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message 1: by Kat (last edited Dec 11, 2013 08:10AM) (new)

Kat (superkatness) | 168 comments For this challenge, either choose 80 books and see how many different places you visit, or choose 80 different countries and read at least one book from each destination. Start a post and add to it throughout the year listing the country, title of the book, author, and date finished. Imaginary places (i.e Narnia, Middle Earth) don't count. Have fun!


message 2: by Katy, New School Classics (last edited Dec 11, 2014 10:39PM) (new)

Katy (Kathy_H) | 7337 comments Mod
Thanks, Kat. This will be a fun one.

2014 Around the World Challenge
Make yours @ BigHugeLabs.com
Make yours @ BigHugeLabs.com

Countries & Books

1) Cambodia The Rent Collector
2) Egypt The Alchemist
3) Scotland The Endless Knot
4) Russia Doctor Zhivago
5) India The Jewel in the Crown
6) Australia I Am the Messenger
7) United States In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
8) Greenland Hawk Quest
9) France Serafin
10) Poland The Devil's Arithmetic
11) Germany Slaughterhouse-Five
12) Botswana Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
13) Uzbekistan Dreams of Gods & Monsters
14) Netherlands Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates
15) Finland (Lapland) The Snow Queen
16) Peru The Last Days of the Incas
17) China Village of Stone
18) Afghanistan The Far Pavilions
19) Ireland Surprised by Joy
20) Iceland Burial Rites
21) Mexico The Lacuna
22) Greece This Rough Magic
23) Yemen Henna House
24) Thailand (Sea of Siam) The Secret Sharer
25) Portugal The Blood of Olympus (the characters visit Portugal briefly)
26) Italy Julian
27) Zanzibar (Tanzania) Trade Wind
28) Canada Station Eleven
29) Ireland Dreamer's Pool


message 3: by Connie (new)

Connie Cote Sounds like fun! I like the I challenge of trying to find books from different countries. It gives you an incentive to try books you might not otherwise read.


message 4: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 3202 comments In! :-)


message 5: by Melanti (last edited Jan 01, 2018 11:18AM) (new)

Melanti | 2429 comments I wonder if anyone will actually manage to visit 80 countries?!

Just updated my post for this year's version of the challenge and though I've been reading stuff from all over the place, I've only hit 25 countries.

I may as well try again, cause it might push me to seek out more African and South American fiction. Those continents were shamefully empty this year!



1)Australia: Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson - 1/20/14
2)Canada: Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman - 3/10/14
3)Chile: Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende - 10/12/16
4)China: Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was by Barry Hughart - 2/2/14
5)Columbia: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez - 12/16/17
6)Cuba: Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene - 12/10/17
7)Czech Republic: The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud - 7/15/14
8)Ecuador: Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut - 1/22/14
9)England: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill - 1/10/14
10)Finland: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson - 9/26/14
11)France: Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay - 5/12/14
12)Germany: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 1/16/14
13)Greece: If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Sappho - 3/19/14
14)India: A Passage to India by E.M. Forster - 3/26/14
15)Ireland: Green Shadows, White Whale: A Novel of Ray Bradbury's Adventures Making Moby Dick with John Huston in Ireland by Ray Bradbury - 5/6/14
16)Israel: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan - 2/7/14
17)Italy: The Passion by Jeanette Winterson - 3/7/14
18)Jamaica: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - 8/11/14
19)Japan: Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente - 2/23/14
20)Malaysia: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo - 2/16/15
21)Mongolia: Mongolian Folktales by Hilary Roe Metternich - 12/15/15
22)Netherlands: The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas - 12/13/17
23)Nigeria: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor - 8/11/16
24)Norway: Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins - 5/26/14
25)Poland: The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen - 5/14/14
26)Russia: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - 2/11/14
27)Saudi Arabia: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan - 7/21/14
28)Scotland: Swim the Moon by Paul Brandon - 5/9/14
29)South Africa: July's People by Nadine Gordimer - 6/23/17
30)Spain: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedram 7/23/16
31)Syria: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker - 2/27/14
32)United States: Bride of the Rat God By Barbara Hambly - 1/4/14
33)Vietnam: The Quiet American by Graham Greene - 12/6/14


message 6: by Daisy (new)

Daisy (Bellisperennis) This sounds like great fun. 80 is a lot though a good challenge.


