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Read Around the World: Wales

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The next stop on our world tour of reading is Wales! This month, we have a special guest contributor: Louise. Louise is from Wales and runs the wonderful blog book a week. You should check out it! She will be sharing some fun facts about her country, Welsh literature, and her personal recommendations for books to help immerse you in your “travels.” I’m especially excited to feature Wales as it is home to the book lover’s paradise Hay-on-Wye. I’ll hand it over to Louise to tell you more…

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Read Around the World: England

flag-england-XLOur next stop in our world tour or reading is England, home to Book Worm and Jen’s childhood home from ages 2-12! Join us as we explore a tiny fraction of what England has to offer in terms of literature and find out which book we selected. This will be one destination where we hope you help us compile a list of favorite authors and novels!

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Read Around the World: Japan

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Our next stop in our world tour or reading is a country jam-packed with great literature: Japan!  Keep reading to see which book we picked and which other Japanese literature we recommend.

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Read Around the World: Zimbabwe

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We have returned to Africa for our next stop on our world tour of reading. In scheduling these posts, I have realized that I really like African literature and both of us have read a fair amount of African literature this year. This month we are traveling to Zimbabwe! Keep reading to see which book we picked and what we thought. Read more

Read Around the World: Czech Republic

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The next stop on our world tour of reading is the Czech Republic! This month’s choice was inspired by my recent trip to Prague along with my recent bout of reading Czech authors. Prague was one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. I was also fortunate enough to have time to visit a few locations outside of Prague including Český Krumlov in the Southern Bohemian Region and Terezín, the sad location of a concentration camp. I hope you enjoy some of my photos (at the bottom of this post). Next week, I’ll continue the Czech theme with our featured author post: Kafka.

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Read Around the World: India

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The next stop on our world tour of reading is India! This month, we have a special guest contributor: Aarti. Aarti is from Pune, India and will be sharing some fun facts about her country, Indian literature, and her personal recommendations for books to help immerse you in your “travels.” Book Worm and I will chime in with our pick of the month and our reviews for that book.

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Read Around the World: Botswana

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The next stop on our world tour of reading is Botswana. Here are some facts about Botswana (and please feel free to add your own facts in the comments section):
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Read Around the World: Nigeria

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The next stop on our world tour of reading is The Federal Republic of Nigeria. Here are some facts about Nigeria (and please feel free to add your own facts in the comments section):

  • Nigeria has the largest population in Africa with over 170 million people and approximately 250 ethnic groups. The Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo are the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria.
  • Archaeological discoveries have shown that Nigeria is one of the oldest locations of human existence.
  • The official language is English but more than 500 native languages are also spoken.
  • Home to Nollywood, the Nigerian movie industry that trails just behind Bollywood
  • It is the 12th largest producer of crude oil in the world
  • Average life expectancy is 52 years old due to poor healthcare, living conditions, and lack of access to clean water.
  • Nigeria has been plagued by sectarian violence, military coups, and corruption as a result of both ethnic and religious tensions.

half-of-a-yellow-sun-uesiqgBook Selected: Half of a Yellow Sun
 by Chimamanda Ngozi Acidly
Published in: 2006
Find it/buy it here:Half of a Yellow Sun

Reason Selected: To be honest, the main reason we selected this book is because we both loved it and wanted to share it with you. The book is also a good selection to represent Nigeria for several reasons: 1) It gives readers a background to understanding some of the sectarian violence that has plagued Nigeria for many years; 2) it is filled with descriptions of cultural traditions; and 3) it follows characters from different backgrounds, highlighting the diversity of traditions within Nigeria. But more than anything, this book is a beautiful novel about a country and a people who have struggled with adversity.
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Read around the World: Canada

canada_flag_1110335_fullwidth We are starting off our book tour of the world in Canada. Here are some fun facts about Canada (feel free to add your own facts in the comments section):

  • The name Canada comes from the word ‘Kanata’ which means settlement or village in the language of the indigenous St Lawrence Iroquoians.
  • It is the second largest country in the world by area, but has the fourth lowest population density. It has the longest coastline of any country in the world.
  • Winter temperatures can drop below -40C in some parts of the country. The lowest record temperature in Canada was -63C (-81F) on Feb 3rd, 1957 in Snag Yukon.
  • Famous Canadian authors include Lucy Maud Montomory (Anne of Green Gables), Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Mavis Gallant, Stephen Leacock, Pierre Berton, Robertson Davies, Douglas Copeland, Alistair MacLead, Farley Mowat, Yann Martel, Carol Shields, and Michael Ondaantje.
  • It has a literacy rate of over 99%

Book Selected: Surfacing by Margaret Atwood Read more