Top Ten Books Set Outside of the USA

Posted July 19, 2016 by Debby in Uncategorized

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This list is not entirely fair because it makes me want to pack up my bags and head out on vacation IMMEDIATELY. And I’m not going anywhere until November. *sobs forever*

Bring on the Wanderlust

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1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman: This book WHICH I AM STILL PRETENDING IS A STANDALONE was pretty much perfect. You see parts of London and a ton of Paris with a side of a tiny bit of Holland, all as a beautifully fleshed out backdrop to an amazing character growth story. Yes. I still like this book. I’m just forever bitter about the horrific sequel.

2. Wanderlost by Jen Malone: YAY YAY YAY. This book is fluffy and adorable, but has just the right hint of a character arc to suck you into the personal character growth story. But seriously if this book doesn’t make you want to get your butt over to Europe, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. I want to do the Sound of Music tour through Salzburg. I want to go back to Venice. I want want want to see the glitz and glam of Monaco. I want it all!

3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill: EEE. This is not a total Eurotrip novel, but it’s set in London on a school trip, and it is so fluffy and delightful. The romance is picture perfect. And it made me fall in love with London all over again. Also, I just relate to the MC a lot a lot.

4 & 5. Anna and the French Kiss and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: This list would not be complete without Stephanie Perkins. Seriously though, her characters are so charming, and they fall in love in the city of love – Paris. How can you resist? I surely could not. And goddamn if I don’t want to reread all the books on this list right now.
In Their Native Habitat
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6. Adorkable by Sarra Manning: Not a travel contemporary or a boarding school novel, but this book – THIS BOOK. Are you ready, guys? ‘Cuz I haven’t raved about it in far too long. Seriously I love this book. If you like BANTER and HATE-TO-LOVE ROMANCE, this book is the ultimate thing. And it’s so charmingly BRITISH. I mean, the backdrop of London is ace, but it’s also the culture habits and Britishisms. Love love love.

7. The Every series by Ellie Marney: Will not resist any opportunity to plug this series. It’s set in Australia, and though you don’t get to see that much of the country’s tourist highlights, yo get an idea of the general environment – and you do get to see the Outback. But yeah, read this for the awesome characters, irresistible romance, and surprisingly brutal mysteries.

Perfectly Fantastical in Every Way

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8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: Honestly, this book was the first I thought of for this list, because of all the books I’ve read, none has made me want to visit a place as much as this book made me want to visit Prague. And I still need to go there someday. Sigh. Also should finish this series. Ummm… yeah.

9. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: Sorry not sorry. This series is amazing. And I love that London is so recognizable even though it’s an alternate version of our world. And I really want to visit Oxford someday with this book in mind. So cool. 🙂 Given that the upcoming books travel around even more, this is a series to get into if you like Britain and Europe.

10. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: Duh.

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4 responses to “Top Ten Books Set Outside of the USA

  1. ‘Anna’ is a delight from beginning to end, and is one book I suspect will show up on my lists this week. Also, “Wanderlost” is one I’m really curious about. It sounds delightful. 🙂

  2. Yeah I’ve added a couple of these books to my list as well! I still need to read Isla though, but I am going to do that very soon, hopefully! And I am also very curious for the Every series, I think I might go and get the first book asap.. :3

  3. I love the DOSAB trilogy! Not only is Prague described in lovely detail, but so is Morocco. And I can’t wait for the next Samantha Shannon book. 😀