Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the US

Hello and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this week’s theme was Top Ten Books Set Outside the US. I thought that this challenge would be easy, but actually it was quite difficult - it turns out that recently, the majority of books I’ve read have been set in NYC.
  1. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

This is a seriously beautiful book following the story of a young blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and a young German boy called Werner, as they both try to live through the Second World War. Marie-Laure lives in Paris, whilst Werner starts off in a small town in Germany, but eventually they’re stories converge.

  1. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

The classic murder mystery, this is set on the Orient Express train between Istanbul and London when a snow drift causes the train to stop. Overnight, someone is murdered but there are only a set number of people it could possibly have been. Luckily, Hercule Poirot happens to be on the train and able to solve the mystery.


  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Mikael Blomkvist is a disgraced journalist, whose only chance to regain success is to investigate the unsolved case of a girl who went missing 40 years ago. He enlists the help of investigator (nice word for hacker) Lisbeth Salander, and set about solving the case and also saving his career. It’s set in Sweden, with a majority of it happening in some fictional isolated village.

  1. Elizabeth Is Missing - Emma Healey

This book is set in the UK and is about Maud, who is becoming more and more forgetful but is convinced that her friend Elizabeth is missing. Although her grip on the present is forever slipping, the clues she discovers leads her further into the past and to the disappearance of her sister. Are the disappearances linked?

  1. The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo

The story of an Andalusian shepherd boy on his search for treasure that is buried in the Pyramids of Egypt, this is the classic book for inspiration and quotes that you want to write down in your diary to motivate you.

  1. The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

In 1866, Walter Moody arrives in New Zealand looking to make a lot of money from the goldfields. Upon arriving, he stumbles into a secret meeting of men discussing the disappearance of a wealthy man, a prostitute’s suicide attempt, and the discovery of a fortune in the home of a drunk.

  1. Before I Go To Sleep - S. J. Watson

This is one of my favourite psychological thrillers and is set in London. Every day, Christine wakes up having forgotten everything overnight; her name, her identity, her past, the person she loves. The only person she can trust is the person who she wakes up to every morning, who helps her through those first few minutes when she’s flooded with information about who and where she is. But what if that person can’t actually be trusted? What if they’re not telling her the whole story?

  1. The Cuckoo’s Calling - Robert Galbraith

I’ve mentioned this book and its sequels The Silkworm and Career of Evil many times before, and that’s because they’re excellent. Cormoran Strike is an ex-army investigator who lost his leg in Afghanistan and instead becomes a private investigator trying to make a living in London. Things aren’t going too well until John Bristow walks into his office asking him to solve the murder of his sister, model Lula Landry, whose death a few months before was ruled as suicide.

  1. The Girl on the Train

Every day, Rachel takes the same commuter train into London and on her journey sees the same couple having breakfast on their patio. She sees them so often that she starts to feel like she knows them, and creates lives for them. One day, she sees something that changes everything. She eventually decides to tell the police and becomes heavily involved in the investigation but also the lives of the people involved. Is she as unreliable as people say? Has she just made things worse?

  1. The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett

So far, this is the only Terry Pratchett novel I’ve read, but there’s no denying that they’re set outside the US! Discworld is a world that is carried on the back of 4 elephants on the back of a giant turtle. The first novel in the series follows failed wizard Rincewind and naive tourist Twoflower on an adventure in this crazy world.

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Love to you all,
Zoe