This was originally a tag called Around the World in YA Books but I’d like to twist it a little bit and change it into general books around the world! I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian and Book Snacks!
The rules are to list a country and show which of your favourite books are set in that country. For this tag I don’t just include books I’ve read and loved but also books that I really want to read.
I don’t mention this book often – in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this book at all in this blog – and I don’t think anyone in the book blog community has ever mentioned this book but a particular book that is set in Alaska and really stuck to my mind is Caribou Island by Davin Vann. I had the opportunity to see him talk in a Reader’s Festival in Ubud several years ago and he was super fun! The novel itself is about a man’s journey to finding himself with his family and living in Alaska.
This is probably not a surprise for you guys and you’ve probably heard me talking about this book many times but a book set in China (at least future China) is Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
Ever since I read The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke when I was young, it has been my dream to visit Venice. In the book it was told to be such a beautiful place, and I still want to go there.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Yay! I’m living in The Netherlands but I’m so ashamed to say that I haven’t read a single book set in the country. One of the books on my TBR is The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton, I’ve heard it’s set in Amsterdam and is supposed to be really good.
You probably know what I’m talking about here, and it is the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first book of the Millenium series written by Stieg Larsson, a Swedish writer. It’s a crime novel consisting of some excellent characters and fantastic plot, I’ve only read the first two books but I’m planning on completing the series someday.
A quite recent read, Memoirs of a Geisha is a historical fiction novel written by William Golding about the life of a geisha from her early life to her rise to fame as a geisha living in Kyoto during the war. It’s written beautifully and you can really feel the vibe of the different parts of the city in this novel.
Another book I’ve only recently read, and I know there are tons of novels set in England, but I’d just like to highlight this particular book because this has stuck in my mind as a very memorable book ever since I read it a couple of months ago. And that book is The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. Lovely book, it has time travel, it has great characters and the writing is wonderful.
The Song of Achilles is a novel written by Madeline Miller and it’s a retelling of a famous Greek story. It involves some famous Greek heroes and the setting feels very Greece to me. It makes me want to go there even more. And the story itself is just beautiful, and I actually made a review about the novel.
I read this book a long, long time ago so I don’t remember exactly which city in Vienna it is set in but I remember getting really lovely vibes from this book and loving it. It’s a children’s novel titled The Star of Kazan and written by Eva Ibbotson, it’s a gorgeous book and it is somewhat very memorable to me until now, even though I haven’t read this book in ages. When I think about Vienna, I think about this novel to be honest.
Again, there are dozens and dozens of books in my radar that are set in America. But this particular book is a really recent read, and is probably one of my favourite books I read in 2015. It is The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and it is set in a university in Vermont. Amazing book, you should all check it out if you haven’t.
The Kite Runner is probably one of the most beautifully touching books I’ve ever read in my life. It’s such a wonderful story about friendship and family during the war in Afghanistan written by Khaled Hosseini, and even years after reading it I can still remember the feeling of the story. It’s an amazing book and the setting, both time and place, was just perfect.
A little shameless promotion of my own homeland here, and there are quite some amazing books I’ve read set in my country Indonesia, but Pulang (or Home in English) is a novel written by Leila Chudori which has already been translated into English. It is about people affected during some dark events in Indonesia’s history who are forced to flee the country and live in Europe. Nevertheless, some parts of the book were set in Jakarta and it’s just a wonderful book and I urge you all to check it out if you are interested to learn more about the history and culture of Indonesia while also reading a really good book with excellent plot!
And now, I will tag:
- Bhavya @ Books N’ Calm
- Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks
- Alahna @ The Charmed Reader
- Emma @ Emma the Book Lover
- Audrey @ Forwards and Bookwords
Those are some of the books set in different places in the world! I love this tag so much, it’s super fun to make and I really think that setting is an important part of a book. I love reading novels that aren’t just set in the regular places like New York or London. Not that I dislike books set there, it’s just I am really interested in reading books that are set in unique places. What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? Any of the places you’ve been to?