Today’s Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and the Bookish is called Top Ten Books for Readers who Like ___________.
I know that with things like We Need Diverse Books a lot of people are trying to read beyond their own milieu. I think for me, the biggest problem as a youngster was that I was constantly reading narratives about young people in the USA or the UK, and so I was getting a very narrow view of the world and indeed of what I could be.
These are ten books that are NOT set in the USA or the UK. If you like it, I also have a similar list here.
1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (YA, Sci-Fi)
Beijing! Or, well, New Beijing. Anycase, close enough.
2. The Body Electric by Beth Revis (YA, Sci-Fi)
Again a bit of a modified version of it, but: MALTA! I’ve actually never read a book set in Malta so this was fun.
3. Because We Are by Ted Oswald (young protagonists but not strictly YA, contemporary)
A pretty harrowing picture of Haiti.
4. The Last Song by Eva Wiseman (YA, Historical, Romance)
Spain during the fifteenth century’s inquisition
5. I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached (Graphic, Historical)
Beirut, Lebanon: before, during and after the war.
6. The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah (young protagonists but not strictly YA, Historical)
Mauritius, immediately after WWII.
7. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (young protagonists but not strictly YA, Historical)
Childhood in Zimbabwe (click image for source)
8. Moxyland by Lauren Beukes (young adult protagonists but not strictly YA, Futuristic)
Techo-futuristic Cape Town, South Africa
9. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (YA, Fantasy)
10. Babyshoes by Dawn Garisch (YA, Contemporary)
Young adult about poverty, family problems and teen pregnancy set in picturesque Knysna, South Africa (I’m South African, therefore I will be biased and included two books from my own country. OKthanxbye. 😀 )