Travel The World (without leaving your house)

Have you ever read a book that has transported you to a different place? Have you ever felt you were at Hogwarts? Or on a ship navigating treacherous seas? It is said that a good book has the ability to transport you places. Keeping that in mind, Kimberly Mays from Global English Editing has recently complied a list of books that she feels represent the country they were written about.

The Most Iconic Books Set in 150 Countries Around the World is a book listing in infographic form representing, as the name suggests, a list of 150 books that are iconic of the countries they are set in. From iconic books like Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (the United States), Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and Anne Frank’s The Diary of a young Girl (Denmark) to newer books like Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner (Afghanistan) and Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sweden), the list has them all. India’s entry on the list in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger. To see the rest of the list, visit the site here.

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Rick Riordan to help promote an Indian Mythology Novel

Rick Riordan recently announced that he’s formed an imprint with his publisher, Disney, called Rick Riordan Presents, to promote mythology inspired literature.

While he doesn’t plan to write a book based on Indian mythology himself, one of the authors he’s signed up already has. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshni Chokshi is due to release in April 2018. Roshni Chokshi, is already a New York Times Bestseller, having written two fantasy novels inspired by Indian mythology and history.

The other two books his imprint plans to promote are Storm Runner by Jennifer Cervantes and Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee based on Mayan and Korean Mythology respectively.

The book is described as follows: “When twelve-year-old Aru Shah lights a lamp in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture in order to impress her friends, she unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction and bring an end to Time. The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata.”

Rick Riordan read a tiny snippet from the book. You can find it here.

2 new Harry Potter books coming this October

Great news for all you Harry Potter fans! In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original U.K. publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, two new books in the Harry Potter universe will be released this October.

According to The Globe and Mail, one book will be titled Harry Potter: A History of Magic — The Book of the Exhibition, and will finally walk readers through some of the actual subjects studied by Harry and his friends at Hogwarts. Harry Potter — A Journey Through A History of Magic will explore the other elements of J. K. Rowling’s magical universe, especially less understood varieties of magic like alchemy and witchcraft.