Pack your bags because we’re traveling around the world. 🌎 In today’s post, Stephanie and I have decided to share 6 Young Adult books we’re looking forward to reading—one for each continent except Antartica. I’ll be sharing Steph’s answers on this post, so be sure to stop by her blog post here to see which books I chose!
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Recently I have been reading more YA contemporaries (more than usual) and this one really stood out to me. It’s essentially inspired by Romeo and Juliet but a modern-day California version and despite me not particularly loving that original classic, I really do enjoy retellings and inspirations from it. I have also only heard really positive things about it from the characters to the descriptions of the setting that I am highly anticipating it!
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
I have to admit, what first drew me in was the cover. It looked freaking gorgeous and later when I found out that it was based on an East Asian fantasy version of the Evil Queen from Snow White, I was very intrigued. The main reason why I haven’t picked this one up yet is because I’m waiting for the second book to come out (it’s a duology!) and I believe it focuses on the East Asian version of Snow White herself. Anyways, I am VERY excited to read this book and cannot wait to see what the author has reimagined with this classic tale.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
I initially picked up this book because the cover looked amazing and there’s magical realism which is something I typically enjoy. Plus I found out that this book has some fantasy-like elements to it that is derived from Latinx culture. It is also an #OwnVoices novel and I’m trying to read more of those these days especially those that aren’t my own. I have also heard that Anna-Marie’s writing in this book is beautiful and lyrical which I am quite intrigued to experience for myself.
Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
Ireland is one of my top bucket list destination in Europe along with Italy and Scotland so when I saw that this book focused on a tour around the Emerald Isle (aka Ireland) due to this mysterious guidebook found in a library, I was hooked. The idea of a tour in Ireland has been something that I have wanted to do for the longest time ever (thanks to the numerous promo emails from Travelzoo) so perhaps by reading this book, I can get some insights for my own future tour around Ireland.
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
I believe that this pick might be a point of contention since while Egypt is geographically located in Africa, a lot of its culture is much more similar to the Middle East but because for this post, we are picking books set in their respective continents, I decided to go ahead with this pick. I am so excited to pick up this book as I have heard numerous positive things from friends recently. In fact, one of my friends claimed that this is her favorite book of 2018 so far. There is also magic and djinn’s involved which brings this book to a whole other level of appeal for me. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and this one promises to have a lot of it.
Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
I was actually not aware of this book until a few short months ago when I saw that it was nominated as the book pick for an online book club that I was following via Twitter. After further research (hello Goodreads), I was very much interested in this book. It’s sci-fi with lifelike robots and it seems to have a fantasy element to it as well with Eve being able to destroy electronics with the power of her mind. Plus, it’s also set in this post-apocalyptic future of the U.S. so that’s very appealing to me. So with a dystopian and sci-fi setting and fantasy elements, I can only imagine how amazing this book will be.
Where would you like to travel? Are there any books that spark your wanderlust? Let me know in the comments! 💕