Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday!
Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Follow the link to find out more/how to take part.
This week’s topic is Books Set Outside The USA – which is a super easy topic for me, because that includes the majority of my bookshelf! I don’t know why, it’s not like I have an aversion to the US being a book setting – maybe it’s because I live in Britain? Or because my favourite genre is Fantasy?
So to narrow down my selection range I’m keeping this list within the known world – no fantasy lands, unless they are based in reality, e.g. Harry Potter is fantasy that happens in Britain whereas The Hobbit is fantasy that happens in Middle Earth (which is unfortunately absent from actual Earth). But I’m also excluding Harry Potter anyway because basically everyone’s read that/will pick it for list.
Anyways, here’s my list:
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Set: Germany, WW2.
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Set: Amsterdam, Holland, 1600s.
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Set: France/Germany, WW2. Mostly St. Malo on the North coast of France – which is a beautiful place to visit.
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Set: Lithuania, Soviet Union (WW2 Europe).
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Set: London/London Below.
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Set: Britain (mostly – also spends time in France, Spain, Italy). 1800s.
- The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. Set: South Africa, Sweden.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Set: England, Victorian era.
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Set: England, Victorian era.
- Animal Farm by George Orwell. Set: Britain – although based on communist Russia.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Set: England, Victorian era.
People who have counted might have noticed that this list contains not ten books, but eleven. *shocked gasp*. I know, I’m such a rebel.
Has anyone else read any of these? Liked them? Hated them? Please let me know!