Around the World in YA Books

What another post? In two days? Even though it’s been a really hectic week? Well, my work (being amazing) have given me the day off, so I thought in between unpacking and a gazillion boring errands, I’d cram in another post. Thank you so much to Book Snacks for tagging me! I’ve been looking forward to doing this since I got tagged, so without further ado…

Alright, so 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! (*I’m also going to be tweaking the rules a bit and use books on my TBR as well, not only books I’ve read*)

Let’s start with somewhere I’ve visited most recently:

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hitler's canaries

I’ve always thought this was the most beautiful book set in World War II, because it is full of hope, kindness and humanity. And yes I am putting it above the Book Thief, but only just. Speaking of which…


germany flagbook thief

Another absolute gem set in the Second World War. Such an emotional read as well.


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Not all of this is set in Russia, so I’m kind of cheating with this one, but it’s such a lovely book that it deserves a mention. It has to be one of my favourite YA romances. It’s heart-warming and really sweet.


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isla and the happily ever after

Yes, I know it’s surprising that I picked this over the much-loved Anna and the French Kiss, but the sappy romantic in me can’t help but find this adorable. And they go to Barcelona in this, so I’ve also managed to include Spain in this list. Two birds, one stone.


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Ah such a beautiful book! And what an incredible depiction of Prague! Absolutely stunning series- I spent so much time squealing with delight when I read it (I’m a romantic, see above)


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a thousand splendid suns

Ok, I’m cheating cos this is not really YA- but I do love this book. And I reckon you can read this if you’re a teenager… so it totally counts… And even it doesn’t- it’s amazing- go read it!


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Is this YA? Probably not, but it’s great anyway. I know a lot of people found it boring, but I loved its complexities and the descriptions were beautiful.


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to kill a mockingbird

Gosh, I love this book so much. It’s such an incredible work of art. The voice is just superb- it is complex and yet captures the thoughts of a child perfectly. Atticus Fitch is one of my favourite characters, ever. (I have to say, as an aside, I’m feeling a bit betrayed by Harper Lee making him an old racist in Go Set a Watchman)


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I used to love this series. Unfortunately I outgrew it before I got to the end. I also felt like Hoffman dragged it out a bit too much and the later ones in the series never recaptured the magic of the first one.


And for my final book, I’m heading back home to the…

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How could I not mention this? It’s probably one of my all-time favourite YA series. The opening is set in Oxford and then the plot takes it up to Svalbard (so I’m getting a sneaky trip to the arctic in too). It’s such a beautiful book, with wonderful depths and brilliant characters- what more could you want?

So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed this little romp round the globe! I tag:













And anyone else who wants to do it!

28 thoughts on “Around the World in YA Books

  1. Thanks for tagging me for this too.
    Great books. Some have been on my TBR for a long ass time (thinking of the Northern Lights).
    I’ll get to it one day, probably when I show up early to an event or appointment and am waiting for everyone else.

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    1. You’re very welcome! 🙂 Well I’ll bet you won’t be disappointed when you finally do read it! It’s spectacular! Definitely something to look forward to! Haha I’d say read it *now* but (as you can probably tell) I’m a little bit biased about it 🙂

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  2. Thanks for the tag! This looks fun, I’ll definitely give it a go when I’ve caught up on my tags! I enjoyed reading your answers. I loved Isla and the Happily Ever After too! I’d recently been to Barcelona when I read it, so I was getting really dorkishly excited recognising the places they visit! Love Daughter of Smoke and Bone too, although I ended up being a bit disappointed with the final book in the series. Northern Lights is also amazing, I live in Oxford, so there’s even more dorkish squealing of ‘OMG I’VE BEEN THERE!’ haha. Great post! 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome! haha that’s amazing! I’ve been to Oxford a few times and thought- “wow, this is exactly as the book describes it”- I’ve always loved how Pullman really captured the city. Looking forward to reading your answers 🙂

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        1. Oh gosh that’s a hard question! I love the world-building and adventure in the Northern Lights so much, so probably that one. But the last one has so much depth and I love Will’s story, so it’s close. How about you? Do you prefer the first or the second?

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          1. I loved both books, but The Northern Lights was definitely my favourite! I think it has more of a magical feel to it, if that makes sense – probably because everything is so mysterious to begin with. The world-building in this series is fantastic 🙂 I’m really looking forward to reading the last book.

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