Top Ten Books Set In Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about books that are based in a different country. I’m from England, so I could totally pick loads of US books as most of the books I read are set in the US. However, I’ve decided to go for Europe! As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Europe

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

This is an incredible read!

Love & Gelato- Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

A gorgeous book based in Italy.

The Nightingale- Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

I recently read this book and thought it was fabulous!

Anna And The French Kiss- Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Based in Paris, this is a cute contemporary read.

Chocolat- Joanne Harris

Chocolat (Chocolat, #1)

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did!

The Island- Victoria Hislop

The Island

I loved the moments in Crete!

The Diary Of A Young Girl- Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl

I’m pretty sure nearly everyone knows about this book, so I don’t have to explain!

Outlander- Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

This book has become super popular since the TV show. It’s based in the beautiful Scotland!

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

I simply adore this book! ❤

Girl With A Pearl Earring- Tracy Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring

This book is about the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

What did you pick this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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The Nightingale

The Nightingale

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Synopsis:

Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

Thoughts:

I remember reading a book by Kristin Hannah in my pre-blogging days. It absolutely broke my heart and I remember actually crying over it. Therefore, when I knew this book was about World War II, I knew it was going to be another book that would play with my emotions.

The Nightingale centres around Vianne and her sister Isabelle. We learn about their experiences through World War II. Vianne and Isabelle have had a hard life. Isabelle was only four when their mother died. Their father was traumatised by the First World War and has sent them away unable to look after his daughters. Vianne met her husband Antoine. Isabelle ended up feeling very neglected by her father and became rebellious. Later, as World War II began Vianne and Isabelle began to experience curfews, rationing and blackouts. Isabelle is determined to do something worthwhile. She hates living life the way she is and joins the resistance fighters. Vianne meanwhile, has a Nazi soldier living in her house. Vianne is keen to keep her daughter safe. However, when people start to be taken away, she struggles about what to do…

I thought this book was so expertly written. We all have heard about what life was like for people in World War II, but I had never really thought about the struggles they must go through. Vianne had to constantly battle between whether she should work with the enemy to get small favours for those she loves or fight against the opposition for what’s right.

I can’t even begin to imagine what life was like for those living in that time period. Never knowing when it was going to stop. It’s terrifying. Kristin Hannah doesn’t shy away from describing how awful their experiences were. This book is heart-breaking but so very important to read.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re into historical fiction!

This Week In Books #87

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

The Nightingale

I am about 100 pages away from finishing this book which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I don’t have much time for reading at the moment, but every single time I pick up this book, I’m captivated. I’m hoping to have a review up some time next week.

THEN

Noah Can't Even

I had really mixed feelings about this book. Whilst it was very easy to read, I found it to be very ridiculous. However, I’m not its target audience!

NEXT

The Friend

I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing, so I’m looking forward to stepping into this book next!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

 

This Week In Books #86

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Noah Can't Even I Have No Secrets The Nightingale

NOWNoah Can’t EvenSimon James Green– I’ve just started this book. I’m not sure what I think so far. Some trusted book bloggers did not finish it and I can kind of see why. I’ll keep on at the moment though.

THENI Have No SecretsPenny Joelson– I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I’m going to try and get a review out tomorrow if I can!

NEXT- The NightingaleKristin Hannah– I have heard so much about this book, so it’s time to read it. I think it could be an emotional one!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #158

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Bought

By Your Side

I love Kasie West’s writing. It’s the sort of book I will read when I’m super busy and I need something light!

Wait for Me

I’ve heard great things about this book already! I’m excited to get stuck into it.

Received as a present:

The One-in-a-Million Boy

I received this book as part of my monthly present (for a year) from Mr B’s Emporium in Bath. I had heard of this book before but never picked it up.

Borrowed:The Nightingale

I was recommended this book on a recent Top Ten Tuesday list. My sister had a copy which she brought this weekend for me to read sometime soon!

Her Husband's Lover

I love Julia Crouch’s writing so I’m looking forward to reading this book!

The Moth

This is a collection of short stories. Beth really enjoyed it so I’m going to give it a go!

City of Thieves

Another recommendation from Beth! I’m so lucky to have a bookish sister!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! 🙂 Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by. Happy Reading! 😀

Top Ten Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we are listing ten books that we have recently added to our TBR. There’s a mix of thrillers, historical fiction and YA in the list below. Some of my favourite genres!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Sisters- Claire Douglas

The Sisters

I love a psychological thriller and this one from Claire Douglas looks fantastic. I have seen some mixed reviews about this book, but as always, I’m willing to give it a go!

Watching Edie- Camilla Way

Watching Edie

I read the blurb of this book in a shop a few months back and it’s been on my radar since! 🙂 I now have a copy and can’t wait to read it!

13 Minutes- Sarah Pinsborough

13 Minutes

I love the sound of this book! It’s rated fairly highly on Goodreads too, so I’m intrigued…

I See You- Clare Mackintosh

I See You

Loved Clare’s debut novel, so I can’t wait to get stuck into this one!

Replica- Lauren Oliver

Replica (Replica, #1)

I’m excited to read Replica. It sounds really intriguing!

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

This cover is beautiful and I’m so curious to read more from Tahereh Mafi- especially middle grade!

The next three books were recommended to me by book bloggers who gave me some WWII historical fiction recommendations:

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1) Letters from Skye The Nightingale

Tell Me Three Things- Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

This just looks like a cute contemporary YA read!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts. Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!