message 7: by Kat (new)

Kat (superkatness) | 168 comments 80 countries does seem like a lot. I've only visited 30 in this year's challenge, but I'll try harder next year!


message 8: by Tytti (new)

Tytti | 1208 comments Yep, I won't read that many books anyway. But maybe I'll try some personal challenge, though I haven't figured out how, yet. Like try to read books from every European country (the whole world might be too much) over the next few years, or read "travel" books and see how many countries I can visit that way.


message 9: by Connie (new)

Connie Cote I just read Around the World in 80 Days. Too bad it wasn't a January read as it would have been a good start on the countries list. I am assuming we can use a book for more than one country if applicable.


message 10: by Kat (new)

Kat (superkatness) | 168 comments One country per book.


message 11: by Connie (new)

Connie Cote Kat wrote: "One country per book."

Ok, no problem. I hope to get close to 80. I also have a goal to try to read at least a few books from countries that I haven't read about before.


message 12: by Daisy (new)

Daisy (Bellisperennis) Kat wrote: "One country per book."

One country per book?? Noooooo! (Just kidding.)


message 13: by MK (last edited Dec 30, 2013 11:20AM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 3202 comments Kat wrote: "One country per book."

eeeek!~ I may have to make three maps - one for the real rules, one for cheating rules (whatever countries a book visits *grin*), and a third for the states. I was trying to see how many individual states I visited too.

I used cheating rules for last year's challenge, and I did only join in October, but nonetheless, I only got to 19 countries (including the North Pole, lol), and 19 states (including DC) :-o.


(edit to add: I put my 'bonus' maps inside spoiler tags, so as to not clutter up the thread.)


message 14: by Connie (new)

Connie Cote MK wrote: "Kat wrote: "One country per book."


eeeek!~ I may have to make three maps - one for the real rules, one for cheating rules (whatever countries a book visits *grin*), and a third for the states. I..."

I was going to keep track of the various states as well since a lot of the books I read take place in the US.


message 15: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 3202 comments yay! I'll keep track with you :)


message 16: by MK (last edited Jun 18, 2014 08:22AM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 3202 comments MK's official "Around the World in 80 Books" challenge map
- one country per book:b


MK's official "Around the World in 80 Books" challenge map (- one country per book)
Make yours @ BigHugeLabs.com
Make yours @ BigHugeLabs.com

Titles, by Country - 2014 All Around the World:

