The idea for this post came from the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and The Bookish. The original challenge for today was to come up with books set outside the USA. Because I live in the Netherlands, another common setting of the books I read is somewhere in Europe. Therefore I want to take you on a(n) (incomplete) journey through Europe. I tried to choose books in which the setting is well described:
We start in Ireland where the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer are set. The home of the young criminal mastermind Artemis is located on the outskirts of Dublin. Another important location in this book series is Haven City, a fairy city that can be found hundreds of miles under the ground.
France & Germany
In the Paris from the 1930s and 1940s lives Marie-Laure from All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. She is blind, but can find her way through the city because her father made a wooden miniature of Paris. Meanwhile in an orphanage in Germany, Werner develops a talent for fixing radios. This gives him the opportunity to join the Hitler Youth.
In Barcelona in 1945, Daniel from The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón finds a book on the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. On his quest for the writer he finds out that someone tries to burn all the copies of the book.
Elizabeth Gilbert has written about her search for “everything” in Eat, Pray, Love. She visits three countries: Italy, India and Indonesia. In Rome she discovers how to enjoy life to the fullest. After reading this part of the book, you will defitively going to want to Italy.
The journalist Mikael Blomkvist from The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson tries to solve a mysterious disappearance in Sweden. Help comes from the genius, but misunderstood investigator, Lisbeth Salander
In Prague lives a girl with blue hair, tattoos on the palms of her hands and sketchbook full of strange creatures that actually exist. Of course I talk about Karou from the a-ma-zing Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. By the way, (not entirely) accidentally I visited Prague after reading these books. It really is a beautiful city!