It’s kind of funny that this prompt came up right now, because the ATY group on Goodreads has been discussing some geography-based prompts for next year’s reading challenge. Personally, I am completely burnt out on choosing books by geography (ie. set or written in a specific country), but I know a lot of people have goals around reading books from around the world, and some even try to find books written or set in every single country. In general, geography has never been a subject that interested me, and I’ve never felt a very strong pull to try to read from every country in the world, at least at this point. Strangely, I had a much harder time than I expected finding books that would fit. I think I had trouble conceptualizing which words counted as geography terms and my brain kept getting hung up on words like “house” or “cabin” which don’t quite fit, or “woods” which seemed a bit questionable. I had to keep going back to the list of examples that were given on the prompt list just to make sure the books I was choosing would actually fit. I also tried as much as possible to vary the words so that I didn’t just pick 10 books that all had the same geographical term in the title. I spent some time digging through my list page by page and searching on my own, but eventually just used the search function on my Want To Read list to find books that contained specific words.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
1) The Island by Adrian McKinty
2) The Lost Village by Camilla Sten
3) The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters
4) City of Orange by David Yoon
5) In the Country of Others by Leila Slimani
6) The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
7) The Bay at Midnight by Diane Chamberlain
8) The Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell
9) Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
10) Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills