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Books Set in Western Europe

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For month two of the Book Voyage reading challenge, we are heading to Western Europe! Of all the regions on our armchair travel journey, this is likely the one you’ve already read the most about outside of North America. We worked hard to include plenty of book variety so you can still discover somewhere/something new to you!

Books set in Europe

Depending on the context – geographical, cultural, or historical – you’ll find various answers as to which countries are classified as “Western Europe”.

For purposes of this reading challenge, we’ve included the following: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy.

You can read all about the Book Voyage challenge, download your free printable map book tracker, and find new book lists each month here.

As always, you are welcome to choose any book set in this region that you’d like, but to help you get started, we’ve compiled a great list of novels set in Europe’s western countries, as well as some YA historical fiction, memoirs, and non-fiction reads. We’ve worked hard to curate book recommendations with atmospheric descriptions that will really transport you to the country of your choice.

If you love historical fiction, there are countless, excellent books about life throughout Europe during both WWI and WWII. We wanted to provide a wide variety of book recommendations outside of those time periods for this Western Europe list, but if you’re looking for more European historical fiction set during WWI or WWII, you’ll find some great options on these lists: Books Set in the 1910s, Books Set in the 1940s, and Books Like the Nightingale.

Throughout the list, we noted those book currently available as part of the Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Books Set in Western Europe (Words with 4 book covers)

The Best Books Set in Western European Countries

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Members of our Facebook group, Read with the Book Girls, can log their monthly challenge reads with us.

We gathered up the results at the end of the February 2021, which you can see below to help you with your book choice!

Inforgraphic of reader favorite books set in Europe

Next up, pick your book set in Eastern Europe or Russia!

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Friday 12th of February 2021

I strongly recommend looking into The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne! My favorite book I've read in the past couple of years and gives a huge insight into Irish culture.

Melissa George

Friday 12th of February 2021

Thank you, Katie! I've heard great things about that and can't believe we never stumbled on it during our Ireland search! Thank you!

Kathryn Lang-Slattery

Friday 22nd of January 2021

Thanks for the wonderful list of books for February. I find myself drawn to the YA fiction and a few of the non-fiction books in this list. I have read many books set in England and I want to branch out. Looking forward to February.