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My Favorite Books Around The World

I find it hard to keep track of everything I read; so this is a list of just some of my all-time favorite books around the world.

This entire website is dedicated to books around the world, but these are my top choices. There are many kinds of stories here (especially those exploring themes of love, family, migration and travel) and they have all left an impression on me in some way. I love that novels can transport us; even without leaving home – and these books have taken me all over the globe. Do you know in which country each one takes place? 🤫

 

Books Around the World: Africa

 

Books Around the World: Asia

 

Books Around the World: North America

 

Books Around the World: Europe

 

Books Around the World: Australia

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Marianne May 28, 2018 at 9:39 am

    It’s too funny, I read four of your African (Half of A Yellow Sun, The Alchemist, Americanah, Out of Africa), four of your Asian (Norwegian Wood, A Suitable Boy, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns), four of your North American (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Goldfinch) books and only one of the European (Shadow of the Wind) ones. LOL

    I liked them all but my favourites among those are probably the last three Asian ones and Shadow of the Wind. Missing South America, I love so many books from there.

    • Reply Ash at Tale Away May 28, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Wow Marianne, sounds like we’re kindred spirits! And thanks for sharing your favorites too! When I was thinking about all mine, I was dismayed to find just how little I’ve read from South America. I like to try and keep a nice balance globally! What are your favorites from that part of the world? I’d love to add some new titles to my to-read list 🙂

  • Reply Ann August 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Ash,
    I was just introduced to your site and would really like to download your list, especially the Books from Around the World. I did sign up with my email address but it did not ask for a password. How do I download you lists? They sound so interesting.
    Thanks,
    Ann

    • Reply Ash at Tale Away September 23, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Hi Ann, thanks for commenting – I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the download! You should have received an email with the login details when you signed up. Just in case you didn’t, I’ve also sent you a follow up email with them too!

  • Reply Betty-Lou November 11, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Hi. I signed up, you sent me an email with login details, but I inadvertently deleted it. I would like the printable World Reading Challenge. I love all your reading ideas. I created my own world reading challenge this year – one country for every letter of the alphabet. It has been so much fun deciding on the country and then the author, and then the book. I am looking forward to more of “reading the world”.

    • Reply Ash at Tale Away December 27, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Betty-Lou! Sorry to hear you lost your login details, I’ve just sent you an email with information to access the resource library. Thanks so much for your kind words, your reading challenge sounds amazing! I’m hoping to put together another world reading challenge to continue broadening my horizons in the year ahead. 🙂

  • Reply Eloisa Garnica January 8, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Interesting list! I have read a few.
    Have you ever read Isabel Allende’s trilogy?
    City of Beasts
    Kingdom of the Golden Dragon
    Forest of the Pygmies
    Each book is set in different parts of the world.

    • Reply Ash at Tale Away January 10, 2019 at 1:15 am

      Hi Eloisa, thanks so much! I wasn’t familiar with this series, but it sounds absolutely fascinating! It sounds like the novels move through the Amazon, Himalayas and Africa in succession. I’ve added them all to my to-read list! 🙂

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