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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Talking about The Last Runaway with Bibliobeth

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How did I get it?:
Borrowed from Bibliobeth!

Synopsis:

In New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape.

Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.

However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.

A powerful journey brimming with color and drama, The Last Runaway is Tracy Chevalier’s vivid engagement with an iconic part of American history.

Thoughts:

CHRISSI: Did the opening chapter pull you in?
BETH: Completely. The first chapter introduces our main character Honor Bright, who is leaving her home in England to embark on a sea voyage to America with her sister Grace who is recently married and is joining her husband out there. Unfortunately, her new life does not begin too well as Honor is desperately sea-sick on the journey. This is a wonderful introduction to a stunning piece of historical fiction in my opinion, and I couldn’t wait to see how the story would continue.

BETH: How did you think the slavery issue was dealt with in this novel?
CHRISSI: I think it was dealt with well. It was interestingly portrayed. Tracy Chevalier covers the politics of slavery in a sensitive manner. She highlighted the moral dilemmas faced by those who opposed slavery but were too afraid to help due to the laws of the time.

CHRISSI: Did the use of religion put your off or was it handled well?
BETH: Normally, if a book “harps on” too much about religion, it puts me off completely however I did not feel this way about this book at all. In fact, it made me more intrigued, and I found I wanted to learn more about the Quaker faith by the end, especially in the way that complete silence is advocated and encouraged.

BETH: What did you think of Donovan as a character?
CHRISSI: I found Donovan to be a memorable and believable character. I’m completely undecided about how I feel about him. I was always interested when he appeared in the story.

CHRISSI: What did you think of Belle as a character?
BETH: Belle is a wonderful character. She is the first person who really helps Honor when she first arrives in America and gives her somewhere to stay, encouraging her talent in quilting and bonnet making. I also enjoyed the way Belle came into her own regarding runaway slaves, and I admired her morals and values.

BETH: What did you think of the relationship between Honor and Donovan? What do you think her true feelings are towards him?
CHRISSI: I really liked the relationship between Honor and Donovan. Right from the start I thought there was a spark between them. I think Honor really liked him despite his bad ways.

CHRISSI: Did you like the use of letters in the book?
BETH: I loved them. I found it was a nice break between the chapters, and felt I learned more about the characters than I would have done if the letters had been omitted. I would have liked to have letters from other characters rather than Honor, especially Donovan who was such an intriguing personality.

BETH: Why do you think Honor feels she cannot go back to England?
CHRISSI: I think Honor feels obligated to stay in the US as her sister was meant to be there. It’s almost like she wanted to be there for her sister and by going home she would be seen as a failure.

CHRISSI: What did you think of Honor as a protagonist?
BETH: Honor was one of my favourite characters in the book. We see her strength and forbearance when dealing with tragedy and her determination as she tries to integrate herself with the American Quakers, despite the difficulties. I also admired her morals and ethics when trying to practice her religion in the way that she sees fit.

BETH: Have you read anything else by this author? Would you read another?
CHRISSI: I’ve read Girl With A Pearl Earring which I really enjoyed. I’d definitely read more from Tracy Chevalier.

Would you recommend it?:
BETH: Of course!
CHRISSI: Of course!

End of Year Book Survey 2013

Click on the image to get to Jamie's blog!

Click on the image to get to Jamie’s blog!

I am linking up with Jamie from the fantastic blog The Perpetual Page Turner to fill in this bookish survey for 2013.

BEST IN BOOKS 2013

Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist -)

YA – Ooh this is a tough one. I’ll go for Undone by Cat Clarke!

Dystopian – This is so hard. I love dystopian reads. I think it has to be Divergent by Veronica Roth though. I read all of the Divergent series this year as I was so late to it. Divergent was by far the best!

Historical Fiction – It has to be Cross My Heart (And Hope to Live) by Carmen Reid.

ParanormalPivot Point by Kasie West.

Science FictionThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Gutted by this answer, but it is definitely Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I couldn’t finish it. I was just so disappointed!

Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?

And For Your Information by Denise Deegan. I loved The Butterfly Novels, (which I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did) but the second book in the series nearly made me cry, and completely changed my opinion of a character I had previously disliked.

Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. I’ve got most people at my work to read it. It’s about autism from the point of view of a young boy with autism. It really opened my eyes.

Best series you discovered in 2013?

I’ve discovered so many new series this year, but I haven’t finished all of them yet. So I’ll go with one I have finished. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I loved Unearthly and Boundless, but I think Hallowed suffered from middle book syndrome. Other than that, I really enjoyed the series!

Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Katie McGarry.

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t often re-read books any more, but I could possibly re-read Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Favourite cover of a book you read in 2013?

I hate to mention it again, as I want to try and mix things up, but this cover is absolutely stunning…

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Most memorable character in 2013?

There could be SO many answers to this question. I think I’m going to have to say Tris from Divergent. I LOVE her.

Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Another hard question. I’ve read so many beautifully written books this year. I think it might have to be Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne.

Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

So many books have had an impact on me this year. But I guess, it’s one I’ve already mentioned, The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. Purely because I could relate to it so much and it had an impact on my working life.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

From The Reason I Jump:

“True compassion is about not bruising the other person’s self-respect. That’s what I think, anyway.”

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.)

