Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, that asks you to muse about something book related each week.
My Musings for the Week...
Random Weekly Question from January 11th: What book(s) are you most excited to read, this year? Is there anything special on tap?
I read some amazing books last year and I'm just sitting around waiting for the next books in the series. So, I want ALL of the sequel's.I've already read some of the ones I was looking forward to. Some of them have been great, while others fell a little short. However, there are some new books on my radar, so here are just a few I'm still desperately waiting for:
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
- Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
- Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
One of the aspects I look for in a book is the setting. The world is what draws me in, and I always look for the rules that the author has come up with to base that fictional world around. Characters and plot are also important too, but setting, for me, is one of the best parts. So, for today, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite fictional book settings.
To start off this list, I'm going with Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series, the first four books. Don't get me wrong, the first four books are some of my favorite novels, and I absolutely adore them. But I haven't finished the spin-off series, not that it's bad, but I just haven't. Anyway, I liked the way Kagawa handled the fey in the novels, and to be honest, the books had one of my favorite settings of all time because it was developed so well.
Up next is Hover by Melissa West. I liked a lot about the book, and the setting was pretty much perfect for the story. The alien planet and their method of travelling from there to earth was pretty cool.
The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull also had an interesting setting, which ended up being one of my favorite aspects about the book. It was developed pretty well and it was magical.
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd. Shepherd managed to create a setting that was seemingly innocuous but also mildly unsettling, which was absolutely perfect for the story. I'm not joking, the setting basically set up the atmosphere that, to me, was necessary in terms of execution. And Shepherd did a wonderful job at it.
This next one is kind of obvious, but it is one of my favorites. The town of Grimbaud from Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius. It was cute and charming, but also a little dangerous despite is romantic atmosphere.
I'm going to leave it there for today, but there are more books that I have read that had some fantastic settings. So, how about you? What are some of your favorite fictional settings/worlds? (It can be in movies or books, doesn't matter as long as it's one of your favorites.)