Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week it’s all about different book settings, especially as so many popular books are set in the USA, so it’s good to share books that are set in different places to the norm.
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
This book is set in Brighton in England. It stuck with me as I actually live about 45 minutes away from Brighton so it was fun recognising the place that the story was set.
Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn
As the title might suggest, the majority of this book is set in Tokyo. The descriptions of Tokyo are very vivid and then when the story moves to Kyoto it sounds like such a beautiful and peaceful place.
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
Lagoon is set in Lagos in Nigeria – a place I’ve never been too and I’d never read a book set there either. While I have mixed feelings about the book, I loved how Lagos was described and it felt like a bustling city that may have it’s problems but was still kind of beautiful.
The House of Hidden Mothers by Meera Syal
This one is set in mainly two places, England and India. Both places are vividly described and so different from each other that they are like supporting character to the story.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
So 99% of this book is set in Paris, France and just about everyone has read it. Still, it’s a lovely look at Paris and the city is described so well that it makes me almost want to visit there again, even though the last two times I’ve been to Paris it’s rained a lot and I wasn’t impressed with the place.
Hood by Stephen R. Lawhead
This book is mostly set in Wales and it’s a retelling of the Robin Hood legend. There’s castles and forests and once you can get your head around the old Welsh words that are sprinkled through the novel it’s a great read.
One Dog at a Time by Pen Farthing
This one’s set in Afghanistan and it’s a true story so it can be a bit of a tough read. While it’s mainly about a British soldier rescuing stray dogs it also deals with the harsh reality of the war in Afghanistan.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larrson
As probably everyone knows this book is set in Sweden. A lot of the story happens in Stockholm and in the beautiful yet potentially dangerous Hedeby Island. Plus, the plot takes the characters to Switzerland, England and Australia.
Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers
This is the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess prodigy so naturally a large majority of the book is set in the slum Katwe in Uganda, as her skills and successes in chess increases, she goes to play in the Chess Olympiad in Russia.
What books have you read and enjoyed that are set outside of the US?