Afghanistan: And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini - Mar 7, 2014
Argentina: Keeper, by Mal Peet - Mar 26, 2014
Australia: Perfectible Animals, by Thomas Norwood - Jan 4, 2014;
The Last Reader: Post Apocalyptic Fiction (short story), by Thomas Norwood - Jan 5, 2014
The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman - Feb 14, 2014
Canada: Runaway, by Alice Munro - April 9, 2014
Calculating God, by Robert J. Sawyer - April 22, 2014
Columbia, Saint Andrews/San Andrés Island: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman - Apr 9, 2014
England: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman - Jan 2, 2014
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman - Jan 9, 2014
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by Arnold Bennett - Jan 13, 2013
Call for the Dead, by John le Carré - Jan 15, 2014
A Murder of Quality, by John le Carré - Jan 16, 2014
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, by John le Carré - Jan 15, 2014
The Looking Glass War, by John le Carré - Jan 21, 2014
The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton - Jan 23, 2014
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John le Carré - Feb 15, 2014
The Time Hunters, by Carl Ashmore - Feb 16, 2014
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman - Feb 18, 2014
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett - Mar 3, 2014 (& again on May 19, 2014)
A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle - Apr 2, 2014
The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James - Apr 6, 2014
The Sign of Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle - Apr 7, 2014
How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff - Apr 12, 2014
The River of No Return, by Bee Ridgway - May 12, 2014
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes*, by Arthur Conan Doyle - May 14, 2014 (short stories)
The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart - May 26, 2014
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess - June 5, 2014
Ethiopia: The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne - Jun 13, 2014
France: Sarah's Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay - Feb 27, 2014
August Is A Wicked Month, by Edna O'Brien - Mar 10, 2014
Germany: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak - Feb 23, 2014
India: A Passage to India, by E.M. Forster - Apr 8, 2014
Mongolia: The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, by Slavomir Rawicz - April 23, 2014
Nigeria: Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) by Chinua Achebe - June 16, 2014
Poland: Maus I : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History, by Art Spiegelman - May 15, 2014
- Maus, Vol. 2: And Here My Troubles Began, by Art Spiegelman - May 15, 2014
Russia: Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak; Hayward, Harari, Guerney, Bayley edition - Feb 28, 2014
Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak; Pevear, Volokhonsky edition - Mar 1, 2014
The Poems of Doctor Zhivago Pasternak's poems translated into English verse with an introduction and a commentary showing the significance of each poem for the novel as a whole, translation and commentary by Donald Davie - Mar 16, 2014
The Poems of Doctor Zhivago, translated by Eugene M. Kayden - Mar 16, 2014
The Kreutzer Sonata, by Leo Tolstoy - May 5, 2014 (novella)
Ivan the Fool, by Leo Tolstoy - May 7, 2014 (short story)
A Lost Opportunity, by Leo Tolstoy - May 9, 2014 (short story)
Polikushka, by Leo Tolstoy - May 11, 2014 (short story)
The Candle, by Leo Tolstoy - May 12, 2014 (short story)
United States: An Unlikely Witch, by Debora Geary - Jan 1, 2014;
Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup - Jan 8, 2014
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey - Jan 14, 2014
Magic in the Park, by Ruth Chew - Jan 29, 2014
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman - Feb 9, 2014
Clammed Up, by Barbara Ross - Feb 10, 2014
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle - Feb 10, 2014
A Wind in the Door, by Madeleine L'Engle - Feb 11, 2014
Murder Buys a T-shirt, by Christy Fifield - Feb 25, 2014
Second Sight, by David Williams - Mar 2, 2014
The Unintentional Time Traveler, by Everett Maroon - Mar 5, 2014
Z for Zachariah, by Robert C. O'Brien - Mar 15, 2014
Three Dirty Women and the Garden of Death, by Julie Wray Herman - Mar 16, 2014
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides - Mar 25, 2014
The Scarlet Letter*, by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Apr 11, 2014
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut - April 21, 2014
Peace in Amber: The World of Kurt Vonnegut (short story), by Hugh Howey - April 21, 2014
Mail Order Murder, by Leslie Meier - April 24, 2014
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh - April 24, 2014
Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut - May 5, 2014
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - May 8, 2014
The House on Tradd Street, by Karen White - May 16, 2014
Labor Day, by Joyce Maynard - May 21, 2014
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt - May 28, 2014
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov - June 4, 2014
Prayers for Sale, by Sandra Dallas - Jun 10, 2014
The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee - Jun 11, 2014
Blankets, by Craig Thompson - Jun 18, 2014
Out of this World ;-): Fuzzy Nation, by John Scalzi - Jan 9, 2014
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman - Feb 4, 2014
The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle - Feb 26, 2014
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams - Feb 28, 2014
Two Hearts, by Peter S. Beagle - Feb 28, 2014
Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie - Mar 9, 2014
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, by Douglas Adams - Mar 11, 2014
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon - Mar 13, 2014
So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel, by Phil Hornshaw and Nick Hurwitch - Apr 6, 2014
The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells - Apr 10, 2014
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood - April 24, 2014
The Magicians, by Lev Grossman - April 27, 2014
Legend, by David Gemmell - April 30, 2014
The Last Wish, by Andrzej Sapkowski - May 21, 2014
The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle - June 7, 2014
1984 by by George Orwell***, audio - Jun 8, 2014

(2013 map)

Books in the queue -
(view spoiler)


message 17: by MK (last edited Jan 14, 2014 06:02PM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 3202 comments MK's "Cheaters' Rules" map ;-)
- every country visited, by any book, inside spoiler tags so as to not clutter up thread ...

