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message 1: by Nancy H (last edited Dec 16, 2012 08:09PM) (new)

Nancy H | 320 comments Books for 2011-12 Challenge:
1. The Royal Mess by Maryjanice Davidson - U.S. (10/4/11)
2.Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella - England (10/5/11)
3.The Girl Who Played with Fire - Grenada (10/8/11)
4. Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard - India (10/24/11)
5. Escaping the Tiger - Thailand (10/25/11)
6. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness - Kenya (10/31/11)
7. Pope Joan - Italy - (11/12/11)
8. I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced - Yemen (11/13/11)
9. The Book Thief - Germany (11/14/11)
10. Behemoth - Turkey (11/21/11)
11. Pardonable Lies - France (11/24/11)
12. Girl with a Pearl Earring - Netherlands (11/26/11)
13. Keeper - Brazil (12/4/11)
14. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Wales - (1/2/12)
15. Unbroken - Japan (1/8/12)
16. Now is the Time for Running - Zimbabwe (1/17/12)
17. The Kid Who Climbed Everest - Nepal (1/21/12)
18. The Orphan Master's Son - North Korea (1/27/12)
19. Brava, Valentina - Argentina (1/28/12)
20. Watermelon - Ireland (1/30/12)
21. Tree of Red Stars - Uruguay (1/31/12)
22. A Flame in the Wind - Australia (2/14/12)
23. Goddess Boot Camp - Greece (2/14/12)
24. Left to Tell - Rwanda (2/21/12)
25. The Money Pit Mystery - Canada (2/22/12)
26. Written in Blood - Mexico (3/3/12)
27. Simon's Escape - Poland (3/10/12)
28. Things Fall Apart - Nigeria (3/15/12)
29. Seven Year Switch - Costa Rica (4/16/12)
30. Frangipani- Tahiti (4/22/12)
31. The Red Scarf - Russia (5/29/12)
32. The Bungalow - Bora Bora (5/31/12)
33. The Sex Lives of Cannibals - Kiribati (6/5/12)
34. The Falcon of Abydos: Oracle of the Nile - Egypt
35. A Trip to the Beach - Anguilla (7/8/11)
36. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection -Botswana - (7/24/12)
37. What Color is your Jockstrap? (7/26/12) Cambodia
38. The Fourth Man (7/27/12) Norway
39. The Poisonwood Bible - Democratic Republic of Congo (now Zaire)
40. Smile When You Are Lying - Philippines
41. The Book of Summers - Hungary (9/14/12)
42. In Cold Pursuit - Antarctica (9/22/12)
43. Bahamarama - Bahamas (10/3/12)
44. Jamaica Me Dead - Jamaica (10/8/12)
45. Secrets in the House of Delgado - Spain (10/9/12)
46. The Right Attitude to Rain - Scotland (10/15/12)
47. Cry, the Beloved Country - South Africa (10/25/12)
48. Bermuda Schwartz - Bermuda (10/25/12)
49. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (12/16/12)

North America
United States - The Royal Mess by MaryJanice Davidson (10/4/11)
Canada - The Money Pit Mystery by Eric Walters (2/22/12)
Mexico - Written in Blood by John Wilson

Europe
England - Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (10/5/11)
Italy - Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross (11/12/11)
Germany - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (11/14/11)
France - Pardonable Lies by Jacuqeline Winspear (11/24/11)
Netherlands - Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (11/26/11)
Wales (1/2/12) - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ireland (1/30/12)- Watermelon
Greece (2/14/12) - Goddess Boot Camp
Poland - Simon's Escape (3/10/12)
Russia - The Red Scarf (5/29/12)
Norway - The Fourth Man (7/27/12)
Hungary - The Book of Summers (9/14/12)
Spain - Secrets in the House of Delgado (10/9/12)
Scotland - The Right Attitude to Rain (10/15/12)

Central America
Costa Rica - Seven Year Switch (4/16/12)


Caribbean
Grenada -The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larssen (10/8/11)
Anguilla - A Trip to the Beach by Melinda Blanchard (7/8/12)
Bahamas - Bahamarama (10/3/12)
Jamaica - Jamaica Me Crazy (10/8/12)
Bermuda - Bermuda Schwartz (10/25/12)

Asia
India - Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai (10/24/11)
Thailand - Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong (10/25/11)
Japan - Unbroken (1/8/12)
Nepal - The Kid Who Climbed Everest (1/21/12)
North Korea - The Orphan Master's Son (1/27/12)
Cambodia - What Color Is Your Jockstrap? -"Guns and Frivolity in Cambodia" - (7/26/12)
China - Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - (12/16/12)



Middle East
Yemen - I Am Nujood, Age 10 - and Divorced by Nujood Ali (11/13/11)
Turkey - Behemoth - by Scott Westerfeld (11/21/11)
Egypt - The Falcon of Abydos (7/8/12)

Africa
Kenya - Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
Zimbabwe - Now Is the Time for Running 1/17/12) by Michael Williams
Rwanda - Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza (2/21/12)
Nigeria - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (3/15/12)
Botswana - The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (7/24/12)
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)- The Poisonwood Bible
South Africa - Cry, the Beloved Country (10/25/12)


South America
Brazil - Keeper by Mal Peet (12/4/11)
Argentina - Brava,Valentina 1/28/12)
Uruguay - Tree of Red Stars (1/31/12)

Oceania
Australia - A Flame in the Wind (2/14/12)
Tahiti - Frangipani (4/22/12)
Bora Bora The Bungalow (5/31/12)
Kiribati- The Sex Lives of Cannibals (6/5/12)
Philippines - Smile When You Are Lying

Antarctica - In Cold Pursuit (9/22/12)

Books from 2010-11 Challenge:
Around the World Challenge Countries:
1.Peace, Love & Baby Ducks - U.S. (10/1/10)
2.Conspiracy 365: June(also July, August, September) - Great series! - Australia (10/7/10)
3.How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation- Israel (10/13/10)
4.The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan - England (10/17/10)
5.The Brain Full of Holes- Switzerland (11/11/10)
6.Dead Sexy - Reunion Island - South Pacific(11/12/10)
7.Murder on the Eiffel Tower - France (11/23/10)
8.Cayman Gold - Cayman Islands (12/9/10)
9.An Irish Christmas - Ireland (12/16/10)
10.Teens in Venezuela - Venezuela (12/17/10)
11.Teens in Turkey - Turkey (12/22/10)
12. The Solemn Lantern Maker - Philippines (1/6/11)
13. The Jackal's Head - Egypt (1/8/11)
14. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Sweden (1/17/11)
15. The Feng Shui Detective - Singapore (1/29/11)
16. Home Is Beyond the Mountains - Iran (2/2/11)
17. A Time for Miracles - Georgia/Caucausus (2/10/11)
18. The Healer's Apprentice -Germany (2/18/11)
19. Oh.My.Gods. - Greece (2/22/11)
20. The Year of the Golden Dragon - China (3/14/11)
21. Arundel - Canada (3/17/11)
22. The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart - Spain (4/3/11)
23.Drawing a Blank - Ehrenhaft - Scotland (4/18/11)
24. Panama - by Hiatt - Panama (4/27/2011)
25. Once - Gleitzman - Poland - (5/27/11)
26. Cuba Libre - Leonard - Cuba (5/30/2011)
27. The Lacuna - Kingsolver - Mexico (6/10/11)
28. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter - Mario Vargas Llosa - Peru (6/26/11)
29. Tiny Sunbirds, Far away - Christie Watson - Nigeria (7/1/11)
30. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - Alexander Mccall Smith - Botswana (7/14/11)
31. Djibouti - Elmore Leonard - Djibouti (7/28/2011)
32. Home to Italy - Peter Pezzelli - Italy (7/31/11)
33. Aunt Dimity Down Under - Nancy Atherton - New Zealand (8/1/11)
34. It All Began in Monte Carlo - Elizabeth Adler - Monaco (8/3/11)

