I’ve decided to do something new this week and participate in the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve never done one of these before, so bear with me here. They post a new top ten list every week and you have to answer the top ten of whatever the category is for that week. This week it’s books set outside of the US. I find that many novels, even though they are fiction, can tell you a lot about the culture and feeling of a place. So reading books set in different places in the world can add another element of interest for me, so here goes, my top ten books set outside of the US (and Canada, I’m Canadian so I’m excluding Canada to go a bit more international).
I am continuing on my trend of 30 before 30 because why not? I’m not necessarily going to actually read all these books before I turn 30 because I really don’t have that much time left to go. You can find countless versions of this list in every corner of the internet but I went with the list posted at Goodreads because I figure it’s voted by multiple people and less likely to be skewed by one persons opinion. Or by one person showing off how intellectual and well-read they are by picking the most pretentious books possible. I suppose it’s all down to what you consider must reads. Is it the most lauded books of all time? The classics? Or books that you should read because everyone else has read them and you’ll be left out (has anyone not read Harry Potter?). So here goes the list from Goodreads, there is actually more than 30 books on the list, I’m just going with the first 30.
I get excited about new books coming out from my favourite authors so I like to follow potential release dates. Even though they aren’t necessarily followed it does give you a sense of excitement, thinking about what’s to come.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – July 31, 2016. Available for pre-order, obviously I’m not the only one excited for this, it’s been almost ten years since the last Harry Potter book came out. I’m going through withdrawal, and I have unsatisfied desires of going to Harry Potter world.
Oh She Glows Everyday – September 6, 2016. Available for pre-order now. This is the second cookbook from Angela Liddon at the Oh She Glows blog. I have the first cookbook and follow her blog, so I’m excited to see what comes out with this one.
The Fate of the Tearling – November 29, 2016. Book 3 of the Queen of the Tearling Series, excited to see what happens next with this one. Also there’s currently a movie in development potentially staring Emma Watson so can’t miss that. Continue reading
The monthly book round-up is going to be a regular column on my blog. I’ve often been told that I have a rather unusual ability to read at ridiculous speeds (You mean it’s not normal to go through a book in a single day?) so I am going to put that to use here. I won’t be mentioning every book I read, but definitely the ones that stand out to me. Just a warning, I have very unusual taste in books, so the books will likely be all over the map. I also have a tendency to read multiple books at the same time as my mood affects what type of book I feel like reading at the moment. I always like book suggestions so if you have any, send them my way!
Red Rising – Pierce Brown (Red Rising Book #1)
I am at a loss of what category to put this book in, is it teen fantasy? Is it Adult Science Fiction? Not sure about this one. The author himself has come out to say that it is not a YA (young adult) novel and yet it inexplicably reads like one. In fact I’ve started the second book now and it seems to be following the general progression of most YA trilogies. The first book, usually on a smaller scale (often set in a school-like environment) has a more local plot with mostly young characters, then it all expands in the second book. Suddenly these young people are charged with solving the fate of their world. Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent, they all follow this same sort of pattern. However, in terms of the violence and brutality, it’s almost on par with Game of Thrones. So I rest, unable to put this book in either category.