TTT: Books That Take Place In Another Country

The latest Top Ten Tuesday topic focused on books that take place in another country. And when you`re from Romania, you have a pretty good selection of books. But since I`ve been living in London for the past 7 years, I`d decided to use UK as my adoptive place (even though I`m apparently a leech in the eyes of the UKIP). Don`t worry, I won`t fall into the "Brexit is Bad" propaganda because I don`t have the time, the energy or the money from the powerful Soros to do it.

I do have to say that I applaud this topic. I`ve been following a couple Youtube channels that talk about the "Around The World TBR", and it`s something I`d like to do as well. During my lifetime, I`d love to say that I`ve read books from all of the countries around the globe. If you want some recommendations, The Book Castle and Portal in the Pages have some great videos. These awesome ladies inspired me to take part in the #aroundtheworld challenge. I believe that the initiator of this challenge has her own set TBR, but I`ll choose the books based on my preferences. And without any further ado, let`s see what`s on my TBR.

1. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan)
I love historical fiction, and I have to say, I`m a bit embarrassed for not having read this book. It`s about the friendship between the son of wealthy Kabul merchant and his servant. However, something bad happens, and their bond is completely shaken. From what I`ve gathered the action takes place between the Soviet-Afghan War, and I imagine it will be a hard and powerful story to read.
Half of a Yellow Sun

2. "Half of a Yellow Sun" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)
Sadly, I`m not that familiar with the history of Western Africa, and I thought that this novel is a great place to start. I loved Chimamanda`s feminist non-fiction works, so I`m positive I`ll enjoy her historical fiction just as much.

3. "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah (Sierra Leone)
At the age of 13, Beah was picked by the government army and became a soldier. This memoir talks about the terrible things he had to endure, and the horrible acts he committed. Again, I`m not that familiar with the subject, but I suppose this book will be a heart-breaking eye-opener.

4. "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov (Russia)
From what I know, this is a satire where the devil visits Soviet Russia in the shape of a professor? I`m not sure, but a lot of my friends liked this novel. I love Russian literature, and this one has magical realism so we might look at a new favourite.

5. "1Q84" by Haruki Murakami (Japan)
It`s no secret that Haruki Murakami is my favourite author, and I believe I`ve read all of his translated works. Except for this one because I was always intimidated by its size. But the title makes me think of "1984", which is one of my favourite books, so if Murakami`s novel is similar I`m in for a treat.

6. "Midnight Children" by Salman Rushdie (India)
I don`t know much about this book, but I believe it falls into the magical realism genre. And hey, I love that! It`s about a boy that was born at the midnight of India`s Independence, and he might have some magical powers. I`m confused, but it has glowing reviews.

7. "We Need New Names" by NoViolet Bulawayo ( Zimbabwe)
This novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013, and it made the author the first African female writer to earn this distinction. The Goodreads rating is not that great, but I`m curious to see what the fuss was about. It`s about a ten-year-old girl that is trying to escape to her aunt in America.

8. "All The Names" by Jose Saramago (Portugal)
I have read "Blindness" and "Seeing" by Saramago, both of which I loved. I enjoy his writing style a lot, and his themes are quite fitting to today`s world. He writes about loneliness and the connection between people. His books are not only enjoyable, but they also make you think.

9. "Wave of Terror" by Theodore Odrach (Ukraine)
Finally, a subject I`m more familiar with. I`m sure that most of you knew, but Romania was under communism until 1989 (my great-grandfather was imprisoned because he did not believe in the regime). Anyway, this deals with Stalin`s occupation of Belarus and the aftermath.

10. "Three Daughters of Eve" by Elif Shafak (Turkey)
Elif Shafak is an extremely popular Turkish writer, and I`m curious to see if her novels are as good as the awards they get. This book deals with Islam and feminism, two subjects that I`m familiar with, but of which I`d like to know more about.

Have you read any of these books? Would you be interested in taking part in the #aroundtheworld challenge? Let me know in the comments.

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.


  1. Uhhh wow! What a great list Carmen!! There are some truly touching books here... like the boy solider and the 3 Eves... <3 I too love reading around the world... I would love to do that more and actually this list is a great start!

  2. Half Of A Yellow Sun is an awesome book, I remember reading it and not being able to put it down.I'm Nigerian but there's so much about the civil war I didn't know until I read the book, I highly recommend. Chimamanda's books are awesome in general, she's awesome. Can you tell that I'm a stan? Lol.

    The Kite Runner is another awesome book, it's very gripping and sad. But totally worth the read! I read a review on Three Daughters of Eve tonight and it sounds so good, would love to read. An #aroundtheworld challenge sounds awesome, I like learning more about new places! xx
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