Continued trip from 2010-11 list:
35. The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larssen - Grenada (10/8/11)
36. Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai - India (10/24/11)
37. Escaping the Tiger - Laura Manivong - Thailand (10/25/11)
38. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness - Kenya (10/31/11)
39. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced - Yemen (11/13/11)
40. Girl with a Pearl Earring - Netherlands (11/26/11)
41. Keeper - Brazil (12/4/11)
42. Unbroken - Japan (1/8/12)
43. Now Is the Time for Running - Zimbabwe (1/17/12)
44. The Kid Who Climbed Everest - Nepal (1/21/12)
45. The Orphan Master's Son - North Korea (1/27/12)
46. Brava, Valentina - Argentina (1/28/12)
47. Tree of Red Stars -Uruguay (1/31/12)
48. Left to Tell - Rwanda (2/21/12)
49. Seven Year Switch - Costa Rica (4/16/12)
50. Frangipani - Tahiti (4/22/12)
51. The Red Scarf - Russia (5/29/12)
52. The Bungalow - Bora Bora (5/31/12)
53. The Sex Lives of Cannibals - Kiribati (6/5/12)
54. A Trip to the Beach - Anguilla (7/8/12)
55. What Color Is Your Jockstrap? - Cambodia(7/24/12)
56. The Fourth Man - Norway(7/27/12)
57. The Poisonwood Bible - Democratic Republic of Congo
58. The Book of Summers - Hungary (9/14/12)
59. In Cold Pursuit - Antarctica (9/22/12)
60. Bahamarama - The Bahamas (10/4/12)
61. Jamaica Me Crazy - Jamaica (10/8/12)
62. Bermuda Schwartz - Bermuda (10/25/12)
63. Cry, the Beloved Country - South Africa (10/25/12)


message 2: by Nancy H (last edited Oct 12, 2011 11:56AM) (new)

Nancy H | 320 comments 1. The Royal Mess by MaryJanice Davidson (10/4/11)- set in Alaska, in the U.S. (an alternate history Alaska, but Alaska, nonetheless!)
I just finished my first book of the new world tour, starting from the United States, which is where I live. The book is The Royal Mess by MaryJanice Davidson (10/4/11), set in an alternate-history Alaska. It was a good, quick, funny romance

2. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (10/5/11) - England
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella is absolutely delightful. It has everything: great characters (one of whom is a fabulous ghost), good setting, a bit of mystery, a romance, and a unique plot! (10/5/11)


I really enjoyed both of these books. The Kinsella one was absolutely delightful.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 3. I just finished The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larssen (10/8/11) and am counting it for Grenada, since I saw on last year's list that it was okay to do so. Plus, I have other books to read for Sweden. This book was okay, but it didn't grab me like the first one did. It got much better at the end, and I will be reading the 3rd one in the trilogy.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 4. Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai (10/24/11) is a funny book set in India about a young man who can no longer stand his job, his family, and his life. He escapes to find solitude by climbing a tree and staying there --- for months. But what he discovers is that his problems follow him there. It is amusing and insightful.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 5. Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong (10/25/11) This is a really good story about a Laotian family who seeks refuge in a Thai refugee camp in 1982. They hope to go to the U.S. immediately, but instead have to spend several years living in abject povery in this camp before someone in the U.S. sponsors them to come there. It is a good story about hope and perseverance.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 6.Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller (10/31/11)
This is an excellent memoir of a unique family and their adventures in several African countries. It is poignant, sometimes sad, often funny, and should be read by anyone wanting to learn more about life in Africa.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 7. Pope Joan is an excellent historical novel set in many places in Europe, but a great deal of the story takes place in Rome, so I am counting this book for Italy. (11/12/11)


