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.

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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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