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Romances set outside the US or England/Scotland

… well, mostly.

Recently I put out a call for romance novels set outside the United States, England, or Scotland – for extra difficulty, you could suggest ones without American or English main characters.

We ended up with a decent list! Because I have not personally read most of these, I can’t guarantee that every one has an HEA. If I suspect or know that a book doesn’t have a happy ending, I’ll note so with an ***. 

The notes below are a mix of comments from the contributor and my own research.

Contributed by @honeybeeshepherd

Contributed by @lizabethstucker

Contributed by @jamjamque

Contributed by @sequinedably

  • @sequinedably​ says Mary Balogh has a book set in Venice, Italy. I don’t doubt this at all, but after spending a not-insignificant amount of time trying to find the title, I gave up.
  • As You Desire by Connie Brockway. Set in Cairo, Egypt in 1890.

Contributed by @diehard-fangirl​, @not-your-average-romance​, @lucyreadsromance​, and @customerservicebotdolores

Contributed by @not-your-average-romance

  • Rise of a Queen by Chanta Rand. Set in Ghana in 1071. Fair warning: It’s pretty clear from the book summary that the heroine rapes the hero. Rand has also written other books set in Africa.
  • Mystic Cove series by Tricia O’Malley. Set in Ireland. First book is Wild Irish Heart.

Contributed by @lobsterhug

Contributed by @raspberriesandbumblebees

Contributed by @thecrankyagnes​ and @yuubisensei

  • Hell Squad series by Anna Hackett. Currently at 12 books, all set in post-alien-invasion Australia. First book is called Marcus.

Contributed by @theduchessapproach

Contributed by @mariaslozak

Contributed by @alexbookpages

Contributed by @meags09

  • Natasha Anders (author). According to the contributor, she writes romances set in South Africa. I couldn’t confirm settings for her books, the closest I came is A Ruthless Proposition, which includes a one-night-stand in Tokyo.

Contributed by @elenajohansen

  • Escape to New Zealand series by Rosalind James. Obviously, set in New Zealand. First book is called Just This Once.

Contributed by @mariesbookblog

Contributed by @maddie-grove​ and @mariaslozak

Contributed by @maddie-grove

Contributed by @iartiyochi

Contributed by @romancetherapy

Contributed by @lucyreadsromance

Contributed by @sonya-heaney

  • This contribution was a list of authors without specific books mentioned, so I went through their most popular books on Goodreads and picked the first one that fit the rules.
  • Sarah Mayberry (author). The Other Side of Us is set in Australia, at a beach, if I’m not mistaken.
  • Karina Bliss (author). What the Librarian Did is set in New Zealand.
  • Amy Andrews (author). No More Mr. Nice Guy is set in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Nicki Edwards (author). Intensive Care is set in rural Australia.
  • Bronwyn Parry (author). As Darkness Falls is set in rural Australia.
  • Barbara Hannay (author). Zoe’s Muster is set in North Queensland, Australia.
  • Rachael Johns (author). Jilted is set in rural Australia.
  • Stefanie London (author). The Rules According to Gracie is set in Australia.

Contributed by @linotte-melodieuse 

Thanks for the contributions, everyone! Happy reading!

A to Z Recommendations

I’ve seen a couple of people doing @macrolit‘s challenge and it seems really cool so I’m gonna do it! I tried to pick ones of my favorites that other people might not yet know.

A: Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery (This one’s my favorite of the series.)
B: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
C: A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
D: A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
E: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
F: Fire by Kristin Cashore
G: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
H: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
I: The Imperial Radch books by Ann Leckie
J: The Just City by Jo Walton
K: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
L: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
M: Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
N: A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
O: Odds Against by Dick Francis
P: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Q: The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
R: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
S: Sabriel by Garth Nix
T: Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
U: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
V: The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold–again, not a book but a series. Be warned, they get a little dark.
W: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
X: For this one I have nothing I’d recommend–no X authors or titles–so I’m counting this one as an eXtra space ;) for books I love that didn’t really fit: So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane and everything by Tamora Pierce.
Y: The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
Z: According to Goodreads and my own capable brain, I have read absolutely nothing that starts with Z, so this is the best I can do: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

If anyone wants to know why I recommend them, let me know, and I can tell you about them!

Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Hey, tumblr! It’s halfway through the year now (how???) and I was looking through my book list and thinking that I have read so many good books this year, so I thought I would just throw my book list as it stands under a cut, with brief notes on the books in case anyone is interested! Or wants to talk about how awesome they are. Or even wants to recommend me some based on what I’ve read!

Or just tell me what you’ve been reading, if you do not want to deal with, um. A 90-item annotated list.

It’s possible that I read too much.

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Vanessa. And where is she? When did we lose her, Ethan? She was standing in a quiet room, gazing up at a cross. She reached out, took it from the wall and put it in the fire. And then she was lost. And so alone.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any fairy tale retellings that happen outside the US or England?

Oh, several. :)

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli (Cinderella in China)

Breath by Donna Jo Napoli (Pied Piper)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinderella in China-ish)

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson (Swan Princess mostly in the Amazon; they’re in England sometimes but it’s most set in Brazil)

East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)

The Firebird by Mercedes Lackey (Various Russian fairy tales)

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst (East of the Sun, West of the Moon in Canada)

The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey (titular fairy tale in Japan)

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (Dancing Princesses in fantasy-coded Germany)

Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie (Red Riding Hood in Germany-ish)

The Woman Who Loved Reindeer by Meredith Ann Pierce (East of the Sun, West of the Moon with indigenous peoples)