Top Ten Tuesday- Books Set Outside of the U.S.

Hello! Welcome back to another top ten tuesday! It’s been a while since I did one of these, but I couldn’t resist when I saw the topic, which is books set outside of the U.S.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish !

1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

This books is set in in many different places, France being a large part of the book. This was my first Gayle Forman book too.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Obviously this book takes place in France, and it’s also one of my favorite contemporaries

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The majority of this book takes place in Germany and is another favorite of mine.

4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Majority takes place in Scotland! I love this book and it’s my favorite adult historical fiction book.

5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Okay technically there is some American setting, but the majority of the book takes place in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I had to read this for English this year and I really loved it!

6. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The U.K. Obviously I absolutely love Harry Potter.

7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

In Europe, largely Germany I think. I just finished reading this book and thought it was amazing, much better than the previous book I read by Ruta Sepetys, which is actually below!

8. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I think it was Lithuania, or one of the Slavic states. While I did like this book, it wasn’t exactly wow like Salt to the Sea was.

9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The U.K. This book was really good, and I think the movie fell short largely because of the lack of chemistry, but moving on to the last book…

10. The Bad Queen by Carolyn Meyer

Austria and then later France. This was my first Carolyn Meyer book and the reason why I love history so much and the history of European monarchs. Carolyn Meyer was my historical fiction queen growing up and I’ve read nearly all of her many books.

Have you read any of these? What other books did I miss that take place outside of the U.S.?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

Oh my god- Books i need to read- Fall TBR Pile- Top Ten Tuesday

Hi there, i’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday! As most of you know, this a lovely meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR. To limit myself to 10 book, i’m not going to put any books on this list that have not come out yet, because i can name ten just from that list. 😉

I’m in a bit of a reading slump, so this list is going to take a while to complete, but anyway…

Let’s begin, shall we?

1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

With the third book coming out next year, i figure i might as well catch up and be ready for book three, right?

2. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Oh my god, i talk about this book all the time! So i started it online a few weeks ago, but it was weird, the chapters kept ending in the middle of a sentence, is that supposed to happen? Anyone? Please tell me.

So anyway, i didn’t get to finish it, and then it expired. I’m hoping to get it from the library in physical format to see if the book is supposed to be chopped like that. I didn’t like it though if it’s supposed to be like that, because i felt like i was missing something.

3. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

I know, i know, but i promise to read this book this fall!

4. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Such a pretty cover, and i’ve also been meaning to read this one for a while. On the TBR list as well!

5. Angellfall by Susan Ee

Since the other books are all out now, i have no excuse. I must. read. them. all!!!

6. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I’ve heard such great things about this book…

7. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I know, i’m embarrassed, i haven’t read any books by Victoria Schwab, and it’s become a problem, i must get on her books!

8. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

This is one of my last Colleen Hoover books, this and Losing Hope, but i’ve been putting it off, mainly because i’ve heard it was a little depressing, and i CANNOT deal with depressing things right now because i will lose it if i do.

My mental state right now isn’t in the best place. I mean, i don’t have depression or anything, but the littlest things will make me upset. Like for instance, my little brother was watching Big Hero 6, and i just happened to see the scene where the dad dies, and i just lost it, i was so mad and upset, and for no reason.

So yeah, right now, i can’t read any real life sad books. I think i just need to loose myself in a good fantasy book right now, but then again, i’m in that horrible reading slump ;(

I will try and read this book in the fall when i’m feeling happier

9. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

I don’t know much about this book, but it sounded good when i read the blurb a few months ago, so in my TBR pile it goes.

10. The Cage by Megan Shepherd

From what i can tell, there are mixed reviews of this book, but i want to see for myself. Also, it happens to have the same name as a book i read in seventh grade, but this Cage was about the Holocaust.

So that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

Got any other suggestions for my Fall TBR? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Don’t be shy!

Thanks so much for reading!

-Calliope (5)


Oh my god, guys, my new phone takes such clear pictures! Look!

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Top Ten Magical Items I Wish Were Real- Top Ten Tuesday


Hello everyone! Another Top Ten Tuesday! I promised myself that i would do one every Tuesday, but that’s only happened twice. Today’s week is a freebie, so i’m going to list some of the things, or items in book that i wish were real. As you can probably guess, most of the items came from Harry Potter, but three are not! Wow, three, i know.

Anyways, Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! So, let’s get started!

