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message 1: by Jenny (Reading Envy) (last edited Dec 28, 2012 08:19AM) (new)

Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1299 comments Mod
I sat down with my bookshelves today and made a list of what I have. It is more books than I started with last year, whoops. I definitely need to do less buying and more reading. That said, I am not aiming for 52 this year, and I won't get through everything on this list. But I was amazed to find I am flush with books set in France, Iceland, and Japan! I have some books this year that are more regional in nature, and won't feel like I need to wait on those with no goals in mind!

I'll have other challenges going too, so we'll see how many I get read from those:
Around the USA
Great African Reads
On the Southern Literary Trail
Read Across Canada
The World's Literature



Afghanistan
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Algeria
The Lovers of Algeria: A Novel by Anouar Benmalek

Angola
The Book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa

Antarctica
Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler

Argentinia
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

Armenia
Rise the Euphrates by Carol Edgarian

Australia
Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan

Bangladesh
A Golden Age by Tahmina Anam

Belgium
The Angel Maker by Stefan Brijs
The Man Who Watched Trains Go By by Georges Simenon

Burma
From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey by Pascal Khoo Thwe

Canada
The Saints of Big Harbour: A Novel by Lynn Coady

Central African Republic
Song from the Forest: My Life Among the Ba-Benjelle Pygmies by Louis Sarno

China
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
Waiting by Ha Jin
The Carnal Prayer Mat by Li Yu

Cuba
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelo

Czech Republic
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

Denmark
Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
The Royal Physician's Visit by Per Olov Enquist

Easter Island
Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderres

Egypt
Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz

France
Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
The Book of Salt by Monique Truong
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick

Germany
The Hangman's Daughter

Ghana
Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey

Greenland
This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich
The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

Grenada
Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell

Haiti
Haiti Noir Edited by Edwidge Danticat

Hungary
Embers by Sandor Marai
Casanova in Bolzano by Sandor Marai

Iceland
From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjon
The Fish Can Sing by Halldor Laxness
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
Walking into the Night by Olaf Olafsson

India
Destination: India, Destiny: Unknown, A Three Week Journey Beyond the Taj and Behind the Symbols by Bill Fitzpatrick
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Indonesia
This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Ireland
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
Are You Somebody?: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman by Nuala O’Faolain
Mothers and Sons by Colm Toibin

Israel
To the End of the Land by David Grossman

Italy
Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson

Japan
Hitching Rides with Buddha by Will Ferguson
The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto

Kashmir
Chef: A Novel by Jaspreet Singh

Kazakhstan
Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Mexico
Queen of America: A Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea

The Netherlands
The Coffee Trader by David Liss

New Zealand
One Whale, Singing: And Other Stories From New Zealand
The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Nigeria
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
The Famished Road by Ben Okri

Norway
Last Places: A Journey in the North by Lawrence Millman

Palestine
Wild Thorns by Sahar Khalifeh

Papua New Guinea
Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak

Poland
House of Day, House of Night by Olga Tokarzcuk

Portugal
Blindness by Jose Saramago
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

Romania
The Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller

Saudi Arabia
Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea

Serbia
Landscape Painted with Tea by Milorad Pavić

South Africa
Blood Safari

Spain
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Sri Lanka
Running in the Family (or newer novel) by Michael Ondaatje

Thailand
Sightseeing: Stories by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Tibet
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

Turkey
Snow by Orhan Pamuk

USA
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Uruguay
The Book of Embraces by Eduardo Hughes Galeano

Multiple:
Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific by Paul Theroux
The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule by Joanna Kavenna
Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World by Rita Golden Gelman
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness
Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1299 comments Mod
Judy wrote: "Impressive list, Jenny. You have more than one lengthy book listed and they all look good!"
They look good on my shelves too. I feel like a mother abandoning her young. At least the young are well organized, grouped by region. :P


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Friederike Knabe (fknabe) | 117 comments Jenny wrote: "I sat down with my bookshelves today and made a list of what I have. It is more books than I started with last year, whoops. I definitely need to do less buying and more reading. That said, I am..."

Indeed a very impressive list! Small correction, if you don't mind. Patrick Suskind is actually a German writer (with umlaut in the "u", i.e. Süskind).


message 4: by Janice (new)

Janice (jamasc) There are some great looking books on your list. My wishlist has grown some more!


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1299 comments Mod
Friederike wrote: "Indeed a very impressive list! Small correction, if you don't mind. Patrick Suskind is actually a German writer (with umlaut in the "u", i.e. Süskind). "
I will change the spelling, I just don't have ingrained shortcuts for accent marks and other notations (I missed the accent in Diaz too.) I'm keeping the book listed under France because that's where it takes place.


message 6: by Val (last edited Dec 28, 2012 08:27AM) (new)

Val That is an impressive list; I will be borrowing some of them. I will be interested to know what you think about The Bone People.

I really should start getting my 2013 list organised
and review the 2012 books I haven't written about yet.


Tanya (mom's small victories) (momssmallvictories) | 33 comments Shadow of the wind is one of my Spain choices as well. Of the few countries I have travelled to in person, Spain is at the top of our list.


