Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Italian-themed Books I Hope to Read This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme is great for those who love lists. 10 is just a suggestion to aim for if you can hit it. You can do a list of 3 or 5 or 20, whatever you decide. And you can put a spin on the topic if you need to. Each week there is a new list to create. This week the list is a FREEBIE --- that super specific list we want to make?? All ours to tackle this week! So mine is:

Italian-themed Books I Hope to Read This Year

I love books set in Italy, written by an Italian author or just based on an Italian theme. It's what made me start Italy Book Tours. Some years, I've read more Italian-themed books than others but last year not so much, so I'd like to change that. Here are the Italian-themed books I hope to read in 2017.

Nonna's Book of Mysteries by Mary A. Osborne
This is YA fiction set in Florence of Renaissance Italy. I already read Alchemy's Daughter which I loved so I've been wanting to read this for a while now.

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani
I loved The Shoemaker's Wife. Trigiani's historical fiction novels are so good, I'm ready to dig into this one soon.

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani
Yep! Trigiani is coming out with another one. How can I resist?

Appointment with ISIL by Joe Giordano
Giordano's historical fiction Birds of Passage impressed me last year and I'm looking forward to reading another book by this talented author.

Tempesta's Dream by Vincent B. "Chip" LoCoco
I loved LoCoco's historical fiction A Song for Bellafortuna. So I want to read his first book, an Italian opera love story set in Milan.

Early One Morning by Virginia Baily
I've had this one on my bookshelf since I got it at BookExpo in 2015.  It's got such a good premise.

The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka
I bought this one when on vacation one summerSet in a seaside village on the Italian Riviera, it tells the story of a widowed butcher and his son...and there is a good amount of soccer...

The Garden of Letters by Alyson Richman
After reading and loving The Velvet Hours, I couldn't resist this one and I am currently halfway through the audiobook. Another winner!

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
I just finished this one last week. I had to read it after reading Greg's review at Book Haven. It made me want to visit Florence!

What about you? Do you love books set in Italy?


  1. Great idea for a list! I have Love & Gelato on my TBR list! It sounds really good.

    1. It's a sweet book. I loved the setting, of course, and want to visit Florence now.

  2. The only one on your list that I am familiar with is Love & Gelato. I haven't read it, but it was recommended to me as a fun book.

  3. I love books set in Italy! I haven't heard of any of these except for Love & Gelato, which I adored. I'll have to check some of the others out.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT. I hope you're having a great week! :-)

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

    1. Yes, I can tell by the list of books you read. Isn't it wonderful to be transported to another place through the pages of a book?

  4. I'd love to see more books set in Italy. I've actually had an idea for a story that's going to be partly set in Italy!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/top-ten-tuesday-93/