Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside The USA

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten books set outside the USA. It’s collage time! I’ve read a lot of books set outside the US, and I couldn’t pick favorites, so I chose a random assortment and grouped them roughly by continent. I also threw in a few immigrant stories and books that are set in multiple countries.

Books Set Outside The USA



Mainland Europe


A Few Random Others

Iceland / Norway / Midway Atoll / Botswana / Haiti / Antarctica / Mars / Mexico / Canada / Africa

What is your favorite book set outside the USA?


  1. Good variety! I am impressed. Big Little Lies, Guersney Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, The Book Thief, and Harry Potter (of course!) are some of my favorite non-US books.

  2. Oh you have so many!! Good on you for reading from such a variety of settings. I will have to check out some of these that I didn't know. Great list!

  3. Hah! I thought of the Martian, too, but it seemed too far. ;)

  4. What a diverse group of books. I love how you included Harry Potter too!

  5. It was tough to pick out favorites for this week. I still can't pick just one. Great that you thought of Peter Pan and Harry Potter, and we both put The Martian! Haha.

    Other books on my list: http://haphazardbookshelves.blogspot.com/2016/07/ten-books-set-outside-us.html

  6. Great list!
    My ttt

  7. The Book Thief and Harry Potter were both on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/top-ten-tuesday-66/

  8. Burial Rites looks good and I'm fascinated by Iceland right now so I feel like that needs to happen. Some how I've yet to read The Book Thief and I also want to read The Miniaturist. Great list!

  9. Wow, I've read an unusual number of these: Anne Frank, Angela’s Ashes, Sorcerer’s Stone, Peter Pan, Surfacing, and The Martian. My TTT.

  10. Amazing list!! I came very close to including The Raft on my list too, but then I skipped it. I absolutely loved (all) the settings in that one though! Even the scary ones...

    Here are my Top Ten!

  11. I didn't think of any of these books when I was considering making this list. I ended up changing the topic a little, but if I hadn't I would have had a lot of the same books on my list. Definitely A Darker Shade of Magic.

  12. I've read The Lover and The Collector.

    The Stranger (Algeria) might be my favorite set outside the U.S.

  13. Fascinating list, as usual! I kind of dig the northern European thing, so I was adding White Darkness to my TBR, then I read the description and realized I read this some time ago. I'm pretty convinced that I would at least be interested in most books you've enjoyed. There's not way to pick a favorite non-US book, but I do know when I visited London many years ago, it felt strangely familiar after all the books I've read that were set there, over centuries.

  14. Oh my, I've only read 3 of those books. I feel like a bad booknerd now. I see a few up there that I might have to check out soon. Great list. I love the way you set them up.

  15. Such a vast variety of books featured on your list - many new to me recs, but also books I have yet to read and hope to one day.

    I quite enjoyed The Faster I Walk The Smaller I Am a while back, and I don't hear much about it in the book blogging community, so it was great to see that title featured here.


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