Reading your way across the globe 

Since I read so much, my friends often ask me for book recommendations. This weekend, I found this awesome site where an editor categorized books and writers from across the world. If you’re interested in finding a new book or diverse author, give this list a little look:
A year of reading the world 

If that list is a little too much for you and you’re looking for something a little closer to home – books by popular, mainstream authors, that are set in other countries, here are 10 of my favorite authors and the books they write:

  1. Any book by JoJo Moyes. So far, I’ve read 7 of her books and they’ve all been set in England, Ireland, France and/or Australia.
  2. Liane Moriarty‘s books are all set in Australia
  3. Graeme Simsion‘s 1st book, The Rosie Project is set in Australia (it seems I enjoy reading books set in Australia)
  4. Any book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Love In The Time of Cholera, 100 Years of Solitude, Chronicles of A Death Foretold, etc.
  5. Khaleid Hosseini‘s Kite Runner (I haven’t read his other book yet)
  6. Helen Fielding‘s Bridget Jones Diary series
  7. Terry McMillan’s How Stella Got her Groove Back is set in Jamaica (I am sure there are other, just can’t think of them now)
  8. Alexander McCall Smith‘s #1 Ladies Detective Agency series is set in Botswana. So far, I’ve only read the first book but it’s LOL funny
  9. Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John takes place in Antigua. 
  10. Paulo Coelho‘s The Alchemist takes place in Spain and Egypt

I have thoroughly enjoyed several books set in England. Some of those British novelists are FUNNY! I’ve read a few books by writers from the Middle East and Asia, Dostoevsky’s books are set in Europe… I could go on and on. What are your favorite books that are set outside of the US?

I’m linking this post with The Broke And Bookish for their Top Ten list


5 Comments Add yours

  1. texerinsydney says:

    I am participating in an “Around the World in 80 Books” challenge. It’s through a goodreads group, and it is fantastic! So many books listed from so many countries. I will definitely take a look at the link you found as well. You ask for our favorite books set outside the USA. You’ve listed some great recommendations. A few that I’d add:
    The Power of the Dog and The Cartel, both by Don Winslow, are gritty and gruesome ripped from headlines about Mexican drug cartels and the war on drugs set mostly in Mexico.
    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, set in France during WWII.
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, set in Germany during WWII.
    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, set in Lithuania and Servia during WWII.
    The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi, set in Afghanistan.
    Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, set in Iceland.
    Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son, both by Melina Marchetta, YA books set in Australia that center on the same group of friends.
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffers and Annie Barrows, set on the island of Guernsey.
    All of the above, I have personally read and rated 5 stars.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      I’m adding all these to my list. Thanks for the recommendations.


    2. Run Wright says:

      And I’ll take a look at the challenge too. I love a good reading challenge – it excites me 😀


  2. Mariela says:

    I think I’ll probably read 2 books set outside of the USA so we did something different this week.
    My TTT.

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  3. Carrie says:

    British novelists are so fun, aren’t they? They’ve got this delicious ironic sense of humor that kinda sneaks up on you. I will have to check out several of these – as well as that link you started with – but I did love The Rosie Project 🙂 My TTT

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