Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Are Set In Other Countries

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

I’m actually a little disappointed with myself that I have not read more books set in countries besides the United States. Then I remember I read a lot of fantasy and those are other worlds not countries but still I’d like to read more books set around the world. I’m not the biggest fan of contemporaries though (especially romances), which is part of the problem. Recommend me some that you have read though!

These are in no particular order and I will link each title to my full review.

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10.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

This one I think still counts since part of it is set over in Japan, which was probably one of my favorite parts about it! Plus it’s one of the few YA horror books I’ve read that actually scared me!

9.) The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

While I didn’t enjoy the book itself I did enjoy its setting: Russia. I don’t know why but I’ve always loved the idea of going to Russia so I can’t get my hands on enough books set there or inspired by it.

8.) Want by Cindy Pon

“Want” is set in a futuristic, sci-fi version of Taiwan and once again the book was alright but the setting was one of my favorite parts.

7.) Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Another book I’m not sure really counts since the setting really isn’t the point at all but it is a historical fiction based on the true story of paint Artemisia Gentileschi and is also set in Italy.

6.) A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

While most of this thriller/horror is set in a super creepy, old underground palace it is still in France. It’s a very unique book and fast paced for those of you who love that!

5.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

This historical fiction retelling has multiple settings but for the most part takes place in Wallachia and Turkey. I also thought the characters, history, and settings were very well researched and well done. Also can’t recommend this book enough…..*whispers* go check it out….

4.) The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

The setting isn’t explored much in the story but it’s set in Wales and focuses on a Romani girl learning witchcraft. It’s a brutal book but still an amazing story especially for a YA horror!

3.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

One of my favorite books and also one of my favorite books as far as settings go too since Karou travels around a bit. We get to see Prague (Czech Republic) and a town (I don’t remember which) in Morocco for sure, and with Laini’s gorgeous writing the cities really come to life and are just so beautiful!

2.) Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

This is a pretty underrated book about witches, I found it to be enjoyable enough. My favorite part of it was that it’s set over in Scotland, which for some reason is one of my favorite places to read about!

1.) The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

One of the major plot points in the book is that the main characters are taking a “Grand Tour of Europe” so the travel is important. While I wished we could have seen a bit more in the way of description of the places the visited it was still a fantastic story. We got to see a bit of France, England, Spain, and Italy.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Where do some of your favorite books take place?

Do you have any recommendations for books set outside the U.S. for me?

Let me know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Are Set In Other Countries

  1. meltotheany March 27, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    I had no idea that Blood Water Paint is set in Italy! Now I want to pick it up even more! Amazing list, beautiful! ❤ xx

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  2. Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 27, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I have been thinking about ordering a copy of The Girl From the Well, and honestly, what you said about it just pushed it right to the top of my wishlist! ❤

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek April 11, 2018 / 2:52 pm

      Yessssss! Hope you love it! I read a lot of bad reviews for it a while ago, saying it wasn’t scary but I decided to give it a read anyways and honestly it was pretty terrifying at times! Although I was traumatized by “The Grudge” as a child so anything that’s Asian ghosty will terrify me so I could be biased. I’d love, love, love to see what you think! 🙂

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      • Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 16, 2018 / 10:54 pm

        OMG, you and me both, babe. The Grudge TERRIFIED me as a kid! That and The Ring were the only movies that legit creeped me out. That makes me think I will definitely like this one!

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