Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature has a different (usually) book related topic each week, and the goal is to compose a list of ten things that correspond to the topic!
This week’s theme is: Ten Books Set Outside the United States
Going to twist this theme a little bit. First point, I don’t read nearly enough books that take place outside of the United States. I do think (and hope) that this will change soon because I’m going through this life crisis where I want to travel EVERYWHERE and I want to travel there RIGHT NOW. That clearly isn’t realistic because money, job, adulating, etc., so I hope that reading books about traveling and far off wonderful places will help ease my wanderlust. Second point, I wanted to pick “real” places for this topic, and felt like picking series’ was cheating. Third point, there are also some epically awesome bookish events/places that I want to experience that are outside of the U.S., and I think those need some love as well. So, here we go!
Shakespeare and Company (Paris, France) – When I was on my honeymoon in Hawaii, my sister was on her honeymoon in Europe. She visited Shakespeare and Company and we fangirled over its awesomeness for a while whenever we both returned. I want to go here myself and bask in all the bookstore glory that this place has to offer. Also, on the website there is this amazing quote from the founder, and it’s just so magical and makes my need to visit even stronger.
I created this bookstore like a man would write a novel, building each room like a chapter, and I like people to open the door the way they open a book, a book that leads into a magic world in their imaginations. —George Whitman
Warner Bros. Studio Tour (London, England) and the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play (London, England) – Alright, so these two are pretty obvious, so I’ve lumped them together. I’m guessing almost all HP fans have these on their To Do list. For now, I shall have to be satisfied with reading the script for Cursed Child when it comes out at the end of July.
Game of Thrones Tours (Northern Ireland) – I wouldn’t consider myself the biggest Game of Thrones fan around. I’ve only read the first two books, but am an avid viewer of the show. I have my theories, I have my favorite characters (though I dare not disclose them because then they’ll most likely die – damn George R. R. Martin), and I curl up with all my friends to watch each episode, then we chat about all of these things right afterwards. Since Ireland is already on my bucket list of places that I need to visit soon, I think it would be awesome to go on a Game of Thrones tour there as well! Also, my husband is so into the show, and usually he just puts up with my bookish experiences to appease me, but he’d actually love this one too, so that’s a bonus!
Stratford Festival (Ontario, Canada) – So amazing! All the plays! All the Shakespeare! Alright, so full disclosure, when I was in High School we went to this festival every year, so I know how freaking awesome it is, and that’s why I want to go back. Plus, the plays change each year, so technically it would be like a new experience. I don’t know how well known this festival is, so everyone should check it out! If you ever venture there, also, take a stop at Niagara on the Lake, the most adorable little town where I have eaten the best fudge of my life.
I’m looking for recommendations for books set outside of the United States! Tell me your favorites, please 🙂