Hello, hello my beautiful readers. I am happy hear to shine a light on some books that shine a light on a lot of you. At least where you may live. That’s one of the things I really like about book blogging, actually. I get to (virtually) meet so many people from countries that aren’t the United States—an opportunity I probably won’t have otherwise. So without further ado, this week’s TTT prompt is Ten Books Set Outside the US. So let’s have it, shall we?
Side note: I’m not including all the British literature I’ve read in my classes because that’d be a lot, a lot. And I’m also doing more than ten, but really I just went through my Goodreads read shelf and listed them here. And some of them aren’t completely set in that country, but a significant part is. Okay go:
*Cough* I’m realizing I need books in Germany that aren’t WWII historical fiction.
Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Future China still counts, yes?)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
What I’ve Learned From Making This List: I need to read more books set outside the US! I guess I read a lot of fantasy that’s kind of set nowhere, but this list is way worse than I thought it’d be. Especially because a ton of these are WWII historical fiction! I want to read contemporary books set in these countries. I want to know what it’s like to live there now. Also I need to read books set in Asia. Cinder barely counts.
UPDATE: I went through my entire Goodreads read books and looked at each of the non-fantasy books that would have real settings. If I could figure out where they were set, I added them to this map that tracks where you’ve traveled. It’s super interesting to see, and I invite you to do it and tell me your results! I’ve “traveled” through books to 13.92% of the world. I think I need to step it up, huh? Here’s a picture of my “map” or you can click here to see the whole thing and the list of places.
Please, please, please, please give me your non-US recommendations! I want to hear them. Have you read any of the books on my list? Link me to your TTT!