Read Around the World
Join us each month as we travel the world by book. Each month we select a book to represent a country. Books will qualify for a country if a) the author is from that country or b) the book takes place or is centered on that country. The areas shaded in on our map (above) represent the places travelled thus far. Feel free to join us by reading a book of your choice that matches the selected country. Below is a list of countries we have “visited” thus far.
Feb 2015: Canada. Book selected: Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
March 2015: Nigeria. Book Selected: Half of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
April 2015: Botswana. Book selected: A Question of Power by Bessie Head
May 2015: India. Book selected: A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
June 2015: Czech Republic. Book Selected: Selected works by Franz Kafka
July 2015: Zimbabwe. Book Selected: Nervous Conditions by Dagarembga
August 2015: Japan. Book Selected: Silence by Endo
October 2015: England. Book Selected: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.
December 2015: Wales.
January 2016: Finland. Book Selected: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
February 2016: The Republic of Guinea. Book Selected: The Dark Child by Camara Laye
March 2016: Egypt. Book Selected: Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
June 2016: Israel. Book Selected: The Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
July 2016: Spain. Multiple books selected
December 2016: Lithuania. Multiple books selected
February 2017: South Africa. July’s People by Nadine Gordimer
May 2017: Columbia. Delirio by Laura Restrepo
June 2017: Thailand. The Sad Part Was.
January 2018: Iceland. Multiple books selected.
Upcoming 2019 Travel Schedule:
January 2019 – Haiti
February 2019– Macedonia
March 2019 – South Sudan
April 2019 – Lithuania
May 2019 – Oman
June 2019 – Swaziland
July 2019 – Lebanon
August 2019 – Cyprus
September 2019 – Malawi
October 2019 – Germany
November 2019 – South Africa
December 2019 – Togo
Trackbacks & Pingbacks
- Literary Trail IV: “Shamrocks, St. Patrick and leprechauns” – The Begorrathon Reading Ireland month – March 2016 | Literary ramblings etc
- 10 Books Set in Spain – Books On The Go
- 2019 Reading Challenges | The Book Stop
- How To Be Happy: Reading Around The World – Bookish Therapy
- Fever Dream – gemma D. alexander
I’m also working my way around the world though using a slightly different rule where the book counts only if it’s written by an author for that country. It’s a great project because it forces me out of the comfort zone, even if not so the books have been great.
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I like that rule. I think for the most part we have stuck to that principle in selecting the primary book that we read each month, although it’s not definitely a hard and fast rule and I admittedly (perhaps unfairly) snuck in a recommendation for Ishiguro for our Japan month (who while born there didn’t really grow up there).
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