TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books that make me wish I was American

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Top Ten Tuesday is taking a break for a month. The creators are busy doing adult things (having babies), so they have a very good excuse! But because I love writing Top Ten Tuesday posts so much, I’ve decided to create my own.

If you hadn’t noticed, today is the 4th of July – Independence Day! As it’s such an important American holiday, I’ve decided to incorporate it into my Top Ten Tuesday.

These ten books all make me wish I was American, instead of British.

10) ‘The Longest Ride‘ by Nicholas Sparks

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

I never thought I’d be including a Nicholas Sparks novel in a Top Ten Tuesday post! ‘The Longest Ride’ is the only one I’ve read (so far), and because it’s all about bull riding it makes me wish I was American. The sport isn’t really a thing in the UK, but bull riders are sexy as heck… Or, at least, Luke is.

9) ‘Fangirl‘ by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I love books set in colleges. There’s not much UKYA set in universities (in fact I can only think of one, and I haven’t had a chance to read it yet…). I LIVE for characters going to college, adjusting to this huge change in their lives. This book makes me wish I was American because Cath and Wren’s college sounds so much nicer than any university my friends have described!

8) ‘You Were Here‘ by Cori McCarthy

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Abandoned buildings absolutely fascinate me. Anything that features an abandoned building gets an automatic thumbs up from me. When that location is incorporated into a mixture of written word and graphic novel? Well, that’s just the icing on the cake! ‘You Were Here’ makes me wish I was American because there are so many fascinating locations featured throughout.

7) ‘Other Breakable Things‘ by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood

Other Breakable Things by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood

I chose ‘Other Breakable Things’ for the same reason I chose ‘You Were Here’. Evelyn and Luc go on a road trip and visit some beautiful places across America, including a butterfly museum and the Winchester Mystery House. The concept of the Winchester house fascinates me, and I’m unbearably jealous of anyone who gets to visit it. I could have put this book even higher up my list, if my other choices weren’t so strong!

6) ‘The Truth About You and Me‘ by Amanda Grace

The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace

Okay, so the story of ‘The Truth About You and Me’ isn’t the strongest. I was a little disappointed by it when I read it, but the descriptions of the locations are still vividly printed in my mind. There aren’t many places where you can hike in England (at least, not near my home!) but if you’re American there always seems to be a mountain in your back yard.

5) ‘Tonight the Streets Are Ours‘ by Leila Sales

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

Leila Sales has the most amazing way of describing New York. I loved every single page of this book, but when Arden gets to the Big Apple it becomes utterly enchanting. I’m pretty sure that every non-American dreams of living in (or at least visiting!) New York, and this book increased my wanderlust tenfold.

4) ‘When Dimple Met Rishi‘ by Sandhya Menon

I’m choosing ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ partly because it’s set on a college campus, partly because of how Sandhya describes San Francisco. The mist coming off of the water, the perpetual chilliness… It sounds like a magical place to visit, even if I wouldn’t particularly like to live there!

3) ‘Shiver‘ by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I can’t remember much about ‘Shiver’, because I read it so long ago. I can remember absolutely adoring the wintery setting, though, and wishing we could get as much snow in the UK as they do in Mercy Falls. Also, who doesn’t want to live in a country where wolves can just walk up to your back door? England has no exciting wildlife, which is a huge reason I wish I was American.

2) ‘The Geography Of You And Me‘ by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

I read this book in one sitting and absolutely fell in love. Jennifer’s writing is absorbing, but its her description of New York that really captures your attention. Lucy and Owen meet in a citywide blackout, and explore the streets of a city known for its light pollution, giant billboards and flashing neon signs. Seeing New York described in a completely different way made me want to visit even more!

1) ‘Paper Towns‘ by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

I couldn’t resist putting ‘Paper Towns’ at the top of my list. There are so many reasons I love this novel: abandoned buildings, road trips, imaginary towns… And all of those reasons also make me want to be an American. Just being able to get in your car and drive in a straight line across the same country for days – literally DAYS – absolutely blows my mind. If I could drive, I could visit two different countries within a couple of hours.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Are there any books that make you wish you were American? Or, if you’re an American reader, any that make you wish you were from somewhere else?

Happy Independence Day!