Book Recommendations // Most Beautifully Written Books #Project14Lists Sprinkles of Dreams

Book Recommendations // Books I Adore Ft. the Most Gorgeous Writing

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??)The Good Place OMG GIF - Chidi Anagonye / Sprinkles of Dreams

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.

86-2Circe by Madeline Miller

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.

86-2Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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.

I guess I’ll just contend with the knowledge (and forever cry about the fact) that she said my review of her stunning debut Girls of Paper and Fire is beautiful. (Yes, I’m emotional about it, still.)

86-2The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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.

86-2The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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.

86-2Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

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.

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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? 💗

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86 thoughts on “Book Recommendations // Books I Adore Ft. the Most Gorgeous Writing”

  1. OH MY GOSH THE BOOKS ON THIS LIST ARE AWESOME! I’ve read Circe, I liked it but I prefer The Song of Achilles 🙈 I still haven’t read Girls of Paper and Fire! I must be the only person in the world that hasn’t read it 😭😭 I’m reading The Book Thief this year if I can! I wasn’t interested in The Night Circus because I didn’t like Caraval 😅 Are they similar and which is better please? I’m waiting patiently for Muse of Nightmares to DESTROY ME 😂😭
    P.S. Your banner is beautiful xx

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    1. AHH YAY, I’m so happy you agree, Taiwo! 💜💜

      It’s so hard to compare The Song of Achilles and Circe, because they’re very different, but I have a special place in my heart for both of them. 💛

      I highly recommend GOPAF (obviously, haha) & YES to reading TBT this year, if you can! 👏🏻

      I didn’t care much for Caraval, either, to be honest—I read The Night Circus first, and loved it so much that I gave it a try, but while it has similarities, I still think they’re wildly different, and definitely prefer TNC!

      Ahh thank you!! And thank you so much for your sweet comment + I can’t wait for you to read Muse of Nightmares!! 😍💜

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      1. Yeah. I totally get you about TSOA and Circe! I just expected something entirely different with Circe, I guess.

        Thank you! 😊 I’m glad I didn’t waste time on Caraval. I really didn’t like it. I’ll check out TNC. Hopefully, I’ll love it!

        I’m SOOO excited for Muse of Nightmares. Thanks Lily!! 🤗❤

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        1. I did, too, but I think I adjusted my expectations just in time, hehe.

          I read its sequel, and liked it even less, sadly!! I don’t think you missed out an anything by skipping the rest of the series, really.

          And ahh I hope you love you love both The Night Circus and Muse of Nightmares!! I’d love to hear your thoughts, when you’re done with them. ☺️

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    1. It’s so beautiful, I really want to re-read it. 😭🌟

      Yes, you do!! ☺️ Have you read The Song of Achilles? Because it’s quite different from Circe, and if you have, you should definitely approach the latter with different expectations, too—I know so many people who expected a similar book, and were disappointed as a result. 🙈


        1. I’m so happy to hear that!! ☺️

          TSOA is more focused on a relationship (Achilles and Patroclus’), while Circe revolves around Circe, and reads almost a bit like a character study … so whatever you’re more in the mood for, I’d say!


  2. Yay!! I’m so excited to participate in Project14Lists with you ❤ Also, I'm currently reading (or listening via audiobook) The Night Circus. I'm already in love with the beautiful writing, and the audiobook narrator is the same guy who narrated Harry Potter which makes it even more captivating! I'm definitely going to try to read these books sometime soon because I know you wouldn't rate a book so highly if you didn't actually love it. 😉

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    1. Yess I was so happy when I saw that you’re participating as well, Tiffany! 💞

      Omg you love The Night Circus, let me wipe away my tears. :’) And that’s so interesting, is it Jim Dale? (I don’t listen to audiobooks a lot, haha. 🙈)

      Yayy, I’m so excited to hear that, and I really hope you’ll love them as much as I do. 💗💗

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    1. Same!! I love them so much, I’d totally re-read them anytime. ☺️💖

      I really hope you enjoy The Night Circus!! I know that quite a few people have issues with it, because it’s a bit slow, and doesn’t have much “action” (as the synopsis might make readers believe), so maybe go into it knowing that. 💕✨

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  3. Omg I agree with Muse of Nightmares so much! Laini Taylor is SO GOOD at writing prose. I also have the Night Circus checked out from the library and I’m excited because I adore beautiful writing. And the quote…that’s #writergoals 😉

    Btw, congrats for having 1000 followers! That’s an impressive achievement.

