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Top Ten Tuesday | Armchair Journeys and Adventures

 
Hello, happy Top Ten Tuesday readers and friends. Welcome. It’s a new week, and around here, it’s supposed to be hot, hot, hot. What’s worse is the humidity is forecasted to soar. *sigh* This is summer in the Midwest. To combat this summer heat, what better option is there than to become lost inside a fictional world? None I’d argue. With that said, let’s discover what today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about. 
 
Broke and Bookish July 19th Topic:
 
Ten Books Set Outside the US
 
I love (lovelove) this topic. I am a big advocate for more stories set outside the US or at least out of the “safe” format stories tend to take (Small Town USA). Much as I enjoy the simple pleasures of fiction set in their safety net (and believe me, I do), I yearn for more books that take a few risks and step outside those lines. As I put this together, I realized I have read more than I thought that fit this mold, but still, very few in comparison.
 
The first seven novels on this list are the books I’ve read that center on this, the last three are books I’d like to read. Beyond this, I shall rely on all of you to recommend (enthusiasm welcome, friends!) the books you’ve loved that are set outside the good ole’ USA. Or even books inside the USA that are set in a big city or unique place. I’m also adding another “spin” on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday and recommending a film with my book choices. Why? Because it seemed like a fun idea.

That said, let’s have a look at the ten books on my list.
 
1. All Fall Down by Ally Carter | This one is about the granddaughter of an American ambassador serving in a foreign country. It also marked my first Ally Carter read. So. Good. Amazon | Goodreads
 
Film Recommendation: Chasing Liberty; I know this isn't the same story, but it has the same kind of feel, and involves overseas travel.
 
2. Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon | A popular YA novel, this is the first (of four) book in a series that follows two best friends transported to historic Scotland. It’s full of pop culture references, and retains its modern feel because the girls “contemporize” Scotland. There’s romance, too, although my favorite is the friendship between Veronica and McKenna. Amazon | Goodreads
 
Film Recommendation: Going with the classic on which this one is based, Brigadoon.
 
3. The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson | Set on Prince Edward Island, this one is lovely. It’s a simple (said in only the most complimentary way) contemporary, and romantic novel about finding yourself in the most unexpected places. Amazon | Goodreads
 
Film Recommendation: Anne of Green Gables. I know this one is 100% different in its era and story, but it’s Prince Edward Island. I had to use this one.
 
 
4. There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones | Another stunning YA novel from talented Jenny B. Jones, this one is a coming-of-age story about a girl reeling from loss and the (cute) boy who helps her heal. Amazon | Goodreads
 
Film Recommendation: Another film that isn’t remotely the same kind of story as Jenny’s beautiful novel, but it visualizes Ireland (and is darling in its own right). The movie is Leap Year.
 
5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | I’d wager a lot of people are using this one today. And it’s completely understandable – plus a worthy choice indeed. Amazon | Goodreads
 
Film Recommendation: Good question - what movie do we watch to coordinate with this darling story? Clearly, it needs it own adaptation!
 
6. The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan | Set in 1900s Toronto, this one is a darling “period drama” read about two female detectives bulking at the rules society places on them. Amazon | Goodreads
 
Film Recommendation: Going with a TV show this time around, Murdoch Mysteries.
 
7. The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay | This beautiful novel (more about reinventing yourself than romance) is lovely. It has a great message, a heroine who’s unconventional and an appreciation for the vintage in life. Amazon | Goodreads
 
Film Recommendation: Picking the cute Letters to Juliet for this one. Totally different story (and setting), but the friendship between Claire and Sophie (movie) reminds me of Helen and Lucy (the book).

BONUS! Three Books I Want to Read Set Outside the US
 
8. Close to You by Kara Isaac | I’m SO ashamed that I’ve not read this novel yet. A friend recently read it and says it’s amazing (not that I doubted), so I’ve been reenergized (and determined) to make this one a must-read this summer. Amazon | Goodreads
 
9. Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae | Been intending to read this one since it released. It looks and sounds darling. Part of the ‘If Only’ line from Bloomsbury, it’s about a girl who dreams of falling in love with an Italian boy, only to meet the polar opposite. Amazon | Goodreads
 
10. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch | Just bought this one, and aww, it sounds darling! Plus, this cover and being by a new-to-me author? I'm excited. Amazon | Goodreads
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That’s it for July 19th’s Top Ten Tuesday bookish epicness. What books made YOUR list this week? Which books would you recommend to this armchair adventure novice? I’d love recommendations. Comment down below with any of your thoughts. I look forward to chatting with you, and of course, visiting your awesome blogs.
 
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

32 comments

  1. I think Love and Gelato sounds good too, and Letters from Juliet was a pretty good movie. Nice picks. The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder sounds fun too.

