Hi all, I know I already did one post today, but I’ve wanted to join TTT for a while now, and this week’s topic sounds interesting! It’s about books that take place in another country, and since there are very few novels taking place in Serbia (even less that I’ve read), I have a huge choice here. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things, and as we all know how much I love lists, well:
Okay, this is one seriously messed-up book. It’s about pedophilia and vampires, so if you can handle that go on and read it, as it’s marvelous! There are no explicit scenes, as far as I remember, but there are some gory bits, but hey what do you expect with vampires. Besides all that, this is a lovely story about two kids, Eli and Oskar.
Another story about kids, but this time in the middle of WW2 (poor kids). Liesl, the main character is living with foster parents, as her own have been taken to a concentration camp. Liesl likes books, playing with her friend Rudy, and when her Papa plays an accordion. But this novel is narrated by death himself, so prepare handkerchiefs.
Ahh my guilty pleasure series. I don’t usually (never) like romance in books, but Diana Gabaldon has won me over with her beautiful, adventurous, funny, and tumultuous novels about Claire Randall, who accidentally goes 200 years back in time when she touches a cairn stone on her second honeymoon in Scotland. On the other side/time, she meets Jamie Fraser, a Scottish highlander, which then sets in motion the creation of one of the most beautiful love stories after Arwen+Aragorn/Beren+Lúthien.
West of the Moon is a beautiful children’s book about sisters Astri and Greta who go through an immense trouble and adventure to escape from a malevolent Goatman, and to eventually join their father in America. Even though this book is filled to the brim with Scandinavian folklore and myths, and is quite entertaining and gorgeous, I would rather say it’s aimed for the grown-up children. Right at the beginning, Astri is sold to the Goatman to be his bride, and the amount of abuse from his end is not suitable for young kids.
Perfume is definitely my number 1 modern classic. I have read it countless times, and I sure will again, because the story of Grenouille and his peculiar gift of the absolute sense of smell, which turns him into a serial killer, is sensational, provocative and brilliant. Set in 18th century France, this short story is worthy of your attention of you like mysteries, thrillers and weirdness.
Another book about the holocaust, this is a real journal of a young Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam with her family. I’m not sure how much is this book known outside Europe, but it’s a beautiful and sad account anyone should read.
Ughh there are so many English authors I love, but in an effort to contain myself from throwing Agata Christie and J.K.Rowling into everything, I’ve opted for a no-less brilliant David Mitchell, whom you may know by Cloud Atlas. Slade House is equally weird and timeless, and even though quite short, this novel about a not-your-average haunted house is simply marvelous.
Same as the previous entry, very hard to choose, but I’ve decided this one takes the spot as I’ve only recently read it. As I’ve not read almost any American classics in high school, I have evaded this beautiful gem for far too long. You can read my review here.
A masterful debut by Hannah Kent, whom I plan to read more, set in early 19th century in gloomy Iceland. Burial Rites is a mysterious account of a woman sentenced to death for murdering her master, awaiting the execution on an isolated farm with a family who both hates her and fears her.
When talking about Russian classics, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky are the first to come to one’s mind, but this novel, even though a modern classic, is one worthy of your attention. Bulgakov created a stunning but devastating satire of life under Stalin’s regime. Half of the novel is set in ancient Jerusalem, the other in contemporary Moscow, with the main characters being Satan and his black cat Behemoth, among the others. Magical realism at its best.
Have you read any of these? Can you recommend me some good novels set in Japan, Netherlands, Scotland/Ireland, or South America? Happy reading! 🙂