1. Annabeth’s Yankee Baseball Hat

I was going to say invisibility cloak, but that’s so 1999. Annabeth’s Hat is much more modern and easier to put on, rather than a cumbersome cloak


2. Glamours

On second thought, though they could come in handy for me, imagine everyone using a glamour?! Yikes! Just for me though, so i don’t need to keep putting stuff on my face to cover the acne and acne scars. Teenage years are rough on your face i tell you.

3. Hoverboards

Even though i sort of disliked this series, those hoverboard things that the main character, uses, those are so cool, and i would love one, as i can’t drive yet, and these would solve that problem of getting around.

And now! The Harry Potter Magical Items! Whoot!

4. Polyjuice Potion

Oh, the things i would do if i had Polyjuice Potion. To be honest, i’d probably turn into a boy and see if any guy at my school likes me, cause i’m such a stereotypical teenager.

5. The Marauder’s Map  

This would be the best thing ever, though i don’t know what i would use it for, considering i’m a good girl who doesn’t get into trouble at school and doesn’t sneak around, ahem, Harry.


6. The Tent from Goblet of Fire

I don’t even camp, but i would probably set it up in my room or something, so i could have a room inside of a room, away from my pesky brothers and parents.

7. Skele-Gro

Oh my god, that’s a creepy bottle. This would be cool to have just in case i split my arm open or something. I could also donate it to a hospital so it could save lives. Thank you, thank you, i know, i’m amazing and generous.

8. Veritaserum

Oh baby, the things i could do with this!!! I could use it on my brother so he would finally tell me the truth, or i don’t even know, cause i’m not evil, but i would think of something to do with it.

9. The Beaded Bag

Oh my god, yaaaaas! The things i could carry with this! I don’t go on planes very often, but this could be like, your carry on! And i could fit sooo many books in here on the way from the library, or going to school extra prepared. Yes!!!!

10. Self Writing Quill

Even though i hate Rita Skeeter, her quill could come in handy…

P.S. I’m writing this in the morning, cause there’s no school today because of the Jewish Holidays, and i had the weirdest dream last night.

I dreamed we were given our class rankings, and it was a very horrible dream because i KNOW i won’t be in the Top Ten, but i’m hoping, and in this dream, i wasn’t.

I know, i know, i shouldn’t stress about it, i KNOW! But i can’t help it.

So, anyways, that is it for today’s Top Ten Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed it! Leave a comment if a missed any ones that you thought of, or if you agreed with any of my choices.

Thanks so much for reading!

-Calliope (5)

Top Ten Tuesday- My Auto Buy/ Borrow Authors

Hi! So this is my second top ten Tuesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Since i alternate between buying books and borrowing them from the library, i’m going to do this top ten Tuesday a little differently. I’m going to list the top ten authors that i would auto buy books from, and ones that i would auto get from the library, the moment they have it.

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  1. Cassandra Clare. I have all of her books, with the exception of the Bane Chronicles, which i read from the library. She is definitely an auto buy author because i can never wait for the library to get around to buying her books, so i just buy them for myself

rick-riordan2. Rick Riordan. I own all of his books with the exception of PJ’s Greek Gods, which i did read from the library. Auto buy author for sure!


3. Sarah J. Maas is one of my favorite authors at the moment, and i auto buy every time a new book comes out.

33514544. Morgan Matson currently has three YA contemporary books out, and i own only one, but i’ve read the other two. If she writes any more books, i will definitely either buy them, or borrow from the library!

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5. Marissa Meyer only has one series out, all of the book which i read, but if she writes another one, i will totally read it!

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6. Colleen Hoover. Even though i own zero of her books, every time she has a new one, i read it. To be honest, i still have not read Hopeless and Losing Hope, oops. I meant to, but i never did.


7. I suppose Kiera Cass should make this list, as i own all of her books, and will read or buy the books that she comes out with later. 🙂


8. Veronica Roth! I’ve read/own all of her books, and i heard that she has a some new books coming out, and i will definitely be reading those!


9. Rainbow Rowell. Most of her books are adult, but i’ve read all of her books anyway, and will read automatically any new ones that come out. 😉

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10. Jandy Nelson. I’ve read all of her books, and will continue to read them as she writes them.:)

The reason J.K. Rowling isn’t on the list is because i’ve only read her Harry Potter series. I don’t have plans to read the Casual Vacancy or her Robert Galbraith series, because that genre doesn’t interest me. If she writes more fantasy or YA or children’s, then yes, i would read those.

So, that’s it for this Top Ten Tuesday! What are your auto buy/borrow authors?

Thanks for reading, and i’ll see you in the next one!