Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside of the US

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week you get a topic for your top ten list.

This week, we focus on the books that are set outside the US. I have noticed that quite a few books that I tend to read are based in the US, and I do enjoy this setting immensely, since it is a foreign country to me. However, I also love stumbling upon a book that is set outside the stated, especially in places that are completely unfamiliar to me. And the wanderlust soul in me loves to experience new cultures, therefore, transporting yourself to a new place through a book, is wonderful.

So here are my top 10 books set outside USA:

1. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


Set in Australia

2. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak


Set in Germany

3. The Wraith & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


Set in Khorasan, a place that would be somewhere in Iraq and Afghanistan

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Set in Prague, Czech Republic

5. And the Moutains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini


Set in Kabul, Afghanistan; Paris, France; Tinos, Greece

6. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux


Set in Paris, France

7. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern


Set in Ireland

8. Someone To Run With by David Grossman


Set in Israel

9. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


Set in London, England

10. Vain by Fisher Amelie


Set in Uganda and Cape Town, South Africa

So these are my choices for the books that are set outside the US. I was trying to use as many locations as I could, because there are quite a few really great books that I have read set in England or Australia, but their spots in the list have been filled by other ones.

Have you read these books? Tell me what you think of there reads, and recommend me more great books that are set outside the US.


11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside of the US

  1. Great list! I loved TWATD and really need to get on to Daughter of Smoke and Bone – I keep seeing it everywhere this week, so surely it leaves an impression on a huge number of people. And The Book Thief has been on my TBR forever… I just feel like it’s such a special book, I’m waiting for the right mood to actually binge it through.

    Here’s my TTT. 🙂

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    • Thanks! The Daughter of Smoke and Bone has changed my perception towards fantasy books completely, it really is one of the best fantasy series ever written. And I hold a special place in my heart for The Book Thief, it is weirdly a very light-hearted and positive read considering the tragic topic.


      • Wow, that’s a very tall praise – I really should get to it soon. I’ve been wanting a fantasy that really grabs you and doesn’t let you go, haha.

        Ooh, I think you’re the first person to say that The Book Thief is light-hearted and positive. I’ve only heard that it was heartbreaking and really sad! That makes me curious as to how I’ll read it. 😛


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