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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!)

I’m ashamed to say that I have read almost no books that fit this description. So I’m filling my list with 5 books I have on my shelf and want to read in the near future.
You can tell me which one I should read first.

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

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After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbling on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan… and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

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The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet – David Mitchell

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In 1799, Jacob de Zoet disembarks on the tiny island of Dejima, the Dutch East India Company’s remotest trading post in a Japan otherwise closed to the outside world. A junior clerk, his task is to uncover evidence of the previous Chief Resident’s corruption.

Cold-shouldered by his compatriots, Jacob earns the trust of a local interpreter and, more dangerously, becomes intrigued by a rare woman—a midwife permitted to study on Dejima under the company physician. He cannot foresee how disastrously each will be betrayed by someone they trust, nor how intertwined and far-reaching the consequences.

Duplicity and integrity, love and lust, guilt and faith, cold murder and strange immortality stalk the stage in this enthralling novel, which brings to vivid life the ordinary—and extraordinary—people caught up in a tectonic shift between East and West.

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

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The year is 1969. In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, fraternal twins Esthappen and Rahel fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family. Their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu, (who loves by night the man her children love by day), fled an abusive marriage to live with their blind grandmother, Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), and their enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt). When Chacko’s English ex-wife brings their daughter for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day, that lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river…

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

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Richard Flanagan’s story — of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle’s wife — journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho’s travel journal, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.

 

So which one should I read first?

Love

Ellen

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.  You can find out more on the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic is Unlikeable Characters and I have to be honest.. I had a hard time thinking of these answers but here we go anyway. Let me know if you agree!

Kaz Brekker – Six of Crows

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To say that Kaz isn’t a very nice person, is putting it lightly. He’s ruthless and will do anything to succeed. I don’t think a lot of readers actually dislike him though, neither do I. He’s a great character.

Feyre – A Court of …

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I did not like her at first. When the first book opens, she’s introduced as a strong girl who takes care of her family. Later on, she let’s a certain High Lord talk her down to almost nothing. He makes her so small and I was so annoyed with her. Yes, Under The Mountain happened and she’s traumatised but it’s only in the second half of the second book and the beginning of the third book that I actually started liking her.

Daisy Buchanan – The Great Gatsby

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I think the reason I was still willing to give her a chance was because Gatsby loves her and that’s kinda what the whole book revolves around. But the truth is that Daisy is selfish and annoying.

Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter series

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Because yes, he’s a bully. Yes, he’s rude and snobbish. Yes, he made all the wrong choices. But I love him as a character. I loved the snark and I loved how his storyline was so unpredictable. What more can I say? He’s my fave.

Doctor Laing – High-Rise

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He stands by and watches as everything goes wrong and does nothing to stop it. I didn’t really like his character as a person but he was the perfect set of eyes to tell the story through.

 

Are any of your favorites on my list?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Side Ships

This week’s topic is Side Ships. Relationships in books that do not include the protagonist.

Needless to say, this list wil contain Sp – sp -spooooiiiileeers.. so if you’re not up for that, I’m sorry. Not all of my picks are actual couples, some are just people I want to see end up together…

Jane and Mr. Bingley – Pride and Prejudice

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Ugh, they’re so cuuuuuute… Of course I like Elizabeth and Darcy but Bingley is so charming!! I still prefer moody and broody but this is side ships we’re talking about so…

Marianne and Colonel Brandon – Sense and Sensibility

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Staying on the Austen train. What an amazing couple are they!? I have to admit, I’ve only seen this movie adaptation so Alan Rickman is forever my Colonel Brandon. He just watched over her and took care of her. I was so happy when they ended up together.

Wylan and Jesper – Six of Crows

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Because their relationship grew so perfectly and they were endgame and I just loved them so, so much!

Azriel and Elain – A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Although they’re not a couple, I still ship them. It will probably never happen because of a certain mating bond.. but I loved these two together. I certainly love Azriel as a character and the way he was around Elain, how she let him in. *sigh*

If there had been some more Lucien in the last book, I might have picked him but they didn’t do him justice in ACOWAR. So Azriel and Elain it is.

And just for fun:

Loki and Darcy – Thor/Avengers

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I know this will never happen. They never even met (as far as I can remember.. it’s been a while). But ow my god, imagine the sass… It would be perfection… Can’t we make this happen? Please? Pretty Please? I love me some Tasertricks!

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books For Your Hogwarts House

I used to be a Hufflepuff but last year I took the new Pottermore test and I got Ravenclaw. There was a lot of commotion surrounding that new test but to me, it was perfect. Hufflepuff is the person I used to be. I made decisions based on how it made me feel, I was extreeeeemely loyal. Now, I’m still those things but I’ve learned a lot, I have become wiser over the years. Not everyone deserves my loyalty. I’m smarter than I used to be. So I’ve decided that I’m a Huffleclaw, a Ravenpuff.

So I’m giving you books for both of them 😉

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The Princess Bride – William Goldman (buy)

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A story about adventure, loyalty, love and friendship.. It doesn’t get more Hufflepuff than this..

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (buy)

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Same. Friendship.. You get it..

Uprooted – Naomi Novik (buy)

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Let’s say I’d have to recommend this book in the HP world. I’d recommend it because it’s a different magic system from theirs. Earth magic, nature magic.. and I think they’d really like it.

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The Martian – Andy Weir (buy)

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Figuring out the science in this book can be seen as a challenge, you don’t HAVE to understand ALL of it but it’s fun to try. Also, sarcasm… lots and lots of sarcasm.

Any book by Dan Brown (buy)

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I know that there are a lot of different opinions on these books but when I read Inferno, I really enjoyed myself. I put it on the list because of the details, the information and the history in these stories. I always feel like I learned something and had a good time.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms You Are No Longer In

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and is hosted by Samantha.

All information can be found here.

Supernatural

Loved this show, but they keep on doing the same things over and over and over again and I’m just so sick and tired of it all. Castiel used to be one of my favorite characters but he’s become very predictable and annoying. So no more Supernatural for me.

Doctor Who

This is one I’m not completely out of yet… but it’s a close call. I hate Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. (I think Peter is an amazing actor, I thought he was great as Cardinal Richelieu in The Musketeers!)
Maybe it’s the fact that I loved Matt Smith’s Eleven and all the characters related to him.. The Ponds, River,.. I also loved the humor and how it balanced out the sadness. Now, I feel like I have lost my connection to the show. I hope that it’ll get better with the next Doctor. I’d hate to fall out of love with this show.

Pirates of the Caribbean

What was not to love? There was the music, the scenery. There were the costumes and the great actors. Now there’s a new movie coming out…. again…seriously?? Just.. nope.

True Blood

I never read the books so I can’t judge them. I only saw the tv show and man did I love it. That theme song is still on my favorites-playlist. I watched it until the faeries were brought up. By then I had lost interest and it just really didn’t speak to me so I gave up. Also, I hated Bill so, so much. Whenever he was on screen, I felt like turning of my tv.

The Vampire Diaries

Here I did read the books and let me tell you, that’s some creepy **** right there!! Seriously, it gave me nightmares. I still remember something about a tree attacking a car and the branches growing through it until it broke and smothered everything inside.
I read the books until they changed writers and after that it just wasn’t the same. The tv show, I watched until they went to University and by then I couldn’t care less. I had, however, completely fallen in love with Klaus.. So I went and watched The Immortals instead but.. same writers, same problems and I haven’t build up the courage to watch the latest season.. maybe someday soon…

 

And that’s it.

Five fandoms I once considered myself a part of which have now disappeared from my radar. I thought this was going to be a difficult one but once I started, I just couldn’t stop.