Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Take Place in Another Country

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

Woooow, I haven’t done a TTT since December :/ I’ve meant to do so many since then, but I am terrible about remembering and I have no clue why. *sigh* Oh well. This week, I actually managed to remember, and I love the topic, so let’s get to the books!

(I’m in the US, btw.)

In no particular order…

There’s a lot of England on this list :/




A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (England)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (England…I think)
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (again, England…I think)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (England, but there’s 4 of them!)








A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (England)
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (I *think* this is set in Ireland)
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley (it’s an Arthurian retelling, so wherever that is specifically, sorry :/ )
The Witches by Roald Dahl (set in England and Norway, I think)







Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (Czech Republic)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spain)


Honestly, I know I’ve read books that took place in other countries, but either A) I couldn’t remember them, B) they took place in a lot of different places (like how in most, I think, of Dan Brown’s books they’re moving around a lot) and I couldn’t remember locations, C) I didn’t like them enough to include them on a “favorites” list, or D) they were non-fiction (and maybe that would have counted for this week’s prompt, idk, but I decided not to use them).

But I still really, really need to read more books set in more places, so if you have recs, please leave them below! I have a few set in other countries that are on my TBR pile, but I haven’t gotten to them yet 😦 Hopefully soon, though.

What are some of your favorite books set in other countries?


T5W: Favorite Side Character Ships!


T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.


June 14th: Side Ships
— Tell us your favorite relationships that don’t involve the protagonist!


**Warning: Some strong language ahead in this post, if anyone’s bothered by that.**

Honestly, I’m not much of a shipper, and when I do ship, it’s usually a canon ship for main characters. (Also, I’m kind of cheating with one, and seriously cheating with another of these, but the serious cheat is the ship I’ll go down with, damn it!)

But, these are a few I came up with, in no particular order…

(All the covers link to the goodreads page for the book)

256683Magnus Bane & Alec Lightwood (from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare)

These two, ugh. They were why I mostly finished the series (I couldn’t actually make it through City of Holy Fuck This is Long Heavenly Fire, and I literally just skimmed it to get the basics because I was so done with that series), and I love them. They are my precious book children and I want them to be happy.


3Dean Thomas & Seamus Finnigan (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

Ok, this is one of the only non-canon ships I’ve ever had, but I’m still including it because a) I actually ship it, b) it’s a side-characters-ship, and c) it’s such a popular ship it might as well be canon. Like, Devon Murray even tweeted about how Dean & Seamus could get married in Ireland a couple of years ago when gay marriage was legalized.


8490112Zuzana Nováková & Mikolas Vavra (from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor)

I haven’t read this in years, but I remember liking these two and wishing we’d seen more of them. (Also, I’ve only read the first two books, and I barely remember anything from the first book now :/ )



41865Jasper Hale & Alice Cullen (from The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer)

I can not believe I have a ship from those god awful books, considering how much I hated them, but the thing is, all the side characters were so much more interesting than Boring Bella and Exasperating Edward. (I’m sorry, Twilight fans, but the books were not for me, and while I hated the books, I don’t have any bad feelings about the people who did enjoy them.)


And now, my big cheat for this week…


22055262Holland Vosjik & HAPPINESS, DAMN IT (from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab)

Do I need to say more about this one?



What are some of your favorite side ships?