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)
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
Refugee by Alan Gratz
(Syria, Germany, Cuba)
Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan
(Normandy Coast of France)
Amazon Summary and Information Here
Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
(fleeing Europe on the Wilhelm Gustloff)
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 by Dane Hucklebridge
(South Pacific Remote Island)
The Dry by Jane Harper
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I’d love to hear about books you’ve read with memorable settings!
I’m always on the lookout for books from other places. Thank you for your list!
I hope you will stop by and take a look at my list.
Thanks for commenting! I’ll def take a look at your list!
Wow, quite a few books here that I’ve seen around a bit. I still want to read The Dry sometime and I’ve heard good things about Salt to the Sea. Thanks for sharing your list.
Happy reading Barb! Thanks for stopping by to comment!
You must have a thing for books set in Germany (although I can’t blame you)! Excellent list.
Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!
Yes…I loved those 2 books! 😄 Thanks for stopping by to comment!
So many great books here–and a few to add to my own list (first two). Thanks
Thanks for commenting! If you include “The Pearl….” on your TBR it’s a memorable and unforgettable read! Enjoy!
I really enjoyed “Guernsey Literary and Potato…” and it’s being made into a film. Wasn’t so keen on “The Dry”
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!
Salt To The Sea was on my list this week too!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/27/top-ten-tuesday-152/
Loved that one! 👍 thanks for commenting….I’m heading over to check out your list 👍
No worries! Thanks 🙂
I would read The Soldiers Wife and The Baker’s Secret-they look interesting!!
They are both great reads! Thanks for stopping by to comment!
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!
Nice list! The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is on my TBR for so long now. I think I should pick it up soon. 🙂
My TTT: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/03/ten-books-that-take-place-in-another-country/
Let me know how you like it! For me, it’s a compelling, memorable, and unforgettable read!
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