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message 1: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Finished my first stop on this global tour. Excited for future travels!

Region: North America
Country: Canada
Book: Kit's Law, by Donna Morrissey (5 stars)

Counts: 1 Region, 1 Country

message 2: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments From the east coast of Canada, I went to Iceland.

Region: Europe
Country: Iceland
Book: On the Cold Coasts, by Vilborg Davidsdottir and
translated by Alda Sigmundsdottir (3 stars)

Counts: 2 Regions, 2 Countries

message 3: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Island hopping!

Region: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Book: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce (5 stars)

Counts: 2 Regions, 3 Countries

message 4: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12805 comments Welcome to the challenge, Megan! I hope you will enjoy trekking as much as I have!

message 5: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Thanks! Lots of fun, so far :)

message 6: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments The Island Hop continues. From the UK, I went to Ireland.

Region: Europe
Country: Ireland
Book: The Likeness, by Tana French (5 stars)

Counts: 2 Regions, 4 Countries

message 7: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments I've read my way to mainland Europe!

Region: Europe
Country: Denmark
Book: The Keeper of Lost Causes, by Jussi Adler-Olsen (4 stars)

Counts: 2 Regions, 5 Countries

message 8: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Following Denmark, I went northward.

Region: Europe
Country: Sweden
Book: The Ice Princess, by Camilla Lackberg (3 stars)

Counts: 2 Regions, 6 Countries

message 9: by Megan (last edited Sep 29, 2013 10:07AM) (new)

Megan | 47 comments It's been a couple of months, but I've finally had a chance to return to my trip/challenge.

Region: Europe
Country: Norway
Book: Headhunters, by Jo Nesbo (5 stars)

Counts: 2 Regions, 7 Countries

message 10: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments As I move through European countries, I seem to be bouncing from one crime/murder to another.

Region: Europe
Country: Finland
Book: Snow Angels, by James Thompson (4 stars)

Counts: 2 Regions, 8 Countries

message 11: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments From Finland, a short cruise on the Baltic Sea takes us to Latvia, where I read yet another murder mystery...

Region: Europe
Country: Latvia
Book: The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander #2) by Henning Mankell , by Henning Mankell (3 stars)

Counts: 2 Regions, 9 Countries

message 12: by Megan (last edited Oct 17, 2013 05:12AM) (new)

Megan | 47 comments For this stop, I took a break from murder mysteries/thrillers and read a non-fiction book about WWII.

Region: Europe
Country: Poland
Book: The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman The Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman (5 stars)

Counts: 2 Regions, 10 Countries

message 13: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Moving inland, I read a tale about the life of a Romani singer/poet beginning in the 1930's, through to the (almost) present day.

Region: Europe
Country: Slovakia
Book: Zoli by Colum McCann Zoli, by Colum McCann (****)

Counts: 2 Regions, 11 Countries

message 14: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Since it's around Halloween, I read a supernatural story to fit the season.

Region: Europe
Country: Czech Republic
Book: The Witch of Prague, by Francis Marion Crawford (***)

Counts: 2 Regions, 12 Countries

message 15: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments My visit to Germany sees another return to WWII.

Region: Europe
Country: Germany
Book: The Jew with the Iron Cross by Jack Hillgate The Jew with the Iron Cross, by Jack Hillgate

Counts: 2 Regions, 13 Countries

message 16: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Well, I finally read one of the group reads, and it fit in perfectly with my Around the World tour!

Region: Europe
Country: Netherlands
Book: Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

Counts: 2 Regions, 14 Countries

message 17: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments This next destination saw a return to WWII.

Region: Europe
Country: Belgium
Book: Resistance by Anita Shreve Resistance, by Anita Shreve (***)

Counts: 2 Regions, 15 Countries

message 18: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments My latest stop was a nice intro to 1920's Paris.

Region: Europe
Country: France
Book: The Last Nude by Ellis Avery The Last Nude, by Ellis Avery (****)

Counts: 2 Regions, 16 Countries

message 19: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Another fiction set in the early-to-mid 1900's, in a famous and atmospheric city.

