Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we get to make bookish lists!!
This week’s topic: Books Set In Another Country
Anna and the French Kiss – I know there have been many critiques of the first book in Stephanie Perkins’ contemporary series, but the setting of this first novel is still beautiful and so much fun! It’s set in Paris, and so many famous landmarks are described throughout the novel, it feels as if I’m seeing them right along with the characters.
Crazy Rich Asians – I read this book about a year and a half ago, and enjoyed every second of it. It follows many characters residing and visiting lavish Singapore. The descriptions of the location were so detailed, and refreshing when explained through the eyes of someone seeing the island for the first time. I recently acquired the second book in the series, and I cannot wait to return to the characters!
The Book Thief – I don’t think I have much explaining to do when talking about The Book Thief. It’s set in Germany during World War II, and is such a beautiful and sad story.
Grave Mercy – This is a book I recently reread, and loved as much as the first time. This story follows Ismae, an assassin nun and is set in France in the 1400s. It’s a very political story, and so engaging.
Do You Want to Start a Scandal – I’ve been super obsessed with historical romance these last couple of months, so of course I had to include one (or two) books on this list. This novel is a regency romance set in England, and follows two characters who are “forced” to pursue marriage because they were found in a compromising situation. Not only is it a fantastic romance book, but it’s been compared to Clue, because of the heroine trying to solve a mystery.
The Name of the Star – A teen moves to London to go to school, and somehow becomes part of an investigation that seems eerily similar to Jack the Ripper. This novel, and the rest of the series, are so fun and easy to read. I’m so upset that there’s no conclusion yet (still holding out hope).
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – This book is set in Prague, and it’s such a fantastically written story with great characters. It’s been a few years since I’ve read this series (and due for a reread soon), and I cannot get over how beautifully written this story is.
The Day of the Duchess – I told you I was including another historical romance on this list. This is one of the most recent ones that I finished, and it was so, so good and ANGSTY. It’s also set in England, and it’s so fantastic. Sorry not sorry that I can’t eloquently describe how much I enjoyed this book.
Hunting Prince Dracula – The second book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series is set in Romania, which has been wonderfully and eerily written. The setting is dark and cold and really emphasizes the dark atmosphere of the story.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – I can’t narrow down the location of this book because it takes place EVERYWHERE in Europe (slight exaggeration, but you get my point). It’s such a fun story following a main character as he goes off on an adventure that is more than he bargained for.