Shortest– Confession of A Chalet Girl by Lorraine Wilson (80 pages- novella)
Longest — Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (541 pages)

Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. I’m just waiting for my sister to read it so we can discuss it! Hurry up, Beth 😉

Favourite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Would it be completely pathetic to say Todd and Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go? Yes, I’m totally going with a friendship between man and dog!

Favourite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier! (Review to follow!)

Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else

A lot of my books are recommended by awesome people but I’d go for The Quietness by Alison Rattle. Recommended by the ever so lovely Luna from Luna’s Little Library.

Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Young Adult!

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Holder from Hopeless/Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover.

Best 2013 debut you read?

There could be so many answers for this, but I’ll go for The Name on Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns.

Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Divergent or These Broken Stars.

Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Adorkable by Sarra Manning.

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

And For Your Information by Denise Deegan and Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma.

Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

I wish that OCD, The Dude and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn was wider read!

READING LIFE 2013

(optional)

New favourite book blog you discovered in 2013?

I can’t really highlight a particular favourite as I love so many book blogs. The blogger that inspires me the most is Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and The Bookish.

Favourite review that you wrote in 2013?

Hmmm… I quite like my Losing Hope review, but I often have issues of thinking my reviews are crap as I don’t have confidence in my writing! I just love to read and share my thoughts!

Best discussion you had on your blog?

By far… Is Reading An Admission of Defeat?

Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I loved Jamie’s post about her experience of working with a life coach.

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I loved going to Hay Festival with my sister Bibliobeth!

Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

Meeting some brilliant book bloggers in person!

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Boys In Books Are Better– Carrie Hope Fletcher

Review: Billy and Me– Giovanna Fletcher

(Side note- a bit weird that these girls are related! Sister-in-laws!)

Watch the brilliant video of Boys In Books Are Better:

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Sometimes (quite rarely 😉 ) I’m quite proud of reviews I write and they don’t seem to get as much love as I want them too.

Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I really love Ashley’s new book blogging community website. Check it out HERE!

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed the British Book Challenge. I was supposed to read 12 British Books and I smashed that challenge. See how many I’ve read so far HERE. I didn’t quite complete my Classics Challenge. I’ve read some classics this year, but not all that I’d hoped I would.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2014

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

There are so many books that I need to get to, it’s insane! I really want to read Trish Doller though. So I’m going to start with Something Like Normal.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. I’ve seen it on so many Top Ten lists that I’m very intrigued…

Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Either Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi or again.. I’m sorry.. I’m a big fan.. The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I want to keep book blogging, continue to read awesome books and blogs and hopefully connect and meet with many more bloggers.

If you have filled out this survey, please feel free to link me to your posts. I love this sort of thing! I’ll be sure to stop by and check out your posts.

WWW Wednesday #48

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book!

What are you currently reading?

13600168I have just started Daughter of Smoke and Bone and it’s incredibly promising so far. I think I’m going to really like this one! It has taken me a long time to get around to reading it, but I’m SO glad I’ve picked it up.

What did you recently finish reading?

15705011I have just finished The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. I LOVED The Girl With A Pearl Earring, so I was really looking forward to this book. I’m happy to say I very much enjoyed it. Tracy Chevalier’s writing is stunning! This book will be reviewed with my sister Beth, very soon.

What do you think you’ll read next?

17846874Frost Hollow Hall is next up for me. I’m really looking forward to this one, as it’s been highly recommended by a lot of people that I trust! I just hope it’s not been over-hyped!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer in the comments or leave your link to your post!

WWW Wednesday #47

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book!

What are you currently reading?

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I have only read one of Siobhan Curham’s books before Finding Cherokee Brown. I hope to read Dear Dylan soon, but this is my current read. I’ve heard such good things about it, so I hope I’m gonna love it!

What did you recently finish reading?

17738153I’ve literally just finished Enter The Bluebird by Brendan Halpin. It’s not a book that I’d usually go for, but Brendan had asked me to read it after I enjoyed his previous book A Really Awesome Mess. My review should be published next week!

What do you think you’ll read next?:

15705011I’m looking forward to reading this book. It’s the next in my sister and I’s ‘Talking About’ reviews.

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll come and check them out!

Stacking The Shelves #34- The Birthday Edition: part 2

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodreads page!

So, last week my haul was the books I actually received for my birthday. This week is the rest of my birthday haul!!

Borrowed from Bibliobeth

My lovely sister sent me some books (she knows the amount I have already, her TBR pile is far worse than mine but we still continue to buy….)

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Oh my goodness! So many books that I’m excited to read. 5 of these books are part of the autumn selection of books for a book club my sister and I participate in.

Extras are Nearest Thing To Crazy , I really like the look of this book. My sister sure knows what sort of thing I like.  Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children, I’ve had my eye on this book for a while. I was also recommended My Cousin Rachel, so it’s fabulous that my sister had acquired a copy and so willingly shared! (I love my sister! 😀 )

Remaining Birthday Gifts:

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Looking at it all is rather overwhelming!! I’m really looking forward to reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer as I’ve heard great things about those books. I also can’t wait to continue the Under The Never Sky series with Through The Ever Night. I’m excited for ALL of these books really, I’m just not sure when I’m going to fit them in!

Too many books, too little time…

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave your link so I can visit your blog!