Hey everyone! Today is my 70th Top Ten Tuesday post. 70! How cool is that? It doesn’t seem like long ago that I was a TTT newbie and now I’ve done 70 TTT posts. This week’s prompt is kind of a freebie, it’s Top Ten Books With X Setting, so I’ve decided to do Fantasy Settings and pick my Top Ten Favourite Fantasy Settings to share with you guys (honestly did you ever doubt I’d do anything else?). So here we go, my Top Ten Favourite Fantasy Settings (these are as usual in no particular order!):
- The Londons-Shades of Magic Series-VE Schwab
I loved reading A Darker Shade of Magic earlier this summer and I am currently reading the second book of the series, A Gathering of Shadows and one of the reasons that I loved A Darker Shade of Magic so much is that I loved the settings of the different Londons (Red, Grey and White London) and how different they all felt and I’m still loving it in the sequel, I’m also loving getting to see more of the Red World, not just London but different places in Arnes.
2. Erilea-Throne of Glass Series-Sarah J Maas
Sarah J Maas has always done great world building in her Throne of Glass series and I have so loved being able to explore the world she has created and exploring different places in Erilea and beyond. I can’t wait to get to see Terrasen (hopefully!) in Empire of Storms.
3. Camp Half-Blood-Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Trials of Apollo-Rick Riordan
This is possibly my favourite fantasy setting ever (probably only beaten by Hogwarts). It just sounds like the most fun summer camp ever, it’s such a fun and vibrant fantasy setting so it’s hard to read about it and not completely fall in love (plus the fact that Percy’s there doesn’t hurt!). Plus if you were there you’d be a demigod which would be so cool! Where do I sign up to go to Camp Half-Blood????
4. Miraji-Rebel of The Sands-Alwyn Hamilton
I loved the rich, vibrant, Arabian/Wild West Desert setting of this book. I love books where the setting almost seems like a character itself and I felt this was definitely true with this book. I can’t wait to return to Miraji when the sequel to this book, Traitor To The Throne is released next year (WHY DOES THE WAIT HAVE TO BE SO LONG?).
5. Henrietta-The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater
I loved the setting for Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, the fictional town of Henrietta again seemed like another character in the book, it felt so alive and so infused with magic and I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. I seriously want to visit Virginia after reading this series!
6. The Faraway Tree-Faraway Tree Books-Enid Blyton
Okay so this is one from when I was a kid rather than a more recent one, but one of the reasons I loved these books so much when I was a kid was the setting of the Faraway Tree with the different lands at the top, I loved that idea of being able to climb a tree and find a different magical land at the top every week, I mean how cool would that be???
7. The Great Library-Ink and Bone-Rachel Caine
I loved the concept behind this book about a world where the Great Library of Alexandria survived and my favourite parts of the book where set in the Great Library, I really loved that setting (and Alexandria where the Library was because it’s not a common setting) and the world that Rachel Caine created within and around the Library.
8. Higher Insitute For Villainous Education (HIVE)-HIVE Series-Mark Walden
Not only is HIVE a school for young villains in training, which is cool enough in itself, the school is located INSIDE A VOLCANO? How cool is that?
9. Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry-Harry Potter Series-JK Rowling
Did you really think I could do a list like this without including Hogwarts? Of course not! This is possibly my favourite fantasy setting ever (although I love a lot of fantasy settings so it’s hard to choose), because it’s just such a wonderful, magical place and I am still waiting for my letter. This owl post is so slow!
10. Haven City-Artemis Fowl Series-Eoin Colfer
I love the idea of this underground world of fairies and it was such a vibrant world with such fun characters and when I was reading this series, I really enjoyed immersing myself in this world of elves and dwarves and sprites and pixies and all other manner of magical creatures.
I am going to restrain myself this week and just stick to ten, though I could obviously do more! What was your choice to fill the X we were given this week? Have you read any of the books with the settings on my list? What are your favourite fantasy settings (doesn’t necessarily have to be from a fantasy book, just a fictional place)? Next week’s topic is meant to be Top Ten Books I Have On My Shelf (Or TBR) from before I started blogging, but I don’t have that many on my shelf and I don’t have any books on my Goodreads TBR from pre-2014, so I’m going to twist the topic slightly and go with Top Ten Books That Have Been on My Goodreads TBR For A Year or More. In the meantime though, I should have a Wishlist Wednesday post for you guys tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.