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    1. Yes!! And it looks so beautiful, too, which I’m so happy about. 💓

      Ohh I’m crossing my fingers that it’s waiting for you under your (metaphorical?) Christmas tree, Ally!! 🤞🏻✨ It’s such a wonderful book all around, and you deserve the happiness it’ll bring you. :’) 💗

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  4. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS POST! I agree that Ngan’s writing style is gorgeous. Her prose took me into the world she weaved and that in itself is amazing. I’m a fan of Morgenstern’s prose too since The Night Circus is one of my favorite books of all time and was the book that inspired me to read more fantasy. Then there’s Laini Taylor, the queen of chapter endings herself. I haven’t read the Strange the Dreamer duology but I’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone which is one of my most favorite series too. She’s definitely one of the authors I admire the most.

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    1. Thank you so much, Rain! ☺️🌟

      My heart is warming right now, because you love their writing as well & love The Night Circus!! I’m so happy, it’s one of my favorites, too. :’)

      And yes!! Laini Taylor is brilliant at everything?? Plotting, writing, world-building … I’m just so incredibly in awe of her. I hope you can get to the Strange the Dreamer duology sometime soon! I’m sure you’d love it. ☺️

      Thank you so, so much for your lovely comment, Rain! 💛💛

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  5. *bumps everything up higher* I’m all for books with lyrical and magnetic writing. As long as it makes me feel serene and calm, count me in. The writing is a total game changer for me. I would gladly bump up a rating if I enjoyed an author’s writing style, and it changes my perception of reading another book by them. It makes me feel that maybe it’s just the story that is not meant for me in the moment. I’m definitely not letting 2019 pass by without me trying to give these books a go, especially since I already own two of the books in here.

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  6. Haven’t read Muse of Nightmares and Circe is on my TBR but I read the other three!
    Absolutely LOVE The Night Circus and Girls of Paper and Fire. The latter is easily one of my favorite fantasy novels this year. ❤ The Book Thief.. I read and I liked the writing, but the story itself didn't hit me the way I wanted / expected it to, hah. 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you loved The Night Circus & Girls of Paper and Fire as well, Kathy! 😊

      I have to say that when I read The Book Thief in English, it didn’t resonate as much with me as when I switched to the German translation, so mayyybe I would have enjoyed it less in English as well? (I hope that’s not the case, though.)

      If you read Muse of Nightmares or Circe, I’d love to hear what you think of them!! ❤


  7. Great post!!
    I’ve read The Book Thief, and loved it and The Night Circus was an ok read for me.

    I have Circe, Girls of Paper and Fire on my Christmas wish list and have placed a hold on Caraval and Muse of Nightmares at my local library.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mani! 💕

      I’m glad you loved The Book Thief as well! A bit sad that The Night Circus was only okay for you, but I know that it’s not for everyone – though if you’d like to share what didn’t work for you, I’d love to know. 🙂

      I hope you can read them all soon, and enjoy them! 🌷

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  8. THIS IS SUCH AN OUTSTANDING LIST! While I haven’t read anything from this list, I have heard great things about all of them. I’ve watched the movie adaptation of The Book Thief and it’s one of my favorites! I have no doubt the book is going to be a favorite of mine as well.

    I do tend to give higher ratings to books with beautiful writing. ❤ I love Laini Taylor's writing from Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I'm looking forward to reading Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares next year.

