Want to travel the world, but don’t really have the funds (or the time) to hop on a plane and fill up your passport? Reading books based in other countries is really the next best thing! Instead of traveling around the world in 80 days, how about reading your way through the world in 80 books? This is probably my longest reading list ever, so bear with me! I’m making it as simple to get through as possible. Ready to start traveling?

Want to travel the world, but don't really have the funds to hop on a plane and fill up your passport? Reading books based in other countries is really the next best thing! Check out 80 books that take place in 80 different countries.

Around the World in 80 Books

Affiliate links included will take you to the Amazon page for the book. I broke it up into chunks of five, with a featured book from each group,  so you’re not slammed with 80 different pictures. Obviously, I didn’t include every single country, since there are like 250+ of them. Around the world in 257 books doesn’t sound as good! Don’t ask how I decided which countries made the list, it was kind of a mix of random choices, countries that I’d like to visit and stories that just sounded interesting.

Huge thanks to Lora for pointing out that it would be easier to follow along if I gave you a printable checklist. Here is a “quick and dirty” plain version in PDF format that won’t take up all your printer ink. I’ll make a prettier one asap, but for now, this is really all you need.

Click Here to Print this List!

Afghanistan: The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini
Algeria: The Stranger
by Albery Camus
Antarctica: Subterranean
by James Rollins
ArgentinaAlive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
 by Piers Paul Read
Australia: The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

AustriaWhen Nietzsche Wept

 by Irvin D. Yalom
Bahrain: Round the Bend
by Nevil Shute
Bangladesh: The Zoya Factor
by Anuja Chauhan
Belgium: On Black Sisters Street
by Chika Unigwe
Bolivia: Turing’s Delirium
by Edmundo Paz Soldán

Brazil: The Boys from Brazil

by Ira Levin
Chile: The Killer’s Tears
by Anne-Laure Bondoux
China: The Bonesetter’s Daughter
by Amy Tan
Colombia: Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
Croatia: Radiant Days: A Novel
by Michael A. FitzGerald

Cuba: 90 Miles to Havana

by Enrique Flores-Galbis
Denmark: Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein

Dominican Republic: What about Your Saucepans?
by Lindsay De Feliz
Ecuador: Goodnight Sunshine by Mark Cameron

Egypt: The Memoirs of Cleopatra
by Margaret George

Ethiopia: The Prince Who Walked with Lions

by Elizabeth Laird
Finland: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

France: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Germany: Loyal to a Degree
by Horst Christian
Greece: The Island by Victoria Hislop

Guatemala: Wanderlove

by Kirsten Hubbard
Haiti: The Serpent and the Rainbow
by Wade Davis
Honduras: Hurricane by Terry Trueman

Hungary: Prague by Arthur Phillips

Iceland: The Blue Fox
by Sjón, Victoria Cribb

India: The God of Small Things

by Arundhati Roy
Iran: Sky of Red Poppies
by Zohreh Ghahremani
Iraq: The House of Wisdom
by Florence Parry Heide
Ireland: Light a Penny Candle
by Maeve Binchy
Israel: Homesick by Eshkol Nevo

Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes


Jamaica: The Long Song by Andrea Levy

Japan: Geisha, a Life
by Mineko Iwasaki
Kenya: A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

Korea: The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble

Kuwait: A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar


Liberia: Beyond the Mango Tree
by Amy Bronwen Zemser
Libya: In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar

Lithuania: Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story
by Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee
Macedonia: The Campaigns of Alexander
by Arrian, Aubrey de Sélincourt


Madagascar: Once on this River

by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Mexico: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Morocco: Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud

Nepal: Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinson

Netherlands: The Coffee Trader
by David Liss

New Zealand: The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera


Nicaragua: The Butterfly Workshop
by Gioconda Belli
Norway: Out Stealing Horses
by Per Petterson
Pakistan: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Panama: The Tailor of Panama
by John le Carré

Peru: The Bridge of San Luis Rey

by Thornton Wilder
Philippines: When the Elephants Dance
by Tess Uriza Holthe
Poland: Dark Hour of Noon
by Christine SzambelanStrevinsky
Portugal: The Hammer of Eden
by Ken Follett
Romania: The Seamstress by Sara Tuvel Bernstein

Russia: Gorky Park

by Martin Cruz Smith
Saudi Arabia: Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights
by Anonymous
Scotland: The Death of Bees
by Lisa O’Donnell
Singapore: The Song of Silver Frond
by Catherine Lim
South Africa: Many Stones
by Carolyn Coman

Spain: For Whom the Bell Tolls

by Ernest Hemingway
Sri Lanka: Anil’s Ghost
by Michael Ondaatje
Sudan: The Red Pencil
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Sweden: Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman

Switzerland: I’m Not Stiller
by Max Frisch

Syria: A Hand Full of Stars

by Rafik Schami
Taiwan: The Third Son by Julie Wu

Thailand: Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski

Turkey: The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

Uganda: War Brothers by Sharon E. McKay

United Kingdom: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


Uruguay: The Tree of Red Stars
by Tessa Bridal
Venezuela: Black Magic by Cherry Adair

Vietnam: The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Zimbabwe: A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer

 

There you go! Books to read that will whisk you away to 80 different countries! If you want to get super fancy and make it fun, print out a fake passport and “stamp” it every time you finish a book about a different country. You can make your own stamps, take a picture of the cover and stick it in there, or whatever else you come up with. I’m not that creative. I just write all the books I read down in one big “book list” book.

Have you read a great book that took place in another country? Share your recommendations below! 

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