Inspired by Lucy's video, which can be found here, I thought I'd share my thoughts on books that make me want to travel the world.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green - like Lucy, this book tugged my heart strings but also really made me want to visit Amsterdam. His writing and settings are beautifully descriptive, really capturing the feeling of the pretty, with the lights, the flowers, the cute restaurants and rivers.
The Geography Of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith - the two protagonists travel the world, separately, to a variety of places but the ones that stuck out to me were Edinburgh, New York, San Fransisco, Paris and Rome. The settings were integral to the characters stories which meant they explored the city and Smith described the different feelings from the different cities.
Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - oh, Paris. I love how Perkins describes Anna slowly gaining confidence as a stranger in the city, venturing out to explore the side streets, the cemeteries, the food and all that.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - Karou and best friend Zuzana live and study in Prague. The old and traditional buildings mixed with the expressions of art, plus the adorable gothic cafe that they frequent, really urged me to research the beautiful city and put it on my bucket list.
And then there's:
US contemporaries such as How To Love, Eleanor and Park, Dirty Little Secret, Pushing The Limits - all of which show different parts of American culture, like small towns, typical high school, or the country music scene. It might be very typical of USYA but it's different to life over here and it is very interesting to read about.
UK contemporaries such as Dead Romantic, Geek Girl, Soulmates, Skulk, You Don't Know Me - all of these demonstrate the typical English scene, with its country villages, London cityscape, sixth form studying and muddy music festivals. These and many more are great examples of UKYA which show the life this side of the pond, from our slang to our school system.