“I Can Show You The World” (In Books)

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I’ve traveled a lot thanks to growing up in a military family. I actually lived in Okinawa, Japan from ages 6 to 11. I lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for three years during high-school and then finished up my last two months of Senior year in the states. I’ve also traveled across the United States having lived in Washington, California, Virginia, Kansas, Florida and now Georgia.

Suffice to say, I love to travel. I love learning about new cultures, trying new food and sight-seeing. But I also love getting to explore the world through books when it’s physically impossible for me to travel. I enjoy seeing the world through other people’s lens.

Thank you, Jesse @ Books at Dawn for tagging me for the Around the World in Books Tag!

The rules are simple. List a country, and then show which favorite book of yours is set in that country. You can use the countries I have used, add your own, or use completely different ones!


The-Secret-Fire-The Secret Fire is told in dual POV so it’s actually set in England as well. Both locations are so important in this book as we alternate between Sascha and Taylor’s perspectives, their eyes taking in their hometowns the way only locals can, all the while we’re taken on a thrill ride across both countries uncovering the mysteries of a long-hidden secret.




Gambit is set in a dystopian England, with the main city being a re-imagined London. We get the sense that the upper class is English and that those who live outside the major Core cities are of Irish descent. Seeing the different culture’s clash further sets the scene for how different these two sets of society are from each other. They’re divided by more than their Skills, this sort of division runs deeper than that and this is something Gambit explores.



Lord of Snow and Ashes is set in a Russian-esque world. LoSaA is a pure fantasy novel, but the Russian influence is very obvious making this book intricate in both plot and culture.


Six of Crows is also set in a Russian type world. This is also my favorite read of 2015 (so far) and it’s cast of misfits holds a very special place in my heart.

Czech Republic

I read The Unbearable Lightness of Being in high school and something about it stuck with me. I don’t really remember the plot anymore, but I remember liking it a lot despite being confused half the time.



An Ember in the Ashes is set in a sort of Roman dystopian. It’s hard to say the particular setting Tahir crafted for this book, but it felt like it had Roman and Middle Eastern influences.Red Rising

Red Rising is also hard to pin down being a dystopia and that if we’re being technical, it’s actually set on Mars. But, the Greek influences were super heavy in this book which made the world both familiar and foreign at the same time.


The Middle East

The Wrath and the Dawn

The general setting of The Wrath and the Dawn is decidedly Middle Eastern. It’s heavy with color, scents, and culture. I couldn’t get enough of this world that’s based in reality. It was so vivid and the story so compelling.



I don’t know who all has done this tag so I’m going to start off by tagging YOU reader. And now everyone else:

Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks
Beverly @ In The Shadow of The Words – A Writer’s Journey
Bree @ Live. Learn. Write.
CW @ Read, Think, Ponder
Charley @ Books and Bakes
Chloe @ Paint and Butterflies Books
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Evie @ Just Another Belle
Jenna @ Reading with Jenna
Lynanne @ Daybreak In Autumn
Maria @ Marwhal Reads
Melanie @ Melanie Noell Bernard
Meriem @ Fanatic Bibliophile
Pretty Erudite @ Living Life One Step at a Time
Samantha @ Dream by Day
Sarina @ Cookie Break
Trisha Ann @ The Bookgasm


30 thoughts on ““I Can Show You The World” (In Books)

  1. Thanks for tagging me (and thanks for all those additions to my reading list) Sadly I don’t think I’ll have the time to do this myself but I appreciate the thought nonetheless 🙂 Happy reading!

    1. Sure! I love adding to people’s TBR, lol! Jk (sort of)! And I completely understand. I’m considering taking a hiatus from the blog to get some serious stuff done to my MS before my BFF comes into town ten days from now. I’m not sure, yet but I’m seriously considering it….(so indecisive…ugh. lol)

  2. I have never read The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Which is a huge shame since I have been living in Czech republic for last 8 years…
    Anyway, I love “traveling” to different countries via books so I deifnitely need to check some of those you mentioned 🙂

    1. I don’t know what about Unbearable Lightness stuck out and made such an impression on me. I’d have to go back and re-read, IDK I might hate it because when I went back and read the description I was like, WHAT? I don’t really remember that at all! lol!
      You live in Czech Republic? How cool! I’d love to travel out that way, I was just talking to a friend of mine in France. I’ve traveled to Central America and (of course) Japan but I’m missing so many huge chunks of the world and I want to SEE everything!! I want to meet everyone that I’ve connected to online bc that’s just the kind of person I am. ^.^

    1. ^.^ The perks of being a military child! Lol. I really did love it for all the complaining I did about leaving my friends behind with each move. I always found new ones and kept the old ones and my family of friends just kept getting bigger and bigger. I think that’s why I can connect with so many diverse kinds of people, because within my own person I’m such a melting pot of people and places that I’ve met and been to. I adore travel and want to get back out there again. I feel that wanderlust setting in once more! ^.^ (This could also just mean it’s time for a vacation! 😛 )

