Top Ten Tuesday | Books Set Outside the US

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Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you get a different bookish topic every Tuesday, and you comprise a list of ten (or however many you’re able to list) relating to said topic.

This topic is so great in so many ways. Much of my reading revolves around stories set in the United States, and I’ve been wanting to diversify my taste- the first step involves expanding my reading with regards to setting. There are bound to be so many amazing books out there that aren’t set in the US! Since I haven’t read very many at all, I’m going to tell you six books I have read, and six that I really want to read!

 Books I Have Read:

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: set mostly in Afghanistan, a little in Pakistan

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor: Prague

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: Iran

All the Light We Cannot See: France and Germany

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith: England

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh: The Middle East – specifically Persia

Books on my TBR:

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed: Pakistan (how haven’t I read this yet LOL)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera: Czechoslovakia

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri: India

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: Unsure of the specifics, but set in Europe

An Unrestored Woman and Other Short Stories by Shobha Rao: India and Pakistan

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami: Japan

That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! What are some of your favorites set outside the United States? I’d really love some recommendations! Let me know in the comments below; as always, thanks for stopping by and happy reading! 🙂

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  1. I’ve heard great things about ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’ but not read it. Hopefully SOMEDAY I will. The cover is gorgeous, too! Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland. 🙂

  2. Written in the Stars, The Wrath & the Dawn and Salt to the Sea are absolutely fantastic, so I am so glad to see them on your list. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! <3

  3. I completely forgot about The Kite Runner! It’s been so long since I read that book. Daughter of Smoke and Bone remains to be one of my favourites and I love how Liani captured the essence of Prague. I think I’m going to have to re-read that book. 😀

  4. I can’t believe I forgot to put Daughter of Smoke & Bone on my list! That’s one of my favorite books, and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything else set in the Czech Republic.

    Great list! 🙂

  5. I have just bought two of Khaled Hosseini’s works. A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner. I cannot wait to dive into them. Also, All The Light We Cannot See is so high on my TBR. Great Choices 🙂

  6. I’ve read Written in the Stars and while I can’t speak for its cultural accuracy, that book left quite the impression on me because of its subject matter. The writing style was… alright, but it was the themes that took centre stage for me. Can’t wait to see what you think! 🙂

  7. All the Light We Cannot See is incredible. I read it almost two years ago and I still cannot get it out of my head! Unfortunately, I read another novel by Anthony Doerr called About Grace and didn’t like it nearly as much. I guess his writing and storytelling abilities have greatly developed over time!

  8. oh oh I really want to read Salt to the Sea too!!! And Wrath and the Dawn was soooooo good (although I’m still procrastinating the sequel hahaha SO MUCH FAIL FOR ME XD I know it’ll be brilliant, I just don’t want it all to be over!) And of course eternal love for the settings of Daughter of Smoke and Bone!! <3 Here’s my TTT!

  9. I have TWATD and Daughter of Smoke and Bone on my own TTT they’re great! I also have Written in the Stars on my TBR. A couple weeks ago I went to the bookstore and it practically called out to me. I was on tight budget though so I opted for other books (I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere) and went home sadly 🙁

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