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Nancy H | 320 comments 8. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali (11/13/11) This is a book that everyone should read. It is a nonfiction account of a Yemeni girl who was married off by her father in 2008 when she was 10 years old. Her husband, a man more than three decades older than her, raped, beat, and abused her, all of which was sanctioned by their families and neighbors. Nujood instinctively knew that this was wrong, and rebelled. Finding a rare opportunity and demonstrating remarkable courage, she ran away to the court in Sana'a, and petitioned for a divorce. She was the first child bride to ever do so, and in a history-making circumstance, was given her divorce. She became famous world-wide for her experience, and brought the eyes of the world to the plight of young girls in similar situations.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (11/14/11) This book is unique because its narrator is Death. At first, I didn't think I would like it, but I soon became absorbed in Liesel's story, the story of a young German girl living in a small town during the Holocaust, and then I really enjoyed the book.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 10. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (11/21/11) This is a good mix of alternate history, fantasy, and science fiction. Although I don't generally like these genres, I really, really like this series. A lot of the action in the second half of this book takes place in Istanbul, so I am counting it for Turkey. This is the second book, and I am eager to read the third.


Tanya (aka ListObsessedReader) (ListObsessed) | 166 comments Nancy wrote: "10. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (11/21/11) This is a good mix of alternate history, fantasy, and science fiction. Although I don't generally like these genres, I really, really like this series. A..."

I have heard really good things about this series and have been meaning to pick them up! A friend who recommended it to me said I would be able to use it (the first book) for this challenge but I hadn't worked out which country it would be. Do you know which country the first one could be claimed for? Good to know the second can be Turkey!


message 12: by Nancy H (last edited Nov 22, 2011 01:24PM) (new)

Nancy H | 320 comments Tanya wrote: "Nancy wrote: "10. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (11/21/11) This is a good mix of alternate history, fantasy, and science fiction. Although I don't generally like these genres, I really, really like ..."

Hi Tanya,
The first book in this series takes place in multiple countries also, but a large part of the action takes place on glacier in Switzerland, so that's what I would count it for, if it were me. But because there are other countries involved, you could also use them. It just depends on which countries you need for the challenge, I think.
I have really enjoyed these first two books, and as I mentioned, I am not into this type of book normally. It is just that these are so good, they make me want to keep reading. The reading style is that easy, quick, "Harry Potter" style, and if you've read the Harry Potter books, you will know what I mean about them pulling you in and you just want to keep reading.
I hope you enjoy the series! Let me know what you think when you start them. Happy reading!


Tanya (aka ListObsessedReader) (ListObsessed) | 166 comments Hi Nancy,

I don't have anything picked out for Switzerland yet this year so that would work! Will have to move them up the mental to-read mountain. :) I only know that one person who has read them so it is good to get more feedback on them. I have read the first of Westerfield's 'Uglies' series, but haven't got any further with them yet either... One day!!


message 14: by Nancy H (last edited Nov 24, 2011 08:05PM) (new)

Nancy H | 320 comments Tanya wrote: "Hi Nancy,

I don't have anything picked out for Switzerland yet this year so that would work! Will have to move them up the mental to-read mountain. :) I only know that one person who has read them..."


I've read the Uglies series, and I like the Leviathan series so much more! I think you will enjoy it.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 11. Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear (11/24/11) This is an excellent mystery set in England and France, and is part of the Maisie Dobbs series. It is not only a very good mystery, but also gives readers a glimpse of some of the pyschological and emotional problems of those who have been involved in war. It is an excellent story.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 12.Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (11/26/11) This is an excellent historical novel set in Delft, Holland in the 1600's in Vermeer's household. The story is told through the eyes of the maid, who is also supposedly the subject of one of his most famous paintings.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 13. Keeper by Mal Peet (12/4/11) An excellent novel about the psychology of soccer and a young boy who learns how to play in a unique way.


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Nancy H | 320 comments Has anyone read Beauty Queens by Libba Bray? It takes place on an unnamed desert island, but I am not sure where. At one point the girls mention trying to go to Hawai'i from where they are, so I am sort of assuming that it is somewhere in the south Pacific. Does anybody know or has anyone else read it for this challenge?
Thanks.


Tanya (aka ListObsessedReader) (ListObsessed) | 166 comments Hi Nancy,

Just letting you know I have just finished Leviathan and I loved it! Definitely moving straight on to Behemoth with that ending! :)


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Nancy H | 320 comments Tanya wrote: "Hi Nancy,

Just letting you know I have just finished Leviathan and I loved it! Definitely moving straight on to Behemoth with that ending! :)"


Behemoth is great - I thought it was even better than Leviathan. I haven't gotten the third one yet, but I am hoping it is as good. You will enjoy Behemoth.


