Books About Study Abroad Sure to Charm


Hey, Top Ten Tuesday-ers! Today’s another fun edition of the popular meme and this time around, we head back to school. We’re all set to look at Books About Study Abroad or as is the official That Artsy Reader Girl topic August 28: Back to School/Learning Freebie   

Books About Study Abroad Sure to Charm. Chatting books that take their characters to study abroad. All text © Rissi JC /

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So, the range of topics today is endless. I suspect some of us went with the more scholarly topic (nothing wrong with this) while others took the lighter approach. Since I’m all about finding books sure to make me smile and happy, of course, I went with the latter approach. Specifically I go with the topic of “study abroad.”  

Some of these stretch the topic a little bit since they are more about summer trips and the like, but still… most involve students spending time abroad for school. So that’s what
counts, right? We’ll call it a win methinks.  

(Off topic, but speaking of summer – can you believe this weekend is Labor Day weekend?! Like whaat!?)  

This list includes books I have read and books I want to read, or am at least curious about, and want you guys to tell me “yay” or “nay” on. Let’s have a look.

Books About Study Abroad Sure to Charm

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1: Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bernando & Natalie Zaman | This one has been on my shelf for way too long. I mean, the question I need to ask is: why?! It’s got travel (win!) and a fun hacker heroine plot (win!) so why the delay? Amazon | Goodreads  

2: Espionage and Etiquette by Gail Carringer | This series is one that’s been on my list for a billion years. Its main appeal is the steampunk elements which I hope visualize to be akin to BBC’s Going Postal or Emerald City. Amazon | Goodreads

Books About Study Abroad Sure to Charm. Chatting books that take their characters to study abroad. All text © Rissi JC /

3: All Fall Down by Ally Carter | Though this one doesn’t fit exactly, it works “good enough” in my book, plus I really enjoyed the story, and this is the first (plus only!) novel by Ally I’ve read. Definitely want to read more by her! Amazon | Goodreads

4: Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney | This one has been on my shelf (as several have been) for a while now. It sounds really cute, plus takes place in Britain, so it feels like a good fit. Amazon | Goodreads  

5: In a Perfect World by Trish Doller | This one is more of a summer trip story, but the plot does mention school, so we’re going with it. Ironically, I started one of Trish’s novels once, and DNF’d it, but something about this one makes me curious. Amazon | Goodreads

6: Love, Lucy by April Lindner | This is another “summer” backpack trip about a girl prior to her freshman year in college. It sounds fun, and the cover is SO cute… hence I include it on today’s list. (Plus it’s one I’ve considered reading.) Amazon | Goodreads

7: There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones | One of my forever favorites that someday I simply must re-read. Love the characters and the Irish setting. In other words, this one is perfection. Amazon | Goodreads

8: Wonderlost by Jen Malone | Another book that’s been on my shelf for way too long! Why, I don’t know. I mean, it sounds adorable even if it is more of a summer romance story. Amazon | Goodreads

9: Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout | It’s been quite some time since I read this one, but as I recall, it’s super cute. Gotta’ love a fun overseas romance – and those of you who like K-pop would probably find this one charming. Amazon | Goodreads

Books About Study Abroad Sure to Charm. Chatting books that take their characters to study abroad. All text © Rissi JC /

10: My Oxford Year by Julia Whelen | I’ve seen this one everywhere recently (or so it seems). This is why it earns a spot on today’s list (oh, the popularity “curse”) plus it’s been optioned as a film, and that’s always this which grabs a reader’s attention. Amazon | Goodreads

Tell me, who here is about to or has started back to school? I’m through with those days, but it’s fun to revisit them in books! Which of these have you read? How did you spin the topic today? I’m curious to read all the bookish (or non-bookish) thoughts you have. Drop a comment (or two) below if you like!  

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About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


  1. I can NOT believe this weekend is Labor Day. Just establishing THAT at the outset ha ha. Okay, the books. :) I love the idea of the steampunk elements so the Carriger books definitely sound awesome. School plus steampunkery? Yes please. Wanderlost and My Oxford Year sound great too.

    Happy Tuesday!!

    1. Right!? I'm sitting here and seriously wondering WHERE DID SUMMER GO!? It feels like I didn't really enjoy it like I wanted to. But oh well! That's the "speed of life" or something!

      Don't Gail's books sound great? They've been on my shelf for WAY too long so here's hoping I actually read them – soonish. I've seen Julia's books pop up in lots of Youtube and/or IG videos/posts, so I'm curious. Plus there's a film being adapted, so that has me even more curious!

      Thanks for visiting, Greg. As always.

  2. What a wonderful take on the list, Rissi! I'm looking forward to getting back to teaching next week. I've certainly missed it over the summer. I hope you get to read these books soon.

    1. Thanks, Chrissi. It's always fun to visit everyone else's posts and see how they put together the topic. :)

      Glad you're anticipating a return to teaching. Hope it's a smooth and easy return for you.

      Thanks for visiting, as always.

    1. How fun! I hope you enjoy all of the books you plan to read this semester – and best of luck with your return. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by.

  3. I haven't had the chance to read any of these yet, but I like your take on this topic.

    My dd stared school over a week ago, and our homeschool coop started last week. We don't officially start school with ds until next Wednesday.

    1. Thanks, Brooke! :)

      Best of luck with the return to school; it's always a bit of a shock to get back into that routine, isn't it?

      Appreciate you visiting!

  4. I started school yesterday, so I decided not to do TTT this week. It's enough to keep up with everyone else's! I'm excited to start reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, for my creative writing course.
    –KB @ This Side of Storyland

    1. I 100% understand this, KB. I like to take a week off now and again too – sometimes just because. :)

      Hope you enjoy your next up read. Creative writing sounds fun! Best of luck with this course, and the rest of your classes, too.

      Appreciate you taking the time to stop in today. :)

    1. Thanks, Megan. I could have listed favorite reads from my childhood, but didn't. Perhaps another time. Hope you enjoy the books you think sound good if/when you decide to read them. :)

      Thanks for visiting!!

    1. It's fun to read an armchair adventure – especially for me who never travels. :D

      Doesn't 'Throne' sound cute!? I love a good cute read.

      Thanks for visiting, Lindsey. :)

  5. Wanderlosttttt! SUCH a fave, you must read it! If it doesn't make you want to hop on plane, nothing will haha. The others I haven't read yet, but I am glad you liked All Fall Down because I think I own it! In a Perfect World looks really good too, and I have heard good things. Love your take on this topic!

    1. Ahhh!!! Shannon, I'm so glad to know Wanderlost is a favorite. I've thought it sounded cute for a long time now, but as of yet, I just haven't read it. Must remedy this soon.

      I liked All Fall Down as a really entertaining read (plus it's the first by Ally I've read). I agree! 'World' looks so interesting. :)

      Glad you visited.

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