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    1. Right!? I agree, Greg. Love and Gelato sounds like a darling book and story. Rachel's 'Bachelor Girls' is a delight. If you like detective stories, it's fun. :) Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Oh my gosh! I love how you combine books and films; it's creative and wonderful! :) I haven't read any of these, though I've had my eye on Love & Gelato for a bit. Great post!

    - Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    1. Thanks, Aimal! :) I'm pretty sure Love and Gelato is going to be a lovely read. It looks darling. Glad you visited!

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  3. Cool list of books! I haven't read any of them... Although, I've heard of a few of the titles you've mentioned in your post this week.

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/07/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-set-outside-us.html

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    1. Perhaps you'll find some new ones to add to the list. Because our TBR can always be longer, right!? ;)

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  4. You have so many great contemporary recommendations here! The pictures look adorable :) Thanks for sharing!
    Here's my list:
    https://travellingthroughwords.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/top-10-tuesday-4-books-set-outside-the-us/

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    1. Thanks so much, Tavleen; contemporary tends to be my (overall) favorite. :) Thanks for the visit!

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  5. Anna and the French Kiss is also on my list.Love and Gelato sounds really good too, I will check it out.

    Here is my TTT:https://ahavenforbooklovers.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-set-outside-the-us/

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    1. Fun! Here's hoping we BOTH enjoy Love and Gelato and yay for the shared 'Anna' love. :) Thanks for the Top Ten Tuesday visit!

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  6. I love this one. Red Door Inn was breathtaking. And the Anne movies and Letters to Juliet are among my faves.

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    1. Me too, Dawn! Who doesn't love the chance to relive some adventuring in books!? 'Red Door' is lovely, and yes! Both films are among my favorites too. :) Glad - as always, to have you visit.

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  7. Love and Gelato does sound darling! I'm looking forward to reading it too! I love Ally Carter's books. I really need to read All Fall Down.

    My Top Ten

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    1. I agree. Hopefully we'll both enjoy Love and Gelato, Lori. I'm definitely looking forward to more novels by Ally Carter - and I'm set to binge-read them since I own several. :) Happy reading - and thanks so much for visiting.

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    1. Thanks so much. It was fun to put together. :)

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  9. Anna made my list as well. I want to read Wish You Were Italian and Love & Gelato. Great picks!!

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    1. Thanks, Grace! Gotta love all these potential new reads; now we just need to read them, right!? :) Glad you visited.

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  10. Great list! After seeing them on so many lists today, I definitely want to check out both Anna and the French Kiss and Wish You Were Italian :)

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    1. Anna and the French Kiss is a charming, humorous read, Suzanne. I hope you enjoy it if you do decide to read it. Also, me too! 'Italian' sounds and looks like a really fun read indeed. :)

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  11. There You'll find Me and Close To You are on my TBR. The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder made my TTT, too, and I loved The Bronte Plot. Great list, Rissi!

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    1. Hi, Miranda. Thanks so much for stopping by. Three cheers for Jenny's novel. I sure hope you enjoy it: SO. GOOD. Also, hopefully we'll both knock Close to You off of our TBRs soon - because I've ZERO doubt it's amazing, and we need to discover that amazing, right!?

      Thanks - as always, for being a reader and for the visit.

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  12. I love everything about this post! The graphics, the film recs! I join you in the haven't-read-Close-To-You shame ;) It is on my must-reads. My TTT

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    1. OhMyGoodness, I'm glad not to be alone in having NOT read Close to You, Carrie. But I hear it's amazing, so we have much happy reading to look forward too. Thanks, as always, for reading and the comment. :)

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  13. I haven't read any of these yet, but I want to try The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder!

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier.

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    1. YAY! Hope you enjoy Rachel's 'Bachelor Girls,' Lauren. It's a comedy delight from beginning to end. :) My pleasure. Thank you for the return visit.

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  14. If you like stories set in Italy that are in the YA/NA genre I highly recommend All the Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty. It had the feel of Under the Tuscan Sun and has been one of my favorite reads this year.

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    1. Great to know. Thank you, Brittaney. I'll definitely have to look that one up. I'm all for armchair adventures. Thanks for visiting; always nice to "see" you stop in. :)

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  15. Wish You Were Italian looks adorable!

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    1. Right!? I agree, Amanda. Betting it is adorable on the inside too. :)

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  16. I think Anna is the only one I've read from your list. I have a friend that adores Doom. :)

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    1. My apologies for the delay in responding to your comment, Elizabeth. Thank you so much for visiting. :)

      'Anna' is a delight from beginning to end, and Doon is a really fun adventure series. Happy reading if you ever have a chance to try its brand of armchair adventur-ing.

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