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    1. Omg thank you so much, that’s so kind!! 😭💗

      I’ve yet to watch the movie adaption, but it’s very high on my to-watch list!! I just have to find the right time to cry. 🙃🙈

      Yes, same—unfortunately, DOSAB didn’t work out well for me, despite my loving her writing … but I’m crossing my fingers that you adore both of these books! ✨

      And thank you so, so much for your sweet comment!! 💜💜


  9. Girls of Paper and Fire has got such an amazing response! I’ve been meaning it to read since it released but unfortunately haven’t. Definitely in the new year, hopefully 😀 The Night Circus was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 but I guess that’s going to my 2019 TBR too because I still haven’t picked it up. Loved this post ❤

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  10. I’ve only read The Night Circus, and while I was a bit disappointed by the story, the writing was absolutely phenomenal! I have all the others on my list though. Some of the books with my favourite writing are The Language of Thorns by leigh Bardugo, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, and Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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  11. Ooopsies I haven’t read any of these, but a few are on my TBR….the mental TBR in my head that is haha. I’ve rated a book higher for loving the characters… *thinks* the only time the rating was high due to the writing was Caraval but it was also the world building which made me rate it higher haha. Loved this post Lily!

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  12. This is a great list Lily! ❤ The only book I've read is The Night Circus and I agree that there is something magical about this book and its atmosphere overall. I can't wait to read Girls of Paper and Fire someday! 🙂

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  13. Although it has to be supported by good characters and plot, the writing style is the one of the key things that draws me into a book. When the style is inventive and profound, yet engaging at the same time, I can get totally immersed in the story. I then have to find a way to accurately and coherently describe it in my review!
    I recently read The Miniaturist and was totally taken by its style 🙂

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  14. Love this post!!! I haven’t read any of these books, but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about them. A book that is so beautiful it hurts (which also happens to be my favorite book) is The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan!! It’s a collection of stories and essays posthumously published by Keegan’s family and professors, and I think it’s heartbreakingly gorgeous.

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  15. I adore The Night Circus and The Book Thief! Both of those books are beautifully written and I’m very happy to see them on your list. 😀 I haven’t read anything by Laini Taylor yet, but I have wanted to pick up her books for a while. I have heard nothing but amazing things about her writing style. Amazing list Lily! ❤

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    1. Ahh you have no idea how happy it makes me to hear that, Anna!! 🌷 I love them both, and hearing others share my love for them is the best. :’)

      I have to confess that her DOSAB series didn’t win me over, despite her wonderful writing, but the Strange the Dreamer series is brilliant! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I, when you get to it. ☺️

      Thank you so much, Anna! ♥️♥️

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  16. I haven’t read Girls of Paper and Fire, but I’ve read everything else in this list and really enjoyed it, so I’m pretty sure it will suit me too 😀 I still prefer TSOA compared to Circe as it delivers more emotional punch, but Circe has such an amazing growth and quiet beauty I can’t help but fall in love with it too ❤


  17. I’m also a sucker for good writing. I agree with you on many of these, especially Circe! Loved the book and the gorgeous prose.


  18. Anything Laini Taylor writes is basically poetry and sugar and spice and everything nice. I still haven’t read Muse of Nightmares tho, what am I even doing with my life, I need to get on to that.
    Great post, Lily! ❤


  19. I think some of the most beautifully written books are THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi and WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore! Writing and prose definitely factor into my enjoyment of a book. Thanks for this great list!


  20. That Circe quote is so beautiful! I’ve been meaning to read Circe for the longest time and I’ve heard so much praise. But I had never heard that the writing in itself was gorgeous — so I’m all in!


  21. So many beautiful books (considering the covers and the writing), I adored Circe and The Book Thief. I still have to read The Night Circus, Strange The Dreamer and Girls of Paper and Fire, but they seem to be books that have some magical writing inside them. And I feel like most books that have beautiful, lyrical writing are also very atmospheric.
    Great post, Lily! ❤


  22. ok so like 2/5 books are my faves which means I seriously need to get to reading 3/5 so that WE SHARE MORE FAVES BECAUSE WE’RE THE SAME PERSON ok bye


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