(view spoiler)


Moving to here -
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

(Will this one when done)


message 18: by MK (last edited Jan 14, 2014 06:03PM) (new)

MK (wisny) | 3202 comments MK's "Individual US States" map: :)
- inside spoiler tags, so as to not clutter up thread …

(view spoiler)


Moving to here -
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

(Will this one when done)


message 19: by Kat (last edited Dec 29, 2013 07:43PM) (new)

Kat (superkatness) | 168 comments For me, the whole point is to challenge oneself to explore literature outside of one's preferred culture and setting, otherwise it wouldn't be a "challenge". If it hadn't been for Trisha's creation of this year's challenge, I wouldn't have read books like Jane Smiley's The Greenlanders, which I am very glad I read. Although I don't know if I will be able to complete the challenge, I am looking forward to the journey and the learning experience.


message 20: by Tytti (last edited Dec 30, 2013 03:41AM) (new)

Tytti | 1208 comments Just a word of a warning: I have found some weird books set in Finland that just make me think "WTF!" The worst offender I've seen is Vaino: A Boy Of New Finland. She didn't even bother to get the warring sides of the conflict correct (or anything else for that matter) and named her main charactor as 'Persecution'. Well done... There are newer books, too, that just don't really feel right, even if I can't find any actual mistakes in the blurbs. (Like Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto. Lots of Americans in some remote hospital in Finland during the 1920s... I don't think so. First of all, the main foreign language at the time was German, English wasn't spoken that much. Even the cover photo looks more like Norway than Finland, well "maybe" Petsamo...) Most of these have never been heard of here.

I bet this happens with other countries, too. But I am not saying The Greenlanders is one of those books, it just reminded me of it because I couldn't find any Nordic reviews about it.


message 21: by Daisy (new)

Daisy (Bellisperennis) Tytti wrote: "Found some weird books set in Finland."

This is good to know Tytti. Thanks.

I already have a book which is set in Canada so I'm good to go for January 1!


message 22: by Kat (new)

Kat (superkatness) | 168 comments Thanks for the advice about the Finland books! The Greenlanders is a book in which the landscape plays a major role (I watched a video on Greenland to get myself acquainted with it), and the author did a lot of research before writing it. However, it's very long and written like a Norse epic with a lot of characters to keep track of, so it's definitely not for everyone.

Also, I noticed that some people want to do a US tour and that sounds fun too, you could put that up in a different thread for those who just want to do that.


message 23: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (Kathy_H) | 7337 comments Mod
Thanks, Kat.
And thanks for setting up this Around the World Challenge.

Remember you don't have to do a challenge, and if you want to do a different one -- post it in a new thread and invite others to join you.


message 24: by Tytti (new)

Tytti | 1208 comments I think the warning applies to other smaller and/or "exotic" countries, too. Foreigners seem to think strange things about Finland and probably we do the same with countries we don't know that well. ("Do you live in igloos?" "Do you have mobile phones?" Hmm... Nokia?)

Nowadays I am also always sceptical of writers claiming they made research. One of them supposedly talked about "The Black Death" in Ancient Egypt... They may have had the plague but it wouldn't have been called that. Unfortunately Norwegians don't seem to be too active in GR, I would be interested in hearing what they think about it. Do they feel it's correct?


message 25: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (Kathy_H) | 7337 comments Mod
Tytti wrote: "I think the warning applies to other smaller and/or "exotic" countries, too. Foreigners seem to think strange things about Finland and probably we do the same with countries we don't know that well..."

It is not just smaller countries, and people foreign to the country. I am from Idaho, USA. It is surprising to me that when I am asked where I am from (evidently I have a great Western accent) and I say Idaho, people will often comment, "Oh that is by Iowa, right?"

:)


message 26: by Tytti (new)

Tytti | 1208 comments Kathy wrote: "I say Idaho, people will often comment, "Oh that is by Iowa, right?""

That's just... They mean Illinois? Or Indiana? I mean Idaho is one of those states I can't easily place but then again, I don't really have to.


message 27: by Melanti (new)

Melanti | 2429 comments My brother once convinced some very silly Florida kids that Oklahoma/Kansas/Nebraska don't have running water or electricity yet and that it still looks exactly like it does in Little House on the Prairie.

