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R.L. Stedman | 20 comments Hi I have found this great website:
www.bookssetin.com It comes complete with a drop down menu of countries and searchable lists of books set in all parts of the world. There's links to amazon, if you feel tempted.


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John Brookes (readingtheworld) | 5 comments The Reading the World website at www.readingtheworld.co.uk charts a round the world journey by reading a book from every country which started back in 2009 and is still ongoing... There are more than 270 destinations listed and all books are set after 1990 (they are a mix of fiction and travel-lit non-fiction memoirs)


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Susan | 136 comments Here is a list Eastern European writers
http://www.complete-review.com/mainde...

That whole website has an index according to nationalities if you look under review index.


LindaD (freedom333) | 223 comments Diane wrote: "Some great links to help you find books set around the world:


Africa Book Club: http://www.africabookclub.com/
Lists African authors by country

African Books Collective: http://www.africanbooksc..."


this is a great list


LindaD (freedom333) | 223 comments This is an app I found on my surface RT (windows 8) and is available as an app on windows 8 desktop and tablets. It has a wonderful catalog of open source sites to use for download. Some are foreign language sites as well.


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Diane | 5559 comments Packabook wrote: "Thanks Diane - it's a huge labour of love, and with more wonderful books coming out all the time I will never have them all on there - but I love discovering all the amazing books out there set in ..."

I know exactly what you mean! :)


Packabook | 2 comments Thanks Diane - it's a huge labour of love, and with more wonderful books coming out all the time I will never have them all on there - but I love discovering all the amazing books out there set in fascinating countries. Now, if only I had time to read them all!


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Diane | 5559 comments Packabook wrote: "Hi - thank you to linking to Packabook in the resources above - just wanted to let you know, that while I do list travelogues and memoirs, as has been written above, the main focus of the site is o..."

Suzy, I edited the list to reflect that. Thanks so much for calling it to my attention. I love your website!


Packabook | 2 comments Hi - thank you to linking to Packabook in the resources above - just wanted to let you know, that while I do list travelogues and memoirs, as has been written above, the main focus of the site is on fiction...
Thanks again,
Suzi


Shriya | 13 comments AMAZING COLLECTION, thank you! <3


Dee (austhokie) | 396 comments I found this blog of someone who is doing a world of reading in a year - she has some good reviews and it appears as though she is focusing on getting local writers, vice just books set in the country - http://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/the...


Halban Publishers (halbanpublishers) | 4 comments We publish fiction, memoirs, history, biography, books on the Middle East and of Jewish interest. Please take time to explore our books and come back regularly for the latest reviews and upcoming events.

http://www.halbanpublishers.com/index...


Dee (austhokie) | 396 comments don't know if anyone knew about this, but every month GR picks a country for its Literature at Every Latitude and highlights a book - the link can be found here - http://www.goodreads.com/featured_lis...

i've already read most of the countries - but there are a few that are new to me


LindaD (freedom333) | 223 comments Deedee wrote: "I'm not sure where to put this info .... It relates to finding books set in the Western States of the USA. There is a website dedicated to Zane Grey that lists all of his novels, provides a one- t..."

nice, thanks!


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Deedee | 117 comments I'm not sure where to put this info .... It relates to finding books set in the Western States of the USA. There is a website dedicated to Zane Grey that lists all of his novels, provides a one- to two- sentence summary, and lists which Western State the novel is set in. Here's the link:
http://www.zgws.org/frontier.php

And, Louis L'Amour's website has an even better setup. Here's the link of his novels, grouped by year published:
http://www.louislamour.com/chronology...
Click on a title; the page that comes up has a link to a detailed map of the area that novel is set in.
Or another way into Louis L'Amour's site:

http://www.louislamour.com/Maps/map_t...

All Westerns would count for USA. However, different westerns would count for different states for those of us doing the 50 state challenge.


Jayme VA | 41 comments I picked up a great book- Reading on Location: A Guide to Great Books Set in the World's Top Destinations. It was really helpful for the last challenge. It basically gives a few fiction and nonfiction books for a whole bunch of countries and is really easy to look through.


Dee (austhokie) | 396 comments i've found, by using the catalog at the libary, if I search by county+fiction, or country+biography etc, I tend to get some good hits and have found quite a few books that way


Dlmrose | 166 comments Longitude Books- Recommended Reading for Travelers

Mostly non-fiction: travel narratives, bio/autobiography, natural history, etc. but some fiction. A retail site, they do offer a monthly e-letter with featured destinations


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Connie (Connie_G) | 423 comments http://www.caribousmom.com (click on challenges)


message 2: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (last edited Jul 04, 2014 10:51AM) (new)

Diane | 5559 comments Some great links to help you find books set around the world:


Africa Book Club: http://www.africabookclub.com/
Lists African authors by country

African Books Collective: http://www.africanbookscollective.com/
Has many hard-to-find books from Africa

African Writers Series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_...
List of books by African writers published by Heineman since 1962

AmazonCrossing: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html...
Translated foreign language books from around the world

Arab Women Writers: http://arabwomenwriters.com/
Books by female authors from the Middle East

Better World Books http://www.betterworldbooks.com/
Online bookstore who donates a book to someone in need for every book sold. Great selection and prices!

