A year of reading the world

I got this list of books from Ann Morgan, who read a story from every country in a single year. Her list, and incredible blog posts about each book are available at www.ayearofreadingtheworld.com. All due credit goes to her.

GoodReads is currently missing the books from:Benin, Bolivia, Central African Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Kiribat, Luxembourg, Maldive, Mauritania,Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, and the Vatican City.

Librarian addition June 2015: relevant titles now added from Bolivia, Central African Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Kiribati, Luxembourg, Maldives, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Oman, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu, and the Vatican City.
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message 1: by K (last edited Jun 17, 2015 05:13AM) (new)

K Thank you so much for making this list. Here's a suggestion for the Moldovan book since Goodreads doesn't have the one she read. My book club is reading "The Good Life Elsewhere" by Vladimir Lorchenkov. It was suggested by a Moldovan.


message 2: by Antonomasia (last edited Jun 19, 2015 10:34AM) (new)

Antonomasia Hi, I was about to create a list for this and then found yours. Am glad of not having to do all the work! I added Morgan's book which will make it easier for interested people to find the list.

Searched for books from missing countries:

Benin: The same author, Rashidah Ismaili, has now published a book of short stories, Autobiography of the Lower East Side. It sounds like some of the content is different from the manuscript Morgan read.

Bolivia, Dominica, Kiribati, Luxembourg, Monaco, Nauru, Rwanda, Vanuatu: the books have ISBNs so I've added them to Goodreads and this list

Central African Republic, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Maldives, Montenegro, Thailand, Vatican City: books on Goodreads when I searched today, added to list.

Mauritania: book has no ISBN and is only available in pdf from author's website, so was hesitant about adding it.

Moldova, Oman: Couldn't find listings for these titles anywhere online with ISBNs. May try again at some point. Found the Moldovan and Omani books from the blog on WorldCat 19/06, added to Goodreads and this list.
(Have read The Good Life Elsewhere BTW, pretty good if you like dark humour.)*

Palau: looks as if manuscript hasn't been published

Tonga: self-published paperback on lulu.com without ISBN, added it as there are many similar books on GR

Trinidad & Tobago: There are several poetry books by Vahni Capildeo on Goodreads. Extracts from the unpublished memoir Morgan read are in London: City of Disappearances - if this were my list I'd add it, but prefer not to be so cavalier with someone else's.


message 4: by BookLovingLady (last edited Nov 27, 2016 03:29PM) (new)

BookLovingLady @ Antonomasia
V.S. Naipaul is from Trinidad & Tobago and he's on the list.


message 5: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady By the way, Afghanistan is represented twice on this list, once with The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and once with The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi. Maybe there are other doubles as well; this was just one I noticed.


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