Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the U.S.

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Hello my lovelies!  It’s Tuesday and that means it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday post!

  What is TTT? TTT is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.  Check out their blog for more info and to see upcoming themes.

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This week’s theme is…

July 19: Ten Books Set Outside The US (I don’t know about you but so much of what I read is set in the US and I love finding new recs of stuff set outside of it!)

When I first read the theme for this week, I thought it was going to be a little harder than it actually was.  Surprisingly, many of my favorite books are set outside of the U.S…

» The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Setting: Barcelona, Spain

Genre: Historical Mystery

If you enjoy historical mysteries with a gothic feeling, a gripping plot, beautiful writing, and captivating characters.

My Rating: Star ratings (2)

You can read my review here → Book Review: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


» The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Setting: Egypt

Genre: Inspirational Fiction

Pick this book up if you are looking for a thought-provoking book about life written in parable form. 

My Rating: Star ratings (2)

You can read my review here → 5 Things The Alchemist Taught Me About Life


» The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan51f2ZMQMIYL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_AmazonGoodreads

Setting: Paris, France

Genre: Historical Fiction

I would recommend this book to those interested in learning more about the French opera in the late 1880’s.

My Rating:Star ratings (3)

You can read my review here → Book Review: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan


» Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

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Setting: Kyoto, Japan

Genre: Historical Fiction • Romance

Pick this book up if you are interested in learning about Geishas pre and post WWII.  *Keep in mind the validity of this portrayal of Geishas has been challenged.

My Rating:Star ratings (3)


» Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfo

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Setting: Cairo, Egypt

Genre: Fiction > Cultural

Read this if you are interested in learning more about the culture of lower class Egyptians in Cairo in the 1970’s. 

My Rating:Star ratings (3)


» The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

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Settling: Haran (modern-day Iraq and Syria),

Canaan, Shechem (Israel), and Egypt

Genre: Historical Fiction

I would recommend this book if you are interested in learning about the lives and struggles of women in biblical times.

My Rating: Star ratings (2)


» Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

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Setting: Delft, Netherlands

Genre: Historical Fiction

Give this book a try if you enjoy books that create a backstory to famous works of art.

My Rating: Star ratings (2)


» The Reef by Nora Roberts

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Setting: Saint Kitts and Nevis

Genre: Romance • Suspense

Read this if you are interested in marine archeology and modern day treasure hunts.

*This is my favorite NR book. 

My Rating: Star ratings (2)


» Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran

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Setting: Barwa Sagar, India

Jhansi, India

Genre: Historical Fiction

Read this if you are interested in learning about some of the traditional Indian views with regards to women.

My Rating:Star ratings (3)

You can read my review here → Book Review: Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran


» Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Setting: Scotland

Genre: Historical Fiction • Romance

Give this book a try if you like COMPLEX plot lines and interested in learning more about war torn Scotland in the 1740s.

My Rating: Star ratings (2)


Which are your favorite books set outside of the U.S.?

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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the U.S.”

    1. It is an amazing series! HOWEVER they are super long and very complex. I read the series back in ’09 however I have not read the most recent book (8th) that came out in 2014 bc it’s been too long and I can’t remember all the details lol This is a series best read back to back. You won’t regret it though!

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      1. I actually have Cry the Beloved Country sitting on my shelf as we speak! I picked it up during a thrift store excursion. Can’t beat $0.99 🙂 Thank you for the recommendations!

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  1. Shadow of the Wind is extremely excellent! Some of my faves aren’t set in real places since they tend to be fantasy, but the settings and stories are reflective of different cultures. Soundless by Richelle Mead is drawn from China and Taiwan, and The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi is centered around Indian mythology.

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    1. For some reason WordPress thinks you are a spammer! Ugh! I adore books from different cultures! I haven’t read Soundless or The Star Touched Queen but I would love to learn more about Chinese and Indian culture!!!

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      1. I don’t know how rooted in the modern cultural identities they are, but Star-Touched especially includes a lot of the mythological creatures. Soundless describes Chinese art a lot; the protagonist is a painter and is very descriptive in terms of sight since the premise is that her entire village is deaf. Even things as simple as seeing characters wear cultural clothing and eat regional food is a breath of fresh air after so many pseudo-European fantasies.

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