Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Take Place In Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

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!

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42 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books That Take Place In Another Country

      1. oh, and don’t forget the biscuits for the tea ❤ 🙂

        Also the murder walks 😀 i mean, if you are into mysteries then it's a must! But i think they are fun anyway.

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  1. The Bear and the Nightingale ❤️ I’m so excited to read The Bronze Horseman now, I need more books set in Russia, they’re almost always super atmospheric and I love it!

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    1. The Bear and the Nightingale forever! ❤ I am highkey excited and scared for you to read The Bronze Horseman. It is so polarizing! But if you love it… you'll REALLY love it! 💗xx


  2. Just posted my list! I do have a couple of books on it set in the USA but I tried to make it more varied than that 😉 your list has drawn my attention to how many amazing books are set in my own country, the UK!

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  3. I read Darkfever earlies this month because I got intrigued thanks to your review and let me just say that I AM SO HOOKED. I’m currently making my way through the fourth one and the twists this series has OH. MY. GOD.

    Call me obsessed.

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    1. Ahhhhh! This warms my damn heart! That series will always hold a special place for me! I can’t believe I haven’t read the brand new one yet! But I hope you keep enjoying them, love! Happy reading! ❤ xx

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  4. I knew as soon as I saw the title of your post that it would mention The Bear and The Nightingale. It’s definitely the first one to pop into my mind on the given prompt!


  5. I LOVE this post! It’s great to see where some books take place in! And I’m very interested in reading some of your reviews now, so I’ll open a few of these now! thanks for sharing! x *new reader here and just followed!*

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    1. Awh, thank you! Yeah, I love books that aren’t US focus (maybe it’s why I read so much fantasy) so this was a treat to write up! And thank you, love! It’s so nice to meet you! I can’t wait to get to know you better! Happy reading! 💗xx

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  6. I am officially making YOU. Mel of Metotheany, the person to hold me accountable for getting The Bone Season read already! LOL! I own the first two books & it’s truly one of those series I know I’m going to love. We tend to love the same books so seeing it here is yet another sign, it’s time. I LOVE books in Ireland & you’ve actually sort of reignited my interest in Outlander again sooo I may have to dust off my copy & actually read it. I LOVE books set in Ireland ❤ ❤ ❤ Great answers! 🙂

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    1. Girl, I’m still shook how well Outlander held up in 2017! I mean, I went in expecting to roast that author, and I’m like, “wow, this is like… perfectly written, what even?” Hahaha! And… ahhhh! I want to throw a copy of The Bone Season in everyone’s hands, but I’m so scared because the author is honestly taking forever to finish. Which is fine *stars at Pat Rothfuss crying* but it makes it hard to recommend, you know? And thank you, love! I’m going home… NOW! ❤ xx


  7. now i’m extra excited to get to the bear and the nightingale!!! yay for well-set books in foreign countries with immersive descriptions!!

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    1. Oh my gosh, I truly loved that book so much. The only “negative” thing I’ll say is… it is SUCH a winter book. Like, maybe the most perfect winter season book I’ve ever read! But like… come gush with me (hopefully) regardless, love! ❤ xx

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    1. Right? Ahh, I loved this T10T! I am… not as much as a fan of this month’s Tuesdays! I’m like…. hated books? Books I won’t reread? Ahhhh! Hahaha! But we will see if I end up putting a little spin on them! Wishing you all the happiness in the world this April, and always! 💖xx

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