TTT: Books Set Outside the US


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Just like in movies, a ton of the books are usually set in some version of America, so this week is all about different settings. And I am assuming Fantasy settings would be accepted as well, but for the sake of this post I am going to try and keep it real.

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

The Hundred-Foot JourneyThis book is partially set in India, the UK and France, although the latter one takes up the most part as far as I can remember.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)We are going from Germany to Japan … sort of like a competitive road trip if you like. (and none of it is near the US)

Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer

Love VirtuallyIt’s set in my home town! Vienna! YAY! It even mentions one or two places I have been to, even though I suppose it mostly takes place in the home of the people the book is about.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefSeen as this is a WWII book that everyone knows about, I doubt it is a surprise that this book is set in Germany.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)Khorasan, the setting of both TWATD novels, is somewhere along the lines of where Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and countries in that area are today. At least I think so … oh boy … I really hope so. I was never really good with geography.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite RunnerThis one is partially set in Afghanistan as well. I don’t know why it isn’t the first book on this list though, because it sure is one of the first ones that comes to mind when I think of foreign settings.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)The first book was mostly set in Wales if I remember correctly, after that it got a little wobbly … a lot of UK settings and a bit of the US as well I suppose since the main character is from there.

With Malice by Eileen Cook

With MaliceOkay, technically I am cheating because the Italian setting is kind of minor here, but I was slowly running out of ideas.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand/Brodi Ashton/Jodi Meadows

My Lady JaneEngland! Oh glorious, alternate universe England. I couldn’t pass up the chance to finally use that book in a list!

The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianSee! I even went off planet for you! So far, that we ended up on Mars … with an American … well, guess you can’t cut them out entirely.



What are some books not set in the US that you can think of? Tell me in the comments!

52 thoughts on “TTT: Books Set Outside the US

  1. Great list! I’ve been so curious with Miss Peregrine and its sequels for a long while but haven’t really had the chance to read it. Okay I’m scared because it looks creepy… haha but also curious. My Lady Jane is on the top of my list as well because Cynthia Hand. I love her writing ever since Unearthly! Also TWATD seems to make it to EVERYONE’s list, including me 😛

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  2. I included The Martian on my list as well! I couldn’t resist 🙂 The Kite Runner has been recommended to me dozens of times, so it’s definitely on my TBR. Seeing all of these books has made me realize that I need to read more books outside of the US and the UK….

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  3. For some reason I totally forgot that it was Japan Yael and the others were racing to in Wolf by Wolf! Haha, that’s two countries in one race. Pretty amazing.

    Great picks! I recently read My Lady Jane (finally) and really liked it too. 😛


  4. I loved The Little French Guesthouse, which is set… in France xD Also, The Ice Twins captures the life on a tiny Scottish island so well, you just feel you’re there with the characters.
    I’m surprised not to find Westeros in any posts!

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  5. My geography is terrible so I didn’t put The Wrath and the Dawn on the list because I knew I’d just confuse people in trying to explain it’s setting haha. The Book Thief ❤ you can do no wrong with that book.

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  6. Great picks for this week! I really loved both The Book Thief and Wolf by Wolf, they’re two favourites of mine and I wouldn’t really say they were the kinds of books I’d normally pick up either, but I’m glad I did in the end.
    I have Miss Peregrine’s on my to-read list and I don’t think I’ve read a book set in Wales before, if anything now I’m even more intrigued by the series! And I need to start My Lady Jane soon, I’m seeing it everywhere and it feels like WordPress is giving me huge hints to pick this book up now! 😀

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    • I only remembered TWATD because I saw it somewhere else hahaha
      The Hundred-Foot Journey was such a cute movie, it was actually the reason I got the book. I thought it might make me less hungry … not entirely true.

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