TOP 5 WEDNESDAY || Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

And here is where I realize that most of the books I’ve read are set in Western worlds. Nice one, me! Probably should work on reading more diverse books. I actually thought about listing all my fave local reads here since they’re set in the Philippines but most of them are in Filipino. So instead of talking about the books I’ve already read, I made a list of the books that are on my TBR!


Cinder by Melissa Meyer

I’ve seen the Lunar Chronicles everywhere but I’ve never bothered picking it up. Mostly because I easily get tired of the same old fairytale retellings (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast… come on, there are hundreds of other fairytales to retell) but a good friend of mine recently told me that she loved this series so I figured I’d give it a go!

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

My copy has been sitting on my shelf for the past few weeks. I’ve been wanting to read it (it’s a freaking Mulan retelling!) but whenever I try, I just… can’t. I don’t know, maybe I need to wait until I’m in the right mood or maybe I have to push through those first few chapters before I can finally settle on a good reading pace. Either way, I will get to the end of this book someday. Hopefully before I’m dead.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

After reading When Dimple Met Rishi a few weeks ago, I was itching to read something else that had an Indian protagonist or was inspired by Indian culture. The Star-Touched Queen offers just that, a fantasy novel that takes from Indian mythology. Plus the author is a fellow Filipino so bonus points for that!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Another one by Renee Ahdieh! I’ve seen people rave about this like crazy. Just like with Flame in the Mist, I’ve tried to read The Wrath and the Dawn but I can’t seem to get past the second chapter, no matter how much I want to. Again, maybe I just need to be in a right mood to get through this one.

Want by Cindy Pon

I heard this one is set in Taiwan (super awesome) and is sci-fi! If you’ve read my Empress of A Thousand Skies review, you’d know that I absolutely suck when it comes to reading sci-fi, but I’ve been wanting to get into the genre. So I get to read not only another sci-fi book, but a book that’s also chock full of diversity. Double awesome!


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