Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday, a different top-ten-themed post is uploaded, and this week’s prompt is books that take place in other countries (which is outside of the U.S., for me)!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Where it takes place: Germany
I’ll be honest: I didn’t like this book as much as I was expecting. I don’t know if it’s because of all the hype it got, or if my tastes just don’t go along with like, everyone else in the world. I liked it okay, and it was hella sad, but I doubt I’d ever read it again. However, I really enjoy reading novels that take place during WWII. As someone who loves studying psychology and trying to understand the human mind, I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that the Holocaust was an actual thing that actually happened, and I have a weird fascination with that time period because of that. I have quite a few books on the Holocaust, including a few non-fiction novels that I haven’t read yet. The Book Thief gets this spot because I haven’t read any others that top it yet.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Where it takes place: England
Can’t have a post about books that take place in other countries without mentioning Harry PotPot!
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Where it takes place: Afghanistan
God, this book ruined me when I read it. So much crying. Everything Hosseini writes tends to do that, but I love his books so, so much. If you haven’t read anything by him, do yourself a favor and get on that!
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Where it takes place: Spain
I admit I haven’t read the entirety of this novel, but we had to read parts of it in school, and I loved what we read! It’s fantastic and hilarious and just all-around great.
The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
Where it takes place: somewhere in the Pacific Ocean
This one doesn’t necessarily take place in a specific country but rather on an island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. But it’s such a good book that I couldn’t pass up a chance to mention it. I’ve loved every H.G. Wells novel I’ve read so far, and this one’s no different. It’s pretty messed up, though. But then, I like messed up novels.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Where it takes place: Egypt & Spain
Such a beautiful novel. So magical and inspiring and motivational, especially for those of us who often let fear stop us from doing what we want or going where we want to go in life.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Where it takes place: Germany & Switzerland
You didn’t think I’d leave out one of my favorite novels of all time, did you? 😉 I will always take the chance to talk about this novel. IT’S. SO. GOOD.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Where it takes place: Wales
I really enjoyed these books. Well. The first two. I still haven’t read the third one. It seemed like the story started declining a bit in the second one, and I just kinda never got around to reading the third one. Regardless, the first book was great, and I loved the idea that Riggs used of creating a story from old photographs, especially since he included said photographs in the novel. Although… I will say that some of it felt forced because of this. Especially in the second book, which is why I think I liked it less than the first.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Where it takes place: Italy
Oh, Inkheart ❤ I loved this book and movie so much, and it’s long overdue for a re-read (and a re-watch). It’s such a fun, adventurous tale with a heavy focus on the written word, and there’s a ferret in it! I’ve got a little ferret baby of my own, so I love when novels/movies include ferrets. Speaking of… do you guys wanna meet her??? Course you do! This is Stinky (or Stinkybutt, or Princess Baby Butt, or Stinky Baby Princess Baby Butt, or whatever the mood calls for at the time):
She’s my little baby princess ferret butt, and she’s the cutest ferret in the entire universe ❤
Utopia by Thomas More
Where it takes place: Belgium
Technically, this book mainly takes place on the fictional island of Utopia, but the story’s told by someone in Belgium, so it counts! As a lover of all things dystopian, of course I’ve included what is known to be the first novel that uses and describes a utopia. This is where it all started!
See where I’ve been!
You can see all the places you’ve visited through your book travels here!