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Five Fabulous Books…Set In Other Countries

fab-five-logo-e1397403514389Five Fabulous Books is an original feature here at Big Book Little Book. The aim of the feature is to showcase fabulous books and bookish things, with connecting themes, there by promoting reads we have enjoyed and sharing recommendations for similar books. We love to share contributions from fellow bibliophiles, bloggers, vloggers and twitter users. We love to hear from you too, so don’t forget to comment with your favourite themed books. You are very welcome to use the Five Fabulous feature on your own blog just be sure to link back to Big Book Little Book and leave your link in the comments below so we can check out your recommendations! Feel free to copy and paste our Fabulou5 graphic or create one of your own.

Fab five reads based in other countries

The Island by Victoria Hislop this is a fascinating novel set on the island of Spinalonga, just off Crete. This is where the lepers are sent to live tugs at the heart strings for those separated from their loved ones. Set in the time around the 2nd World War there is loads of historical interest too.

The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, one of my favourite easy reads, it has undemanding prose and wonderful characters. The gentle humour and light hearted style make this a go to relaxing read. Set in Botswana the backdrop is delicious with the sun shining and the gorgeous landscape and where the day to day pace if life seems to jog along easily, it’s perfect to relax with. The fact that there are now at least 12 books in the series is an added bonus!

The Far Pavilions by MM Kaye
This us a great epic read, sweeping landscapes, exotic culture, love and heartbreak, a story that spans decades. An Indian back drop is painted beautifully for us and the characters are rich and satisfying. A perfect long read to lose yourself in.

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman is another novel with history. This is set after the First World War on a remote lighthouse off Australia. There is a gripping moral dilemma for us to explore, with characters that capture the imagination and who make it really hard to know who to root for. Thus novel transports you to an old, forgotten world.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, OK some of you might think this is a bit if a cheat but set in futuristic America, known now as Panem it is a brilliant foil for all the historical novels! If you haven’t heard if this by now I don’t know what you’ve been doing. I have read this a couple of tines now and still find the subject matter challenging and engaging in equal measure. Easy to read, with lots happening and keeping you on the edge of your seat at times it’s a great modern read.

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The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

the hunger games ebookCould you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Hunger games already, but don’t always judge a book by its movie! I read this book in two days flat and I think it’s addictive! It’s set in the ruins of North America in a place called Panem in which there are 12 districts; district 1, district 2 and so on. The higher the number of your district, the higher poverty rates are. All of the 12 districts are run by the Capitol, the capital city and where the President, President Snow lives.

16 year old Katniss Everdeen lives in district 12 in a tiny house with her little sister Primrose, Prim for short and her mum. Because the capitol want to show the districts who is the best and to stop them revolting, they declare every year, that all children from the ages of 12 to 18 are to have their names put into a bowl and then, in each district, a male and female, will be selected to fight to the death in an arena, and it would be called the hunger games. The reaping day was when they picked out the names, and as you got older the more times your name would be put into the selection bowl. Katniss was in there 24 times, Prim was in there once. Before the Reaping, Katniss went out hunting in the woods, which was forbidden but she and her hunting partner Gale knew how to hunt.

So at the reaping, they line up the children from district 12 and they first pick out a girl. Out of 7000 people, Primrose Everdeen is picked. Katniss volunteers in place of her little sister. But out of the Boys Peeta Mellark is picked and he becomes very prominent in the next part of the book. Find out how Peeta confesses his love for Katniss, we meet some strange but amusing characters, they train hard, make an alliance with a little girl but does Katniss defeat the odds and rise to victory? Well find out yourself!

Verdict: you have to read this book! I mean it! I took no time to finish it, but the book has so much to it I couldn’t write it all down! I’m soo glad that there are two other books after it because I was left hanging off the edge. The most Thrilling, adrenaline pumping book you have ever read. You don’t want to miss out on it! I give it 10 out of 10 nothing else said.
Verdict the Second: Are you reading it yet? Don’t forget to read: Catching Fire (book 2) and Mockingjay (book 3), I’m reading Mockingjay at the moment, highly recommended!

Reviewed by Daisy(12)

Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 2009
Format: eBook
Pages: 387
Genre: Dystopian, Adventure, Romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Daisy (12)
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: None
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