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 Runnerir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ddedd7f0877fc7163bcbcc1d3baff821& cb=1466981206255 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Khaled Hosseini
Algeria: The Strangerir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=88b79c05b2d6130384fece2cb8a6a604& cb=1466981218976 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Albery Camus
Antarctica: Subterraneanir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=d3e7946692cd0dffe7850108508eb263& cb=1466981228219 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by James Rollins
ArgentinaAlive: The Story of the Andes Survivorsir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=1d3cd9ffd6eb25b8ee99841ecb5c3b52& cb=1466981236037 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books  by Piers Paul Read
Australia: The Light Between Oceansir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=d9085023b794249d7c706e33a4cb70b9& cb=1466981246991 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by M.L. Stedman

AustriaWhen Nietzsche Weptir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=cb0995097c1e9856f5a513099a290f43& cb=1466981255227 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Irvin D. Yalom
Bahrain: Round the Bendir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=650b739039b690fc64667293eefb3ca6& cb=1466981275092 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Nevil Shute
Bangladesh: The Zoya Factorir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6aeec067b32eecbd5315746092cb80c9& cb=1466981287584 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Anuja Chauhan
Belgium: On Black Sisters Streetir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2a9ccac2b03dc09eb9e1f9228f426200& cb=1466981297375 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Chika Unigwe
Bolivia: Turing’s Delirium ir?source=bk&t=prettyopinion 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2fb307f321eb681c7bdec9824727017c& cb=1466981307028 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Booksby Edmundo Paz Soldán

Brazil: The Boys from Brazilir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=df18b4ec20a7fd7b71f4694829073daa& cb=1467054583191 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Ira Levin
Chile: The Killer’s Tearsir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=76109b616f2db558663c86b71b2cb76d& cb=1467054592487 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Anne-Laure Bondoux
China: The Bonesetter’s Daughterir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=546fc0e7c2d151991ba4a5295604d1dc& cb=1467054605993 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Amy Tan
Colombia: Love in the Time of Cholerair?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c15dc0f77ca7f45d815ae96a87ebbd86& cb=1467054615092 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
Croatia: Radiant Days: A Novelir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=46b7e38b3fca29aaab50bfd89777c3bd& cb=1467054623668 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Michael A. FitzGerald

Cuba: 90 Miles to Havanair?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=7878950a8be15df9f9061dc2eaa4d280& cb=1467054630508 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Enrique Flores-Galbis
Denmark: Ophelia by Lisa M. Kleinir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=fdf9f35b964bf9510979ef7011c3168d& cb=1467054636870 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Dominican Republic: What about Your Saucepans?ir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=38981c7f54d98510f145047f812a99c3& cb=1467054653698 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Lindsay De Feliz
Ecuador: Goodnight Sunshine by Mark Cameronir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=847ff17a7b38f9eb614bafb7e2048946& cb=1467054662646 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Egypt: The Memoirs of Cleopatrair?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=9582f7ff4673658b8b04117f19ee9ce4& cb=1467054671301 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Margaret George

Ethiopia: The Prince Who Walked with Lionsir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0033dd56b1b6c6c269db8096f5868f04& cb=1467054677855 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Elizabeth Laird
Finland: The Summer Book by Tove Janssonir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=69782fc20e81e1ef822fc71590533864& cb=1467054689056 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
France: The Diving Bell and the Butterflyir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=e67675adfcf3ed330d39562005c83353& cb=1467054701358 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Germany: Loyal to a Degreeir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=9a3bc31536230e11d9877e890c9b8397& cb=1467054709733 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Horst Christian
Greece: The Island by Victoria Hislopir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ef90f55cd4756c6976da898d17c32744& cb=1467054718991 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books

Guatemala: Wanderloveir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=59ac6eb5937c7c20436185dbd2ea8690& cb=1467054730475 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Kirsten Hubbard
Haiti: The Serpent and the Rainbowir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=24a9c50ccc28878309db921f4f872ed6& cb=1467054761751 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Wade Davis
Honduras: Hurricane by Terry Truemanir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=cdbeb22e21bd66accb1687cb03d07041& cb=1467054770317 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Hungary: Prague by Arthur Phillipsir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=d0bbcbda90b0803401b02b586fc207e1& cb=1467054778800 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Iceland: The Blue Foxir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=10bf6cd931d840e73cd59362241dc16c& cb=1467054792141 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Sjón, Victoria Cribb

India: The God of Small Thingsir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2e7d46bdfa1e7a922618cf162523843e& cb=1467054799444 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Arundhati Roy
Iran: Sky of Red Poppiesir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6b9bd6ae95ce6c520a687fbb8e04308d& cb=1467054807392 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Zohreh Ghahremani
Iraq: The House of Wisdomir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=54fe0d0c6ea76f89c4e19b35274f61f7& cb=1467054817781 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Florence Parry Heide
Ireland: Light a Penny Candleir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6be4a38cb271553e6073b22935d21536& cb=1467054826977 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Maeve Binchy
Israel: Homesick by Eshkol Nevoir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=a8f6fa29355cf993f6490c3c3838c229& cb=1467054832516 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books

Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayesir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6bc2fc6b05ad21c1dc75fda7c7995f77& cb=1467054849547 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Jamaica: The Long Song by Andrea Levyir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=3657a48f8bf756b90310a55879ef07b4& cb=1467054860579 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Japan: Geisha, a Lifeir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2702ac27a11f385da2da58e67e590e45& cb=1467054870411 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Mineko Iwasaki
Kenya: A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreveir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=d9f9a0f318068564ef0cd3087c0bed03& cb=1467054877607 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Korea: The Red Queen by Margaret Drabbleir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=13a93110c9619423a5d0dd7f73f929bd& cb=1467054886669 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books

