Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.
Books have a tendency to make my wanderlust go wild. While I love books that are set in the US, there’s always something refreshing about reading a book that explores a different country, lifestyle and culture. So here are my top 10 books that are set outside of the USA.
1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: Hello Australia. This book still gets to me and remains to be one of my all time favourite contemporaries. Jellicoe Road is both mysterious and emotional and the characters are an absolute delight.
2. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin: The first of my Germany based books. This book is predominantly set in Germany and explores a post-war society under Hitler’s rule. However, the motorcycle race takes us on a cross continental experience as Yael’s journey to the finish line takes us from Germany to Tokyo and along the way Yael has to maneuver herself through some tough scenarios.
3. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore: Two rival families, a forbidden romance and a touch of magical realism. What more could you want? The families themselves hail from two different cultures. The Corbeau’s from France and the Paloma’s from Spain. It was through the family dynamics that we really got a sense of the cultural exploration, with both families embodying certain stereotypes we associate with the two cultures.
4. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: Four individuals with four different backgrounds. One from Lithuania, another from Poland, East Prussia and Germany. World War II has reached its peak and together these characters come together fleeing from war in hopes of finding sanctuary among the Wilhelm Gustloff. Little did they know that this ship would later become one of history’s worst maritime tragedies of all time.
5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: This book embodies all the cultural wonders of the beautiful city of Prague. Laini did a great job at capturing the essence of this city’s history and culture. I felt like I was being transported there myself and it made me wish I could simply hop on a plane to visit the location.
6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: The title says it all. Anna’s journey takes us to Paris, France. Here we get to explore the streets of Paris in all it’s beauty. I loved this aspect of the book and again it made my wanderlust go wild.
7. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshai Chokshi: Magical. This book is based on Indian Mythology with a sprinkle of Greek mythology. Chokshi’s world building ability is phenomenal and well and truly captures this magical Indian culture.
8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Fancy a trip to China, this is the book for you. This is first installment to the Lunar Chronicles as we’re introduced to a world of cyborgs, androids and the colonization of the moon.
9. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: We only spend a small amount of time in present day New York. The rest of the book takes us to several different locations through history. From England to France and even Damascus, this book takes us on a fascinating journey through time.
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: How could I not mention this book? Not only is it among my all time favourites but The Book Thief dives into the realities of war. Narrated by Death, we get to explore humanity at it’s best and worst. It’s undoubtedly one of the most moving tales I’ve ever read.
Those are my 10 non USA based books.
Which books made it to your list? Which countries would you like to see represented in books?