Bibliotravel: http://www.bibliotravel.com/
To search books by setting

Book Browse: http://www.bookbrowse.com/category/
Browse by genre, time period, geographical setting and a wide range of themes

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/
Online bookstore with free shipping worldwide

Book Drum http://www.bookdrum.com/
Great cultural resource! Adds pictures, videos, maps, & music for the reader to further experience a book

Books Set In: http://www.bookssetin.com/
Books sorted by setting

Carol Hurst's Childrens Literature Site: http://www.carolhurst.com/subjects/us...
Children & YA books sorted by US state setting

Canada Reads: http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/
Awesome resource for Canadian literature

Celebration of Women Writers: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/wome...
Search books by female author's country or ethnicity

Cozy Mystery List: http://www.cozy-mystery.com/
Comprehensive list of cozy mysteries

Culture Trip http://explore.theculturetrip.com/
Books, movies, and art by country

Dalkey Archive Press: http://www.dalkeyarchive.com/catalog/...
Books sorted by country

Dalkey Archive Press: http://www.dalkeyarchive.com/catalog/...
Fiction sorted by continent

Detective and the Toga: http://histmyst.org/
Mysteries set in ancient Rome and Greece

dmoz Open Directory Project http://www.dmoz.org/Arts/Literature/W...
Huge directory of literature links arranged by nationality

Fantastic Fiction: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/cou...
Search for authors by country or by name

Flashlight Worthy: http://www.flashlightworthybooks.com/
Recommendations and book lists by topic

Goodreads Literature at Every Latitude: http://www.goodreads.com/featured_lis...
Book recommendations by country

Goodreads Places: http://www.goodreads.com/places/
Lists all book settings for those book that have a settings link

Google Lit Trips: http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleL...
Mainly children's and YA literature

The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/serie...
World literature tour

Historical Novel Info: http://www.historicalnovels.info/inde...
Over 5,000 historical novels categorized by time and place

Idlewild Books: http://s75333.gridserver.com/
World literature and travelogues sorted by country

Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/a...
Guide to literary Africa

Library Thing: http://www.librarything.com/groups/re...
Reading globally

LibriVox: http://www.librivox.org
Free audio versions of public domain books

Longitude Books: http://www.longitudebooks.com/
Recommended reading for travelers

Literature Map: http://www.literature-map.com/
Find new authors based on authors you have already read

MacMillan World Literature Classics: http://us.macmillan.com/all/editorsli...
Lots of author bios and some good book descriptions of books around the world

The Modern Novel http://www.themodernnovel.com/
World fiction and authors arranged by country

NEA Read Across America: http://www.nea.org/grants/13235.htm
Children's & YA adult books sorted by US state setting

New York Review Books: http://www.nybooks.com/books/browse/i...
International literature

Open Library: https://openlibrary.org/
Borrow books in ebook format. Lots of hard to find and out of print books

Oxygen Books: http://www.oxygenbooks.co.uk/
Literary collages of world cities

Packabook: http://www.packabook.com/
Fiction, memoirs, and travelogues, sorted by country

PEN Atlas http://www.englishpen.org/pen-atlas-h...
Showcases international authors

Politics & Prose: http://www.politics-prose.com/fiction...
List of fiction books by country

Project Gutenburg: http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/
Books sorted by foreign language

Read Me Something You Love http://readmesomethingyoulove.com/?pa...
Online podcasting project where people read aloud and discuss their favorite books

Stop, You're Killing Me!: http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/Loc...
Murder mysteries sorted by world setting

Three Percent: http://www.rochester.edu/College/tran...
A resource for international literature at the University of Rochester

A Traveler's Library: http://atravelerslibrary.com/
Books and movies to inspire travel

TrekEarth: http://www.trekearth.com/
Photography from places all over the world

TripFiction: http://www.tripfiction.com/
Search for fiction books by location

The United States of YA Literature: http://www.epicreads.com/blog/the-uni...
YA books from each US state

What Should I Read Next?: http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/se...
Book recommendations and suggestions based on past books you have enjoyed

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...
List of novelists by nationality

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category...
Novels by country of setting

Words without Borders: http://wordswithoutborders.org/books/
Online magazine of international literature

World Digital Library http://www.wdl.org/en/
Books searchable by continent

World Literature Forum: http://www.worldliteratureforum.com/f...
Discussions on world literature


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Diane | 5559 comments Post any helpful websites for finding book settings and world authors here.


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