Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Favorite Books

Favorite books meme hosted by Sam @ Tiny Library

#3. Favorite book set in a different country.

Ha! That's easy . . .





The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Apart from this being an intriguing, creepy, mysterious book, it was filled with the sites and sounds of eastern Europe. The author takes the reader through big cities, towns and villages, through the countryside and into the homes of the local people. We are invited to sit at the table while they dine on sumptuous exotic dishes and listen in on their conversations as the characters uncover the history and lore of the area.

What a cool book. I'd like to travel to these places someday so that I can see them for myself.

9 comments:

Bex said...

I really really loved this book! I've been reading The Swan Thieves by her for a while now, and I'm stuck on it. Not because it's not great, I'm really enjoying it, I'm just having one of those moments where other things keep distracting me...
Mine would've been The Beach I think. But to be honest I'd completely forgotten about the awesomeness of this book until I read your post!

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

This is one of my all time favorite books ever. So far, I've read this twice - once when first released and once when I co-hosted for the On the Ledge Readalongs site last Sept through Oct. I posted a ton of pictures of all the places that the characters visited - you might enjoy it. I know I adored traveling virtually to all of these places last year when reading about it - here's the link: http://ontheledgereadalongs.blogspot.com Let me know what you think!

I've heard the audio version is absolutely incredible - I'm thinking that I've already read it twice, so my next "read" will have to be the audio experience. During the readalong last year, I even contacted the representative in the film industry working on the film (a few years ago) to get a comment on whether or not it would still be made into a movie. No answer back, unfortunately. Maybe I should send another note to him?

Can you tell I loved, loved, loved this book as well? :)

Sam said...

Oh, how did I forget this one? The place this book really made me want to visit was Istanbul. I loved the Eastern Europe stuff but I'm now desperate to go to Istanbul, and will be going in Easter 2012. I'm excited already!

Thanks for taking part :)

Trish said...

bex - I've heard The Swan Thieves is quite different, so I'll have to be prepared for it to not be The Historian, I guess. It's on my TBR shelf so I will get to it one of these days. But yes, The Historian was quite awesome.

coffee and a book chick - yes! I did that readalong too and thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures and cultural background and everyone else's take on the story.

A movie, huh?! Well now how am I supposed to have the patience to wait for that?

Trish said...

sam - istanbul did sound fabulous, didn't it? So cool that you have plans to go. Be sure to take lots of pictures and bring home a few souvenirs.

Stephanie M. Hasty said...

i have never read this book, but have always wanted to! i own it! i'll definitely read it now! :)

oh, and your blog is lovely!

Trish said...

Thanks, Stephanie. Yes, this book was on my shelf for years before I finally picked it up, and then when I started reading I couldn't believe I had held out so long, it was so good.

When you do get to reading it, I would highly recommend checking the readalong site that coffee and book chick mentions in her comment above.

playing.librarian said...

One of my favorite books too! I really enjoyed the detail descriptions of the cities.

Trish said...

All that traveling was fun, wasn't it? It made me want to pack my bags . . .