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Nancy H | 320 comments I just finished Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. (1/2/12) It is set mostly in Wales and is the story of a boy who goes there to search out the children's home where his grandfather lived during World War II.


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Diane | 6453 comments Nancy wrote: "I just finished Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. (1/2/12) It is set mostly in Wales and is the story of a boy who goes there to search out the children's home where his ..."

How was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? It is one of those books where I just saw the cover and knew that I had to read it someday.


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Nancy H | 320 comments Diane wrote: "Nancy wrote: "I just finished Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. (1/2/12) It is set mostly in Wales and is the story of a boy who goes there to search out the children's h..."

I liked it, even though it was not what I was expecting when I started it. The plot is fantasy with a tiny bit of historical fiction. It has a very appropriate ending, and I think it would be perfect for a sequel.


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Nancy H | 320 comments I just finished Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (1/8/12) and decided to use it for Japan since so much of the story is centered there.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 16. Now Is the Time for Running by Michael Williams (1/17/12) This is such a sad book, but one that everyone should read so that we know about the problems in the rest of the world. The main character is a young boy from Zimbabwe who loves to play soccer, but then is driven out of his country and forced to become homeless. It is a good story that brings the spotlight to problems in this area of the world.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 17. The Kid Who Climbed Everest by Bear Grylls (1/21/12) - Nepal - An excellent story of the youngest Briton to ever scale Mount Everest.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 18. It has taken me some time, but I FINALLY finished a book for another challenge I am doing. It was called The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (1/27/12), and it does indeed shed light on what life is like in North Korea, which is a horrific place in which to exist. The absolute cruelty and horror of living under that dictatorship is almost impossible to imagine for us who live in freedom, but sadly it exists. It is hard to believe that humans can survive these conditions.

It took me much longer than usual to read this book because of the subject matter, but I am glad that I took the challenge to read something that in many ways, was truly outside my comfort zone.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 19. Brava, Valentine was set partially in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is a wonderful book about a young woman trying to save her custom shoe business, deal with her family, maintain her sanity, and find love - all at the same time!


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Heather | 163 comments Nancy wrote: "18. It has taken me some time, but I FINALLY finished a book for another challenge I am doing. It was called The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (1/27/12), and it does indeed shed light on what..."

I just got this from the library. Sounds interesting.


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Nancy H | 320 comments Heather wrote: "Nancy wrote: "18. It has taken me some time, but I FINALLY finished a book for another challenge I am doing. It was called The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (1/27/12), and it does indeed shed..."

Let me know what you think when you read it. It was hard for me to get through, and I don't know if that was just me feeling so sorry for the people in the story. It is becoming a very popular book, though.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 20. Watermelon (1/30/12) - This is a really good book that takes place mostly in Ireland.


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Nancy H | 320 comments 21. Tree of Red Stars is an exceptional novel about a young girl who gets caught up in the revolution in Uruguay in the 1960's. (1/31/12)


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Heather | 163 comments Nancy wrote: "Heather wrote: "Nancy wrote: "18. It has taken me some time, but I FINALLY finished a book for another challenge I am doing. It was called The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (1/27/12), and it ..."

To me it read like a dystopian novel so it was hard to keep remembering that this is based on a real place. Overall I wasn't crazy about the story but I enjoyed the absurdity of the propaganda.


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Nancy H | 320 comments Just finished two more countries:

A Flame in the Wind by Kate Cogan - quick romance set in Australia, predictable but good

Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs - set in Greece, sequel to Oh.My.Gods. and very good


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Nancy H | 320 comments I just finished Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza. What an amazing story! This woman has a faith that is matched by few others in this world, and is all the more amazingly because she survived the genocide that ripped her country, Rwanda, apart.


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Diane | 6453 comments Nancy wrote: "I just finished Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza. What an amazing story! This woman has a faith that is matched by few others in this world, and is all the more amazingly because she survived th..."