  3. I am soooo green with envy right now, Nic! You didn’t just tour around those places but you actually lived there. What’s Honduras like? I seldom hear about that country but I bet it’s interesting 😀

    Gah this book tag reminds me I have to get to Red Rising soon. I can’t find my copy yet though but I will get on the fangirl-dom soon! And of course, Six of Crows! Thanks for tagging me! 😀

    1. Honduras was a very interesting place. On one hand it was beautiful and the beaches have ruined me from being able to enjoy US beaches (I’m exaggerating as usual) bc their splendor was just that breathtaking aking. But the spilt in classes was also hard to stomach. The level of poverty that exists in conjunction with the level of wealth there is staggering and to see it side by side is even more illustrious of how dire the situation is. For other reasons, I have good and bad memories of my stay there. Not because of the country itself (though I know that does factor into it in its own way) but because I just didn’t fit in the way I was supposed to and was bullied in high school which led to me dropping out before returning to states in time still graduate with my IB Diploma, a miracle in and of itself that I was able to find a school that had the program I had been working on for the previous three years ( I skipped my sophomore year so that’s why I say three instead of four).

      Omg Red Rising was LIFE! It blew my mind! Hope on the fandom as soon as you find that copy!!

      1. Thanks for sharing this, Nic! I know how it feels as my country is slightly similar as how you describe Hondorus. The poor gets poorer and the rich, richer.
        I’m sorry to hear about your high school. It’s sad how it becomes a culture. I had a dose of it but not largely but I feel like I can understand how you feel as I’m reading ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES now. Well, I’m glad the States are giving you a better life 😀

      2. All these books that deal with depression and bullying, I didn’t know these types of books were written when I was in high school. I can’t say that I looked hard either, so my only hope is that the presence of those kinds of books is getting into the hands of people like me back then who can really benefit from them and seeing that someone else understands. I’m sorry you hard a hard time too, but we made it! And we’re doing great now, yes!? 😍

  4. AH! I’ve been tagged! I’m infected! 0.0 Just kidding! :p Thank you for the tag! I’ve been watching this one float about the Blogosphere, and kept thinking ‘I’m screwed’. Haha! I don’t have any idea where half the books I read take place. So, this should be fun! ^.^

    YAY GAMBIT! Wait… it takes place in England?! How do you know this?! Did I totally miss something while reading?! OH MY GOSH! AM I OBLIVIOUS?! 0.0

    P.s. You’ve been to so many places! I’m jealous! I hope to go to Japan next year! EE! And how come you’ve never been to the Midwest? Do you not like snow or something?! 0.0

    1. My family lived in Kansas while I was in college and I have family in Michigan and Illinois who we frequently visited while growing up (especially when we were living abroad), I’ve just never had the chance to actually really live there. And I like the snow actually, get me in a snow suit and some booties and I’m making snow angels! Lol!

      And yes! Gambit takes place in England! The reference is subtle and not harped on, so easy to miss! And omg yes!! Japan!! Take me with you! My brother in law is deployed over there now and I was like “take me with you”! Lol! 😂🙈

      1. MICHIGAN REPRESENT! :p I love Michigan so much. Granted, it’s where I was born. Hee hee!

        YAY SNOW! I’m so sad to hear that this will be a mild winter. I want LOTS of snow, like Buffalo, NY amount of snow! :p It’s my dream to have enough snow that I can jump out the second story window and be fine. Hee hee!

        Oh man! Totally missed it! *Sigh*

        I wish! But I gotta travel this one alone. I’ve always traveled with someone. This is going to be my chance to go alone, to see it on my own, to be independent, to FREAK THE FUDGECAKES OUT! *cough* Anyway… :p

      2. Hahaha! Omg! Yes enjoy the hell out of Japan! I’m sure you’ll take lots of pictures and stuff your face silly. That’s my first reaction to traveling at least! Lol! 😆

      3. Agh!!! I’m not gonna lie! I’m gonna be happy for you and so so so jealous bc I want to go back so bad. It’s the second longest place I’ve ever lived and really the bulk of my childhood was in Japan so it’s like home to me. I’m going to love seeing those pictures for sure!!!

    1. OMG! How embarrassing! 🙈 The shame! The shame! *Hides in a corner and refuses to come out* Haha! I sure did, didn’t it?! What a silly goose I am! I do copy and paste my favs list, lol. I have it in a draft post called ‘my favs to tag’. Wow. I should start making a list of blogger mistakes I’ve made bc they sure are funny. ^.^

  5. Yes! Finally got around to checking out this post. I started The Unbearable Lightness of Being about 3 years ago (before I got back into reading), got about halfway and never ended up finishing it. I really loved what I read though so I definitely want to read it to the end one day! I’ve been neglecting my literary fiction lately, even though I told myself I’d try to read at least one classic or literary novel a month…

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