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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


Top Ten Tuesday (26)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of their bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.
The topic this week is: 

Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books!
  1. The Spaceship Godspeed - The world of Across the Universe by Beth Revis takes place on a self-contained spaceship, hurtling through space towards a new planet.  The society within the setting makes the different levels of the ship that much more mysterious.  The scope of the ship is also ridiculous.  I just love the idea of an entire world contained on a ship stuck millions of miles away from anything else.

  2. The Magical World of Harry Potter - You can't tell me that you've never imagined yourself within Hogwarts or Diagon Alley.  Every kid (and adult) who has experienced the amazing world of the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling wished they could live there.  Luckily for me, I can hop to the next best thing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure.  I can pretend I'm just another student at Hogwarts!

  3. The Rot and Ruin - This wasteland holds the skeleton of the America we know in Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin.  Filled with zombies, you can't just stroll along outside of Mountainside, the main human community fo the story. But that's what makes this crazy, scary place the perfect setting for a dystopic horror story.

  4. Chicago - Of course from the list, you can figure out I don't mean just any old Chicago.  No, I'm talking about the dystopic Chicago readers see in Divergent by Veronica Roth.  Less the city itself, except for some key scenes, it's the factions that have developed which make Chicago so cool.  The different living spaces reflect the job and spirit of each faction, and I can't wait to find out more about each!

  5. S.A.S.S. series - Each of the S.A.S.S. (Students Across the Seven Seas) books take place in a different country, from China to Mexico.  I get entrapped by the countries in each book, wishing I could jet off to visit each one.  I love the details that each author chooses to include, making each place feel very real!

  6. Middle Earth - I can't complete this list without talking about the amazing world created in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series.  Middle Earth has so many different parts that it is mind-boggling.  I think my favorite place is The Shire; I love the thought of second breakfast, and the happiness exuding from each Hobbit.  Of course the opposite of that can be found as well; Mordor is filled with evil and danger.  Just an amazing work of world-building, so well-crafted it feels real.

  7. Narnia - Tolkien isn't the only one who crafted an iconic world which has been beloved for many years; C. S. Lewis gave us an amazing world in his Chronicles of Narnia.  In each book, the reader discovers more and more of this magical land filled with talking animals and ice queens.  The countryside is lush and brimming with adventure.  I think the best story is the creation story of Narnia itself.  I always dreamed I was with the Kings and Queens of Narnia, racing around the world, saving the day!

  8. Westros & Essos - If you think Tolkien's world was epic, then you will definitely love the world of Westros & Essos in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.  From the Dothraki Sea is Essos to King's Landing, the capital of Westros, each is described and envisioned on a grand scale.  Not always a place I want to visit, but still breathtaking for multiple reasons.  Definitely an epic setting for an epic story!

  9. Emelan - There isn't a fantasy world that I would rather live in then the world of Emelan.  In Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series the four protagonists live at Winding Circle temple, a place of learning and magic.  Each place visited takes on recognizable traits from different cultures in our world, but turns them so they are still original.  Summersea, in The Duchy of Emelan, is my favorite place, and a city I'd love to visit.

  10. 14th century Tuscany, Italy - I don't usually want to go back in time, but Lisa T. Bergren makes a great case for it in her River of Time series.  A lot less primitive then I imagined, Tuscany is a great backdrop to the romance happening to the two modern day protagonists.  Beautiful gowns, gallant knights, and a lush countryside, I can;t help but hope I fall back in time as well.


  1. I really need to read the river of time series! That's been on so many lists today. Thanks for sharing!

    Here's a link to mine!

  2. Totally with you on Hogwarts! I've only seen the TV/movie versions of Narnia and Westeros but they're definitely awesome settings too. Like Scarlett, I also need to get to the River of Time series!

  3. I always hear such great things about Lisa T. Bergren's books! I'm listening to A Game of Thrones on audio right now and I'm enthralled by the world! Great list.
    My Top Ten

  4. I too love the zombie world in Rot and Ruin. And Chicago, of course!!
    Great list! :)

  5. Westros for the win!!

    Beth ^_^

  6. Okay, I completely need to read George R.R. Martin's books already. I keep putting off watching the show because I much prefer the books. The length of each book intimidates me, but I need to just take the plunge! :) Great list!

    Here's my Top Ten

    Randi @ Cardigans, Coffee and Bookmarks

  7. I have 4 of these on my list as well! Awesome choices. I still need to read a few of these. Here's my list.

  8. I love the imagination involved with Narnia! It's definitely a classic! :)

  9. I need to read the Game of Thrones series -- seeing Westeros and Estos just isn't enough! :)


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