Thursday, May 29, 2014

Armchair BEA 2014 ~ Beyond the Borders

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Today's prompt: Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going!

For me the first books that jumped into thought when I read this were The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Even though I usually don't venture into contemporary for my reading time, I really enjoyed these books. There was just something about them that grabbed my attention and even when I found them uncomfortable I had to continue reading.

On the lighter side, I've always enjoyed reading books set in Ireland. From many Nora Roberts books (romance or PNR) to Karen Marie Moning's Fever and Highlander series, I love the settings almost as much as the stories themselves.
Another set I enjoyed was Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman. They are fantasy but based on and in Asian astrology.

I know there are others I'm forgetting and will probably see them as I'm visiting other blogs today but here are just a few of the ones I've read.


  1. 'A Thousand Splendid Suns ' was an amazing book! It really shattered me or a bit because, although I knew how hard the lives of some people were, it was really confronting while also being beautifully written. I haven't read 'The Kite Runner' yet, but it's definitely on my list! Great post :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of the first books that came to mind when I saw today's topic. Here's to broadening our reading horizons!

  3. I can't believe I haven't read any of these! I better get to it. I hear such great think about A Thousand Splendid Suns. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I've had my copies of Eon and Eona for ages. I really should read them soon since it would be great to read more Asian-inspired fantasy.

  5. KMM's highlander series really does give a good feel for the highlands, doesn't it? LOVE those books ;)

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

  6. Khaled Hosseini's books are beautiful.

  7. I read several books set in Ireland before a trip a couple of years ago -- a lovely country so it's easy to see why it inspires literature!

    Joy's Book Blog

  8. I need to read Hosseini's books. NEED.

  9. I haven't read Hosseini's books yet though they show up in my to read lists for every year. I guess they just intimidate me.