Top 10 Tuesday: Books Taking Place in Another Country

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books Taking Place in Another Country

Here are my top 10:

I’m doing this in no particular order!

1.  The Millennium series by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)


These books are fantastic and will always be one of my favorites! The first book is a bit tough to get through. It’s about the 150 page mark that things really start to get intriguing and it doesn’t stop until the end of the third book! I don’t really count the new book that’s been added to this series. It’s not the same author and you really can tell. I didn’t like it as much.

2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)


I’ve read the first two books and loved them so much. I’m half way through the third book but I needed a break. I’ll get to it eventually. Probably, before season 4 of the season hits!

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

London, England

Yeah, I’m sure this will be on almost everyone’s list. I almost didn’t add it just for that fact. How could I not though?!

4. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove


This will be one of my all time favorite books. It is so good but Backman has several books that I love! Beartown is a close second favorite. He has an amazing way with storytelling. I love his writing so much!

5. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

London, England

I love all the Shadowhunter books so much! This is the only series that takes place in another country. The rest of the other series mostly take place in the U.S.

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief


I actually watched the movie first. I’m a weirdo and like to do that so I get the best story afterwards. The books are almost always better than the movies. I hate to go in and be disappointed. So, I read this after and I loved it so very much. It’s such a great book!

7. Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)


Yup. I know that this technically isn’t another country but it’s in space. So, I’m totally going to stretch it and say this counts. This series is SO good. It just has to be mentioned!

8.  Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea

East Prussia

This is an amazing book. I will warn you, it’s quite sad. I feel the same way about, Between Shades of Grey, which is also a great book.

9.  Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)


I loved this book. There’s a lot of drama and a lot of fun. I learned a lot and recently learned that it’s a trilogy! So, I’m going to have to hunt down the next two books!

10. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)


This book was a little gem. It didn’t sound like it would be up my alley but I actually received an e-ARC when it first came out. I loved it though and it’s a really cute story.

Well there are my top 10. This was actually a bit of a difficult list for me. I read A LOT of fantasy, since it’s my favorite genre. What are your favorite books that are set in another country?!

54 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Books Taking Place in Another Country

    • Yay!! I’m glad I found someone else who loves the Rosie Project. Have you read any of the other books in the series? I didn’t like them as much… Thanks! 🙂


  1. This is a great list! I forgot about Crazy Rich Asians! That would’ve been a good one to list! The Book Thief is also a great selection and book for that matter! I had Outlander on my initial list, but changed it at the last minute for another book that didn’t take place on the British Isles.

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  2. I hear A Man Called Ove is really good but I haven’t picked it up yet! Same with Crazy Rich Asians. And a friend of mine loved The Rosie Project so I need to bump that up more on my TBR. I have The Book Thief on my bookshelf (and have for years) but still have not gotten around to reading it yet. Maybe this year (hopefully) 😀 Thanks for stopping by my post! Hope you have a great rest of your week.

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    • All great books, if you ever get to them, I hope you enjoy them too! I totally understand having books on your shelf and not getting to it. I’m trying to be more disciplined to read more of the books on my own shelves this year! Have a great week too!


    • Thank you so much! I have found other people post a couple books that are my all time favorite and I couldn’t believe I forgot them! There’s just so much to choose from!!


  3. Leslie, I also love Harry Potter but it couldn’t go on my list as I live in England 😛 I also found it interesting that you didn’t like the new book in the Millennium series, because I have not been avoiding reading it, as it’s a different author, and now its seems that was the right thing to do! 🙂

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  4. Love your list! I have a few of the Outlander books, but I haven’t even picked it up the first one. Well, I actually did once — my best friend recommended the book to me so I bought a mass market paperback and started it. I read a few chapters.. maybe 2-3 before I put it away cause the writing was so small. I wanted to buy the hardcovers and I did buy a few of them, but they’re big books and seems so overwhelming that I can’t get myself to read it. LOL

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    • Oh yes… I totally feel you on that. They are HUGE, meaty books. I picked up Outlander three times before I finally forced myself to finish it. I have a couple in hardcover too.. So overwhelming. I’ve read two and am about 40% through the third one. I had to take a break. They are long time commitments. Kind of like Game of Thrones.

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      • I’m hoping I’ll have the courage to pick it up soon. I’ve watched a few episodes of the first season and I LOVE it! I haven’t caught up cause I’m soo busy, but I plan on binging the show haha.

        I haven’t even read Game of Thrones too just for that reason… BUT I’m sooo OBSESSED with the show. I’m so sad it’s ending soon.

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        • The best way to watch shows is by binge watching anyways! It’s really good!!

          Ahhh… I am also obsessed with GoT!!! It’s so good but the books are great too! I hate that we have to wait so long for the last season but at the same time I’m glad that it will be longer before it’s over!


  5. Love seeing the Millennium trilogy included. I never bothered reading beyond the original three books. I just didn’t feel like it would be the same without Larsson’s voice. The Outlander books are definitely a commitment. Those are some chunky, dense books! I’m a bit behind with them – I think I’ve read through the 5th book.

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    • Yes, the series will always be only the first 3 books. The new one is not good. I tried but I really disliked it.

      Yes, they are. You are further than I am. I am in the third book about 40% but stopped back in like November. lol. I needed a break.


  6. Hahha I figured the same thing with Harry Potter! Also, I really want to read Salt to the Sea! The Book Thief is fabulous of course. I am chuckling at Space, too! I had trouble with the first Millennium trilogy book, and then when I heard there was a new author I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue at all- so I didn’t. But now I am kind of curious again! Great choices 😀

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    • Haha, thank you! 😀 Yes, the first book is rough until about the 150 page mark. After that, it’s fabulous! I would do the original series if you decide to try it again. The continuation, I did not like. So I’m pretending it doesn’t exist 🤣


  7. It’s hard when you’re a fantasy reader because you think you have tons of books to fall back on for “other countries” but then half of them turn out to be fantasy worlds 😂 That was a problem for me, anyways haha. Great list though! I keep seeing The Book Thief pop up and I know I read it as a kid, but I remember literally nothing. Makes me wanna do a reread!!

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