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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Books That Take Place In Another Country #TopTenTuesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

The topic for today's list is:

Books That Takes Place In Another Country

Here are my favourites:

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
by M.C. Beaton
(Agatha Raisin, Book #1)
This series takes place in the Cotswolds of England. I love the setting, with the cottages and their thatched roofs. It seems so cozy and picturesque!

Memoirs of a Geisha
by Arthur Golden
This one is set in Japan, and the writing is so beautiful!

The Yard
by Alex Grecian
(Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book #1)
This one is set in Victorian era London. I'm not normally one for this era, but it is so richly detailed and has fantastic characters. I need to read more of this series!

Angela's Ashes
by Frank McCourt
(Frank McCourt, Book #1)
This one takes place in the slums of Ireland. It's a bit of a slow read, and it's sad.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This one takes place on the island of Guernsey, shortly after the German occupation following WWII. This is my go-to recommendation for an audiobook. Absolutely riveting performance by the narrators, and this is the audiobook that got me hooking on listening to books!

Battle Royale
by Koushun Takami
This one totally blew me away! If you love survival stories and are not squeamish about violence, pick this one up. This is another one set in Japan. With all the Japanese names (originally written in Japanese and then translated to English), I recommend the audiobook over reading. The Hunger Games was based on this book. This one will remain one of my favourite books of all time.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
by John Boyne
This one takes place in Poland at a Nazi concentration camp. It's such a moving and powerful story, and your heart will ache after reading it.

Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
by Laura Hillenbrand
This biography is both heartbreaking and inspiring. The beginning and end of the book takes place in the USA, but the middle is set while Zamperini is lost at sea and then in Japan when he was in a POW camp.

The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
This one takes place mostly in Afghanistan. From my review: "This gut-wrenching story of love, friendship, betrayal, and redemption moved me to tears!" Get the audiobook read by the author!

Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance and Hope
by Wendy Holden
This biography is about three ladies (one from Poland, one from Slovakia, and one from Czechoslovakia), who were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz. From my review: "This remarkable story of how three women not only survived the atrocities of Auschwitz but had babies who also survived will break your heart and leave you in awe!"

The Dinner
by Herman Koch
This one is set in Amsterdam. From my review: "So, an interestingly dark tale of how far someone would go to protect a loved one! There were secrets, secrets, and more secrets!"

So, what are your favourite books that take place in another country? Please let me know in the comments, or leave me a link to your blog post if you are also participating in the meme!


  1. Angela's Ashes, oh man how could I leave that off of mine??
    Fantastic list :)
    Cora |

  2. Great list! I should have included Memoirs of a Geisha on my list, but I'd already included 2 other books set in Japan haha.

    My TTT:

  3. Ohh!! I forgot about The Boy in Striped Pajamas. Such a great book.

    My TTT


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