Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Maps

Here are my Top 5 favorite maps!

  1. Middle Earth
  2. Grishaverse
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Narnia
  5. The Tearling

At the top of the list is none other than Middle Earth. J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved world in all of its glory is fully expressed in a wide array of maps varying in size and focus. From the full world view to highlighting the lands of men or elves.

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The depth of Middle Earth seems to know no bounds and the detail alone takes Tolkien’s world to another level.


Next up is the glorious Grishaverse created by Leigh Bardugo and its wondrous maps from Keith Thompson. The world of the Grisha is one of my newest and now greatest loves. Through Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising, Bardugo crafts a beautiful universe full to the brim with culture and different lands. I fell head over heels in love with this series at the end of last year and can’t wait until I can go back in Six of Crows!


George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series contains an extensive world that is revealed slowly as the novels are explored. Even the television show adds depth to Westeros and Essos bringing these worlds to life.


The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis provide another fantastic look at maps. These do not possess the intricate detail of some but they are gorgeously rendered while providing the context needed for the stories. Both children and adults can appreciate the depiction of this loved world.


Last on my list is the Tearling created by Erika Johansen in The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling. The map is simple but detailed enough that the viewer can understand the events taking place in multiple locations. Discovering this world last year was so wonderful and I look forward to my next stop in the Tearling.


Some of these maps are classics, close to a lot of people’s hearts, while others are new and upcoming.  What are your favorite maps?

Check back next week for Favorite Required Reading!

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group at


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