Top Ten Tuesday: Foreign Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: 
Books That Take Place in Another Country
I thought I was really going to have to dig for this one but it was actually easier than I thought. Here are some of my favorite books with a foreign (non-U.S.) setting.


AUSTRALIA
Stolen - Lucy Christopher
SWEDEN
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
SCOTLAND
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
ENGLAND
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
RUSSIA
The Crown's Game - Evelyn Skye
ITALY
From Sand and Ash - Amy Harmon
CANADA
Good Boy - Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
FRANCE
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
NETHERLANDS
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
WALES
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs


Have you read any of these books?

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  1. We have been talking about journals in my classes at school, so I shared Anne Frank with my primary students. I hope they will read her diary when they get older.

    Here's my list: Books Set in Another Country. I hope you will stop by and take a look.

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    1. Oh, I hope they will, too, Deb. Such a powerful book. And it’s important that every generation learns and remembers what happened. Looking forward to checking out your list!

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  2. I didn't realize From Sand and Ash was in Italy. I still need to get to that one!

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    1. Yep, almost completely set in Italy, although there may have been bits toward the end that were just outside of Italy. I highly recommend it, Grace. It was my favorite read of 2017.

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  3. I've read Me Before You and Miss Peregrine. I do love books set in other countries.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Same here, Lauren. I love a peek into another way of life or another culture.

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  4. I love books set in foreign settings--gives me somewhere to go when I can't really go!

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    1. Exactly! Armchair travel is awesome when you can’t actually jet out of the country. :)

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  5. I hopped over from the Blog Ahead challenge, btw. Good luck with that! I'm looking forward to having lots of scheduled posts!

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    1. Good luck to you, too, Joy! This is actually my first time actively trying to blog ahead and I’ll feel like such a success if I manage to get a little stash of posts ready. :)

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  6. of this list I have read he Diary of a Young Girl and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Loved both! I really want to read Stolen: A Letter to My Captor! That book! I know I'm going to like it! the Girl with the Dragon tattoo.. ugh I really want to read it but it's soooooo long! [whines]

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    1. It’s been years since I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And it was sooo outside my wheelhouse but I was intrigued by the story and all the buzz around it. I ended up binging the first two books, counting the days until the third book released, and then inhaling it, too. Such a great trilogy! I know it’s now a series with another writer taking over but I probably won’t continue. As a side note, both movies (Swedish and English) were great adaptions!

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  7. "The Diary of a Young Girl" makes me cry every time I reread it. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is a great read, too.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. I don’t think I’ve ever actually reread The Diary of a Young Girl. I was a teenager when I read it and I was devastated by it. Just wrecked. I knew what it was going in, but even so, it was tough and made quite an impression.

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  8. I really expected to see Outlander more but then, I have several blogs I want to hop over too yet. Great list!

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    1. Sane here, Barb. I expect to see it on half the lists but that hasn't been so.

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  9. Good job! You got a lot of different countries in there!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  10. I'm still upset I haven't read Outlander. I suck.

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    1. LOL It's definitely a time commitment!

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  11. This was one of my favorite recent TT topics. I need more Sweden in my reading, and Wales too. Would love to see more rural Wales settings. Australia and france are usually winners for me as well.

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    1. As a child I read several books by Ruth M. Arthur (a UK writer) and a few of those were set in Wales. I wouldn't mind rereading those. Sweden seems to have a horde of really great crime/thriller novels.

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  12. What a great list of books! I have Larsson on my list too! I loved The Nightingale!

    My TTT

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    1. Thanks Leslie! The Nightingale is one of my favorites. I'm excited to read Hannah's latest, The Great Alone.

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  13. Great list! I'm adding The Crown's Game to my TBR - I've been looking for books set in Russia since I enjoyed the Grisha trilogy so much, and it seems like there aren't that many. Thanks for sharing <3

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    1. I found The Crown’s Game to be a lot of fun. And I loved the setting.
      I really need to continue on with The a Grisha trilogy! I read the first book last year but have yet to pick up the next one.

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  14. The Crown's Game was on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/27/top-ten-tuesday-152/

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    1. I enjoyed The Crown’s Game so much. I really need to read the follow-up soon.

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  15. I read four of these, and seeing the Nightingale makes me want to cry! That book was so beautiful!

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    1. Oh that book. It destroyed me and I cried so many tears throughout it. Kristin Hannah never fails to impress me with her story telling and the research she does. Winter Graden was another by her that made a big impact.

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  16. Oooh I did not know that From Sand and Ash was in Italy! Also didn't know about Miss Peregrine's! Learn something new in these TTTs, I say. The Crown's Game is one of my faves, because the author really nails the setting I think! Great choices!

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    1. If I remember correctly From Sand and Ash was at least 99% in Italy. Man I loved the book. It was my top fave last year. I didn’t *love* Miss Peregrine’s But it fir the topic. Ha!

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  17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was one of my favorite reads, I loved it. Didn't put it on my list though-I definitely want to read Outlander.
    https://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/03/top-ten-tuesday-10-books-that-take.html

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  18. Ooh you've re-sparked my interest for The Crown's Game! I've had it on my TBR since before it came out, but I lost interest after a while, but I'm a sucker for books set abroad. I didn't know it's set in Russia! ♥

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. The Crown’s Game was a lot of fun. I kind of consider it “fantasy lite.” Perfect for readers like me who don’t read a lot of fantasy. :)

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