I actually read a lot of fiction not set in the US, which should be obvious since I’m Canadian. But this list is (unsurprisingly?) Europe heavy!
Mostly YA Lit’s Top 12 Books Set Outside USA
1. Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery | PEI, Canada – who doesn’t love this series?
2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein | Great Britain – Tears. All the tears. If you haven’t read it, you must.
3. Across A Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund | Post-apocalyptic New Zealand – if you’re a fan of Veronica Mars and sci-fi, you MUST read this.
4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Space – one of the best thriller sci-fis I read last year. And bonus, Aussie YA!
5. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer | Futuristic China, France, Africa, space… – amazing series, again, really fun sci-fi.
6. Just One Day by Gayle Forman | Europe – slight cheat as part of this is set in the States, but when I think travel, I think of this book.
7. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan | Europe – Wills & Kate fanfic – but REALLY good.
8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | Paris, France – even just thinking about the romance of Paris and this book gives me feels. And yeah, add Isla to this list, too!
9. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro | Southern Ontario, Canada – I couldn’t do this post without mentioning this, my favorite Munro book. This is for anyone who had an awkward childhood and just wants to read great literary fiction.
10. Dreambirds by Rob Nixon | South Africa (and all over) – I’ve mentioned this gorgeous book before – it’s one of my favorite non-fiction books about the history of ostriches.
11. Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald | Oxford, UK – another slight cheat as half of it is set in California. But it’s the Oxford part that really gets me. Also, this book has some serious feminist reading for those of you interested in that.
12. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling | UK – No explanation needed.
What books have you read that aren’t set in the US? Leave a comment and I’ll try to stop by!
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