Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books Set Outside the US

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Books Set Outside The US (I don’t know about you but sooo much of what I read is set in the US and I love finding new recs of stuff set outside of it!)

YA is probably the worst to find books outside the US (or UK), so I added a few NA books to the mix.


Extreme (Lark O’Neal)


When snowboard queen Kaitlin Bouvier gets a weird text from her friend Tyler — who has been missing for months — she tracks him to Iceland, where a volcano is threatening to blow any second. She’s been in love with Tyler since childhood and the two shared a few very steamy nights last summer in Italy, giving Kaitlin hope that there might be a real chance for them. 

Unfortunately, Tyler is as elusive as the wind. When the volcano does erupt, Kaitlin is trapped in Reykjavik with a group of young travelers who each have their own reasons for being on the road, including the very sexy, very smart grad student Gabe Walsh, who teaches her how hot her blood can boil. She tells herself he’s just a diversion — there’s no way their crazy lives can work.

This book totally took me by surprise, I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. Somehow, I thought that there would be a whole lot of drama, some hot moments and then Kaitlin would realize that Tyler wasn’t the guy for her anyway, but not before he woke up and realized that he wanted her after all.

Well… that’s not what happens, lol, at all, and I’m so glad, because this was such a sweet, romantic and tender story, about love, friendship, knowing oneself and realizing that following your true passion is the most important thing, even if you have to fight to do it.

I found the writing simply wonderful. It was simple, while at the same time painting clear pictures of what was being described, and I was suddenly fascinated by Iceland, and now I really want to go there – even in winter. I also loved how the connection between Kaitlin and Gabe was described, it felt like some kind of magical thing.

The main POV is Kaitlin’s, but we get small glimpses of Gabe and Tyler’s POVs, and I’m glad we do, because they allow us to know what’s going on on the guy’s heads, which is especially helpful in Tyler’s case. Against my initial thought, I liked Tyler too, and I would like to know more about him and maybe read a book about him finding his way.

Kaitlin and Gabe are both wonderful characters, and even though the book is quite short and spans a very short time period, I was surprised by how well rounded these two characters were, and how much chracater growth there is. The romance is clearly instalove – there’s no way around it – but it is so well done. They complement each other nicely and you can’t help but root for them.

I really really enjoyed this book, and I’m sure I’ll pick up more books by Lark O’Neal soon.

March TBR


Hey guys! 🙂 After a successful reading month of February, when I read only romances, I want to keep the ball rolling and read a bunch of books this month too, and see if I can finally lift my Netgalley ratio closer to 80%. So, here are the books I plan on reading this month of March.


  1. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I actually started this one 3 days ago, and I’m buddy reading it with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much
  2. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – I got this eARC from Netgalley and the plan is to also read it with Cátia 😀
  3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – Now, as soon as this book is out, I’m buying it!
  4. Extreme by Lark O’Neal – I received this book for review from Xpresso Book Tours and I started it yesterday and OMG!! 😀 😀 😀
  5. Scandal: The Complete Series by Alison Foster – I also got this book for review from Xpresso Book Tours.
  6. Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew – I’ll be reading this one as part as a blog tour from  Xpresso Book Tours.
  7. In Your Dreams by Ginger Scott –  I’ll be reading this one as part as a blog tour from WordSmith Publicity.
  8. Playing Defense by Cate Cameron – eARC from Netgalley, probably reading it with Cátia.
  9. Wanting More by Jessica Ruddick – eARC from Netgalley, probably reading it with Cátia (yeah, we have a lot of books to read together this month 😛 ).
  10. South of Sunshine  by Dana Elmendorf – eARC from Netgalley
  11. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell – It’s already on my kindle, ready to be read.
  12. The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn 0.5) by Renee Ahdieh – Khalid is waiting :D.

From this list, only 2 books and 2 novellas aren’t ARCs/Galleys, but I’m positive that I’ll be able to get to them all :). What about you? Are you reading any of these books?