Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place in Another Country

March 27, 2018

10 Books That Take Place in Another Country

One of the joys of reading is that books take you to new places to experience different countries and cultures. Lately, I’ve enjoyed more diversity than ever in my reading selections. I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place in Another Country. If you’ve clicked over from there, welcome! I hope you’ll take a look around!

This is a difficult category for me on this fine Tuesday because the majority of what I read is historical fiction which often takes place in other countries. While looking over my book list, I’ve chosen books in assorted genres with memorable settings that offer a deeper look into another culture and where the setting is an integral part of the story.

(in no particular order)

Pearl That Broke its ShellThe Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

Brief Review Here

RefugeeRefugee by Alan Gratz
(Syria, Germany, Cuba)

Review Here

Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Brief Review Here


Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
(Chilbury, England)

Review Here

The Baker's Secret

Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan
(Normandy Coast of France)

Amazon Summary and Information Here

Orphan's Tale

Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Brief Review Here

Salt to the SeaSalt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
(fleeing Europe on the Wilhelm Gustloff)

Brief Review Here

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
and The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy
(Both on the Island of Guernsey)

Guernsey Information Here and The Soldier’s Wife Information Here

castle of water 2

Castle of Water by Dane Hucklebridge
(South Pacific Remote Island)

Review Here

The Dry

The Dry by Jane Harper

Brief Review Here

Happy Reading Bookworms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection!
Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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I’d love to hear about books you’ve read with memorable settings!


    • Thanks for commenting! If you include “The Pearl….” on your TBR it’s a memorable and unforgettable read! Enjoy!

    • Thank you for commenting! I’m eagerly awaiting the Guernsey movie! At the last minute I included The Dry on my list to give more variety to my heavily histfic selections! Crime fiction isn’t my usual genre but I enjoyed it and plan on reading the sequel. Thanks again for stopping by!

  1. Great post Carol!! So many good recommendations– I’ve read 4 of them, but am writing others down on my library search list! The Pearl that Broke It’s Shell sounds so worthwhile (but maybe hard). Love yoru combo of complete summaries and then your take on the story. thanks thanks!

    • The Pearl is memorable and unforgettable! Difficult in places but I haven’t read too much of the Afghan culture so it was interesting. Thanks for your feedback and for stopping by to comment!

      • I haven’t read that many either Carol. But I did read all of Hosseini’s books. And the Mountains Echoed was my favorite– have you had the chance to read it?? A series of stories all tied together– so engaging. Anyway, love your blog! Hope you have a blessed Easter Carol!

      • I read and loved Kite Runner and then was traumatized by A Thousand Splendid Suns which was painful and sad…. so I quit him before I had a chance to read Mountains Echoed…. I’ll add that to the TBR since it’s your fav!

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