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