Welcome to another week of Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish, so don’t forget to check out her awesome blog! Each week bloggers are given a topic and they list their top ten of that topic.
This weeks TTT topic is Books Set Outside of the US. This subject makes me all warm and happy because I love world literature; both modern and older. I know the topic probably means the book just takes place in another country and not written in another country, but…
Ahem. Well, feel free to take a peek at my list and then leave a comment on your Top Ten picks, or link to your TTT! ALSO! I happen to have a copy of MoMo by Michael Ende up for grabs in a giveaway at the bottom of this post, along with a giveaway for two worry doll bookmarks I brought back from Belize.
Most people probably know Suzuki Kōji even if they don’t know of him as a writer. He’s the mastermind behind The Ring series and Dark Water. For me, Otsuichi will always be the best when it comes to creepy tales. There’s just always something about Japanese horror that makes everything creepier, and Otsuichi scares the pants off of me!
Korean books are a bit harder for me to read (or it might be the subject of books I chose to read :P) but I do enjoy them. ‘Our Twisted Hero’ and ‘I Have the Right to Destroy Myself’ are both a mess of emotions and deep thinking, while Kim Sowol’s poetry has become some of my favorites. Definitely take time to read Azaleas.
I’m not that educated in German literature other than Faust and children’s stories, but I have to admit Faust is fantastic and Michael Ende wrote some of the best stories I grew up with. Who can forget Rock Biter, or Falcor the luck dragon? What girl didn’t have a bit of a crush on Atreyu, hm?
If you’ve read my blog before, chances are you know I was once in love with d’Artagnan. He will always have a special place in my heart. <3 Now, I do love the classic French books, but I do have to say I have found that I dislike the heroines and heroes of these books. For instance, Marius and Cosette from Les Miserables, or Christine and Raoul from The Phantom of the Opera. But the French do have excellent villains.
Every summer I go to Belize I make sure I come back with a book or two. Memories, Dreams and Nightmares is a series of books by Belizean writers. The stories are anything from slice of life to horrors of human trafficking. The poetry book also includes poems in Creole, which is fun and takes me back to the country each time I read in my Belizean accent. 😛
From the blog title you probably know I enjoy Norwegian fairytales and folklore, but who doesn’t enjoy fairy tales? And there’s all kinds of stories from all over the world; each culture having their own monsters and their own heroes.
The giveaway is for a paperback copy of MoMo by Michael Ende and two worry-doll bookmarks from Belize. There will be three winners. This giveaway is for the US only, sorry. Each entry will be checked, the winners randomly chosen by rafflecopter. Winners will be sent an email. If they fail to respond to the email within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
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