Top Ten Books with Settings Outside the U.S.
This is such a great topic! I’m always hunting for books that expand my horizons! I decided to stick with books I’ve read in 2016 to simplify things a little (mostly for myself).
(Links go to my review, unless I haven’t written one yet – in that case, links are to Goodreads)
1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This historical fantasy series takes place in Arabia (somewhere – not sure of the exact location) and the lush setting plays a major role in the story!
2. Wanderlost by Jen Malone
This book follows Aubree, who is forced into leading a tour across Europe (even though she knows nothing about it). She is enchanted by all of the places she travels, and you will be too!
3. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
This book is a amazing fantasy set in old-world Russia, and Skye makes Russian culture shine!
4. Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin
In this novella prequel to Wolf by Wolf, we get Luka’s story as he rides in the Axis Tour, a motorcycle race that extends from Germany to beyond. (I can’t wait to read the next book in this series – will be doing that soon!!!)
5. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
This fantasy takes place in a Persian setting (that’s crossed with something along the lines of the Wild West!).
6. Forever Summer by C.J. Duggan
This is the final book in one of my all-time favorite New Adult series. The whole series is set in Australia.
7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
This amazing piece of historical fiction takes place in East Prussia and follows people trying to flee to Germany during WWII (yep, to Germany).
8. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Not surprisingly, this bit of historical fiction (heavy on the fiction since it’s really an imagining based on the famous unsolved case) takes place in London.
9. The Daydreamer Detective by S.J. Pajonas
This book is set in Japan and includes lots of Japanese culture (just like all of Pajonas’s books do!).
10. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Set in Ireland, this book features magical realism at its best! (As a bonus, I listened to the audiobook, and I loved listening to the narrator’s Irish lilt!)
One more book that I ALMOST put on this list and then realized, “Wait, this takes place in America!” is Nora and Kettle. Even though it takes place in America, it follows the plights of Japanese Americans who have been released from internment camps after WWII. Definitely worth a read for the cultural diversity!