Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten MG Books With Vivid Worlds

Today's Top Ten Tuesday theme is TOP TEN MOST VIVID WORLDS. As usual, mine has a middle grade spin. Here are some of my favorite and most unforgettable settings--worlds that made such an impression on my mind that I feel as though I've been there. Although I've only listed the first book, many of these have sequels or are part of a larger series, so lucky readers can immerse themselves in these worlds again and again.

J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit 

J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter 

R. L. LaFevers

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos 
Edwardian London

C. S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

A. A. Milne

The Hundred-Acre Wood

Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 
Willie Wonka's Factory

Anne McCaffrey


L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Nancy Farmer

The Sea of Trolls
The lands of the Vikings

Angie Sage

The world of Septimus Heap

And I'm adding an extra. I'm only halfway through the first book in the series, but the world of Luxa and Henry has already come alive in my imagination.

Suzanne Collins

 Gregor the Overlander
 The Underland

What literary worlds do you find most vivid and memorable?


Christina Farley said...

I love the list of books you mentioned. Each of those does such a great job on world building as well.

Katharina Brendel said...

So proud I know most of these books ;) I haven't read Dragonsong but the cover already makes the world look magical!

Margo Berendsen said...

I think I'm going to have to read a hundred new books after this particular Top Ten. The Sea of Trolls, Theodosia, the Overlander...

DMS said...

What an excellent list! I love Harry Potter and think the magical world that JK WRowling created is very vivid in my mind. I have read many of the books on your list and love them. I haven't read Magyk- but hope to read it soon. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos looks interesting.

I hope you continue to enjoy Gregor! I read the series before The Hunger Games was written and really enjoyed it. The underworld is a fascinating place.

Jenn said...

Oooh...the Pern books are a great choice! It's been so long since I read those, but I remember loving them.

Ruth Donnelly said...

Thanks, Christina!

Katharina, hope you give Dragonsong a try. I enjoyed McCaffrey's Harper Hall Trilogy years ago, but they always stuck with me, and I recently reread them when the author passed away.

Margo, I'm glad you got some good recommendations! There's never enough time to read everything, is there?

DMS, I definitely want to read more Underland books. I love how Collins put an urban twist on Alice in Wonderland. She said something about how city kids would fall down a manhole, not a rabbit hole, and they wouldn't find a tea party.

Ruth Donnelly said...

Thanks, Jenn! They are unforgettable, aren't they?

Jennifer said...

Such a great and nostalgic list! Narnia, Hogwarts, Hundred Acre Wood...so awesome! Thanks for visiting!

Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

Michael @ The Bookshelf Review said...

New Follower. Totally forgot about Narnia and wizard of oz. Thanks for visiting My TTT

Anonymous said...

I like this post! And you know, I have not read Sea of Trolls yet. Must get that changed.

p.s. I LOVE your blog name!

Ruth Donnelly said...

Jennifer, I enjoyed your top ten list. Thanks for stopping by mine! :)

Michael, thanks for following. Your list was great, too.

Deb, hope you like it! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and great choices. In terms of MG, you really picked great ones there. And anyone who likes Winnie the Pooh is awesome.

If you delve into the YA or upper adult stream of course, the list goes on and on....Lord of The Rings, Hunger Games series, Divergent.

World building and description are things I marvel at in authors because I cannot even begin to fathom how to actually write that. I feel I lack that ability (well, actually, I haven't really tried,,,but description and stuff is like over my head at this point)..maybe I'm not meant to delve into that "type" of story...but in the meantime, reading these tales is infatuating.


Anonymous said...

Oh...The Percy Jackson series...truthfully I only got through the first three (I ought to read the others, I'd love to, but I'd have to refresh myself on the first ones before that)...but they are great MG series also.

Ruth Donnelly said...

I agree, Jill, it's kind of mind-boggling how some authors can create a world that is so real. I feel like characterization comes more naturally to me, and I have to struggle more with setting.

Anon, I enjoyed the first in that series, but I guess I wasn't enough of a fan to read the rest. I hear his new series is good.