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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  • All the Light we cannot see seems quite popular. I would like to read that. I have Kite Runner on my list too. Great choices.

    Here is my TTT:https://ahavenforbooklovers.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-set-outside-the-us/

  • I really liked The Wrath and The Dawn, I’m glad to see it’s on your list! 🙂 Written in the stars sounds so good, plus, I love the cover. Great list 🙂

  • 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 🙁

  • I have The Kite Runner on my list too. I’ll definitely check out An Unrestored Woman and Written in the stars. Thanks for sharing!
    Here’s my list:
    https://travellingthroughwords.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/top-10-tuesday-4-books-set-outside-the-us/

  • Cool list of books! Persepolis made my list this week too!

    Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/07/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-set-outside-us.html

  • I’ve got Persepolis on my shelves and I really need to get to it soon because I’ve heard nothing but good things. I love the cover for An Unrestored Woman as well.
    My TTT.

  • Great list. I recommend Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard. Its a YA friendship tale set in the UK. I have a non spoiler review on my blog too.

  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    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!

  • I like your blog! We seem to like a lot of the same books. And also, I love your layout! 🙂

  • 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!

  • I have almost bought Written in the Stars a few times. Your TBR seems great! Nothing like knowing the books you chose are ones people love.

  • 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! 🙂

  • 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 🙂

  • I have not read any of these but several of them are on my TBR.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/top-ten-tuesday-66/

  • Salt to the Sea is absolutely beautiful and really emotional. It’s takes place mostly in Prussia and on a boat in the Baltic Sea. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

    • Ola

      Yeah, and looking at the map showing it’s final route now, it is set on current territory of Poland.

  • I wouldn’t say The Kite Runner was my favorite book, but it is a great choice for this one!
    Here are some of the books I’ve read outside the US: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/07/19/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-set-outside-the-u-s/

  • 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! 🙂

  • 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. 😀

  • Zoe

    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

  • I’ve heard so many good things about Salt to the Sea. I’ve actually not read anything by the author, so I’m interested to see what everyone is talking about. Loved the list!

  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone is on my list too! Such a great book!

  • 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. 🙂

  • So many of these are ones I hope to read, especially The Wrath and the Dawn which sounds so good! Written in the Stars also looks really interesting, so I may have to check it out soon 🙂

    Heres my TTT

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