Books That Take Place In Another Country
Okay, I am going to try to make these real and not fictional countries. (So, for example, France is okay but Middle Earth is not.) We’ll see, though. I make no promises. Also, I’m in the US, so I won’t include books from here (unless there’s only a small portion of the story that happens here).
I’m also going to stick with books that I either have read or want to read. I’ll try to make a note of the TBR books in the notes.
- Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer (Japan) ~ It starts out in the US (I think), but the protagonist runs away in the first chapter and so the bulk of the story is set in Japan. ~ I want to visit this country.
- Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire (Australia) ~ I haven’t read this yet, but I’m told it takes place in Australia. ~ I have not visited this country. I think I might want to, except for the spiders the size of dinner plates.
- Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff (Canada) ~ I love this series. I haven’t re-read it since spending some time in Vancouver (where the book’s located) so maybe it’s time for a re-read. ~ I have visited this country.
- The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley (England) ~ I think I’ve read this one, but it was a long time ago and I barely remember it. However: Robin Hood. Sherwood Forest. Yay! ~ I want to visit this country.
- The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston (China) ~ Okay, so a lot of this does take place in the US. But a lot of it takes place in China, too. ~ I have visited this country, but I want to go back.
- The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas (France) ~ I’m not sure that I ever will actually read this book, but I want to. Or maybe I just want to have read it… ~ I want to visit this country.
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Italy) ~ (and many, many other plays of his) During my initial readings of Shakespeare, I didn’t pay too close attention to the setting. I need to fix that in my re-reads. ~ I want to visit this country.
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Mexico) ~ I don’t remember much about this book, but I know some friends and I buddy-read it in college. ~ I have visited this country, but very little of it. Time to go back.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Scotland) ~ Okay, I didn’t like this book. At all. But I loved the setting. ~ I want to visit this country.
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Columbia – probably) ~ I want to read this book. From the Wiki blurb, it sounds like this is set in Columbia, though I guess I’ll have to read it to know. ~ I have not visited this country, but have plans to.
So that’s my list. What about you – have you read these books, or visited these countries? (Some of you probably live in one of the countries I mention, since I know I have international readers.) What’s your favorite book set in a country other than the one in which you live?