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Diane | 457 comments 24. Asia: Japan - The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima.

Regions: 8
Countries: 24
States: 9
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 113
States since Sept. 2009: 31


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Dee (austhokie) | 521 comments I loved Zlata's Diary - I remember reading it in middle school when it was first released - I think I was around the same age as her...it really struck home for me abotu what was going on over there

Diane wrote: "23. Europe: Bosnia-Herzigovina - Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo by Zlata Filipović.


LadyHeather (LadyHeather_NL) | 58 comments Delicious Dee Challenge Addict wrote: "I loved Zlata's Diary - I remember reading it in middle school when it was first released - I think I was around the same age as her...it really struck home for me abotu what was going on over ther..."

Oh I forgot all about that book, I read that to when I was young! I think I still have it somewhere, I'm going to lookk for it and read it again! I liked it a lot better than the diary of Anne Frank with which it is often compared.


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Dee (austhokie) | 521 comments i think they are good for a compare and a contast type assignment...for two different periods of history and what was going on...I still love Anne Frank and the holocaust is a particular area of interest for me - but I saw Zlata's Diary at the holocaust museum in the bookstore as another memoir and was reminded of it (then Diane read it - yay!)


Diane | 457 comments 25. Europe: Sweden - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

Regions: 8
Countries: 25
States: 9
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 114
States since Sept. 2009: 31


Diane | 457 comments 26. Europe: Norway - Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson.

Regions: 8
Countries: 26
States: 9
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 114
States since Sept. 2009: 31


LadyHeather (LadyHeather_NL) | 58 comments Diane wrote: "26. Europe: Norway - Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson."

I was thinkin about reading this book, can you tell me something about it, did you like it? Do you recommend it?


Diane | 457 comments LadyHeather wrote: "Diane wrote: "26. Europe: Norway - Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson."

I was thinkin about reading this book, can you tell me something about it, did you like it? ..."


I really loved this book. The writing is quite beautiful. I only ended up rating it 4 stars instead of 5, because it had what I felt was a rather anticlimactic ending despite the suspenseful building of the plot throughout the course of the book. It could have been over the top amazing but fell a bit short. It still was a very enjoyable read, and painted a lovely picture the Norwegian countryside.


LadyHeather (LadyHeather_NL) | 58 comments Diane wrote: "I really loved this book. The writing is quite beautiful. I only ended up rating it 4 stars instead of 5, because ..."

Thanks, I think I will def need to read it then ;)


Diane | 457 comments 27. Asia: Tajikistan - Hurramabad by Andrei Volos.

Also (not counted, duplicate country) Europe: England - Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Regions: 8
Countries: 27
States: 9
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 117
States since Sept. 2009: 31


Diane | 457 comments Okay, I have been lazy about updating my posts.

28. Africa: Tunisia - The Immoralist by André Gide
29. Africa: Western Sahara - Oasis by Laureen Vonnegut
30. Africa: South Africa - Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
31. Asia: Azerbaijan - Ali and Nino: A Love Story by Kurban Said
32. Asia: Vietnam - The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
33. Caribbean: Cayman Islands - So, You Want to Live on an Island... by Gay Morse
34. Caribbean: Dominican Republic - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
35. Caribbean: Barbados - No Man in the House by Cecil Foster
36. Europe: Belgium - Resistance by Anita Shreve
37. Europe: Monaco - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
38. Europe: Moldova - Playing the Moldovans at Tennis by Tony Hawks
39. Europe: Wales - The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
40. Europe: Czech Republic - Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light: A Novel by Ivan Klíma
41. Europe: EuRussia - The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry
42. Europe: Romania - Dracula by Bram Stoker
43. North America: Canada - The White Puma: A Novel by R.D. Lawrence
44. Oceania: Samoa - Black Coconuts, Brown Magic by Joseph Theroux

States:
#10 Louisiana - Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells
#11 Utah - The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Regions: 8
Countries: 44
States: 11
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 128
States since Sept. 2009: 32


Diane | 457 comments 45. Europe: Germany - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

46. Asia: East Timor - The Crossing: A Story of East Timor by Luis Cardoso.

Regions: 8
Countries: 46
States: 11
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 129
States since Sept. 2009: 32


Diane | 457 comments 46. Caribbean: Curacao - The Cay by Theodore Taylor.

State #12: Florida - Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich.

Regions: 8
Countries: 47
States: 12
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 130
States since Sept. 2009: 32


Diane | 457 comments Countries:
48. Africa: Egypt - Guardian of the Horizon by Elizabeth Peters.
49. Asia: Bangladesh - Brick Lane by Monica Ali.
50. Europe: Ireland - The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy.
51. Africa: Nigeria - Say You're One of Them (This book actually took place in a few different African countries. I chose Nigeria, because that is the country that the author is from).

