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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in Another Country

Wow, I am cutting it a little fine this week, but we have an hour or so left, so we have time to get through this! I’ve been in work today for the first time in a week, so I’m a bit all over the place in finding my feet. Isn’t it weird how that works so quick? Anyways, Top Ten Tuesday, yes that’s why we’re here, and this week is all about books set in other countries. Fun!

For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Then you simply get listing!

Guys, I live in England, and well, a lot of books are set in the UK. There are also a lot of books set in America. I have tried my best to steer clear of books set in the US, I know it definitely fits and I don’t think it’s cheating, but I don’t want the list to just be USA based titles.

1. Anna and the French Kiss Stephanie PerkinsFrance

I have a feeling that this book will appear on a lot of lists because it’s a book that so many of the YA reading community have indulged in. Set in Paris, it does focus on some of the French Capital’s finer points, and features the city and the country throughout.

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg LarssonSweden

This Millennium trilogy instalment is all set in Sweden, set initially in a big city and then moving out to the country/sticks to a little island where a large family live in different big houses, to explore the story in more detail.

3. Headhunters Jo NesbøNorway

This Nesbø stand alone was the first book I read by him and is set in Scandanavia, mainly Norway, and utilises the country to further the story.

4. The Sun in Her Eyes Paige ToonAustralia

I really like Paige Toon and her world travelling books. This novel is almost solely based in Australia, and was something I read before I visited the country. I ended up visiting some of the sites in the book!

5. Exile James SwallowCroatia/Dubai/Somalia

This was an all action world travelling novel. It featured stereotypical elements from the countries it visited, and it also taight you a little too. It really felt like James Swallow had done his research!

6. Out of the Blue Belinda JonesGreece

I really liked this book for no particular reason other than the happy and light nature, something that the Greek Island setting really emphasises.

7. Angels and Demons Dan BrownSwitzerland, Italy, Vatican City

This thriller starts in Switzerland and moves swiftly around some of the most beautiful settings within the Italian Capital and Vatican City. Brown does this in many of his novels, and it’s nice to be taken on a European adventure.

8. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John BoyneGermany/Poland

This book was pretty harrowing, and even though it never explicitly says it’s set at Auschwitz, it’s heavily implied. The events set in Germany and moving to Poland really hammer home the sad content within.

9. The Tsar of Love and Techno Anthony Marra Russia

I’ve only begun reading this recently, and only finished the first story, but it’s set in Russia in the early 20th Century. The Russian setting is in stark contrast to modern day England, the perfect setting for the short story that I’ve finished, and I am sure for the tales to come.

10. The Sword of God Chris Kuzneski – Saudi Arabia

I feel like this book is set in more places than just Saudi Arabia, I am sure that America and South Korea both feature somewhere, but I have a very clear memory that it features two men smuggling themselves into Mecca and then smuggling a woman back out of the religious city. Who could forget that plot point?


So there we have a hastily thrown together but no less important list of books set in another country.

Have you read any of them?

What books do you like set in another country?

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