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Today’s topic is: Top Ten Books Set Outside the US

It’s been ages since I did a Top Ten Tuesday! And this one is fantastic. There are so many amazing books set in places outside of the US of A. Here are the ten books I’ve enjoyed that are set around the world:

Charades by Todd Foley

Let’s start this little list with this fabulous new novella set in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I lived near there for four years while in uni, and Todd Foley has this place down pat! I’ll admit, I received this book in exchange for an honest review, from my university friend Todd. I loved it! He has a refreshing style of writing. It’s intimate and yet feels completely normal. Follow along as Otis, the elderly owner of a meat shop, observes his clients. Things aren’t always as they seem. Read my review, if you’d like to learn more.

The Lake House by Kate Morton

I LOVE me a Kate Morton novel. She weaves mystery, history, and the wriggliness of human choices into fabulous books. This one is set in Cornwall and London and is all about the mysterious disappearance of a little boy. Go ahead, read it with your best bad British accent.

A Night In with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday

Another one set in England, this one is a funny, girly read. Imagine, your day has been one terrible thing after another, and now you’re imaging Audrey Hepburn is talking to you in your living room? Or are you imagining it? Hmmm… 🙂

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A  beautifully written novel, full of sensory details, gorgeous description and a truly beautiful friendship. This novel will tear at your heartstrings while simultaneously making you want to visit Afghanistan to see it’s natural beauties and be incredibly grateful your family never had to go through what so many families did and are going through in the Middle East.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Another beautiful, emotional novel. Consider World War II through the experience of a blind girl and a young man recruited into Hitler’s army. How do they end up where they are? How do their paths cross? Set in Paris, Saint-Malo and small-town Germany, all I can say about this book is that it is lovely. Just lovely.

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

After reading a few emotional books, it’s time for something funny. And this one is laugh out loud. Allan Karlsson doesn’t want to go to his birthday party, he wants to live. He also has a penchant for explosives. And a little thievery. And adventure! So much randomness, but it all works and it a super fun ride set in Sweden.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This one is another emotional book, but is also one that reads like poetry. Set in Germany, this book tells the story of a little girl who loves to read, and learns what it means to be loved and to love, during World War II.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Set in Melbourne, Australia, this one is another hilarious read. Don Tillman is a professor of genetics and has figured the best way to find the perfect wife – through science! He’s socially awkward but sweet as all get out.

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Another one set in England, this book takes place in the East End. It’s a post-war story of how midwives provided care to the crowded tenements of East London slums. I read this one through audio book and it was a great companion on my walking commute. Both heartwarming, tearful, and funny, it’s a story that draws you in to a not so well-known part of history.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I started this list with some Canadian fiction, and I’m going to end with some Canadian fiction. Anne is a staple of children’s literature. Set in Prince Edward Island, Canada, this story is that of precocious orphan Anne Shirley who uses her imagination and wit to find her place in the world after she’s adopted by an elderly woman and her brother to help run their little farm. This was the first big book that I read. I remember being such a proud little eleven-year-old when I finished it and wrote a book report on it.

There you are friends, some books that take place in some of the amazing parts of this world, including my home, Canada.

What are your favourite reads about places outside the US?

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Trisha, honoured to have made this list! Also, I just started Jonas Jonassan’s book yesterday and love it. I too have been reading some pretty heavy material lately and it’s so fun and full!

    • You’re very welcome! The paperback showed up in my nail yesterday. The first package to be delivered to my new little porch. 🙂

      And yes, taking a break for a funny read is very refreshing! Enjoy the twists and turns of Allan’s story

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