Books have the power to teleport us anywhere in the world, but most of the books I read tend to teleport me to made up worlds. But sometimes I read something that completely teleports me to another country, and my heart is filled with so much happiness, and my soul is filled with the need to explore, and that’s what this top ten Tuesday is all about this week! So, I’m going to gush about ten books that do not take place in my country, The United States, and that I love with all my heart!
➽ Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – Ghana
This amazingly crafted story does eventually come back to the US, but it starts in Africa, and the first glances we get to encounter are from two half sisters who were born in different villages.
➽ The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty – Egypt
This was easily one of my favorite books of 2017, and I will forever and always be mesmerized by Cairo. Also, give me all the hidden magical cities.
➽ All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein – Poland
I very rarely read non fiction and/or memoirs, but I was able to meet Gerda a few times while I was in high school, and her book and her life are something I can’t even put into words. I have never read anything about WWII that has impacted me as much as this book and this amazing woman.
➽ A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab – United Kingdom
You guys know that I am not as in love with this series as other people, but I’m going to finally complete the trilogy next month, so I couldn’t resist adding this to the list. Also, London will forever and always be on my bucket list to visit. Always.
➽ Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning – Ireland
This series does briefly start out in the US, but quickly spends the rest of the series in Dublin, Ireland. This series has always been one of my favorite settings of all time, and I can’t wait to visit! (Hopefully when evil Fae aren’t trying to destroy it!)
➽ The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden – Russia
There are few things I’ve read in my life that are more beautiful that the descriptions of the Russian wilderness in this book. I am completely biased, because this is one of my favorite books of all time, but this book truly teleported me, and I never wanted to leave.
➽ The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon – United Kingdom
I was just talking about how much I love and miss this series with a few friends, and if there is one place in the UK that I truly wish to visit, it would be Oxford. (Also, Imi has reignited my love of this series and I have a mighty need for that fourth book NOW!)
➽ Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon – Scotland
I couldn’t compile this list and not add Outlander. From the food, to the castles, to the clothes, to the people, this book has completely made me obsessed with all things 1700s Scotland!
➽ The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1) by Paullina Simons – Russia
If I could describe this book with one word, I’d use the word atmospheric. I felt like I was in Leningrad in the 40s, freezing, starving, and doing everything to ensure me and my family survive. The feeling from this book and the setting will never stop haunting me.
➽ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling – United Kingdom
I stand firm on my stance that I cannot complete a list without somehow incorporating Harry Potter into it. But truly, this is the series that sparked my love of the UK and I’ve never been able to shake the huge urge to one day travel there! I couldn’t write this T10T without mentioning it.
To be real with you all for a second, the number of books that take place in The United States is actually ridiculous. I wish we were prompted to put together more lists like this, and to stop pretending that The United States is the only place worthy of mainstream stories. But I can’t wait to read everyone’s lists! Please, if you haven’t already done yours – feel free to tag me! I’d love to add more books to my TBR that are set in other countries! Happy reading, my loves!