Top Ten Tuesday #152


Hi all! I hope your week has been good, I’m currently suffering with some medical issues (not going into the details) and in quite a bit of pain and discomfort, but it’s nothing serious, and hopefully should clear up soon!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday from Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Books That Take Place In Another Country, which I’ve done as Books Not Set In The US, which was a topic I did back when The Broke and The Bookish hosted TTT, but since it was a year and a half ago and I’ve read a lot of books since then, so I figured it was about time for an updated list. So here we go, my updated list of Books Set Outside The US:

  1. Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab-London, UK (for Grey London at least!)

Granted, yes, three of the Londons in these books are fantastical, but there is one real London and they are all inspired by the real life London, so I figure they count! When I was at VE Schwab’s event with Samantha Shannon and Neal Shusterman last week and she was asked how she chose the setting for her world, she said she choose London because it was instantly recognisable, so it would be easier to strip down to its barest bones and build the other Londons on top of it.

2. Chainbreaker-Tara Sim-Enfield & London, UK & India

I could count both Timekeeper books for this post, but I figured I would just use Chainbreaker because although some of it takes place in the UK, the majority of it takes place in Victorian India, such a cool setting and allowed for so much depth in the worldbuilding of different cultures and societies in Tara’s clock tower controlled world.

3. Orphan Monster Spy-Matt Killeen-Germany

This is one of my more recent reads, and it takes place mostly at a Nazi girls boarding school in Germany. It’s not my favourite WWII book I’ve ever read, but I did appreciate it explored a different story as so often WWII stories can get kind of samey!

4. Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell-The Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Why don’t more books take place in Scotland? It’s so beautiful up here and has so much history and culture, you’d think more people would want to use that in books! The Scottish setting definitely works here, an old school house with creepy Frozen Charlotte Dolls? Could only be set on an isolated island off the coast of Scotland!

5. The Pearl Thief-Elizabeth Wein-Scotland, UK

I don’t know if it’s actually mentioned where in Scotland this book takes places, I remember that it mentions the Tay at one point, so it’s either Perth, Dundee or up in the Highlands, I have a feeling its Perth but I can’t remember! Anyway, it takes place in Scotland and is a delightful 1930s mystery based prequel to Code Name Verity, giving us insight into a young Julie Beaufort-Stuart.

6. The Crown’s Game-Evelyn Skye-Imperial Russia

Not only is this book set in Russia, it’s Russia during the times of the Tsars which is a really interesting time in Russian History. Add magic to that already pretty awesome setting and you have the makings of a really good book (also the author did a degree in Russian Literature and her passion for the country really comes through).

7. Salt To The Sea-Ruta Sepetys-East Prussia

If you have not read a Ruta Sepetys book yet, then you are missing out and you definitely should! She takes lesser known historical events for her books, like this one which is based around the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff during WWII, one of the biggest maritime disasters in history and yet relatively unknown. I always come out of her books feeling like I’ve learned a lot and wanting to do further research. This book is set in East Prussia, which was a Kingdom of Prussia in it’s day, but is now a part of modern day Russia, Lithuania and Poland.

8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone-Laini Taylor-Prague, Czech Republic

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is set in Prague, where my friend Nicola is currently studying (I think in part due to reading this book!) and it is the perfect setting for this slightly whimsical fantasy! I always say a great book will make me want to go and visit the place where it’s set and whilst I may have had my issues with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the setting certainly wasn’t one, I would love to go and stroll the streets of Prague with Karou and Zuzana.

9. Every Breath-Ellie Marney-Melbourne, Australia

I wasn’t totally in love with everything about this Sherlock retelling, but I did love the setting, I’ve never read any books set in Australia before this one, so it was nice to get to go somewhere new! Plus the romance was totally shippable ๐Ÿ™‚

10. The Bone Season series-Samantha Shannon-London, Oxford, Manchester and Edinburgh, UK

One of the things I love about The Bone Season series is that it keeps moving around, in 3 books, we’ve been to four places in the UK, and the next one will take us further afield to Paris, at the event with VE Schwab and Neal Shusterman, Shannon said that her plan is to keep moving out as she wants to explore lots of different places , which I think is awesome as I suffer from a severe case of wanderlust and want to go everywhere possible (in my books as well as in life)!

