Check me out, being all caught up on Global Reads posts!! Next stop, FREAKING WEEKLY WRAP UPS OMG.
For anyone who doesn’t remember, Global Reads is the section of this here corner of the internet where I talk about the books I’ve read and would recommend that are set outside the US, the UK or fantasy/sci-fi worlds.
I read a lot of very mediocre books during July, August and September, so this list is perhaps shorter than normal. But let’s press on regardless!
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
This is a tiny little middle grade book – barely 100 pages – and yet it packs a massive punch. It’s partly the true story of Salva Dut, one of the lost boys of Sudan, as he flees in the early 1980s and eventually makes his way to the US, via the refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. The other half is a fictional story of a young girl who wants to go to school but can’t because she has to spend every day walking for hours to fetch water for her family. It was honestly amazing.
Band-Aid for a Broken Leg by Damien Brown
Setting: Angola, South Sudan, Mozambique
This is a biography of a young doctor who’s unsatisfied with life at a big Australian hospital and who instead decides to work for Médecins Sans Frontières. In his head, he’s going to be saving lives every day and doing amazing work. Instead, he struggles with massive culture shock, an incredible lack of resources, and barely being able to communicate with his patients. It was heartbreaking and funny and eye-opening all at the same time.
All the Little Bones by Ellie Marney
Y’all should know by now that I am complete and utter trash for Ellie Marney, so this should come as no surprise. This is an upper YA romance/crime story about two teenage circus performers – a trapeze artist and a strongman-in-training who flee to a circus after some bad shit goes down at their home circus. I loved everything about this, from the characters to the circus stuff to the romance. It was freaking great.
Competence by Gail Carriger
Setting: Singapore, Peru
This is the third book in The Custard Protocol series, which I’ve been a little hit or miss about to be honest. But this one? This one was so stinking fun. Rue and her friends start out in Singapore before trekking across the Pacific to Peru in search of a mysterious new race of vampires. It was a hell of a lot of fun, and I actually really loved the new vampire series and the way the gang struggled to handle a more diplomatic approach.
After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson
This is a dystopian story about the daughter of a Doomsday prepper struggling to protect herself and her sisters in their small town after the power goes out everywhere. It’s tense and gripping and surprisingly full of diversity and I LOVED this story. Like, a LOT.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Setting: Germany, North Africa
The sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s perhaps a little less world travel-y than the first book, but I loved the writing and the characters and the story so much that I didn’t care that there was less piracy than the title promised because it was just so freaking FUN.
What have you read recently that’s been set elsewhere in the world?