The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari
This book is so good it actually made me care about a cricket game!
The Tattooed Map by Barbara Hodgson
What I love most about this story is all of the mixed-media collage-like illustrations on every page. It's like reading someone's personal travel journal!
Kartography by Kamila Shamsie
This novel gives you a taste for what it's like to live and love in Karachi, as does Shamsie's other excellent novels, Broken Verse and Salt & Saffron.
Partitions by Amit Majmudar
I loved this story that tells about the separation of India and Pakistan through the eyes of the characters caught in the middle.
Death in Cyprus by M.M. Kaye
Kaye writes great romantic suspense novels. But if you're not intrigued by the Cyprus setting, you can always read Death in Kashmir or Death in Zanzibar instead. They're just as good.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
This is still my favorite read of 2018. And it's all because of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, one of the most memorable characters I've ever met!
The Quiet Girl by Peter Hoeg
This is an impossible story to sum up in one sentence. So check out my previous post on this remarkable book, and then check out this book! It's a 5-star read.
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
This bookish gem is poignant and sweet and beautifully written. I loved everything about it!
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
This literary mystery has all the right ingredients: an antiquarian bookdealer, a sinister secret society, a rare and arcane manuscript, intrigue and death. (The Flanders Panel and The Nautical Chart by Perez-Reverte are also favorites.)
The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu
Interesting and poignant read set in a country I'm not sure I'd want to visit in real life, but that I loved getting to know more about through the pages of this short but powerful novel.
Where should I travel next?