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March 27: Books That Take Place In Another Country
What a very, very, broad topic. I’ll narrow it a little by looking specifically at books on my TBR pile that take place in another country. Some of these are for challenges, some are just books I want to read. I do have a goal of working through some of the books I already own….
- Go Well, Stay Well, by Toeckey Jones
This is a book I’ve had around for a long time, and think it’s about time to re-read. I actually put it on my re-read list last year after reading Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime.” Go Well, Stay Well, takes place in South Africa, and I seem to remember liking the story when I first read it.
- Listen, Slowly, Thanhha Lai –
I read “Inside Out and Back Again” by this same author last year, and absolutely loved it (so much so that I had to buy a copy for myself). So when I saw another book by her while browsing through the stacks at Powell’s, I just had to buy it. I really had no choice. The story is about a Vietnamese American girl, going to Vietnam.
- Persuasion, Jane Austin
Getting through this has become something of a matter of pride. This is one of the books on my rather ambitious Classics Club list, and every time I sit down to read it I’m just NOT in the right place. I think I might give this one a go during one of the Dewey’s 24-hour Readathons, when I can focus on it.
- Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
Also a Classics Club book, plus one that I’m thinking of using for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.
- The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
Hey, would you look at that. Another book that will fit both my Classics Club list AND the Read Harder Challenge. Fantasy worlds count as “another country,” right?
- Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
Classics Club, Book Riot… I’m sensing a pattern here. I read this one originally in High School, and have been meaning to re-read it ever since. Particularly after I came across one of the papers I wrote about it in High School. Wonder what my thoughts will be now that I’m over twice the age I was when I first read it (wait.. How did I get to be that old already? huh…).
- Breath, Eyes, Memory, Edwidge Denticat
This one showed up when I was visiting the library. Darn that Friends of the Library sale-shelf! Turns out it also works to meet a Book Riot challenge too. I bought it knowing nothing about the book – but apparently it takes place, at least partially, in Haiti.
- Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingslover
Another Classics Club. I’ve had this book on my shelves for quite a while and haven’t gotten to it yet, so it really is time. I did start it at the beginning of this year, and was really impressed by the different voices the characters had. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the story I just need to, you know, dedicate some time and energy to reading it when I can pay attention and follow the story (some books just don’t lend themselves well to commute-reading).
- Phantom of the Opera, Gaston LeRoux
Classics-Club, Book-Riot… yup. This will be a reread for me, and I do look forward to digging into the story. I remember that I enjoyed it when I read it the first time (during my Phantom of the Opera obsession in High School), so it will be fun to revisit.
- Beyond Safe Boundaries, Margaret Sacks
Another book that takes place in South Africa in the 1960s. And another book I remember reading when I was younger and decided it was time to reread. It’s one of those books that I am glad I never got rid of the physical copy, because I had a vague recollection of the cover of this book, the topic, and nothing more. Trying to find a book with only that information — not easy!