Region: Europe
Country: Spain
Book: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (****)

Counts: 2 Regions, 17 Countries

message 20: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments I'm sensing a trend; this is the fourth book in a row set in the early-to-mid 1900s. It wasn't intentional, though I have noticed I tend to cluster read, whether by genre, theme, etc.

Region: Europe
Country: Portugal
Book: Night Train to Lisbon A Novel by Emily Grayson Night Train to Lisbon, by Emily Grayson (***)

Counts: 2 Regions, 18 Countries

message 21: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments I left the early 1900s behind, but continued the trend of reading books set in famous cities - this time, Venice.

Region: Europe
Country: Italy
Book: The Aquatic Labyrinth A Venetian Mystery by Alastair Fontana The Aquatic Labyrinth: A Venetian Mystery, by Alastair Fontana (***)

Counts: 2 Regions, 19 Countries

message 22: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments This was not the greatest book to read for my next stop, but I couldn't have known that going in. I never really knew whether the characters were in Switzerland or Germany.

Region: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Book: Perpetual Motion by Bruce Hesselbach Perpetual Motion, by Bruce Hesselbach (**)

Counts: 2 Regions, 20 Countries

message 23: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments My next stop focused on an iconic figure from history.

Region: Europe
Country: Austria
Book: Becoming Marie Antoinette (Marie Antoinette, #1) by Juliet Grey Becoming Marie Antoinette, by Juliet Grey (***)

Counts: 2 Regions, 21 Countries

message 24: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Another book that loosely features war and a zoo.

Region: Europe
Country: Serbia
Book: The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht The Tiger's Wife, by Tea Obreht (****)

Counts: 2 Regions, 22 Countries

message 25: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments It's been a while since my last "trip," but I finally made it to my next destination.

Region: Europe
Country: Bosnia
Book: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks (***)

Counts: 2 Regions, 23 Countries

message 26: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments I swear I didn't forget about my tour! Just took a bit of a break...but now I'm back at it!

Region: Europe
Country: Albania
Book: The Ghost Rider, by Ismail Kadare (****)

Counts: 2 Regions, 24 Countries

message 27: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Can't believe I've already hit my 25th country! Even though it's taking me a while, it seems I'm collecting countries quite quickly.

Region: Europe
Country: Greece
Book: My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy, #1) by Gerald Durrell My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell (*****)

Counts: 2 Regions, 25 Countries

message 28: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Three stops in one month...I'm on a roll!

Region: Europe
Country: Turkey
Book: The Ghosts of Smyrna by Loren Edizel The Ghosts of Smyrna, by Loren Edizel (*****)

Counts: 2 Regions, 26 Countries

message 29: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Region: Europe
Country: Bulgaria
Book: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova (**)

Counts: 2 Regions, 27 Countries

message 30: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Region: Europe
Country: Romania
Book: Vlad The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys Vlad: The Last Confession, by C.C. Humphreys (**)

Counts: 2 Regions, 28 Countries

message 31: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments It's been quite a while, but I've finally reached another destination.

Region: Europe
Country: Ukraine
Book: Picnic at the Iron Curtain A Memoir From the fall of the Berlin Wall to Ukraine's Orange Revolution by Susan Viets Picnic at the Iron Curtain, by Susan Viets (***)

Counts: 2 Regions, 29 Countries

message 32: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Region: Europe
Country: Belarus
Book: Your Mouth Is Lovely A Novel by Nancy Richler Your Mouth is Lovely, by Nancy Richler (****)

Counts: 2 Regions, 30 Countries

message 33: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments I think I have finished my European travels (unless I need to duck back into Europe to navigate around parts of Asia).

Region: Europe
Country: Russia
Book: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah Winter Garden, by Kristin Hannah (****)

Counts: 2 Regions, 31 Countries

message 34: by Megan (new)

Megan | 47 comments Since I'm moving into a different region now, I figured I'd update my map to show my world travels thus far.

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