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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books That Take Place In Another Country

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books That Take Place In Another Country

  1. Really great list! I do highly recommend three musketeers- it’s very entertaining. Romeo and Juliet is fantastic (though the setting is not highlighted too much). Both Italy and France are great to visit as well!

    1. Sounds good! I know the basic Three Musketeers characters, but I’m not sure any of the movies I’ve seen actually resemble the book’s plot. 🙂

  2. Hey, come on, there’s not THAT many giant spiders here 😀 In 4,5 years we only had 3 huntsmen in the house 😀 That’s pretty good! At the farm I was working though…. there might have been more^^
    ..Anyways, it’s the smaller ones you have to watch out for 😀

    ..But good to know that one of McGuire’s books is taking place in Australia 🙂

    1. LOL, but it’s all the huge icky spiders that make the news. 😉 (I mean, technically, we have some nasty spiders here too — brown recluses are not nice. But they don’t show up in Buzzfeed articles the same way, hehehe.) (Oh, and I guess when I do visit I’ll just have to avoid the outdoors if that’s where the spiders are.)

      I haven’t read that one yet, but I’m looking forward to it!

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