Top Ten Books in Worlds Not Our Own

This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is to generate a list of books that take place on X.  I decided that X would be worlds that are not Earth.  Here we go…

  1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
  3. Symphony of Ages trilogy by Elizabeth Haydon
  4. Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
  5. Green Rider series by Kristen Britain
  6. Evermen Saga by James Maxwell
  7. The Silmarilion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. Perelandra by C.S. Lewis*
  9. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin**
  10. Heralds of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey

I decided to challenge myself and limit this list to books specifically set OUTSIDE Earth–not taking place on our planet. This presented an interesting set of challenges and basically resulted in a list of my favorite fantasy reads.  Ah, well.


*Parts of Lewis’s Space Trilogy take place on Earth, but I included this title because, technically, the majority of the story takes place on Venus–which is definitely outside our world.

**I’ve included Martin’s epic series because, how can you not?  I’d still like to clarify that, although I’m an avid fan of the show, I’ve only actually read the first three books.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted at The Broke and the Bookish


5 thoughts on “Top Ten Books in Worlds Not Our Own

  1. Risa August 16, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Middle-earth — a beautiful place! I read Tamora Pierce so many many years ago. I don’t recall any of it, but I do recall enjoying her books. I have just begun read the Evermen Saga…looking good so far, but I’m not far in to say anything more about it. I think I’ll be keeping an eye out for the others… Nice list!

    • Amelia August 17, 2016 / 8:13 pm

      I found the Evermen books via a daily deal on Amazon. I wasn’t super impressed by the quality of writing, but fell so in love with the world and the characters that I couldn’t put them down! I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  2. jessplainsong August 16, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    Anything – ANYTHING – by Ursula Le Guin. Her worlds are amazing. Also: Iain M Banks. Sometimes his books are great and the worlds very interesting. Dragons of Pern: all of Anne McCaffrey’s books regarding the Pern series.

    • Amelia August 17, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      I’m sad to say that, although I know the names, I haven’t read any of these authors. I’m definitely adding them to my endless to-read list. Thankfully, I now work at a library and have infinite access to books. Thank you for the recommendations! 🙂

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