I really like seeking out either books by people who have lived in a particular area for some time before writing about it. An author visiting someplace on vacation for research is fine if the main character is a tourist also, but otherwise I like it better when the author has been a resident for awhile.


message 28: by Daisy (last edited Apr 15, 2014 04:17PM) (new)

Daisy (Bellisperennis) 17 of 80

Armenia Armenian Poems, Alice Stone Blackwell (25 Feb.)
AfghanistanThe World is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village, Anna Badkhen (29 March)
Canada Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery (9 Jan.)
England Five Little Pigs, Agatha Christie (2 Jan.)
France L'affaire Lerouge, Émile Gaboriau (2 Feb.)
Indonesia (Java) Borobudur: Golden Tales of the Buddhas, John Miksic (3 March)
India Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo (15 April)
Japan Shinju, Laura Joh Rowland (6 March)
Kenya Unbowed, Wangari Maathai (25 March)
Kuwait Islamic Art & Patronage, Esin Atil (16 April)
Malaysia Sejarah Melayu: The Malay Annals, John Leyden trans. (20 Feb.)
Maldives Folk Tales of the Maldives, Xavier Romero-Frias, collected and trans., (20 Feb.)
Saudi Arabia Saudi Artists Today, Abdulaziz Ashour (20 March)
Scotland Knots and Crosses, Ian Rankin (15 Feb.)
Singapore Scorpion Orchid, Lloyd Fernando (22 March)
USA Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple (2 Jan.)
VietnamBouddha, Jules Claretie (5 Feb.)


message 29: by Vincent (last edited Sep 29, 2014 06:01AM) (new)

Vincent Rivas-Flores Here's my world map. Map of US states is under spoiler tag.


(view spoiler)

Australia
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume (Victoria)

Cameroon
The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Canada
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (ambiguous)

Ethiopia
Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

France
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Guernsey
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Italy
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

Poland
A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy by Thomas Buergenthal

Romania
Dracula by Bram Stoker

Spain:
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

United Kingdom
Emma by Jane Austen (England)
The Misremembered Man by Christina McKenna (Northern Ireland)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (England)
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (England)
The Wanderer: or, Female Difficulties by Fanny Burney (England)

United States
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (Nevada)
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu (District of Columbia)
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio (Washington)
The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Massachusetts)
Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills (Oklahoma)
Letters from an American Farmer by Hector St. John de Crevecoeur (Pennsylvania)
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (New York)
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (Georgia)
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (Alabama)
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (Louisiana)


message 31: by Kat (new)

Kat (superkatness) | 168 comments I'm having a difficult time with this list so far, as a lot of the novels cover multiple locations (many of them are uninhabited places that aren't countries at all) and many of the books overlap.

For example, Farthest North starts out from Norway; the Norwegian ship Fram sails to reach the North Pole, gets stuck in the ice near Russia's Siberian Islands, and they take a sled dog team to Franz Joseph Land islands (trying to reach the North Pole) while the ship drifts on to Svalbard islands, then they all end up returning to Norway. So which country should I list it under?! Hmmm!


message 32: by Daisy (last edited Jan 14, 2014 02:05PM) (new)

Daisy (Bellisperennis) Kat wrote: "A lot of the novels cover multiple locations."

Yeah . . . I'm not sure what to do with one of my books which is set in Australia and in Thailand.


message 33: by Melanti (new)

Melanti | 2429 comments I just found an older news article written by a woman who tried to read one book from each of the world's countries in a single year. Here's her list of books. Maybe it'll inspire some of us!

If you visit the main part of her blog, you can read her thoughts on the books she read - though she did her project in 2012 so you have to go back a little bit to see those entries.


message 34: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 3202 comments Kat wrote: "I'm having a difficult time with this list so far, as a lot of the novels cover multiple locations (many of them are uninhabited places that aren't countries at all) and many of the books overlap. ..."

Norway. Unless you read another book set in Norway, then .... the books play musical countries, and you bump it to Siberia :-). I mean, Russia. :-p


message 35: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 3202 comments Melanti wrote: "I just found an older news article written by a woman who tried to read one book from each of the world's countries in a single year. Here's her list of books. Maybe it'll inspire some of us!

..."


Neat!


message 36: by Daisy (last edited Jan 14, 2014 05:15PM) (new)

Daisy (Bellisperennis) Melanti wrote: "A woman who tried to read one book from each of the world's countries in a single year. Here's her list of books."

That is an impressive and nice list. Thanks. I enjoy reading her thoughts and experiences about the books. I've been looking for classics from The Maldives and I noticed that she also had some trouble finding a book.

http://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/201...

