Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday but when I saw the prompt for this week, I jumped at it! Books set in foreign countries are some of my favourites, especially if they conjure their settings so vividly they make me want to go there for real. I mentioned in a recent post that reading is my escapism so until I can afford to take a world tour, the likes of the books on this list will have to suffice!
So here are ten books I love that take place in other countries…
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Prague
Prague has been high on my travel wishlist for a long time but this book cemented it in first place. As soon as I have the time/money/courage, I will be jumping on a plane to the Czech Republic for some goulash at Poison Kitchen or the nearest I can find to it.
Love and Gelato – Italy
Italy is another destination I’ve been dreaming of visiting for years. This book is a super sweet contemporary and it was one of the first books I read with my bookclub so I have a real soft spot for it. It’s full of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, cute characters and of course, amazing-sounding Italian food. What more could you want?
The Bear and the Nightingale – Russia
Wintery books totally appeal to my aesthetic so anything set in the Russian tundra wins major points with me. Ever since seeing Anastasia when I was little, I’ve been obsessed with Russia but I don’t feel it’s likely that I’ll get there anytime soon. So I’ll have to make do with gorgeous books like this!
The Shadow of the Wind – Spain
This book is an absolute treasure. Set in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona, it is a real love letter to literature and I defy any book lover not to adore it.
Wolf by Wolf – Europe & Asia
Wolf by Wolf is one of the most original books I’ve ever come across, mixing an alternate version of history with elements of sci-fi and high action. It centres around a motorcycle race which spans across Europe to end in Japan. It’s both brutal and brilliant.
The Tea Planter’s Wife – Sri Lanka
This was the first book I read by author Dinah Jefferies and it made her an instant favourite and auto-buy author. She stunningly evoked the setting of Sri Lanka (known by its original name of Ceylon in this book) and her attention to detail made for a wonderfully immersive reading experience.
Even the Darkest Stars – Tibet/The Himalayas
This may be a fantasy but its setting is inspired by Tibetan culture and it’s BRILLIANTLY done. I rated this one 4 stars when I read it last month but it’s stayed with me since then and I’d consider bumping it up to 5 stars as a result.
The Snow Child – Alaska
Magical realism at its finest, this one is set in the harsh wilds of Alaska and is a perfect wintery read. The writing was beautifully lyrical and I was completely enchanted by it from start to finish.
The Obsession – USA
While The Snow Child takes place in a very specific part of America, Nora Roberts writes books encompassing the United States more widely. I’ve only read one of her romantic thrillers so far but I have another couple on my shelf and I believe they all follow a similar formula (one I happen to love!) The thing I love most about her books is the small-town setting she often uses – she portrays these so well and they are always perfect for her stories.
The Seven Sisters series – The World!
I only recently discovered this series but it is definitely a new all-time favourite. I’ve read the first two books so far and rated both of them 5 stars. Lucinda Riley is taking her readers to all four corners of the globe and she conjures all of her settings so vividly that I almost feel as though I’m there! So far, the first two books have visited Switzerland, France, Brazil, England, Greece, Norway and Germany! Apparently the upcoming fourth book is going to be set in Australia so I’m hugely excited for that; I just know Riley is going to do an amazing job yet again. I also love that she actually relocates to write each book so as to fully immerse herself in the culture she is trying to encapsulate in her books!
So there you have some of my favourite books that take place in other countries! Has anyone read any of these? What are some of your favourite books set in foreign countries? Do any of you happen to live in any of the places where these books are set?!