted such a complex, riveting and absorbing world. The detail in this book is immense and you really feel the oppressive atmosphere of this dark and dangerous world. It just emanates throughout, pouring off the pages, pulling us into this intricate, magical world.

A Court of Thorns and Roses has the most seductive, delectable and bewitching world. It's otherworldly, whimsical and enchanting. The world is rich and vivid and also extremely tactile. You really can imagine that you're there; it's absorbing and gripping. A beautiful but mysterious place where danger lurks in the shadows. 

The 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series is truly epic. Epic in its scope and imagination, in its extensive world-building and engrossing history and politics. It's such a colossal world incorporating swathes of varying terrains and lands that just leap off the pages. Westeros is a wondrous and breathtaking place of sweeping landscapes, perilous seas, treacherous winters and legendary creatures. It's pure amazing. 

A Girl of Fire and Thorns had such an exotic, enticing and captivating world. The desert setting made it a unique and seductive place, exquisite in its rich and vivid portrayal. Truly, Carson's writing is so descriptive creating an immersive and complex world.

Snyder is a fantasy genius. Not only is Poison Study a brilliant example of exquisite world-building but Touch of Power also displays her expertise perfectly. Her worlds are rich, striking and entrancing; amazing examples of mesmerising world-building.

Cinder really exhibited Meyer's astounding imagination, creativity and skill with world-building. A futuristic, sci-fi setting it's gritty, authentic and surprisingly realistic. It's mesmerising in its portrayal of a world that seems vaguely familiar but yet fresh and alien. It's such a fascinating world that we explore in more depth in Scarlet and Cress.

Throne of Glass is exquisite. Just stunning. The story, the characters and the world. A Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire allows us to delve into this world in much more depth. It's fantastical, rich, bright and enchanting, with a magical twist and gritty edge. It's expertly crafted and just amazingly immersive. I can't wait to explore the world more in future books.


  1. Nice! I LOOOOOOOOOVE Poison Study! Positively dying to read ACOTAR! I give up on Bloomsbury via Netgalley. Seems it was just a tease or by invite only! And I finally got autoapprove with them. Sigh...

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  2. What an amazing list! I totally agree with all except for A Court of Thorns and Roses and Incarnate, simply because I haven't read those yet. :) You have a really cute blog too, I'm a new follower!

  3. I love all of these books! You're right, they do all have incredible worlds. Great list :)
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  4. Nice topic. This is more my husband's area of reading, but I am a fan of Lord of the Ring, of course. Everyone is being so creative this week.

  5. I love this topic. I love so many of these worlds, Mistborn is one of my absolute favorites. I love ones like that and A Song of Ice and Fire because they have this great history and mythology as part of the world. I like that you mention The Winner's Curse and Throne of Glass too. Those are two books that don't overwhelm the reader with world-building which I tend to find a good thing. Great list!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  6. Wonderful topic - I LOVE worldbuilding and all of these books are on my to be read list. I really need to pick them up soon. Too many books, not enough time! That's a phrase that will always be correct! :-D

  7. Nice topic! I really want to read The Winner's Curse, glad that you put it on your list. Also, I can't wait for ACOTAR!

  8. I REALLY need to read The Winner's Curse soon! I keep hearing great things about it everywhere. And I really want to read ACOTAR and Incarnate too! All of the others I've read -and loved.

    Amazing list!

  9. I've heard so much about Poison Study! Looks like I need to give it a shot :D Thank you for sharing these Becca and for stopping by my blog :-) x

  10. Nice list of books for this week's TTT post!! Here's a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/03/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-for-readers.html

  11. This is so cool! I love worlds that really come alive and just seem to sprawl. I've finally gotten around to reading LOTR, and I'm amazed at the detail and history that Tolkien wrote into the books. Now I know what to read when I want a story with an incredible, unique world. Thanks!

  12. What a great idea for a list! I couldn't agree more about LotR. I have heard of many of these other books (even own some of them), but I haven't read any of them yet. Now I'll bump them up my priority list! :)

  13. Fantastic list! I absolutely agree. And have some titles to add to my TBR list, so thanks! :-)

  14. A few of these are on my TBR list. In fact, The Winner's Curse is on my bookshelf! I just need to actually read it! Great list :)

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  15. Awesome, I went with best world-building too :D And I also got Throne of Glass, The Lunar Chronicles, Mistborn and Lord of the Rings. High-five! I still need to read Winner's Curse, Incarnate, Game of Thrones, Girl of Fire and Thorns AND Poison Study though but I own most of those, so hopefully soon. ESPECIALLY if they have such memorable worlds^^ Oh and I agree on ACOTAR I should have added that one to my list too ♥ Awesome picks :) Here's my TTT this week

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

  16. Great list! You can't go wrong with ASOIAF, LOTR, Cinder, or Throne of Glass! :)
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  17. Amazing choices! I've read almost all of these and couldn't agree more - I'll be reading the others ASAP!
    Thank you and happy reading! :)


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