I just joined the Goodreads group 'Monthly Recommendations', which gives a theme each month to recommend some books! I'll be posting a video each month on my YouTube channel, but I'll also be posting here.
This month's theme, as you can tell by the title, is Around The World, which can cover a lot of different books:
And so much more! So here are seven books from Around the World that you should definitely check out!
The first book is Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner, which is the first book in the Nobody's Princess duology. This is a YA historical fiction that follows Helen of Troy when she was just Helen of Sparta, travelling to the Mykenae and then onto Calydon for a wild boar hunt.
Set in Ancient Greece, this book is perfect for fans of historical fiction and the Ancient Greek world, and Greek Mythology. It's not only going to take you to a different part of the world, but it's going to take you on a road trip through the Ancient world.
With a strong female lead determined to be a strong warrior Queen, this is a great read!
Does a book literally set out of this world count in this? I'm going to say it does! Here we have Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, the first book in The Illumina Files series!
I'm sure you all know about this book. Set the year 2375, this story follows Kady and Ezra, who are forced to flee their planet when it comes under attack. On the ships Hypatia and Alexander, the small fleet is headed to jump-point Heimdall. But it's a long journey and the AI system AIDAN is defective and determined to protect the fleet, even it means destroying it.
Told without the use of traditional prose narrative, we follow these characters through the use of letters, chat logs, interview transcripts, AI data, surveillance footage summaries, radio message transcripts, and more.
Now let's head to England in Mobile Library by David Whitehouse, which is a standalone.
This story follows Bobby Nusku, who is essentially alone in the world - his mother is gone, his father and his girlfriend want nothing to do with him, his only friend spends most of the summer in hospital before moving across the country, and he is constantly bullied. Bobby's escape comes when he meets Rosa and her mother Val, and he is swept away into the world of books. when Val realises that Bobby's life at home is far from happy, she finds the only way to save him is to run away in the mobile library. Together, they take their own adventure across the country, reading along the way.
This book is something that all readers need to read - you'll fall in love with the characters and the road trip they are on through the English and Scottish countryside.
Continuing our country-hopping, here's Soundless by Richelle Mead, also a standalone, set in a small Chinese village.
Set in a small Chinese mining village located on the top of a large mountain, the only contact to the outside world is a zip-line where food and supplies are sent in exchange for the stone mined. The entire village is also deaf. However, the villagers are also starting to go blind. One night, Fei has a strange dream and wakes up with her hearing. Determined to help her village, she joins her friend Le Fwe on the dangerous descent down the mountain to find out why supplies to the village have stopped.
This was such a fascinating read, based on Chinese folklore, which is in itself enough to make you pick it up!
Now a book that is not only one of my favourite books of 2016, but a book that takes place in four different countries - A Rose For the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French.
Written by Australian children's author Jackie French, this book beautifully follows New Zealander Midge Macpherson, who is living with family in England, as she heads off the France to set up a canteen with her friends in France to do their bit for the war-effort. It's not as glorious as everyone thinks and Midge is soon trust into the horrors of life on the front-line. In the midst of it all, she finds friendship in Aussie soldier Harry Harrison, who at the end of the war needs her as much as she needs him.
This is such a moving story that is highly recommended to anyone and everyone.
Jackie French is such a fantastic author that I'm going to recommend another must-read book - Hitler's Daughter.
The book is essentially a story within a story. In the first story, a group of friends wait for the bus in the pouring rain and decide to play 'The Game', which is where someone comes up with the idea of a story, and Anna tells it. This time, Anna comes up with the idea of Hitler's Daughter, and so begins the second story about Heidi. Heidi is far from the genetic ideal that Hitler sought, but he shows her compassion. Sheltered from the world, Heidi is unaware that the war raging across Europe is due to Hitler's Nazi Regime, she has no idea that Germany is crumbling. She does not know the true horrors of her father.
Introducing younger readers to Hitler, World War Two and the Holocaust, this is such an interesting concept that will leave you thinking and wondering 'what if...'
Finally, let's head to the Canadian wilderness in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, the first book in the Brian's Saga series!
When the pilot of the small plane taking him to Canada has a heart attack, Brian manages to crash it into a lake in the Canadian wilderness. Now, thirteen-year-old Brian must try to survive the harsh wilderness conditions - find shelter, food and warmth - while he waits to be rescued. With the hatchet given to him by his mother on departure, he defies the odds and make the wilderness his home.
This is a fantastic middle-grade/YA survival story that may just have you wanting to travel to Canada to camp in the wilderness. Written by a Canadian author, this is a great book to spice up your reading diversity!
I hope these books give inspiration for your next read or bookish buy. They are all such enjoyable reads that I will continue coming back to and rereading. Let me know some of your recommendation for books around the world!
See You Soon!