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As we head into another year where foreign travel remains difficult, a tag inspired by travelling around Europe was a tempting concept. Thanks to JenJenReviews for the tag. I’ve been unable to find out who created the tag originally.
France - Your Favourite Love Story
As regular followers of the blog will be aware, I don’t read a lot of love stories, but I have to admit, the tale of love across the centuries in Outlander is compelling. Claire and Jamie’s devotion to each other is beautiful to read, and you can’t help but root for them to find a way to be together.
Spain - A Colourful Cover
The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has a beautiful, bright cover, containing a coming of age story that encompasses feminism, war, and love.
Italy - A Book Taking Place in Summer
I read The Trouble With Goats and Sheep a number of years ago, and yet the imagery of the searing hot summer in which a group of neighbours are investigated by two girls looking to get to the bottom of a disappearance is the lingering image.
Greece - A Book With Mythology
Mythology retellings continue to be a popular genre, and Madeline Miller is often people’s first port of call. Her 2018 novel Circe gives us a view of famous Greek myths through the eyes of Circe.
Belgium - A Book With Politics
Dickens’ take on the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities is full of historic politics.
Ireland - A Book With A Strong Friendship Group
A Little Life is an incredible, difficult book, but at its heart is a group of friends, all trying to find their way in the world. They argue and fall out, separate and come together, but they remain important in each other's lives.
The Netherlands - Flowers On The Cover
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride is a beautiful, intense novel dealing with early experiences of love and sex. Its narrative style is intimate and will wrap you in the story completely.
The festive season is a great time for cosy reads, but I often struggle to find a book that’s both cosy and satisfying. Christmas 2021 delivered with Midnight in Everwood, an enchanting, magical read that has a dark side.