Friday Favourites – Books Set in a Country That is Not Your Own

Happy Friday everyone! Friday Favourites was originally created by Kibby from Something of the Book, but is now hosted by Lorraine from Geeky Galaxy. Make sure you check out both of their blogs, and join in with your own Friday Favourites!


Today’s topic is books set in a country that is not your own! For those of you that don’t know, I live in Canada, so here are some books that I’ve read that are not set in my country (I also decided to mostly stick to contemporary/historical fiction because fantasy/science fiction would be too easy!):

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini – set during WWII, this book is about women living in Berlin, Germany, who fight to take down the Third Reich.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal – this one starts out in the U.K., but mostly takes place in Punjab, India, where three sisters set out on a pilgrimage at the request of their late mother.

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali – technically, Canada is mentioned in this one, but it is brief. For the most part, our amazing main characters are in Doha, Qatar, where they discover the marvels and oddities of life.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – if it’s not clear by the title, this one is set in Moscow, Russia. This book is such a wonderful story that transports you to the Metropol Hotel where Count Alexander Rostov is under house arrest.

The City of Brass/The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty – this is why I said I “mostly” picked contemporary/historical fiction books, but I couldn’t not include it! While much of this amazing story takes place in the fictional land of Daevabad, part of it also takes place in Cairo, Egypt!


There you have it! Five exceptional books set around the world, but not in Canada! I highly recommend every single one of these!

Let me know if you’ve read any of the books on this list, and what your favourite books set in a country other than your own are!

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