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Top Ten Tuesday #46: Top Ten Books That Take Place In Another Country

Happy Tuesday, and happy Top Ten Tuesday day, everyone! This week’s theme allows us to travel outside of our own countries, and encourages us to explore the rest of the world! Since most YA books are set in the U.S. (well, the contemporary ones anyway, since fantasy settings didn’t really count for me, for this theme), and since I live in Canada, I decided to eliminate both of those countries from my list. Continue reading if you want to see which ten books I selected this week!

For those of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is all about, here is a quote
from The Artsy Reader Girl, the host of this weekly meme!

I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics below so you can plan ahead. I’ll post a Linky here on the blog each week so you can link up your post (if you want). If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!

… and now that all of the necessary stuff is out of the way …

– Top Ten Books That Take Place
In Another Country –

Since most YA books take place in the U.S.A., and I live in Canada, I’m going to exclude both of those countries in my list!

– ONE –

M.A. Bennett’s S.T.A.G.S.

Takes place in: the U.K.

– TWO –

Durian Sukegawa’s
Sweet Bean Paste

Takes place in: Japan


S. Jae-Jones’ Shadowsong

Takes place in: Bavaria (Germany), Austria,
and Bohemia (Czech Republic)

– FOUR –

Adrianne Finlay’s Your One & Only

Takes place in: Costa Rica

– FIVE –

Kristopher Dukes’ The Sworn Virgin

Takes place in: Albania

– SIX –

Marie Lu’s Warcross

Takes place in: Japan (mostly)

 – SEVEN –

Kerri Maniscalco’s Hunting
Prince Dracula

Takes place in: the U.K. and Romania


Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton,
and Jodi Meadows’ My Lady Jane

Takes place in: the U.K.

– NINE –

Kiersten White’s Now I Rise

Takes place in: Wallachia (Romania), the Ottoman Empire (Turkey),
and Constantinople (Turkey)

– TEN –

Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s
Guide to Vice and Virtue

Takes place in: the U.K., France, Italy, and Greece

– Honourable Mentions –

Roshani Chokshi’s
The Star-Touched Queen
A Crown of Wishes

I saw these books as taking place a kind of historical India … but since there is magic, and no city names or locations that match up with the modern world, I couldn’t allow myself to use it in my actual list. I also couldn’t not mention it though, because it did feel like it was set in a past India, before magic sort of disappeared (if that makes sense).
I also just really wanted to include India in this post, haha.



34 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #46: Top Ten Books That Take Place In Another Country

    1. I feel like the majority of mine are set in Europe too hahaha. Really makes me realize that I need to read more contemporary fiction set in like Asia, Africa, and South America! I hope that you get to read those soon, and that you love them! 😀

      1. I hope I can get to them too! I’ve been utilizing my Scribd account so we’ll see if either of them are on there! I’d love to read more in Asia, Africa, and So. America too! I feel like there just isn’t enough out there, or I’ve not found them yet.

  1. Ha, I love that we both have Shadowsong on our lists! I’m also intending to read Now I Rise and Hunting Prince Dracula this year, so that’s exciting! I’m really looking forward to those. 🙂 This is a great list. I’ll have to look into the others I haven’t heard of. They look good.

    1. Hehe YAS Shadowsong! 😀 Also, I hope that you get to read those soon, and that you enjoy them when you do 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words, and for reading my post! 🙂

  2. You killed it with variety. You have a great cross-section of the world featured with those books. I had accidentally done this post a month ago, and didn’t want to repeat, but I had Warcross on my first list.

    1. Gahhh thank you so much! I’m glad that I read a variety of books, but I always think that I could read even MORE diverse books. Also, I’m glad that we both picked Warcross! I’ll have to check your list out 🙂

  3. Obviously you have great taste for including Gentleman’s Guide. I still have to read Warcross and I’m so curious about Hunting Prince Dracula but I haven’t read the first book yet! Also, The Star-Touched Queen wasn’t my thing but that’s purely personal. The writing and characters just didn’t connect with me.

    1. Why thank you! It was my favourite book of 2017 😉 I hope that you enjoy Warcross and Hunting Prince Dracula if you do read them! Anddd awe that happens sometimes!

  4. Ahhhh what an amazing list! I haven’t read any of these, but they’re ALL on my tbr and now I’m even more excited about them! Did you enjoy STAGS? I’ve been super curious about it, but have seen some conflicting reviews. You’re blog is lovely by the way!! ❤️

  5. Whelp! I definitely missed a great topic to participate in this week smh! I LOVE your picks Flavia! <3 <3 <3 I had no idea Your One and Only is set in Costa Rica, this is def motivation for me to add to the TBR 🙂 LOVE seeing all of the books set in Romania and that you still included India in your post <3 <3 <3! wonderful list my friend 🙂

    1. Yeah it was definitely a fun one! You could always use the topic for a week where you don’t really click with the topic though. I’ve seen other bloggers do that 🙂 And I really liked Your One & Only, and am curious to hear what you think of it 🙂 Also yas Romania! Woo! 😀 <3 <3

    1. Yes it was! I think about it every now and again…and it kind of ties in with my missing Tokyo…sigh. Thank you so much 🙂 and thank you for reading! <3

  6. I think I read about “S.T.A.G.S.” a while back, but now don’t seem to remember what it’s about. Makes me realize I need to look this one up – who knows it might be a new favorite story! 😉 Loved “Warcross,” and am reminded, I *still* need to write a review for that one.

    Thanks so much for the recent Finding Wonderland visit and follow, Flavia! You’re welcome to visit anytime. 🙂

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