The Broke and The Bookish is Ten Books I've Read that are Set Outside the US. I'm also taking the UK out of the mix because I go there a LOT fictionally and it'd get kind of boring if every book I listed took place in London! This made it a bit more of a challenge as I tend to not get too far outside my comfort zone geographically.
2. Canada - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - Well all of L.M. Montgomery's books take place in Canada but the Anne books have placed Prince Edward Island in a special place in my heart. My husband and I were talking about the top 5 places we want to visit and PEI is pretty high on my list!
3. The Channel Islands - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - This might be another cheat since it's technically a British Crown dependency but I got such a feel of Guernsey itself with this book and Guernsey is cut off from anywhere else during the Nazi occupation that I'm going to count it.
5. Greece - Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts - I loved visiting Corfu in this book. I could just feel the sun and smell the salt. Roberts' is wonderfully descriptive. While I did enjoy the story overall I think one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was because of the setting.
6. Ireland - Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore - Ireland should have been billed as a character in this richly drawn book of a young woman trying to reconnect with herself and a family she never really knew. And there's a ghost!
7. Jamaica - Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming - In the 2nd half of the 2nd James Bond book he spends half the time in Jamaica trying to finally hunt down the source of smuggled gold coins. There's lots of talk of the water, the superstitions, and the sea life.
9. Iraq - They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie - Christie actually wrote a number of books set in the Middle East but most take place on archaeological digs. This one is much more of a international intrigue with one of her girls with no families but a great deal of common sense main characters. So much fun!
10. Australia - Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown - To be honest I didn't love this book but I did love the Australian setting with all the wildlife you can expect to run into if you're living off the beaten path. I just couldn't get over how the kangaroos were viewed as basically big pests whereas in the US we get so excited about them
Where has your reading taken you this year?