Books Set in Other Countries

Hello everybody!

Today I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, which the theme of today is books set in other countries. I absolutely love travelling elsewhere via books since I don’t do it in real life, so I had lots of fun with this prompt! As I wrote a guest post on this last year, I’ve mainly included books I’ve read recently, but there are also a few I never shut up about! Technically, I could have chosen almost every book I read for this since I don’t live in England, but I’ve not cheated…

Pony Club Secrets series by Stacy Gregg– though oneof these is set partially in the UK, the rest are set elsewhere; America, Australia and Spain are locations we see, and the majority are set in main character Issie’s native New Zealand. The books focus on Issie’s journey to achieving her dream of being a professional equestrian, and I loved them so much when I was young. I’m terrified to reread them this year in case I don’t enjoy them so much! I think my favourite of the locations is Spain; I love those 2 books in general and I think the exotic setting, which also informs of some history of Spain, is a huge part of that.

Seven Days of You by Cecelia Vinesse- this is a romance set in Japan, focusing on Sophia’s last seven days before she moves away from her home of Tokyo, possibly forever. I loved discovering Tokyo, and thought this was pretty great overall. I’m excited for Cecelia’s second book too, which shall be transporting me to various locations!

Geek Girl series by Holly Smale- in each of these books, Harriet visits a new location, and in each we get to see her explore at least a little. Even though some of the scenes are quite short, they’re wonderful, and one of many reasons that I am a forever geek for these books.

A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens– the latest installment of the Murder Most Unladylike series takes us to Hazel’s home in Hong Kong, and alongside the twisty, complex mystery and fantastic friendship between the detectives, the setting was one of my favourite things about this. There’s also a glossary at the back for any terms/names of foods readers may not recognise, which was very handy as a reference point.

Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton– I read this at the beginning of the year, and it’s a brilliant romance set in New York. I like that it takes us to some different landmarks, and to me it felt likea romcom in book form (which is a subcategory of romance I’m 100% here for). It was interesting to see a 3rd person dual narrative of sorts too.

One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton– another Keris Stainton set abroad I thiught was great was this one, set in Italyand seeing 3 sisters navigate their grief over their dad’s death. Love interest Luke was an especially fabulous addition to an already great cast. Top tip: don’t do what I did and get so caught up in the world you get sunburt!

When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth- this is set on a mountain in India, and Jess’s writing is so beautiful and vivid I felt as though as I was actually there. Itt has an amazing protagonist, a love of animals is clear on every page (and the animals are an utter delight) and the plot is completely gripping. It also made me cry more than once. Jess Butterworth was a new huge favourite of mine after her debut, and this cemented that position.

Don’t Tell the Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall- this is set in Italy, specifically Rome and it’s fabulous. There are some sightseeing moments, it’s ABSOLUTELY hilarious andI was delighted that Anna ended up with who I wanted (I won’t say who in case you’ve not read these yet)

Scarlett by Cathy Cassidy– this was my favourite book when I was younger, and it’s still my favourite Cathy Cassidy standalone (my overall favourite thing she’s written is the gorgeous Chocolate Box Girls series, and Marshmallow Skye or Summer’s Dream is my favourite of those). It’s set in Ireland, and I love the feeling of it. There’s also some scenes where the characters learn and speak Irish (though I’m not sure how accurate it is) and learn about certain features of the country. If you’ve not heard of it, it’s about ‘bad girl’ Scarlett as she’s banished to Ireland to live with her dad and the new family he abandoned her and her mum for, with some interesting results.

39 Clues series by several authors– these are adventures set around the globe, focusing on a feuding family searching for an unusual inheritance. I love how jetsetting they are and getting to learn a little about the countries, particularly in terms of history as one of the ideas behind the series is to provide some education on historical figures (albeit rather fictionalised a lot of the time!)

What books set in others do you love? Are you a fan of some of the books or authors I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

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Disabled book blogger who also writes TV, film, music and other posts from time to time | UKYABA Champion Teen 2018 | Email: goldenbooksgirl@gmail.com | she/her

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