Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday-Books From Other Countries

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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

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The topic this week is books set in other countries. This isn't really difficult as most of my books are set in the US and I live in the UK but I'm trying to get a list of books I enjoyed set in some different countries. These are fiction and non fiction.

1) John Marsden-Tomorrow When The War Began (Australia) 
YA apocalypse drama as a group of teenagers return from a camping trip to find their town has been invaded by foreign enemies.

2) Christopher Golden-Ararat (Turkey)
The possible discovery of Noah's Ark on a mountain unleashes a deadly demon just as a storm traps the people working at the dig.

3) Khaled Hosseini-The Kite Runner (Afghanistan)
The friendship of two young friends falls apart in the aftermath of a brutal attack, set against Afghanistan falling under the control of the Taliban.

4) Dan Maloney-Sunrise on Kusatsu Harbor (Japan)
A young couple are torn apart in the aftermath of the dropping of the atomic bomb.

5) Zana Muhsen-Sold (Yemen)
Two British girls leave their home in the UK to visit family, unaware that they have been sold into arranged marriage in Yemen.

6) Jo Tatchell-Nabeel's Song (Iraq)
As Sadaam rises to power, an outspoken poet and critic of the regime plans to flee for the safety of his family.

7) Markus Zusak-The Book Thief (Germany)
A girl of communist parents is fostered by a German couple who oppose the Nazi regime and risk their lives to hide a jewish man.

8) Loung Ung-First They Killed My Father (Cambodia)
The Khmer Rouge take revenge on the ruling class, putting families into brutal work camps and killing many others.

9) Jung Chang-Wild Swans (China)
Three generations of women in one family grow up through the times of warlords and the cultural revolution.

10) Aravind Adiga-The White Tiger (India) 
Balram is a teashop worker who dreams of a better life amid the corruption around him.

24 comments:

  1. These is such a diverse range of places, Chuckles - great list!

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    1. I used to be very diverse in my reading in 2010!

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  2. Wow, that's a great variety of different countries. Mine are mostly England as you saw. I'm pretty sure I've read some in Australia but I can't remember which ones.

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    1. Most of my reads are UK and US, mainly because of the apocalypse and zombie reads mainly being set there. I do have a couple of South Africa and Australia zombie books on the TBR though.

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  3. Kite Runner was such a sad book!

    Here's my link: https://wp.me/p6C2DX-1zZ

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    1. It was a really sad book! Beautifully written. Sorry I can't get that link to work to comment back.

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  4. Wow. These are from all over the world. Don't you love traveling through books@

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    1. I used to read a lot of books from different countries but my tastes have changed back to just reading favourites so I rarely get to anything outside UK, US, maybe Canada or Australia!

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  5. unfortunately don't know any of them

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    1. I'm actually surprised you haven't read any of them with your interest in women and diversity! A few of them might suit you. First They Killed My Father is a new film with Angelina Jolie.

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  6. The Kite Runner is on my TBR list. I see cheap used copies of it everywhere, so I have no excuse for not picking it up. Great post!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. The Kite Runner was way outside my comfort zone but I cried a couple of times during it. I'm a big soft lump though!

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  7. I have tomorrow when the war began on my list. I haven’t read any of the other ones.

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    1. I loved the first two Tomorrow books! I really need to get caught up with the rest of the series!

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  8. The Book Thief was a really good read.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. I certainly enjoyed it. I'm putting off watching the film as I know it is going to be really sad!

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  9. YA apocalypse (or any apocalypse) set in Australia would be fun. And ooh Ararat! I'd like to read more set in China also.

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    1. I used to read a lot of non fiction and fiction based in China. Then I rediscovered zombies and that went out the window! The first two Tomorrow books were great and I really need to catch up with the series.

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  10. What a great list! I've only read three of these: Tomorrow When the War Begins, The Kite Runner and First They Killed My Father. I thought they were all really good. Just reading your list makes me want to read several others, especially Ararat, Sunrise on Kusatsu Harbor and Sold. :D

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    1. I hope you like them if you decide to try them!

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  11. You have a pretty diverse list here. I would really have to take a whole lot of time to remember anything I have read outside of just a few countries.

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    1. I used to be a really diverse reader back in 2010! I read so many different countries but they ended up depressing me as they were all so sad. So it was back to zombies!

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  12. Wow, this is a very diverse list! Great trip around the world with these books.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. It's been a while since I read anything from countries on this list-well, except Australia.

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