Top Ten: Books Set Outside the US

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was a rewind, so I chose to cover July 19th’s list: top ten books set outside the US. Although I mostly read books set in England, I was able to find ten books set wholly (or partly) in ten different countries (and also another planet).

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(Czech Republic) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon // (England) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness // (France) A Very Long Engagement by Sébastien Japrisot // (Germany) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // (India) The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

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(Iran) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi // (Italy) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller // (Mexico) 2666 by Roberto Bolaño // (Turkey) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides // (Mars) The Martian by Andy Weir

Top Ten: Books That Celebrate Diverse Characters

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was books that celebrate diversity/diverse characters.

I’m not sure that these ten books really “celebrate” diversity as much as they predominately feature non-white characters/poc without making a huge deal about said non-whiteness. Whether in the US or abroad, here are ten novels that at least let readers peak into what it’s like to not be the default standard for protagonists.

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House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

2666 by Roberto Bolaño

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

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Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families by Philip Gourevitch

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz