While browsing Amazon one evening, I came across this book by chance. It had the weirdest title, and it was based close to where I live. So, I decided to give it a go. Its a short story and its free to download from Amazon.
Ewan should not have accepted a lift to Glasgow from The Professor. He had bought a train ticket, had brought a packed lunch – he had been all set. All he had needed to say was ‘No’. Two letters.
Instead he nodded his head gratefully to The Professor’s kind offer. Now he’s driving down the ferry’s ramp, ready for the 96 mile (96.2, actually) journey from Mull to Glasgow on Burns Night Eve, sat next to a bagpipe-playing, kilt-wearing, adulterous, foul-mouthed Scot . . . in the snow. Buckle up!
Published January 21st 2016 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Well, you may say this has a strange title! It also has a very strange content. It was a good short read, I was mostly interested because I knew exactly the route that this journey was taking.
“..down the Rest and Be Thankful, that mountainous stretch of barren road that joined the A82 to Loch Lomond..”
Throughout the short read, I was wondering to myself how the Author was going to bring in each part of the title…. and he did, in the strangest way. Often vulgar and disturbing, but entertaining!
We follow Ewan and Lachlan, two Scottish men on their unexpected journey together. My take on the characters is that neither of them are your average person, both are quirky! (to put it mildly).
If you don’t mind a bit of bad language and vulgarity, give this book a go. Its free at the time of me posting this. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.
This weekly feature is hosted and originated from Broke and Bookish. I don’t usually participate, but as I have a little more time this month, I decided to write a post for this week. If you visit Broke and Bookish, you will see all the other topics for Top Ten Tuesdays. Today’s topic is……
Books Set Outside of America.
So, Books Set Outside USA. It is true, a lot of books are based in America, so this will be an interesting topic to find some books based in other countries. I look forward to getting some good recommendations from other bookbloggers on this topic. Please link your posts in the comments, so I can read yours too. ♥
I have read all of the books I am recommending, and you can read my reviews from the links below.
I will begin with a few based in my own country – U.K.
1. Death by Dangerous.
This is one of my favourite books EVER! It is so gripping and page turning. It is a crime thriller based in England, which made it even better for me, because the legal system is the same in the book as where I live. (Not the case in American books). MY REVIEW!
2. A Strangers House
This book is set in Cambridge. Its a tale of suspense, a little romance and a certain way to make you wary if you have ever decided to try house sitting!MY REVIEW!
3. A Death in the Valley
Wales is where I grew up,so I was excited to read this book. It is a book of twists, turns and mystery. I loved it, and you can see why here withMY REVIEW.
4. The Sheep, The Haggis, The Sister in Law and The Drunken Trip to Glasgow.
Ok, so I was drawn to this one because of the weird title, but also because it was based in Scotland (where I live now). It is a short story and every part of the title has an inclusion in the book. It is a really strange read, but one I did enjoy. See why here in MY REVIEW.
One for the Caribbean (And a bit in the U.K).
5. Coffee tea the Caribbean and Me.
Caroline James is one of my favourite Authors. This book has a prequel ‘Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me’. However, ‘Caribbean and Me’ can be read as a stand alone or after the first one. The scenes in the Caribbean are so idyllic and made me want to go on holiday the whole time I was reading it. Caroline starts this book with the strap line:
Japan Guide…less, Emails from Japan by Nicole D’Arcangelo
This book is based on the Author’s travels in Japan while she was teaching there. It is written in a series of emails and journal entries, which I liked as you could read short bits at a time or longer if you had more time. I loved hearing about the different ways of life, the food, the habits, what they consider to be polite….and rude. It is a really interesting book. You can read MY REVIEW here.
7. Anne of Green Gables.
This is my favourite book ever, and surprisingly, I have no review for it! I do have an Anne of Green Gable Christmas haul, which you can seeHERE. Anne Shirley is an orphan girl, adopted by a brother and sister who live in Avonlea in Canada. Anne is so optimistic, inspiring and funny. This is a book I recommend to everyone.
8. Her Australian Summer
This is a cute little novella based in Australia. It is a lovely summer read, short, sweet and enjoyable. You can readMY REVIEW
General Travel Around the World.
9. Blue Sun Yellow Sky – based on travel
I found this book to be truly inspirational. The main character Aubrey is going blind, but decides to travel the world in the 6 weeks while she still has some sight. We read about her travels in China, India, Rome, Paris amongst many other places. One of my favourite quotes is:
“Just because you can’t see the stage, doesn’t mean you can’t dance on it!”
This book has a safe place in my heart as it is brilliantly written, allows the reader to see the world through Aubrey’s eyes and imagination, and is inspiring. Here is MY REVIEW.
10. The Sunshine and Biscotti Club
This is a perfect summer read, where a group of friends are in Italy for the summer to revamp a Baking School Hotel. The book includes all things I love; friends, food and the sunshine. You can read MY REVIEW here.
So, there are my ten recommendations for books set outside of the USA. I hope you like the sound of them. If you have any good recommendations of books set outside America, or if you participated in this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, then let me know in the comments below.