Kuwait: A Map of Home by Randa Jarrarir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=9d4419758089e1a7253972f699cf6e9f& cb=1467054894456 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Liberia: Beyond the Mango Treeir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=88ca0fb256142ab71dff5e8e6d26f3ce& cb=1467054902519 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Amy Bronwen Zemser
Libya: In the Country of Men by Hisham Matarir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=5b5db44a9436d9ae4a600794756d522e& cb=1467054910258 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Lithuania: Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Storyir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=15980a4e55bb762c53b9137db253f8c3& cb=1467054922902 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee
Macedonia: The Campaigns of Alexanderir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=accab27ab8dc415f80bf3d16fe0b09a7& cb=1467054932809 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Arrian, Aubrey de Sélincourt


Madagascar: Once on this Riverir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=989adde05ed21b79becba17d42a3fb66& cb=1467054950723 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Mexico: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivelir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=41d5ab30da4fb44eedd53465e73f74e0& cb=1467054958189 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Morocco: Hideous Kinky by Esther Freudir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ce03b98e28fc7a45af7b4771dbfb6dff& cb=1467054966578 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Nepal: Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinsonir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=f46e25b2aa4e97bffd3e0c83e63e68e1& cb=1467054976042 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Netherlands: The Coffee Traderir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=083c81dbab21465c0c05e8008eb72417& cb=1467054987019 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by David Liss

New Zealand: The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaerair?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=e4882fb54db2f8355d6aa61e73ea0ea0& cb=1467054996748 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Nicaragua: The Butterfly Workshopir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=1eed366f82b79c5b7385d7a6b86e95a2& cb=1467055016992 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Gioconda Belli
Norway: Out Stealing Horsesir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=314f430aa2327f3229ba6368d95b294a& cb=1467055024160 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Per Petterson
Pakistan: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdieir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=88379645eaa02650afc6167245bc4228& cb=1467055032595 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Panama: The Tailor of Panamair?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=06185d19839fc5399342baddb7391b21& cb=1467055042967 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by John le Carré

Peru: The Bridge of San Luis Reyir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=46b6736ee445e4dd4560cda02b449d33& cb=1467055053106 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Thornton Wilder
Philippines: When the Elephants Danceir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=3d4cc5b659a5cadb93c6b4baff554abc& cb=1467055061867 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Tess Uriza Holthe
Poland: Dark Hour of Noonir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0229cc76d5ccb8717bf2c828c50f5f8b& cb=1467055069061 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Christine SzambelanStrevinsky
Portugal: The Hammer of Edenir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=2b53c5f071b910839a66999c9e2a0fe8& cb=1467055076458 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Ken Follett
Romania: The Seamstress by Sara Tuvel Bernsteinir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=77dc3ad1de70a97dada0beaf6c89656c& cb=1467055087735 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books

Russia: Gorky Parkir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=f0db5d484e06b84511b029ab40d98b6d& cb=1467055097951 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Martin Cruz Smith
Saudi Arabia: Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nightsir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=ec830fba540cc9e2cb7707f0d1d19770& cb=1467055105411 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Anonymous
Scotland: The Death of Beesir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6de137f4b9654720218830391b081fc7& cb=1467055112019 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Lisa O’Donnell
Singapore: The Song of Silver Frondir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6e2bf64564ab5d4feb275c0e9b4fd3ad& cb=1467055117130 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Catherine Lim
South Africa: Many Stonesir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=8453262a4d78cda9593ffae58f007f96& cb=1467055125770 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Carolyn Coman

Spain: For Whom the Bell Tollsir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=12b37437a2e376550713f07c3dac3fc5& cb=1467055147142 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Ernest Hemingway
Sri Lanka: Anil’s Ghostir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=eb4aa48a2c68f1d1b9331d91bf93937e& cb=1467055153073 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Michael Ondaatje
Sudan: The Red Pencilir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=3ef232e6466cad471dde8df4c0328c9f& cb=1467055160015 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Sweden: Blackwater by Kerstin Ekmanir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6288d5e9833ea6905af780a730f99baf& cb=1467055168970 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Switzerland: I’m Not Stillerir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=1f1446b65aaed7019972365bbec9471c& cb=1467055177740 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Max Frisch

Syria: A Hand Full of Starsir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=4eef54f27dcca218d4fe6e22602046f4& cb=1467055185718 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Rafik Schami
Taiwan: The Third Son by Julie Wuir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=297eb060c0f46fe16a4eea122a5625e2& cb=1467055191682 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Thailand: Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinskiir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0f005f59a7591f7343f2eefe7d0db72d& cb=1467055199298 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Turkey: The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamukir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=b80feaff1fd8f8ddb2c6ca35f602ad3a& cb=1467055208368 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Uganda: War Brothers by Sharon E. McKayir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=856a306b716eabf7a7c73850b4747632& cb=1467055218956 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books

United Kingdom: Neverwhere by Neil Gaimanir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=1af38bd1db9a1cdcf378b86a7e64cab6& cb=1467055232352 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Uruguay: The Tree of Red Starsir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=54aa243643a257bfaa42d1b1b8ad4550& cb=1467055247015 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books by Tessa Bridal
Venezuela: Black Magic by Cherry Adairir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c93224234524a706356db2eaa51122a1& cb=1467055252173 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Vietnam: The Quiet American by Graham Greeneir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=468fae318883a2aa4fc1b442acececb2& cb=1467055262197 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books
Zimbabwe: A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmerir?source=bk&t=devothepoco 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c73cf71b44425c115a44ab2363c1e008& cb=1467055271305 Travel Through Literature: Around the World in 80 Books

 

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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