TOP 5 WEDNESDAYS: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World


First of all let me explain a bit about this tag in case you don’t know about it. It’s a tag created by Samantha from Toughts on Tomes and Lainey from Ginger Reads Lainey and is a weekly book meme were a topic or theme is chosen and each week you have to choose five books/series/tvshows that fit the description. If you want to check it out here’s the Goodreads group.


#T5W: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

“I know this is a long title, but I couldn’t figure out how else to word it and still get the point across. Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!)”


Long title, but message clearly received! That’s one thing, the other thing… if we take the western world out, technically not only North America but America in itself, western Europe and I am guessing also Western Africa and I am left pretty much empty. I can only think about a book set in Russia and I would guess that’s it! Unless some minor Aussie action counts too.

  Without further ado, here are my picks for this week (in no particular other):


blood promise mead

1. Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead: This one, doesn’t have as much action as you might expect, but certainly does have much more drama. The truth is with all of that in this one we take a long overdue trip through the most remote Russia, and I LOVED it! It made the whole story and the series escalate another level, at least for me. It certainly made me want to travel to that remote Siberia like crazy!!


the one marrs

2. The One by John Marrs: I am taking things with pins. This is narrated by 5 different people and although most of the storylines take place in England, one of them crosses to Australia and develops from a story I didn’t care for to a story I feel for. I would have liked this story to have been more present especially the Aussie ranch and lifestyle side of it. That part brought me a lot of peace, especially comparing it to the other stories.


the grisha bardugo3. The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo: I don’t know if this actually counts… It’s fantasy , medieval but also more inclined to the Russian archetips than to the western world so I guess you could count these series in. Certainly the Russians vibes were all over the place and not only when talking about the names.



millennium larsson4. Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson: Ok, I haven’t read these yet (but finally acquired them 🙂 !!!) but having watched the adaptations non stop I single them out to be great thrillers that take on too many layers but still work! Better than work!! This is part of that great genre that is the nordic/scandinavian noir. I am sad to say I’ve read none of this subgenre but I know they are great, because I devour these types of films!


the keeper of adler-olsen5. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen: Following up Stieg Larsson’s work I choose this movie series that is based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s series of novels Department Q. It follows a speacial (and kind of abandoned) police department in different and tricky investigations. So far there have three movies (and I wish there were more) and my favourite must be the first one.


[All of the photos in this post have been individually taken from google images]

16 thoughts on “TOP 5 WEDNESDAYS: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

  1. The Wanderlust Reader says:

    Such a fantastic list!
    The only ones I’ve read are Vampire Academy and the Grisha trilogy and I love them both to bits!
    When I saw VA on here I was so confused at first because it takes place in Montana (I think) but then I realized you were talking about Blood Promise. 😂

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  2. Claire@LinleyRoss says:

    I loved the Millennium Trilogy so much I moved to Stockholm – true story! Swedes would definitely consider themselves part of the western world though 😉 I’m really intrigued by the Siberian vampire story – will definitely add that to the to-read list!

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