Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the USA

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Over at the great blog The Broke and The Bookish, they hold a fun link party called Top Ten Tuesday.  (Yes, I KNOW it is Wednesday–I found it late, ok?) This is my first time participating, but I know it won’t be my last! This week it’s 10 Favorite Books Set Outside the USA.  In my bullet journal post last week, I showed how I track books read by geography. Naturally, as I write this list, I do not have that journal at hand! Typical me. Happily, I do have my Goodreads lists of books read by year.

I also decided to make it more difficult. I do love travel books and live-abroad books, but those are nonfiction. These needed to be novels, set in current day (or very close…well in MY lifetime at least) and not be about Americans abroad if possible ( I gave in and put one in since it was Malawi and Paul Theroux). I read tons of British fiction so I only chose one set in the UK and one featuring Brits abroad. I also chose books that were reasonably current in terms of publication date.

So, here are ten favorites–in no particular order.



Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrikh Backman

No, 1 Ladies Detective Agency (series) by Alexander McCall Smith

White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey

Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol

Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

Lower River by Paul Theroux

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Siji


Do you like books set abroad? Want to geographically expand your reading? Head over to The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday where you’ll find a tremendous selection of books set in foreign places!







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  1. The most recent modern day, set outside the USA book I have read is not a novel, it’s a memoir…Susan Branch’s A Fine Romance…Falling in Love with the English Countryside. Most of the novels I read that are set outside the USA are of a World War II/Holocaust setting. I’m largely in a rut with my reading—The Great Depression and World War II eras are about all I read nowadays. I need to broaden my horizons.

    Thanks for stopping by Embracing Home. I would love to have you participate in Trip to the Past Tuesday.

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