Over to you! What books set outside of the US have you read? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Characters I Liked That Were In Non-Favourite/Disliked Books, I’m not sure about this topic as if I dislike a book, the characters are usually a big part of that, but we’ll see. In the meantime, I will hopefully have a discussion post up before the month is over, so stay tuned for that.


67 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #152

  1. Louise 27/03/2018 / 4:20 pm

    Great list. I’ve not read The Bone Season, but it sounds really interesting.

  2. Rachael 27/03/2018 / 5:47 pm

    Awesome list! I’ve heard nothing but great things about Daughter of Smoke and Bone! Can’t wait to pick it up

  3. LMOORE 27/03/2018 / 6:16 pm

    Great list. I have Daughter of Smoke and Bone on my TBR. Glad that you also loved Salt to the Sea!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/03/2018 / 10:42 am

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy it. Yes it was really good ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. onespeculiar 27/03/2018 / 6:54 pm

    DOSAB made me want to visit prague so bad it wasn’t healthy! the bone season is one of my favorites shannon did such a good job of describing the world in it.

  5. Carol 27/03/2018 / 9:00 pm

    Great list ๐Ÿ‘

  6. MHP 27/03/2018 / 10:08 pm

    There are some nice options here ๐Ÿค—

  7. Kay Wisteria 27/03/2018 / 10:42 pm

    great list! really want to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone

  8. kozbisa 28/03/2018 / 12:04 am

    I read mostly contemporaries, and I feel like it is common for authors to set books in their home countries. Because of that, I read a lot of books set in the US, England, Australia, and Canada. I love seeing places outside of western Europe on your list, and those all look like fantasy books, no?

    • iloveheartlandx 29/03/2018 / 10:16 am

      Yes, you’re probably right about that. I’ve read a lot of books from the US and UK, less so Australia and Canada. The Crown’s Game and Daughter of Smoke and Bone are fantasy yes, but Salt To The Sea is historical fiction.

  9. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight 28/03/2018 / 2:06 am

    Oooh great choices! I had no idea about Timekeeper, that makes me more intrigued. And SO many of these are on my TBR- Orphan Monster Spy, Every Breath, DoSaB, Salt to the Sea… clearly I have some reading to do!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/03/2018 / 10:14 am

      Thanks! Oh Timekeeper is awesome, you definitely should give it a try. Ha ha so many books, so little time. I hope you enjoy all of those!

  10. thebookishlibra 28/03/2018 / 2:17 am

    Great list. Several of these are still on my TBR so knowing where they’re set makes me even more exciting to hurry up and get to them.

  11. Mariela Silva 28/03/2018 / 2:52 am

    Shades of magic was good!
    I have Frozen Charlotte , I did not know it was set in Scotland, I need to read it soon!
    Thanks for stopping to out TTT today ๐Ÿ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 29/03/2018 / 10:04 am

      Yes it was! It is and you definitely should, I don’t usually like horror but I really enjoyed this one (it’s very horror-lite!).

  12. Katie Harder-Schauer 28/03/2018 / 5:28 am

    Oh, I will definitely have to check out Orphan Monster Spy. This looks like a great list. Have a wonderful week.

  13. bookmuffin 28/03/2018 / 6:23 am

    I really need to read the Shades of Magic trilogy! I own the first book, maybe a 2018 read for me…?

  14. Aoife 28/03/2018 / 6:35 am

    Prague is beautiful. And I admit when I went there one of my destinations was the Vyลกherad cemetery which played a huge role in the book I picked for Prague ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I think I have to read The Crown’s Game. It sounds good.

