Top Ten Internationally-Set Novels I Want To Read (And Five I Enjoyed)

Top Ten Tuesday is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I count down my top ten choices on a particular theme. This weekly event is hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Internationally-Set Novels I Want To Read (And Five I Enjoyed).

Putting together today’s Top Ten Tuesday post was a rather eye-opening (and shameful) experience for me. While I always strive to read diversely, embracing the opportunity to meet characters from a variety of different backgrounds, cultures and experiences, I was shocked to learn that the majority of the books I read are still limited to the confines of the U.S. This is something I would very much like to correct in the future, and I had a lot of fun exploring Goodreads and choosing ten internationally-set books that immediately grabbed my attention. At the conclusion of this post, I have also included five books set outside of the United States that I have read and would happily recommend. Enjoy!

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (Porto Vergogna, Italy)

2) The Vacationers by Emma Straub (Mallorca, Spain)

3) Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (Central America)

4) If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (Iran)

5) Romancing The Dark In The City Of Light by Ann Jacobus (Paris, France)

6) Wanderlost by Jen Malone (Europe)

7) Paris Is Always A Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau (Paris, France)

8) Stolen: A Letter To My Captor by Lucy Christopher (Rural Australia)

9) Small Damages by Beth Kephart (Seville, Spain)

10) A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable (Paris, France)

Bonus! While my experience with novels set outside of the U.S. is woefully limited, here are five internationally-set books I have read and would happily recommend.

1) Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (Pakistan) Read my review here!

2) For Real by Alison Cherry (Indonesia, India, Greece, etc.) Read my review here!

3) Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae (Italy) Read my review here!

4) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

5) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Lithuania and Siberia)

Now it’s your turn! Are there any books set outside of the U.S. that you’ve read you think I should read immediately (or avoid)? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

9 responses to “Top Ten Internationally-Set Novels I Want To Read (And Five I Enjoyed)”

  1. Angela says:

    I have “The Paris Apartment” sitting on my shelf at home, waiting to be read!

  2. Jo says:

    Between Shades of Grey was on my list this week too.
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  3. Oh Jen, Wanderlove is AMAZING. I read it as an ARC during my early blogging days and completely fell in love. The story is so rich, that the setting is just the icing on the cake! I hope you get to that one sooner, rather than later. It’s such a fulfilling read.
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  4. I only know Anne of Green Gables (but I haven’t read it yet), though all these books look so great!

    Great choices and new books to add to my TBR list!

  5. Great list! I’ve read very few of these but they are all on my TBR. Your posts are so beautiful!!
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  6. Great list. I really need to read book by Ruta Sepetys. I’ve heard so many good things about her work.
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  7. Wow I didn’t realize that I’m totally the same. Most of the books I read take place in the US or a fictional place. The only book that’s not set in the US that pops into my mind is Anna and the French Kiss!

  8. Lauren @ A says:

    I’ve only read Anne of Green Gables of the books on your list so far, and that was awhile back.

    Check out my TTT.

  9. Tessa says:

    I had a lot of trouble finding books for this topic too! Apparently, I read books that are set in the US or in England, with not much diversity in between. But hopefully I can fix that will all of your great recommendations! I have read Stolen and I will say that it is interesting. The setting is definitely unique, but the rest of the book was not really anything to write home about.

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