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There are amazing fiction books that take place all over the world. You are a wanderlust bookworm. You don’t want to just read books. You want to experience them!
Today I compiled a list of 5 destinations around the world that you can go to. However, this travel bucket list template contains 48 destinations I chose based on books. Let’s dive right in.
There are an unlimited amount of books set all around the world, including Amsterdam. But, I chose the 3 that sounded the most interesting to me. These are:
- Girl In The Blue Coat
- Sister Peters In Amsterdam
- The Fault In Our Stars
Girl In The Blue Coat (affiliate link) by Monica Hesse takes place in Amsterdam in 1943. The book is about a rebellious woman who keeps secrets from her family while also coping with the loss of her boyfriend who died when the Germans invaded. This book could be a wonderful mix of adding the city to your bucket list and learning about its history.
Sister Peters In Amsterdam by Betty Neels takes place, as you can tell, in Amsterdam. The main character is chosen to represent her hospital in an exchange scheme where she’d spend a year in Holland. While there, she falls in love with her boss. I haven’t read this book yet, but it has amazing ratings with just over 4/5 stars. Plus, it sounds perfect if you enjoy reading romance.
The Fault In Our Stars (affiliate link) by John Green does not entirely take place in Amsterdam, but a part of it does. It isn’t just briefly mentioned either. There is a reason they go to Amsterdam. And while they are there, they do a little exploring (Anne Frank’s house, for instance) which you could add to your own bucket list for when you travel to Amsterdam yourself.
I read this book with my younger sister before the movie had come out. She wanted to see the movie, and I suggested we read the book first. So we did. The book is very well written. And she loved every bit of it.
When we went to see the movie, she started crying as I bought the tickets. I got really nervous and asked her if she was sure she wanted to see it. It is a more mature movie, so I didn’t mind watching something else with her.
She said she was just crying because she was excited and that she still wanted to see it. So we did. This movie was the first and only experience where nearly and I mean just nearly the entire theater was crying by the end of the movie.
It was the most bizarre situation I have ever encountered. So weird in fact that it distracted me from even having a chance of getting emotional. I actually had to hold back laughter because I thought it was funny that a whole theater could act in unison. I felt bad for my sister though because when I looked over to her I could tell I should have brought tissues. She was such a cute little thing.
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We know Paris as the city of love. And of course, I plan to visit it one day. I am a sucker for love. So, it would only make sense to list off romance novels set in Paris. These are:
- Les Misérables
- The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
- The Nightingale
Les Misérables (affiliate link) by Victor Hugo is a well-known story. It is a book, play, and movie. So really, you can enjoy it in any format you choose. In Victor Hugo’s tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him.
But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the dogged Inspector Javert. It is not simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty.
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (affiliate link) by Victor Hugo (again) is a favorite of mine. Of course, the first time I learned about this story was through the Disney film. I loved watching it, even though there were some pretty tragic moments for Quasimodo. You should add the Notre-Dame Cathedral to your list of places to see in Paris when you go. Last I heard people were not able to go inside, but you could still see its magnificence from outside.
The Nightingale (affiliate link) by Kristin Hannah is a book I recently mentioned in my historical fiction list. However, it fits seamlessly into this list too because it takes place in Paris. In 1939, the main character is forced to live with the enemy, the Germans. This book gives the woman’s perspective during this time, which is seldom seen.
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I have a soft spot for Scotland. The only reason I can attribute this too is that I fell in love with the Outlander (affiliate link) Series by Diana Gabaldon. Not all of her books take place in Scotland. In fact, her books go all over the world. But the heart of it remains in Scotland. Some other books that take place in Scotland are:
- The Winter Sea
- The First Blast Of The Trumpet
The Winter Sea (affiliate link) by Susanna Kearsley is about a writer who is telling her family history through fiction at Slain’s Castle. But this gets more complicated when she realizes the novel she is writing is more fact than fiction. This book sounds like it is right up my alley, especially since I love the Outlander Series so much. This book will certainly make you want to go see Slain’s Castle in person!
The First Blast Of The Trumpet (affiliate link) by Marie Macpherson takes you all the way back to 1511. This book addresses love, religion, and politics, all of which are controversial and complicated topics. But I LOVE complexity, so I’m all in. What about you?
- Mistress of Rome
- Cleopatra’s Daughter
- I, Claudius
Mistress of Rome (affiliate link) by Kate Quinn takes place in first century Rome. Thea, a captive from Judaea, is a clever and determined survivor hiding behind a slave’s docile mask. Purchased as a toy for the spoiled heiress Lepida Pollia, Thea evades her mistress’s spite and hones a secret passion for music. But when Thea wins the love of Rome’s newest and most savage gladiator and dares to dream of a better life, the jealous Lepida tears the lovers apart and casts Thea out.
Rome offers many ways for the resourceful to survive, and Thea remakes herself as a singer for the Eternal ‘City’s glittering aristocrats. As she struggles for success and independence, her nightingale voice attracts a dangerous new admirer: the Emperor himself. But the passions of an all-powerful man come with a heavy price, and Thea finds herself fighting for both her soul and her destiny.
Many have tried to destroy the Emperor: a vengeful gladiator, an upright senator, a tormented soldier, a Vestal Virgin. But in the end, the life of Rome’s most powerful man lies in the hands of one woman: the Emperor’s mistress.
The drama of it all reminds me of Shakespeare, which I suppose makes sense since he was alive around this time. First century Rome was a time of change. It was both civilized and uncivilized.
Cleopatra’s Daughter (affiliate link) by Michelle Moran does not take place in Egypt. Most people know who Cleopatra is, but what of her children after her and Marc Antony died? That is what this book centers around. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two—the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander—survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt.
I, Claudius (affiliate link)by Robert Graves, is about a man who is meant to be Emperor even though he is seen by his family as weak and a fool. This story takes place in ancient Rome, but Claudius was a well-traveled man. He is certainly someone worth reading about!
- There Are No Children Here
- Edge Of Perception
- Water For Elephants
There Are No Children Here (affiliate link) by Alex Kotlowitz is based on a true story. It tells of two brothers and the struggles of growing up in Chicago surrounded by poverty and violence. I enjoy seeing new perspectives, and I have only ever been to Chicago once. There is more to Chicago than just the Magnificent Mile (which you should still see if you visit Chicago).
Edge of Perception (affiliate link) by Steve Ballinger is a decent mix of paranormal and sci-fi activity amongst the normal world. Ron Lewis is a firm believer in science. However, a curse that was placed on his family during the slavery days continues to plague since his early childhood.
Ron was born in the 1960s and faces many struggles on top of the paranormal activity. Just when Ron thinks he has found peace, a tragedy strikes turning his world upside down. Soon after, a once in a lifetime opportunity allows Ron to use science to face his demons of the past, which unleashes even more chaos. The question is, will he find peace amidst the chaos and will he finally be able to put his demons to rest?
The Great Believers (affiliate link) by Rebecca Makkai follows Yale Tishman through several areas of Chicago such as Lincoln Park and Boystown. In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery.
Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.
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