Recently I went on Twitter and asked for recommendations for authors that aren’t American. Not because I dislike American authors, but because I want to learn more about different countries and cultures and just be able to find brilliant writers from all over the world. The tweet was semi-popular and I GREATLY appreciate the people who took the time to respond, but in the interest of full disclosure, I was also extremely disappointed. I only received recs for authors that are from Canada, UK, or Australia, Most of which were already familiar to me.
This is no ones fault but my own because I wasn’t really clear about what I wanted and what I was personally looking for. So here is my clarification:
I want to create a list of books and authors from around the world, but I don’t need recommendations for countries where I already have a sense of familiarity with many of their authors, namely USA,UK,CANADA, and AUSTRALIA. I want to step away from those borders and enter new areas. So I created a google form, where you can go in and leave the name of an author, the country they’re from, and the title of the book. I will then compile a massive list and create the Book World Tour challenge. Where people can pick out a few books from authors they may not be aware of, who are telling stories that we can learn from and be able to spread the word about different books and cultures.
I found this idea in the depths of Tumblr somewhere, and I thought it was a pretty neat idea. I wanted to do it as well and maybe give a little reason why I chose the books in this particular list.I don’t think it needs to describe any bit of my personality, it is just a cool way to recommend books, and to have books recommended to me. So don’t forget to share some of your recommendations down below. So here we go, If I were a book…
If I were a fantasy book, I’d be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
When I first read this book, I couldn’t help but connect to the story. Harry and his friends were entering their awkward years and I was pretty much in my awkward years. The story of course is wonderful, but I just connected to it in many ways.
If I were a science fiction book, I’d be Ready Player One
Which I guess is only because of the video game aspect of the novel, because believe it or not I didn’t actually love this book like everyone else on the planet seems to. I don’t read much Science Fiction apparently so this was hard to find an answer to. Maybe I will find some more Sci-Fi to check out in 2016. Make some recommendations down below if you would like. 😀
If I were an adult fiction book, I’d be A Darker Shade of Magic
I am almost done with this book and I only started it a couple of days ago. It has been a while since I have dived into a book and really could not put it down. Well of course I have to handle my responsibilities for the day, but I am reluctant to actually put this book down instead of just reading it straight to the end. I know all of her books written under V.E.Schwab are adult novels, so I am going with this one even though I have yet to finish it, it is just that good.
If I were a young adult book,I’d be The Diviners
This book is one of my favorite reads of this year, and I am still hoping to get to the sequel before the year is up. (yes, I realize I only have a month left to do so) It takes place in 1920’s New York City, which for some reason has always been quite fascinating to me. I highly recommend this creepy read!!
If I were a non-fiction book, I’d be Furiously Happy
I have mentioned this book A LOT lately, and really I cannot help myself. Jenny Lawson has made me feel a lot more comfortable in my own anxiety filled skin. I know that sometimes I cannot help the way I feel, and I should not have to apologize for that.
If I were a graphic novel, I’d be Rat Queens
I read the two volumes that are out, and I have to say that they are two of my absolute favorite Graphic Novels, but I also want to say that Lady Killer Which is a completely different novel, is also up here because I was so pleasantly surprised by it when I got a digital review copy, and I really want more people to check it out.
If I were a horror/thriller book, I’d be Career of Evil
This book dragged me out of my reading slump this month. Thank you Ms.Rowling! This book falls more on the crime/thriller/mystery area but I had to throw it up here, because if you haven’t checked out this series yet, then I think you need to do so NOW.
If I were a historical fiction book, I’d be Fall of Giants
This book was long and sometimes, I felt like it was dragging, but the premise of it is quite interesting, and though I have yet to finish the series, I think if you’re really into historical fiction, that this might just be your cup of tea.
If I were a children’smiddle grade book, I’d be Sword of Summer
This is the new series by Rick Riordan who’s definite claim to fame was the Percy Jackson series. I flew threw this book, and think anyone that loved Percy Jackson will love Magnus Chase. I loved this book a whole lot more than I ever loved the Percy Jackson series, which I did not finish reading because I lost interest mid way through the second book.
I deleted some parts of this because I just couldn’t find the right books to recommend. I hope you check out some of these and please leave me some recommendations down below, as I hope to make a giant list of books I will hope to read in the next year.