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.
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!