Top Ten Books That Take Place In Another Country

Posted March 26, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 61 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE going to other countries in books. It’s fun to read about the ones I want to visit and re-visit the ones I’ve been to. In a couple months we’ll be talking about books that awaken the travel bug in us, so I’m being very selective and not including books with strong travel themes so I can share those then. I’m hoping that this week’s topic will expand my TBR like crazy. I can’t wait to see where books have taken you!

Starry Nights
by Daisy Whitney (France)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (France)
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall (France to Turkey)

Hunting Prince Dracula
by Kerri Maniscalco (Romania)
Heist Society by Ally Carter (Italy, Austria, Poland, France, England)
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (Czech Republic)

From What I Remember… by Stacy Kramer & Val Thomas (Mexico)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Thisby)
(I’m cheating with this one since Thisby doesn’t exist, but the author said that she pictured it as being a place like Ireland or Scotland, and it definitely feels like it!)
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher (Australia)
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (Aruba)

Which countries have you enjoyed visiting through books? I want a ton of recommendations, so I’m going to do my best to visit all of you. But if there’s something you REALLY love, can you tell me in the comments so I definitely don’t miss it?


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61 responses to “Top Ten Books That Take Place In Another Country

    • Jana

      Heist Society is wonderful! I love those books. They are fun and swoony and silly. I grinned my way through them. :)

    • Jana

      Thank you!

      The Scorpio Races is definitely too good to pass up for this topic. :) DoSaB is super unique and really good! I definitely enjoyed my read. I hope you get to read it soon!

    • Jana

      USA and several countries in Europe are definitely the most common. I’d love to find more books that take place in less commonly written about countries. I’ll have to check out your list!

    • Jana

      Haha. Yeah, um… sorry not sorry? lol. This topic is kind of breaking my TBR, too, but I see that as a really good thing!

    • Jana

      Me too! Books set in Italy are my FAVORITE. I’ll be sharing a bunch of the ones I love in June for our travel bug TTT topic. :)

    • Jana

      HPD was probably my favorite book of 2017. It’s amazing, and I hope you get to it soon!

      My list is definitely Europe centric as well, so if you find any books you enjoy in other countries I hope you’ll let me know!

    • Jana

      I loved it too! It’s super unique, which is so nice to find. :)

      Anna is AMAZING. Please tell me what you thought of it once you read it!

  1. Stolen and Dangerous Girls are both on my “To Read” list. I feel like I must not have read the summaries very closely, though, because I didn’t realize that they were set in Australia and Aruba. Like you, I love “visiting” other places through books (and in real life as well), so I guess that gives me yet another reason to look forward to reading them!
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    • Jana

      It’s a really unique book, don’t you think? I need to finish the trilogy soon, but it’s been so long since I read it that I barely remember anything anymore! lol.

    • Jana

      Oh, how cool that you’re from Romania! I hope you do get to read it soon. It was my favorite book of 2017. :)

    • Jana

      I’d have to agree with you. I love reading about Ireland, but still haven’t been there. I hope to go someday! I think I own one Binchy book, but have never read that. I guess I should fix that soon! Which of hers is your favorite?

      • That’s a rough one. I’ve read a lot of Binchy. She was one of the ways me and a book loving friend of mine stayed connected over the years. We have different tastes in books but would always exchange Binchy – both agreeing that she was like comfort food to us. I liked most– Tara Road, Circle of Friends, Evening Class, Scarlet Feather, Quentins, Firefly Summer, Nights of Rain and Stars, The Lilac Bus; in fact, of the ones I read, the only one I didn’t warm to was The Return Journey and even that I didn’t dislike as such.
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        • Jana

          It’s nice to know she’s such a great author! The one of hers that I have is Nights of Rain and Stars. Thanks for all the recommendations. :)

    • Jana

      It’s SO GOOD, right? I still need to read the third book. It totally got buried under a pile of other books. lol