Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ten Books Set Outside The US That We've Enjoyed

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I don't know about you guys but I feel like the majority of the books I read are set in the US and sometimes I am specifically looking for a book that is NOT set in the US so I thought it would be fun to make handy lists for others looking for the same thing.

Jamie's Picks

1. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed: This book was so great and the majority of the setting was not one I’ve encountered in YA — Pakistan. Learned a lot about a culture I honestly didn’t know much about truly. (My thoughts on Written in the Stars)

2. Sea by Heidi R. Kling: The setting of this one was incredible. It’s set in Indonesia after a tsunami and towards the end when we get to see the devastation near the sea it’s devastating. (My thoughts on Sea)

3. When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney: I just mentioned this one recently in my post about books I super love but don’t talk about enough/haven’t in a while but I think it’s sooo underrated. It’s set in Tokyo and made me want to book a flight ASAP. (My thoughts on When You Were Here)

4. Wildlife by Fiona Wood: I could have picked a number of my favorite Aussie YA books to represent Australian settings but I loved that this one was set in the Australian wilderness. (My thoughts on Wildlife)

Julia's Picks

5. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown - I read this book when I was in high school, right around the time that we went to Rome. It was amazing to be able to see the sites that Robert Langdon travels around to while trying to save all of the priests. Plus the book is an edge of your seat, fun ride! It's still one of my favorites, maybe because of the attachment I have to Rome.

6. Fatherland by Robert Harris - Alternate history novel set in about the 1960s in the Third Reich. It's a what would have happened if the Nazi's won WWII. Another mystery book that sends the leads on a chase over Europe to find out the truth of what happened during the war.

Jana's Picks

7. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard - This book takes place in Belize, and since I've been there it brought things to life for me! I really love this book, and it's definitely on my list of favorites.

8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - Takes place in Paris, which I love! I've also been there and love books set in that magical city. It's also an adorable book.

9. Love, Lucy by April Lindner - This one takes place in one of my favorite Italian cities: Florence. LOVe the story, too!

We can't to see your recs for books set outside the US!


  1. OOh nice picks! Lots of new to me ones here!

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  2. I didn't realize how few "international" books I've read until I tried to make this list. How embarrassing. But awesome, too, because it brought to light a new way to broaden my horizons!

  3. I haven't read any of these, but I want to read Anna and the French Kiss. I had to do a different topic this week because I couldn't think of any. I know I've read books set outside the US, but I am not remembering them ATM. LOL. GREAT lists!!

  4. This should have been an easy topic for me since I'm not from the US. However, I found I had too many ideas. So, I restricted myself to a few from every continent. ;)

    Happy Reading, everyone,
    Marianne from Let's Read

  5. Ohhh, Robert Harris! I picked him, too, but for his Roman books. (I did a historical-fiction focus.)

  6. Great list! Sea sounds exceptionally intriguing, and I've heard a lot about Robert Harris, so I may have to check him out sometimes soon!

  7. Whoa, I haven't read any of these before! I'm most intrigued by Fatherland, I think. Love me some alternate history. ^_^

  8. I loved Angels and Demons-excellent read. I now have Inferno-by Dan Brown to read!

  9. I love this week’s topic. I read a lot of non-US books, but I’m always looking for more.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  10. Angels & Demons was pretty good. I haven't read the rest of the series, though. I heard Inferno wasn't that great.

  11. I loved Wanderlove! It is the perfect summer read.

  12. Hi, I'm linking up for the first time & it's Wednesday here!

  13. I LOVE reading books set in other countries. I added four of the ones listed here, and I'm excited to read some links and find even more gems!

  14. I love reading books set outside of the US. Even though I don't live in the US, most of the books I read are set there. I'm looking forward to reading Angels and Demons- thanks for the recommendation!

  15. +JMJ+

    I rarely get to join TTT because I can't come up with ten titles for the week's theme in time, but this one was really timely for me! I've been reading only books set in the Philippines for the past few weeks. =) I hope it's okay that in my case, "outside the US" only means a single other country. LOL!

  16. I FINALLY made it back to this challenge, woohoo! And what a great one to come back to. I haven't read any of these books either, so I've just added some to my TBR pile lol.