Favorite Fictional Worlds

by Hope Hanson
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Favorite fictional worlds post tolkien aesthetic

Hello, and welcome back! Wednesday has come once more, so of course, I’m here with the next Top 5 Wednesday post. This prompt was so much fun, and I enjoyed looking back on some of my favorite fictional worlds!

When reading, do you ever pause and say to yourself, “I want to live there”? I know I do at times! For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, what are your top five bookish settings that you would like to move to? Worlds outside of our own are preferred, but if you want to say that New York sounds like home sweet home, go ahead!

(This month’s prompts were provided by Alex (The Scribe Owl). Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by GingerReadsLainey.)

Like I said, this one was lots of fun! Fictional worlds are the best, and there are so many great ones to choose from. I had some difficulty narrowing it down, but I think you’ll enjoy the ones I ended up picking.

#5: Innisfail

misty trees

If you read my review for The Sons of Mil, you know I have genuinely just been consumed by this book as of late. Seriously, I can’t wait for the sequel to be released! L.M. Riviere did an excellent job constructing Innisfail. The politics, the magic, the history, the locations…I love everything about it! Like the others on this list, I highly recommend that you give this book a chance!

#4: Alagaësia 

Peaceful villages in hills by mountain

The Inheritance Cycle doesn’t quite make my list of favorite books anymore, but it still has a special place in my mind! And the world of Alagaësia played a large role in making me love this story as much as I did. The typical fantasy tropes are beautifully imagined, and I loved how many different places and people there were.

#3: The Grishaverse

Old clock tower at docks

I absolutely love the universe of Six of Crows and The Grisha Trilogy! The places of this world are all written with amazing detail. (Though, I’ll admit that I’m personally partial to Ketterdam.) And the magic! The magic system of this fictional universe never fails to astound me. Additionally, I love how the characters come from so many different places across this world. Really, I just completely fell in love with this world the first time I read these books, and I’m still obsessed with it now!

#2: The Universe (as seen in The Hitchhiker’s Guide)

Spaceship approaching planet

I struggled to find a way to title this one, but I think this works alright. And I don’t think you can argue that this one belongs on this list! Douglas Adams’ version of the universe is just plain brilliant, after all. It’s so imaginative and entertaining and is a large part of why these books are as amazing as they are. And if you haven’t read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy yet, I highly recommend you do! I guarantee you’ll love it!

#1: Middle-earth

Hobbit hole inspired house

I am a Tolkien fan first and foremost, so it should come as no surprise that Middle-earth takes the cake for my favorite fictional world! Tolkien put so much detail and effort into creating Middle-earth, and it shows. Middle-earth just feels tangible and has so much to offer, from Gondor to Mordor to Valinor. And if you love the world of Tolkien’s books, I highly recommend reading Unfinished Tales or The History of Middle-earth books if you haven’t yet. The Silmarillion, too, if you have yet to read it!

I kept this list limited to fictional worlds entirely separate from the real world, but there are so many other fictional places I would love to visit! Henrietta, Virginia is the first one that comes to mind, of course!

So, what are your favorite fictional worlds? Are any of them the same as mine? Drop a comment and let me know!

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