Top 5 Books set in your own country!

The topic for today is the top 5 books set in your own country. I’ve been wanting to read books set in different countries, so I thought it would be best to get suggestions from bookworms from around the world!! Strangely enough, mine is quite difficult! It’s a large country, but I haven’t read too many books set here. And the country that I’m talking about is……


I live in the province of Ontario – specifically southwestern Ontario. We live in the southernmost part of Canada, and are only a few miles from Detroit Michigan. In fact, I only live a few minutes from the Michigan boarder! Since I haven’t read that many set in Canada, I only have 3 to share with you, and the last one I haven’t even read yet, but it’s on my TBR shelf. But maybe my fellow Canadians can direct me to books I haven’t read yet!

Note to participants – I have an out of town doctors appointment so I will be late to update the list – but it will happen! I promise!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme where I explore different topics. If you are interested in participating I would love to have you! Here is a list of my Upcoming topics in March – please remember to ping back a specific post of mine so I get a notification and I will add you to the participants list!

Station eleven

STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
Not only is this book partially set in Canada, it’s set EXACTLY where I live! It doesn’t mention it by name, but it mentions a small area near the St Clair River (Which connects Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron). It mentions that it’s a fishing area in this dystopian setting and basically, nothing has changed lol. It was so surreal to read something describing where I live! Especially a book that’s this popular!

Life of Pi

LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel
This one isn’t set completely in Canada, but it does take place in part in Toronto I believe. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, and I had totally forgotten that it takes place in Canada  actually! It’s mostly set in the ocean as this is a story of his abandonment and survival after the ship he’s travelling on sinks.

The Bear

THE BEAR by Claire Cameron
I feel a little bad for putting this one on my list actually…… because I haven’t read it yet! In fact, I totally forgot that I had it until I was searching my shelves for books that fit this topic. This book surrounds two children and their survival in Algonquin Park (Ontario) after their parents are killed by a bear. It’s told from the perspective of these children and how they coped with their loss and how they survived in the wilderness. I’m actually travelling back to Algonquin Park this summer so maybe I’ll read it before the trip 🙂

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I’m feeling a little like a terrible Canadian right now for only having 3 books on this list! I could have also talked about Room by Emma Donoghue, who actually lives a few hours away from me. Or maybe even Elly Blake, author of the Frostblood Saga who also lives about an hour away. Or even Margaret Atwood who is the author of the Handmaid’s Tale. But the first two authors mentioned don’t have books set in Canada and I haven’t actually read A Handmaid’s Tale yet….. see?? Friggen terrible Canadian right here! I AM SO EXCITED to see the lists of the participants! I can’t wait to travel the world with you!

Until next time, happy reading!

39 Comments Add yours

  1. I really need to check out Life of Pie. Wasn’t aware it’s set in Canada!

    my picks for books set in Austria:

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    1. The Life Of Pi isn’t set in Canada the whole time. I just think it’s where he ends up after the whole ordeal

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  2. Jordyn says:

    Haha, love this post. Really want to get to Station Eleven, it’s on my TBR for sometime this year. And I highly recommend the Handmaid’s Tale if you ever get around to picking it up!!

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    1. I will pick up the Handmaid’s tale….. one of these days 😂

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  3. Now, if I lived in Canada my list would be: “A Place Called Winter” by Patrick Gale, “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki, “The Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatje (although it is only partially there, and I haven’t finished reading his book that is only in Canada – “In the Skin of a Lion”), “Hag-Seed” by Margaret Atwood (which you obviously didn’t know was set in Canada), and “The Shipping News” by Annie Prolux!

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    1. My mother in law swears that The Shipping News is one of the best books ever written. I tried to read it twice and couldn’t do it!


    1. Perfect! I’ll get you added to the list 🙂


    2. Good to see Norway and Nigeria amongst UK, Canada, US and Australia.

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  4. Alexandra says:

    I cheated a little too, because I chose one author who has set her entire series here, in the province of Quebec! I’m talking, of course, of Louise Penny, and her Three Pines Mystery series featuring Armand Gamache!

    Like you, I’ve read very little Canadian-featured books, though one or two Canadian authors, which is different. Now, I’m off to surf everyone’s blogs to see what they came up with.

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  5. Colline says:

    I have a some for you that are set in Canada:
    Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jaladdin (set in Toronto, Scarborough)
    Part of The Gown by Jennifer Robson is set in Toronto (not all of the book though).

    My list of books are from the country of my birth. I have listed the first top 5 that came to my mind 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations!!

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  6. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Well Shanah try living in Belgium and it’s worse!!! I could recommend Eternally North by Tillie Cole set in Calgary! My post

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    1. Although I live in England and have mainly English blood also have bit of Belgium blood and love Leonidos, fries with mayo and beer 🍻 Loved your take going round different countries.

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      1. Mayo with fries is the only way to eat them!! My fellow Canadians don’t understand that obsession. They should!!

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    2. I’ve seen so many Tillie Cole books but haven’t picked one up yet. I might have to change that!!


  7. Rose says:

    I can’t even think of any books that I’ve read that have been set in Canada. I’d definitely love to read some set there though, it’s a country I’ve always wanted to visit!

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  8. Spunkyreads says:

    The Home for Unwanted Girls is an amazing book set in Canada. Highly recommend it

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

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  9. evelynreads1 says:

    Oh I reslly should read station Eleven!



  10. That’s so cool to have a book set exactly where you live! I’ve been meaning to read Station Eleven, but I’ve been hesitating bc I don’t really like dystopian, but I’ve heard it described as dystopian for people who don’t like dystopian? so Maybe I’ll pick it up ^^


  11. Prior... says:

    I came here from colline’s blog – and I like your three books and I do see why you went with three (and worked for me) the only one I am familiar with was Life of Pi (loved it)


  12. Prior... says:

    Typo in your post

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    1. Thanks! I wrote it quickly! 😂

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      1. Prior... says:

        I know a or the autocorrect has changed words on me! I almost did not say anything cos I am just visiting your blog for
        First time – but honestly – I got the vibe that you were laid back and cool and would want to know tomiust fix it….
        But many times I don’t speak up on typos (only if On abiitnoages) and have noticed that my posts with a few typos – well no one points then out – maybe cos we all
        Know that many posts are informal quick writes – and that autocorrect ghost sometimes goes into posts like the wrinkle man jumps in clothes!


  13. Amber says:

    Shanah! You missed one of my favorite series of all time, Anne of Green Gables! 🙂 Canada rep FTW. It’s super cool that Station Eleven mentions right where you live!


  14. Hahaha! I’m sure you’re not a terrible Canadian for having 3 books instead of 5 on your list 😉 The first book I think of is Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood when I think of books set in Canada. It’s a fantastic book if you ever want to read it!


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