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1299 comments Mod
Just wandered Lake Huron and other parts of Ontario in Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro. My review is here... Alice Munro has lived in Ontario almost her entire life, and she was born in 1931, so her perspective spans decades. Almost centuries!


message 9: by Jenny (Reading Envy) (last edited Dec 26, 2013 08:57PM) (new)

Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1299 comments Mod
Instead of updating the original list of books I have, I'm going to make a new list of what I actually read. (Especially since the two lists don't have a lot alike, ha!)

Australia
On the Beach by Nevil Shute

Brazil
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Canada
Dear Life: Stories by Alice Monroe
Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki
Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Chechnya
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

China
Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was by Barry Hughart
Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

Croatia
The First Rule of Swimming: A Novel by Courtney Angela Brkic

Czech*
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Estonia
Everything is Wonderful: Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia by Sigrid Rausing

France
The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese by Kathe Lison
Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris by Ann Mah

Greece
Dances for Flute and Thunder by Brooks Haxton

Guadaloupe
The Bridge of Beyond by Simone Schwarz-Bart

Holland/The Netherlands
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

Iceland
Reply to a Letter from Helga by Bergsveinn Birgisson

India
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland by Nina Mukerjee Furstenau

Iran/Persia
The Blindfold Horse: Memories of a Persian Childhood by Shusha Guppy

Ireland
The Holders by Julianna Scott
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

Italy
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Jamaica and Dominica
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Japan
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Madagascar
Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar by Colleen J. McElroy

Mexico
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival

New Zealand
Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood

Russia
Pussy Riot!: A Punk Prayer for Freedom
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen
Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Spain
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon

Turkey
Snow by Orhan Pamuk
Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres
The Dervish by Frances Kazan
Bliss by Zülfü Livaneli
Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk
Memed, My Hawk by Yasar Kemal
The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk
The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas
The Yogurt Man Cometh by Kevin Revolinski
Istanbul: City of a 100 Names by Alex Webb
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales)
Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Prestige by Christopher Priest

Zimbabwe
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

Assorted
Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell (various worldwide)
Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan (various Africa)
A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz (various Europe)
A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern-Day Iraq by Fernando Baez (various worldwide)


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1299 comments Mod
Lists, lists, lists.

I compiled my lists from the last two years and ran it through one of those map generators:



Two years into the challenge and I'm only at 28% of the countries in the world. This doesn't include a few countries that don't "officially" count but that I count (such as Tibet, Kashmir, Chechnya, books I will count separately from their official countries.)

I compiled a list of the countries I have left and put the books I have next to the countries listed. I'm not sure I can find books set in every tiny little Pacific island, and I also haven't accounted for the books I'd read prior to 2012. I'm thinking of doing so but that feels like cheating. :) Even for this map I counted a book of short stories several times (Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan covers a lot of the less-written-about African nations.)

I think I'll be doing this challenge for many years.


message 11: by Eliana (new)

Eliana Have you seen this website: http://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/the... ?

She describes her project:

"In 2012, the world came to London for the Olympics and I went out to meet it. I read my way around all the globe’s 196 independent countries – plus one extra territory chosen by blog visitors – sampling one book from every nation."

...what a neat list! The Blindfold Horse and Over the Lip of the World are the two that jumped out at me and got me to place holds at the library *right now* ...but there are so many other intriguing possibilities!


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1299 comments Mod
Yes I'm so jealous of her committment! I just get sidetracked too easily, plus I read a lot of books that don't fit the challenge. I'll just take my time.


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Lilisa | 1897 comments Mod
Me too - although I'm not sure how I would get anything else done - life does happen - although I am envious. She has a great list of books I'll have to steal from!


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1299 comments Mod
I'm cross posting this with another group, but just wanted to say I have finished writing my wrap-up post for just what I did with books from Turkey. I still need to write more about around the world, but that's a start! In the end, I read 20 books from Turkey but it feels like so much more.


message 15: by Jayme (new)

Jayme Read your post books from Turkey. Wow, you really did immerse yourself in the books and people of Turkey. It's enlightening to our perspective to embrace other cultures even if we can only get there through books.
I joined the World Literature group in early December and am excited to learn more about Iceland.


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1299 comments Mod
Jayme wrote: "Read your post books from Turkey. Wow, you really did immerse yourself in the books and people of Turkey. It's enlightening to our perspective to embrace other cultures even if we can only get ther..."

We are very glad to have you jayme! I'm looking forward to Iceland as well.


message 17: by Lilisa (last edited Dec 31, 2013 01:28PM) (new)

Lilisa | 1897 comments Mod
Jenny wrote: "I'm cross posting this with another group, but just wanted to say I have finished writing my wrap-up post for just what I did with books from Turkey. I still need to write more about around the wo..."

Jenny - have you read Portrait of a Turkish Family? It is one of my favorites.


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1299 comments Mod
Lilisa wrote: "Jenny - have you read Portrait of a Turkish Family? It is one of my favorites. "
Not yet! I have it on my to-read list though.


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