Happy Tuesday & welcome to my first #Project14Lists post! 🌟✨
#Project14Lists is a project Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch started, with a goal to write and post a bookish list every day from December 18th to December 31st—while I won’t be posting a bookish list every single day, I’m still ready excited about it, and I can’t wait to read all the participants’ posts!
For my first post in the #Project14Lists challenge, I talk about some of the most gorgeously written books I have ever read, and which I’ve all ended up rating four stars, or higher.
(Can you believe it?? I, Lily, rating a book higher than 3.5??)
As you all know, I’m pretty … let’s say strict with my book ratings—but one aspect of a book that can almost always help it win me over nonetheless, besides characters, is the prose. I’m pretty sure that I could read the most (subjectively) boring book in existence, and still find it in me to have the grandest time, if the writing was beautiful, and captured my heart.
So, without further ado, let me present five books to you that are written into existence so beautifully it almost hurts.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe is one of my absolute favorite books of all time, and merely thinking about it makes me sigh in wonder and contentment.
What makes it stand out above everything else is Madeline Miller’s writing; it’s blindingly gorgeous, and lush, and reading her words feels like traveling to another dimension where everything in your life is a distant memory, much like a dream, while the tales she weaves feel distinctly like reality crushing upon you in all-consuming waves.
(…) in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”
For Christmas, I’m wishing upon all the stars in the cosmos to grant me the smallest sliver of her writing skills, and to possess merely an iota of the magic she imbues her words with.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Understanding arrives then the way twilight falls: instantaneously. Just a blink, a skip in time, leaving only the before and the after, and the inescapable ripples of change.
I genuinely couldn’t possibly gush about Natasha Ngan’s breathtaking prose more than it deserves, or ever form the words that do the beautiful way she arranges words into sentences that entrance and beguile your entire being justice.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
You know a book is a masterpiece, when you’ve always been of the opinion that, when it comes to books and movies, your heart is made of the coldest, hardest, and most unyielding stone … and it makes you not only tear up, but cry, and your smol marshmallow heart feel like it’s ventured too close to a fire, and is slowly being consumed by it.
Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction.
Markus Zusak is a wordsmith, and a brilliant one.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus is the kind of book that makes you wish you could slip right through the pages of the book you’re reading, and live in its world forever.
You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.
It’s not simply words on paper, a tale inked into the pages of a book, and bound together with adhesive, cloaked by its spine. It’s a dash of mystery ensconced in an air of fascination, an experience of a fantastical, dreamlike atmosphere, it’s sparkling wondrousness unfolded—“like stepping into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars.”
And if my ramblings don’t make sense to you, it’s all because my love for this book has stolen my heart, and with it my ability to write and think coherently.
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
The Strange the Dreamer series is made up of stars, and glitter, and magic, and everything that makes your heart glow, and everything around you turn into the purest, most beautiful and serene surroundings you have ever witnessed.
“Once upon a time there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.”
It’s dreams manifested in the form of a book … and anyone would be a fool to miss out on its magic.
Have you read any of these books?
What are some of (in your opinion) most beautifully written books?
Have you ever rated a book highly because of the writing? 💗