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. 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!


  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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