Some time ago now, Jaime at Books and Waffles tagged me in the Lovely Words tag. The intent is to feature books whose prose is exceptional. I normally focus on character-driven books when I write reviews, so this will be a nice change for me!
- Pick three books with prose that stands out in vivacity and beauty. Books that could stand on imagery alone without characters or plot.
- Tag a few friends to join the fun!
- Tag credit: Nichole @ Thoughtful Inklings
The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
First, a slight disclaimer (and very minor spoilers) about this one. The main character spends some time being disoriented and through no fault of her own is an unreliable narrator. So some of the pretty descriptive writing is probably not actually realistic. It’s still really neat writing, and Sharon Cameron does a great job of showing you what’s going on with the MC instead of telling you, so that when you do get the explanation at the end of the book it’s completely believable.
Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint
Dreams Underfoot is a collection of short stories, and some of the stories have prettier prose than others. But, as a whole, this collection is full of beautiful and fantastical descriptions, even when the things being described might not be quite so beautiful.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
No list of mine featuring books with pretty prose would be complete without The Night Circus. It is full of lovely imagery and description; with its slow pacing, you get plenty of time to enjoy the setting as well. (Bonus: I listened to the audiobook of this, and Jim Dale’s narration made the descriptions all that much more magical.)
I am not going to tag anyone this time around, but if you want to play along please ping me so that I can see what your recommendations for pretty prose is! Thanks again for the tag, Jaime. This was a fun post to write!