The Around the World in YA Book Tag was originally created by Becca @ Becca and Books. I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse. The rules are simple: List a country, and then show which favourite book of yours is set in that country. You can use the countries I have used, add your own, or use completely different ones!
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo is an Australian YA novel that I recently read and loved.
It’s an absolutely wonderful novel about growing up, transitions, self-discovery and first love. This book is set in Sydney, where I live, and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to read about places that I recognise and have been to. I also really related to the two main characters and the situations they were going through.
I couldn’t think of a YA novel that I’ve read that’s set in China. So I went with Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
Cinder is set in New Beijing, which is a futuristic China or Asia. It seems to be a combination of all the Asian countries… The Lunar Chronicles is my favourite series of all time, and I loved that the first book, Cinder, features some Asian characters and Asian culture. The other books in the series takes us to France, Africa, and the moon!
Is this even a surprise to anyone?
My favourite book set in France has to be All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. There’s no competition. I know it’s not YA, but I couldn’t give up the opportunity to talk about this book! I guess if I had to choose a YA novel, I’d go with Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. This one is set mostly in Paris, but the characters travel to Barcelona and New York City as well.
I could have also put All the Light We Cannot see for this one, but I’m getting really predictable these days.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is my favourite YA novel set in Germany. I read this when I was in school and I loved the setting of it so much! WWII Germany is one of my favourite settings to read about, along with pretty much anything else that’s set during WWII, in case you couldn’t tell from my love of All the Light We Cannot See.
Just One Year by Gayle Forman is set partly in India. You probably all know how much I love Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Just One Year is a companion that follows Willem’s adventures as he tries to reunite with Allyson.
He travels all over the world, from the Netherlands to Mexico, to India… and other places. At one point, he visits his mother in India and ends up being cast in a Bollywood movie.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is set partially in Amsterdam. I could have gone with Just One Year by Gayle Forman again, or even Just One Day, but I’m sure you’ve had enough of me raving about that duology.
In TFIOS, we follow a girl called Hazel Grace, who’s obsessed with a book written by an author who lives in Amsterdam. The book doesn’t have an ending (I think. I can’t remember!) so she travels to his home in Amsterdam to ask him about what happens next.
THE UNITED KINGDOM
My favourite YA novel set in the UK right now is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. It’s inspired by Harry Potter, so it’s set in the Watford School for Magicks in the UK.
I love everything about it, including the world, magic system and the characters. OMG the characters. I love Simon and Baz so much. SnowBaz definitely wins my OTP of the year award! They are adorable individually and together ❤ ❤ ❤
Since most books I read are set in the US, I had to just choose my favourite YA novel of all time, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.
This book is set in California and follows a set of twins, Jude and Noah, who are both hiding secrets. They used to be really close but something has torn them apart, and now they barely speak. What they don’t know is that if they came together and shared their secrets, they could figure out the truth and repair their relationship.
Once again, I’m tagging some of my newest followers:
- Alahna @ The Charmed Reader
- Daniela @ Daniela’s Bookshelf
- Jaymee @ Bookciology
- Olivia @ Heir of Glitter