Hey y’all! Today I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday which is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
1. Amsterdam in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I usually associate John Green with emotion and humor but in this, he described Amsterdam very vividly. Even the dinner that they were eating! I was transported and it was lovely. It made me want to go to Amsterdam. It’s a very different feel for John Green than I was used to seeing and I really ended up loving the description. Dinner by the canal? Wow.
2. Paris in Die for Me by Amy Plum/Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
In both of these, the authors do such a great job of describing Paris. There’s this one passage in Revolution where Jennifer Donnelly describes the sunrise over Paris and it is stunning. Amy Plum did a fantastic job as well but was better at describing the little places and the corners of Paris. Both of these books do an excellent job and really make me want to visit Paris. I always know that a book does a great job at description if I want to go to that place more than anything after (and not just because there may or may not be revenants in Paris). The setting in Revolution was especially fantastic because we got to see Paris in the present and during the Revolution from several different characters’ voices, so each description was different.
3. The circus in Fever by Lauren DeStefano
The amazing thing about Lauren DeStefano’s books are that she comes up with incredibly creative ways to describe settings. There were so many incredible and rich descriptions that I was completely sucked in. The colors, silk tents, all of it. I read this on a bench while my mom and grandma grocery shopped but I remember looking up after about an hour when it was time to go, having forgotten where I was while I was absorbed in Fever.
4. The ocean in Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
The ocean in Lost Voices is dark, deadly, and unpredictable. The description used in The Lost Voices for setting gives the ocean itself a CHARACTER, which I really love to see. The description fills that mood and I can practically taste the salt in the air and the wind whipping my hair. I am THERE. (Rhyming is unintentional, I promise).
5. Mercy Falls in Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I love winter descriptions. The bookstore. The candy shop scene. The descriptions of the golden woods. Every bit of sensory detail and imagery in this book is the best as they come. Maggie Stiefvater does such an excellent job throughout the entire series. All her descriptions are lyrical and elegant and I couldn’t be more in love with them.
6. The beach in The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I don’t think I’ve even done one Top Ten Tuesday where a Maggie Stiefvater book hasn’t made the list. In The Scorpio Races, the description of the jagged beaches and horses is just beautiful. She uses some rough language that really gets the scene across. I just adore it. If I could reread this book a million times, I would.
7. Paradise in The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
This is a book that is definitely overlooked in setting. The description of Paradise, Orlando, and Disney World is really well done. It’s not particularly lyrical or breathtaking but I really enjoyed it and it definitely transported me to another place. It’s very ordinary. It doesn’t have the fantastical landscape that high-fantasy books do or other worlds, but its simplicity is also what makes the description vivid and beautiful.
8. Venice in Venom by Fiona Paul
Oh my goodness. Y’all have heard me gush about Venom in my favorites and I just can’t escape the setting! Very lush and very dark. Shadowed street corners and sweeping gondolas. The balls. The canals. Oh my goodness I am obsessed with it. It’s just one of those settings that is completely gripping and doesn’t let you go.
9. The Divided Realms in The Princess Pawn by Maggie L. Wood
This is a book that I have a lot of backstory with and it still comes to me as one of the most well-described. Although I believe that it now has a new title (Captured), this was one of my first young adult books and I loved the description riddled throughout the book. Truthfully, I had picked it up because I thought it was called The Princess Fawn and for some reason I really wanted to read about deer. What can I say? I’m pretty sure I was nine. Anyways, Maggie L. Wood really does an excellent job of world building and I love the Divided Realms.
10. Alagaesia in Eragon by Christopher Paolini
I would be insane if I didn’t put this on the list. Majestic mountain ranges and miles of forest and desert. There is so much description in this book. I remember thinking when I first read Eragon that there were so many moments that were like the book version of the sweeping nature shot that you always see in movies. Supposedly the setting is based off the mountain landscape in Christopher’s home state of Montana.
Check out the blog tomorrow for a guest post by Kat Rosenfield, author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone!