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And I’m on a roll! For the third week I am participating in Top Ten Tuesday and oh boy, am I loving making these lists. Last week I could only make it to seven books and it taught me that I just really love books that are in a series. Interesting … or is that because stand-alone books are not as popular as they used to be? Hmmm. Anyway, this week I decided to go with a Jungle Setting for my Top Ten Theme because, frankly, I’ve been reading some great books lately and think it’ll be fun!
This is a recent read and today is its birthday! So quick, order your copy as soon as possible because this is one you will not be able to put down. It’s gritty, filled with anthropology and science and it’s just so fascinating (and has quite the twist!). The jungle setting here is the Gilbert Islands – quite the remote place and I recommend you head to Google Earth and check them out (and then Wiki them for an interesting history lesson!).
I don’t know about you, but I was super into Tarzan when I was a teenager. My dad also has a love for those books so when Tor announced that Jane was being released last year I jumped at the chance to review it. I thought this book was extremely well done and, well.. such an interesting jungle setting book. I had to include it on my list. Jungle location here is in West Africa.
I’m so happy I get to put a book by Ann Patchett on the list this week. While Bel Canto will always be my favorite of her titles, State of Wonder rocked my world as well. It shares some similarities with The People in the Trees, also on this list, but is different enough that it deserves a spot on its own merit. Part-mystery, part-anthropological tale, I think this book is a fascinating look at science. The jungle setting here is the Amazon rainforest.
The only non-fiction title on the list, this book belongs here because 1. it’s about a rescue in the jungle and 2. it has PICTURES! Trust me, the pictures alone are worth the price of owning this book but also, the story is incredible. It deals with a rescue that took place yes, but also it talks about the tribe that initially rescues the few survivors of an intense plane crash and documents the movement from being unknown by the general public to the horrors of being overwhelmed by capitalism and tourists. Jungle setting here is New Guinea.
This is a beautifully written story that begins with a confession. A summer in India and a discovery in the jungle behind her home make up a story that was touching, emotional, and memorable. I usually tend to just get depressed when I read books set in India but this one struck a chord with me and so it should definitely be put on this list. Jungle setting here is in India.
A 2010 Nebula nominee, Who Fears Death is futuristic and set in a post-apocalyptic Africa. Filled with brutality, redemption, strength, and mysticism, this is a story that made me aware of the limited nature of my fantasy reading and has caused me to seek other traditions within the genre. It’s a beautifully written book and I highly recommend it. Setting here is Africa.
Another post-apocalyptic cautionary tale, Oryx and Crake takes the jungle to the city and shows what could happen in our future, if we aren’t careful. MaddAdam by Margaret Atwood will be releasing this year, so now is the perfect time to jump into this series! Jungle setting is a city of the future.
Did you know that 20,000 Leagues is just the first in a trilogy? In Search of the Castaways and The Mysterious Island bring everything around to a most satisfying conclusion. This book has everything that you could possibly want in a shipwrecked book – including a very intelligent gorilla! Jungle setting here is an island off the coast of Chile.
Peter Pan mixed with zombie-like creatures? Yes yes yes! Totally creepy, awesome artwork, and a jungle story that involves lost boys in a way that you’ve never encountered them before. This is a book that will have you leaving your light on at night – but it is so worth it! Jungle setting is in Neverland!
10. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
I last read this book as a young teenager, but what Jungle list would be complete without a reference to this classic tale. Although most of my memories of Mowgli are shaped by Disney’s portrayal, I remember being completely enthralled with this story and think it’s time for a re-read.
Do you have any favorite books set in a jungle?