State #13: Alaska - Drop City by T.C. Boyle.

Regions: 8
Countries: 51
States: 13
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 131
States since Sept. 2009: 32


Diane | 457 comments 52. Asia: Kazakhstan - The Zahir by Paulo Coelho (I really HATED this book! It's been a long time since I felt this way about a book! I have really enjoyed all the other book I have read by Paulo Coelho, but this one was so different.)

53. Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo - Curve of the World by Marcus Stevens

Regions: 8
Countries: 53
States: 13
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 133
States since Sept. 2009: 32


Diane | 457 comments 54. Latin America: Brazil - The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector.

55. Asia: China - The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan.

Regions: 8
Countries: 55
States: 13
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 133
States since Sept. 2009: 32


Diane | 457 comments 56. Asia: Nepal - Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer.

57. Europe: Bulgaria - The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

State #14: Vermont - She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.

Regions: 8
Countries: 57
States: 14
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 134
States since Sept. 2009: 33


Diane | 457 comments 58. Europe: Vatican City - Lazarus by Morris West.

State #15 - Ohio - Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.

Regions: 8
Countries: 58
States: 15
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 135
States since Sept. 2009: 34


Diane | 457 comments 59. Caribbean: Guadeloupe - Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Condé.
60. Europe: Switzerland - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
61. Latin America: Paraguay - The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck.
62. Oceania: Palau - Being a Palauan by Homer G. Barnett.

States:
#16 Pennsylvania - Good in Bed and Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner.
#17. New Hampshire - Testimony by Anita Shreve.
#18. West Virginia - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

Regions: 8
Countries: 62
States: 18
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 139
States since Sept. 2009: 34


Diane | 457 comments State #19: Maine - Tinkers by Paul Harding.

Regions: 8
Countries: 62
States: 19
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 139
States since Sept. 2009: 34


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Diane | 457 comments 63. Africa: Seychelles - Brothers of the Sea by D.R. Sherman.
64. Caribbean: Virgin Islands (Marina Cay) - Two on the Isle: A Memory of Marina Cay by Robb White.
65. Middle East: Cyprus - Operation Sippacik by Rumer Godden.
66. Latin America: French Guiana - Papillon by Henri Charrière.

And some non-counted duplicate countries:

Europe: England - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Europe: England - The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
Europe: Spain - Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Regions: 8
Countries: 66
States: 19
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 143
States since Sept. 2009: 34


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Diane | 457 comments 67. Europe: Greece - Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture: A Novel of Mathematical Obsession by Apostolos Doxiadis.

Regions: 8
Countries: 67
States: 19
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 143
States since Sept. 2009: 34


Diane | 457 comments 68. Africa: Zimbabwe - Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
69. Africa: Liberia: The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
70. Africa: Morocco: Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish by Dorothy Gilman
71. Asia: Hong Kong: Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha by Dorothy Gilman

Regions: 8
Countries: 71
States: 19
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 145
States since Sept. 2009: 34


Diane | 457 comments 72. Middle East: Syria - Just Like a River by Muhammad Kamil Al-Khatib.
73. Oceania: Fiji - The Madman and the Pirate by R.M. Ballantyne.
74. Middle East: Oman - Oman by Calvin H., Jr. Allen.

Regions: 8
Countries: 74
States: 19
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 147
States since Sept. 2009: 34


Diane | 457 comments Thanks to everyone's patience during my slow updating of the Readerboard this summer. I have been camping in the mountains all summer and have had very limited access to the internet. I am now back into the civilized world!


Her Royal Orangeness (OnlyOrangery) Diane wrote: "Thanks to everyone's patience during my slow updating of the Readerboard this summer. I have been camping in the mountains all summer and have had very limited access to the internet. I am now back into the civilized world!"

Welcome back! Hope you had a great vacation! :)


Diane | 457 comments 75. Africa: Namibia - The Purple Violet of Oshaantu by Neshani Andreas
76. Latin America - Chile - Captain's Verses by Pablo Neruda
77. Asia: India - The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
78. Middle East: Turkey - The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
79. Caribbean: Antigua - Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

Regions: 8
Countries: 79
States: 19
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 151
States since Sept. 2009: 34


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Diane | 457 comments 80. Middle East: Yemen - The Hostage: A Novel by Zayd Mutee' Dammaj

Regions: 8
Countries: 80
States: 19
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 151
States since Sept. 2009: 34

I still have one more book to finish to complete my A to Z.


Diane | 457 comments Finsihed for this year's challenge and for my A to Z. Looking forward to starting another year of "traveling"!

81. Middle East: Qatar - Once an Arafat Man: The True Story of How a PLO Sniper Found a New Life by Tass Saada.

Regions: 8
Countries: 81
States: 19
Regions since Sept. 2009: 9
Countries since Sept. 2009: 151
States since Sept. 2009: 34


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