As always, Top Ten Tuesday is brought to us by the brilliant mind of Jana, over at That Artsy Reader Girl.
If I have learned anything from this TTT it’s that I … really only read books that take place in America. All over America, but when I looked at my “read” shelf on Goodreads, I realized that 3 things happened: the books have either have taken place in the USA, or they were books I didn’t like and cannot – therefore – in good conscience list as part of a Top Ten Tuesday. (Or, the third option, it’s in my TBR pile and I can’t say it’s a “top” anything yet). Yikes.
With that in mind, what I have put together here is a Top (T)Five Tuesday, because I have failed at life this week. Whoops.
- The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson – London
This first book in a series takes place in London, and is a good ol’ fashioned Jack the Ripper ghost story. Not the first of its kind, and I can’t remember a while lot about it, but I do remember enjoying my time spent in the foggy, modern streets of London.
- The Secret Place – Tana French – Dublin
French writes some of the most evocative things I’ve ever read, all set in and around Dublin, Ireland. I could have included any of her books here, but I decided to stick with my personal favorite – The Secret Place. I am a sucker for a boarding school story, and I was entranced by these students and the detective in charge of the case. I highly recommend this one, even if you only read YA – most of the characters being teenagers makes it go down easier.
- Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty – Australia
I read Big Little Lies before the show came to fruition, but even if I hadn’t I’d probably still put it on this list. I really enjoyed my time in Pirriwee (a fictional city) in Australia (a real continent). You just can’t beat a good old fashioned domestic thriller about moms, wine and death.
- A Great & Terribly Beauty – Libba Bray – India & London
Any of this trilogy could be here, but it’s been so long since I read these books that I just went with the first in the series. Bray’s beautiful Victorian trilogy takes place in England, but there are also touches of India here thanks to some memories the main character, Gemma, has. A must-read for just about any teenage girl in existence, and any of us who were once teenage girls.
- Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco – London
Two of the five books here are straight up about Jack the Ripper. I don’t know what that says about me, except that I maybe like my books on the punchier, scarier side. Maniscalo’s book about old Jackie Poo takes place back when Jack was actually doing the Ripping, though, so I don’t consider this double dipping with Johnson’s book.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these yourself, and thanks for reading! Hopefully next week will be slightly less of an abysmal failure, hahaha!