Reading Around the World

reading around the world

The challenge set by the Broke and the Bookish was to find books set outside the US. I have never had the opportunity to visit the US sad face and it wasn’t until I began to look closely that I realised how many books are set in America. It became almost an obsession to find books and my list just exploded. I eventually realised that there was no way I could put all of the books I wanted to on one list. I’ll have to do a series of posts featuring books from different continents- watch this space!

This is a (somewhat shorter) list of books from around the world.  I have chosen books I have read and highly recommend. I hope you can find one (or more) you’d like to read.

reading around the world

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled  HosseiniThousand Splendid Suns Afganistan

This beautiful, inspirational but heartbreaking book tells the story of two very different women who find comfort and strength in each other in war-torn Afganistan.

Goodreads
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk
Book Depository   Loot.co.za

 

Jellicoe Road by Melina MarchettaJellico Road Australia

Set in a boarding school in Australia this YA book is one that I will always remember. This book combines two separate stories so that they intertwine and enrich each other as you unravel their secrets.

Goodreads
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk
Book Depository   Loot.co.za

 

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood Canada

Anna Dressed in Blood is a dark, spine-chilling YA ghost story set in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Sinister, menacing and downright creepy, this is the perfect Halloween read.

Goodreads
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk
Book Depository   Loot.co.za

 

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy God of Small Things

Set in Kerala, Southern India this is a beautiful book that weaves wistful words replete with foreboding menace and the loss of innocence. Unforgettable mental images accompany the words making this a story you won’t disremember.

Goodreads
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk
Book Depository   Loot.co.za

 

Coram Boy by Jamila GavinCoram Boy

Eighteenth-century England comes to life in this sinister story that still haunts me five years after I put it down. Shocking, shadowy events and eerie characters traipse through the pages creating a subtle but dark menacing gothic atmosphere.

Goodreads
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk
Book Depository   Loot.co.za

 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy

This mesmerising book is a mix of historical fiction and fantasy. Set in 15th century France it is brilliantly, mysteriously bursting with treason and betrayal. I loved the storyline which has murder, secrets, assassins and villains seeping out its pores.

Goodreads
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk
Book Depository   Loot.co.za

 

Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo by Lawrence Babylon's Ark IraqAnthony

A non-fiction memoir by Lawrence Anthony, a well-known South African conservationist and author of The Elephant Whisperer, about the courageous rescue of the Baghdad Zoo animals during the Iraq War.

Goodreads
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk
Book Depository   Loot.co.za

 

OrchardsOrchards by Holly Thompson

Written in verse this award-winning YA book about complicated family relationships and a clash of cultures. I flew through this inspiring, uplifting story of a Japanese-American girl is sent to stay with her grandparents home in Japan after her involvement in a bullying-related suicide.

Goodreads
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk
Book Depository   Loot.co.za

 

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Between Shades of Gray Russia

This YA historical fiction book is a haunting and compelling portrayal of humanity during the Second World War. Sparks of life, small acts of kindness and decency, shine through between brutal cruelty while the prisoners of war face the reality of survival in an unbelievably harsh environment

Goodreads
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk
Book Depository   Loot.co.za

 

The Trouble with Flying by Rachel MorganTrouble with Flying South Africa

Rachel Morgan is a South African author well known for her YA fantasy series. The Trouble with Flying is the first of a series of contemporary fiction. Although the characters make an appearance in their friend’s stories, each book is about different characters so can be read in any order.

Goodreads
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk
Book Depository   Loot.co.za

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