Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This is one of those themes that I thought would be pretty easy but when I actually took a look at the books on my TBR or the ones I’ve already read I found it was a bit more difficult than I thought. I do have ten books with ten different geographical terms in their titles though. I’ve also included the definition for each term (as they appear on the glossary of geographical terms Wikipedia page) as while some are obvious, some aren’t so common terms. I’ve read all these books and have linked to my review if there is one.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Mountain – A large landform that rises prominently above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually in the form of a rocky peak with great vertical relief; a mountain is generally considered steeper than a hill.
Red Seas, Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Sea – Any large body of salt water surrounded in whole or in part by land/any large subdivision of the World Ocean.
City of Clowns by Daniel Alarcón and Sheila Alvarado
City – A large human settlement, generally with extensive systems constructed for housing, transportation, sanitation, utilities, and communication.
The Desert and the Drum by Mbarek Ould Beyrouk
Desert – An arid, barren area of land where little precipitation occurs and living conditions are consequently unfavorable for most plant and animal life.
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
Lagoon – A small area of water connected to the ocean but otherwise blockaded by one or more islands.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune – A hill of loose sand built by the movements and erosional and depositional processes of wind or water, often occurring in deserts and coastal areas.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Forest – Any extensive area dominated by communities of trees.
Shadows on the Tundra by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė
Tundra – A treeless plain characteristic of the Arctic and subarctic regions.
The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
Drift – the name for all material of glacial origin found anywhere on land or at sea, including sediment and large rocks.
The Silent Steppe: The Story of a Kazakh Nomad under Stalin by Mukhamet Shayakhmetov
Steppe – An ecoregion characterized by expansive grassland plains without trees apart from those near rivers and lakes,
Have you read any of these? What are the geographical terms you found most common? I’ve definitely read more books with “city” in the title than any other.
I love that you opted for ten unique geographic terms—certainly more than I was able to conjure up from my stack of books! I wasn’t familiar with Lagoon, but I read your review and now I’m so intrigued. Adding it to my TBR pile.
Haha that’s always the “problem” with Top Ten Tuesday, there’s always new books to discover and to add to your TBR!
Great list with very interesting picks for this week’s prompt. With my clown phobia, City of Clones does not appeal to me at all. But Lagoon and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns sound really interesting. Here is my TTT: https://herseriallife.com/top-10-books-with-geographical-terms-in-title/
Have a great week 😀
Thanks! Haha from what I remember it was more clowns as in idiots rather than the literal sense. Not sure I would of picked it up either if there were a bunch of circus clowns in it! 😀
I love how you included the meaning of the geographical terms you used.
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Lagoon sure looks interesting.
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-with-geographical-terms-in-the-title/
From the little I remember of it, it was! 🙂
Now I’m curious about The Desert and the Drum.
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Love that you found ten different and unique terms! Lagoon sounds interesting.
Thanks! Yeah, I think Lagoon was the first Afro-futuristic book I read so was definitely a new and interesting experience. It’s a book I think I’ll like more if I read it today as I’ve broadened my reading horizons more.
Nice list with unique words! It’s interesting how many authors use geographical terms in their book titles. https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2022/09/top-ten-tuesday-authors-that-gravitate.html
Thanks! Yeah, I never really thought about how common they were until this prompt.
I love seeing Dune on your list. It’s my all-time favorite book. And, I love how unique your words are as compared to others. 😀
Thanks! I wish I liked Dune more than I did but I am pleased I read it 🙂
I’ve not read any of these, but Forest of A Thousand Lanterns is on my TBR.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/09/13/top-ten-tuesday-385/
Hope you like it when you get to it! 🙂
Thank you, I hope so too!
great list besides City of Clowns…. i dislike clowns…lol.
Haha! It’s been a while since I’ve read it but from what I remember it was more clown as in idiots not circus clowns. An understandable dislike to have tbh!
lol.. city of idiots would have been an even better title.