That is such a amazing and powerful story. Her survival is truly a miracle.


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Nancy H | 320 comments I just finished The Money Pit Mystery by Eric Walters(2/22/12), which is a great mystery for young adults. It is set on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia, and has excitement, adventure, and a satisfying ending.


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Nancy H | 320 comments Written in Blood by John Wilson (3/3/12) is a good western for YAs who like books set in the late 1800's. The main character travels through Arizona and Mexico to try to find his father, who deserted him 10 years earlier.


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Nancy H | 320 comments Poland - Simon's Escape by Bonnie Pryor (3/10/12)
Nigeria - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (3/15/12)


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Nancy H | 320 comments I just finished Frangipani by Celetine Vaite. This is a really good book about mother-daughter relationships and it is set in Tahiti.


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Nancy H | 320 comments The Red Scarf by Kate Furnivall is an excellent novel of the Russian Revolution. It is the story of two girls who were sent to a labor camp, and tells how one has to save the other despite life-threatening circumstances. There are lots of surprises and also touching glimpses of humanity in a very difficult time in history.


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Nancy H | 320 comments The Bungalow (5/31/12)is an excellent World War II romance about a nurse who goes to Bora Bora and falls in love, despite her engagement to another man. Circumstances and false friends cause havoc in her life, however.


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Nancy H | 320 comments The Sex Lives of Cannibals (6/5/12) is the perfect travel/memoir set in Kiribati. It is laugh-out-loud funny while taking the reader to a remote part of the world about which little is known, until this book. What an education!


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Nancy H | 320 comments The Falcon of Abydos: Oracle of the Nile by Richard Trout - This is another in the adventure series that will appeal to junior/senior high boys looking for lots of mystery and adventure. The reader must suspend disbelief to really get into the story, but it will have students turning pages to see what happens. Lots of bad guys and heroes.

A Trip to the Beach by Melinda Blanchard (7/8/12) This is the true story of Melinda and her husband and their decision to leave the cold of Vermont and move to a Caribbean island. They decide to start a restaurant on Anguilla, and this memoir tells of their troubles and triumphs as they do just that.


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Nancy H | 320 comments I just finished three more books:

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (7/24/12) - Botswana - I love this series!
The Fourth Man (7/27/12) - Norway - A great mystery series
What Color Is Your Jockstrap? (7/24/12) - Cambodia - This is a collection of travel memoirs from around the world, and since I haven't read anything from Cambodia, I am counting the story called "Guns and Frivolity in Cambodia" from this collection.


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Nancy H | 320 comments The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is an amazing book, set in what was The Belgian Congo, then the Democratic Republic of Congo, and now Zaire. I put off reading this book for a long time, even though I had loved others by this author, and now I am wondering why I didn't get to it earlier because it is so good! I thought that it raised a lot of questions about religion and culture, and in many ways, reminded me of an older book, The Ugly American, which has some of the same themes.


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Nancy H | 320 comments Smile When You're Lying by Chuck Thompson is somewhat of an expose' of the travel industry, but is a delightful read. I enjoy travel stories and in this book, the author shows the 'real' side of travel. The author talks extensively about his experiences in the Philippines, so I am using it for that stop on my world tour!


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Nancy H | 320 comments The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall is a very good story about a girl who spends her summers in Hungary with her mother and her school terms in England with her father. She learns to love Hungary, and wants to be there all the time, that is, until she finds out a deep, dark family secret that changes her life forever.


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Nancy H | 320 comments I just finished In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews, a mystery set in Antarctica, and I loved it. I like the science that Andrews, a geologist, weaves into the story, making it both informative and very enjoyable.

This one brings my Frequent Flyer totals to 9 Regions, 42 countries, and my Circum-navigator totals to 9 regions, 59 countries!


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Nancy H | 320 comments I read Bahamarama which is a fun mystery, reminding me a lot of the much earlier Travis McGee series by John McDonald. It is set in the Bahamas, and has ann interesting hero, bad guys, romance, kidnapping, a hurricane, and much more. I will definitely be reading the next one in this series.


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