Top Ten Books Set Outside the US

Top Ten Tuesday
(Images link to Goodreads, Titles link to Amazon)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic.  This week’s topic is “Ten Books Set Outside The US (I don’t know about you but sooo much of what I read is set in the US and I love finding new recs of stuff set outside of it!).”

Lenoreo’s Top TenThirteen:

I used to read a lot of books set outside of the US b/c I read a lot of Harlequin novels (and the Presents line in particular tends to be UK or Europe mostly).  Turns out that since reading more Indie or other books on my Kindle, there’s been a bit less variety — or at least less that I loved anyways.  And yet I still managed to find more than 10.


  1. Zen Queen by Kirsty McManus — Set in Japan.  It’s been 4+ years since I read this book, but I remember being impressed with it, especially since I got it from a deals newsletter with nothing else to go on.
  2. What Kills Me by Wynne Channing — Well crap, it’s been 2.5 years since I read this one too, and all I remember is it being set abroad — I can’t remember which country in particular.  But since I have the 2nd book burning a hole in my pocket, I will be rereading this one this year hopefully.  And the main character was from Winnipeg, so it had a Canadian connection!
  3. Until You Find Me by Amber Hart — Set in Cameroon.  This is another book that I need to reread and finally get to the next book in the series.  The setting really made  a huge impact on the story in this one too.
  4. Wounded by Jasinda Wilder — Set in Iraq (and eventually they come back to the US).  This one was pretty emotional, the things Raina (the MC) had to do to survive.  I need to reread this, I think there’s a book 2 on this one too (though it might be about loosely connected characters, I can’t remember).
  5. The Trouble With Flying (and the whole Trouble series) by Rachel Morgan — Set in South Africa.  I actually read the 2nd book in this series first, and loved seeing a book set in South Africa!  But this one (book 1) was my fave of the series.
  6. Muscling Through by JL Merrow — Set in England.  This was one of those books that regardless of all the good reviews, I was still blown away by it.  And after just reading my review, I want to read it again.
  7. And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst — Set in Australia.  This book blew me away, and it was strange b/c it’s kind of in a writing style that I don’t tend to gravitate towards.  It was cool though, b/c we’d just visited Australia when I read this and I actually recognized the names of some of the places.
  8. Unconditional by Cherie M. Hudson — Set in Australia.  One of those ones where I LOVED the heroine’s voice.
  9. Her Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry — Set in Australia.  OK, I just love Sarah Mayberry, and since she’s from Australia, I would say more than half her books are set there, so I just picked one of my faves.
  10. Plain Jayne (and the whole Friends First series) by Laura Drewry — Set in Canada.  I adore this whole series, and I can’t tell how delightful it is as a Canadian to read books set in my country and see the tiny little things that are normal for me.  This series had an amazing set of secondary characters.
  11. How I Fall (and How I Fly) by Anne Eliot — Set in Canada.  I will caveat and say that from a Western Canadian perspective, the lack of respect for Canadian Football rubbed me the wrong way in this book.  *smirk*  This was a great YA set of books.
  12. Appaloosa Summer (and the whole Island Trilogy) by Tudor Robins — Set in Canada.  Another fantastic YA that brought out all of my Canadian pride with the little bits here and there (that probably only other Canadians would notice).
  13. Center Ice (and the whole Corrigan Falls series) by Cate Cameron — Set in Canada.  This one really reminded me of my own high school years at times, what with the minor hockey league and the way it affects small town Canada.

So what made your list this week??  And if you have other books set in Canada that you loved, please please pass them my way!  I adore reading books set in my own country.

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Books Set Outside the US

    • I think you would in particular enjoy the one set in Cameroon — it’s a romance, but the hero is kind of an anti-hero b/c he’s the heir to a poaching empire, so it deals with that some.


  1. From your list it does appear as if there’s a couple of really nice books set in Canada. And I love books set in Japan, will have a look at that one! You are welcome to hop over to my blog to see my TTT: Ten books set in South Africa.

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