Top Ten Tuesday

Books To Read While Dreaming Of Travelling To Japan {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s post is all about books that awaken the travel bug in me. Now, I did a post on travel locations books helped put on my travel bucketlist already earlier this year, so this time I wanted to get more specific and talk about books set in my current number one dream travel destination: Japan.

While I’m hoping of travelling to Japan myself some day, in the meantime I have these books to keep me dreaming!

Red Winter by Annette Marie


This is one of my all-time favorite series and it is based on Japanese mythology which is amazing. Be prepared to fall in love with a kitsune.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh


While pitched as “Mulan retelling (set in Japan instead of China) meets 47 Ronin”  this gorgeous fantasy is so, so much more than that.

A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

Japanese mythology AND a reversal of the classic ‘normal kid discovers they are special’ trope.

Ink by Amanda Sun

Ink by Amanda Sun

Isn’t the cover already gorgeous?

The Night Itself by Zoë Marriott

The Night Itself by Zoë Marriott

More kitsunes!

Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott

Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott

A Cinderella retelling set in a Japan-inspired fantasy world.

Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross by Marie Lu

Some Japan for the science-fiction lovers…

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

Some Japan for the horror lovers..

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

And some Japan for the contemporary romance lovers!

Tell Me:
What country is number one on your travel bucketlist?
Have you read any of these and if yes, what did you think?


  1. It used to be Japan but I’m not sure I have a country that i have super high on my list. Anyway great list.

    1. Thanks! I mostly have Japan but other than that a lot of countries I want to visit but not so badly as Japan 🙂

  2. Ooh cool topic! Red Winter looks great, and I enjoyed Warcross. I think Japan would be an amazing destination!

    1. Japan does sound amazing 🙂

  3. I never knew Seven Days of You was set in Japan! I picked it up on a whim because I loved the cover, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Feeling far more interested in it now I know that it has such an interesting location.

    1. Hope you’ll love it!

  4. okay almost all these books are in my TBR! Did you enjoy INK? I have the eBook and would like to read it sometime! And of course Annette Marie’s series omg they look gorgeous!!

    1. Uma! I haven’t read all of these yet unfortunately but I’m hoping to get to them all soon. Especially Ink. And Annette Marie’s covers always look so gorgeous <3

  5. The Girl From The Well is one of my favorite books!

    1. I hope to get to it soon (probably around Halloween 🙂 )

  6. I haven’t come across a lot of books set in Japan, so it’s cool that you came up with such an extensive list! My boss has been talking about going to Japan for years – it seems like it would be a good mix of history and modernity.

    1. Yes the mix of history and modern is what appeals to me about Japan as well!

  7. Poinsettia says:

    Great take on this week’s topic! Shadows on the Moon sounds interesting! I’m going to add that to my tbr. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy!

  8. I’ve only read one of those and I think you added several to my want list. I need to travel even if it is just in my head. Hm… does that sound right? LOL

    1. Haha yeah I totally understand what you mean 😀

  9. I haven’t read any of these, but the idea of going to Japan is very appealing to me! I ticked off my previous number one travel bucket list item when I went to Greece last year, but there are still so many places I want to go, I want to have been to at least one country on every continent and so far I’ve only done North America and Europe. I’m planning to go to South America after I graduate from Uni, which I’m super excited for!

    1. Visiting at least one country on each continent sounds like a great plan! Hope you’ll get to tick all continents off your travel bucket list. And yay for South America, I hope to go there too some day 🙂

  10. I would like to read Flame in the Mist, such a gorgeous cover too!!

    1. It is such a gorgeous cover indeed!

  11. Krystianna says:

    Great list! I really want to check out Seven Days of You. I have a copy of Warcross but I haven’t read it yet.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. Thanks! Hope you’ll get to them soon!

  12. Warcross makes me want to visit Japan too so I’ll definitely need to get busy on the rest of your list since I’m sure it will be years before I can afford to go there, lol.

    1. Warcross was amazing! Haha, same! At least we have the books in the meantime 🙂

  13. Glad to spy “Warcross” on this list!! I liked the setting of ‘Seven Days,’ but just couldn’t get into the rest of the book. Made me sad since I REALLY wanted to like this one! :/

    1. Aww I did hear a few negative reviews for ‘Seven Days’ but I haven’t read it myself yet. Hopefully I’ll still enjoy, but at least the setting will be awesome 🙂

  14. Yaaaas! What an awesome twist on the topic. I was glad to see Red Winter topped the list. Another series I want to reread one day when I can find the space in my reading schedule!

    A Mortal Song and The Night Itself look amazing too.

    I’m looking forward to reading Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa soon – it sounds like it has some great Japanese goodness included so I’ll let you know how that goes. I’m a bit worried as I always love the sound of Kagawa’s books and I love her writing…. But the characters or the execution somehow lets me down….

    1. Haha, any chance to talk about Red Winter, I have to take 😉
      Shadow of the Fox sounds great, looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it!

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