Books Around the World

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One of my biggest reading goals for 2021 is reading books that take place in other countries. When I looked at books I had read in the past, the majority of them took place either in the United States or England. Here and there I read books that took place in India, France, or Australia, but there wasn’t a lot of them.

This year, I’m aiming to read at least one book a month that takes place in another country or explores a new culture. I’d like for this to become a habit each year and not a goal I set after this year.

I’ve started a list of some books I knew about or others have told me that take place in other countries, but I would love to add to it. If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments.

  • Berlin: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
  • Cambodia: The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
  • Cuba: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
  • France: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • India: Mother Land by Leah Franqui
  • Ireland: Normal People by Sally Rooney and The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • Israel: The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi
  • Italy: The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
  • Kuwait: Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa
  • Poland: The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross and We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  • Sweden: The Golden Cage by Camilla Lackberg
  • Switzerland: The Finishing School by Joanna Goodman

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