    • iloveheartlandx 28/03/2018 / 11:26 pm

      I’ve never been, I’d love to go though. It is, I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Holly 28/03/2018 / 7:42 am

    The only book on your list that I’ve read is the first book in the Shades of Magic series. The other books look so good though! I really want to read Bone Season at some point, especially now that I’ve been to some of the cities it focuses on. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 28/03/2018 / 11:10 pm

      So good right? Oh you definitely should, it’s really great!

  16. Bee (Quite The Novel Idea) 28/03/2018 / 8:54 am

    I’m so happy to see the Shades of Magic series and Every Breath on your list! One of my favorite ships out there!

  17. anna912 28/03/2018 / 9:39 am

    I reallyyyy want to read The Bone Season and Salt to the Sea at some point! Both have so much hype surrounding them ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Annemieke 28/03/2018 / 12:19 pm

    Some great variety there. I love the Shades of Magic books too, though mostly the last one.

  19. girlplusbooks 28/03/2018 / 3:03 pm

    Iโ€™ve been meaning to read something from Ruth Sepetys for so long. I hear great things about all of her books.

  20. Eve L (Evilous) 28/03/2018 / 11:06 pm

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone made my list too but I never even though of The Crown’s Game…huh so many books I’m seeing I overlooked!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/03/2018 / 9:57 am

      I thought that too when I was looking at other people’s lists!

  21. Tracy (@Cornerfolds) 29/03/2018 / 1:45 am

    I still need to read Chainbreaker! It’s sitting on my shelf and I just haven’t gotten to it yet!

  22. anna@herding cats & burning soup 29/03/2018 / 4:13 am

    It’s been interesting seeing all of the locations people have found while reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 29/03/2018 / 6:22 am

    Great list! Haha I love that Shades of Magic was at the top of your list, because before I decided to change the theme a bit, that was gonna be the top of my list, too!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/03/2018 / 9:49 am

      Thanks! I feel like Shades of Magic will probably always be at the top of my list, if it fits the topic ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Cait @ Paper Fury 29/03/2018 / 11:50 am

    *flails* YAY AUSTRALIA!! I really love the Every Breath series, but you should totally read more Aussie books. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I may be biased but we tell some pretty great stories haha. And I really loved Schwab’s version of London! And omg this makes me need to read Chainbreaker more because I want to get to the Indian setting eeeeep. I just love it when books aren’t in the typical settings, because it’s a chance to travel that I don’t get IRL haaha.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/03/2018 / 1:25 pm

      I would definitely love to, I just don’t really know of many! Any recs of your favourite Aussie authors/books with Aussie settings? Me too, so much more magical than the real life one! Oh you absolutely should, not only is the setting incredible, it will give you all the FEELS and have you angrily demanding the third book. Me too, I’ve been a lot of places, but there’s always somewhere new to see in books!

  25. Kaila 29/03/2018 / 10:23 pm

    So many books on here I don’t know! I love it, and I’m going to have to check all of them out! Orphan Monster Spy and The Crown’s Game sound especially interesting. Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/03/2018 / 10:15 am

      Thanks! I’m glad to have helped you find some new books ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Kathy @ Books & Munches 30/03/2018 / 5:28 am

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone definitely made me crave Prague. Like, I genuinely wanted to jump on a plane right after finishing it and head over there, haha. If only that were possible.. ๐Ÿ˜› Some day though!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/03/2018 / 10:04 am

      Ha ha same! I hope so too, I have a friend who’s over there studying right now and I definitely want to go visit her before she gets back.

  27. Emily Anne 30/03/2018 / 5:32 am

    Ooooh I forgot about Every Breath! That was such a fun book… I love everything Sherlock inspired.

  28. Lena @ The Printed Girl 30/03/2018 / 4:04 pm

    Laini Taylor is such a great author ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I really really really want to go to Prague because of that book!
    Great TTT!

  29. novelcravings 03/04/2018 / 4:10 am

    This is a great list! I missed this TTT and I would have had a hard time coming up with books that fit the category. Looking at everyone’s list though I realize I have a ton of books that would have fit. Maybe I will do this one for the April freebie…

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