In case anyone is interested I eventually found this:

http://www.niaspress.dk/books/folk-ta...

which isn't listed in Goodreads. I believe it may have been released too late for her adventure. I am able to get it through the library and it looks pretty good.


message 37: by Melanti (new)

Melanti | 2429 comments Daisy wrote: In case anyone is interested I eventually found this:

http://www.niaspress.dk/books/folk-ta...

which isn't listed in Goodreads. ..."

Folk Tales of the Maldives
Here you go... Somehow it was misspelled, but I fixed it for you.


message 38: by Daisy (new)

Daisy (Bellisperennis) Melanti wrote: "I fixed it for you."

Oh, that's great. Thank you Melanti!


message 39: by Kat (last edited Jan 03, 2015 05:51AM) (new)

Kat (superkatness) | 168 comments Okay, here I go.
Countries visited in 2014:

Novaya Zemlya (Russia): Three Voyages of William Barents to the Arctic Regions -Gerrit de Veer (1/12/14)

China: Mountain Girl River Girl-TingXing Ye (12/13/14)

Svalbard and Jan Mayan Islands: Arctic Dreams -Barry Lopez (1/11/14)

Norway: Farthest North -Fridtjof Nansen (1/13/14)

Netherlands: Amsterdam -Ian McEwan (1/7/14)

England: Journals: Captain Scott's Last Expedition -Robert Falcon Scott (1/31/14)

Antarctica: South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the 'Fram', 1910-12 -Roald Amundsen (1/20/14)

Australia: The Home of the Blizzard: A Heroic Tale of Antarctic Exploration and Survival-Douglas Mawson (2/12/14)

Spain: Melmoth the Wanderer-Charles Robert Maturin (10/12/14)

Scotland: Scottish Independence and the Idea of Britain: From the Picts to Alexander III-Douvit Broun (11/12/14)

Italy: The English Patient-Michael Ondaatje (8/6/14)

France: The Mystery of the Blue Train-Agatha Christie (8/27/14)

Germany: Gravity's Rainbow-Thomas Pynchon (4/15/14)

Switzerland: Passport to Romance-Betty Cavanna (3/1/14)

Romania: Dracula and Other Horror Stories-Bram Stoker (10/31/14)

Bulgaria: The Historian-Elizabeth Kostova (10/27/14)

Turkey: From Russia With Love-Ian Fleming (11/30/14)

Egypt: The Jewel of Seven Stars-Bram Stoker (10/5/14)

USA: The Lovely Bones-Alice Sebold (8/11/14)

Canada: Crow Lake-Mary Lawson (11/13/14)

Mexico: Voyage to California to Observe the Transit of Venus-Chappe d'Auteroche (9/12/14)

Haiti: Journal of the Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks During Captain Cook's First Voyage in H.M.S. Endeavour in 1768-71-Sir Joseph Banks (9/12/14)

New Zealand: Captain Cook's Journal During the First Voyage Round the World-James Cook (9/8/14)

Indonesia: The Day the World Discovered the Sun: An Extraordinary Story of Scientific Adventure and the Race to Track the Transit of Venus-Mark Anderson (9/13/14)

Brunei: Some Girls: My Life in a Harem-Jillian Lauren (12/14/15)

Myanmar (Burma): The Piano Tuner-Daniel Mason (12/15/14)

India: Invisible Lives-Anjali Banerjee (12/14/14)

Pakistan: The Wandering Falcon-Jamil Ahmad (12/20/14)

Saint Helena: Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens-Andrea Wulf (9/8/14)

South Africa: Life and Times of Michael K-J.M. Coetzee (8/27/14)

Sierra Leone: Diamonds Are Forever-Ian Fleming (11/23/14)

Iraq: On the Hunt in Baghdad-Michael Totten (12/19/14)

Saudi Arabia: Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia-Robert Lacey (11/20/14)




33/80


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MK (wisny) | 3202 comments France! Finally made it to my fifth country :p.


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MK (wisny) | 3202 comments MK wrote: "France! Finally made it to my fifth country :p."

Make that six :) - Russia on the board!


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MK (wisny) | 3202 comments Welcome, Esteban! You're off to a good start :D.

Added Afghanistan to mine. I'm up to seven :)


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Paula Ward | 4 comments Canada - Alias Grace
Iceland - Journey to the Centre of the Earth
US - On the Road


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MK (wisny) | 3202 comments Nice, Paula :). Welcome to the challenge!


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MK (wisny) | 3202 comments Nine! (India :) )


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MK (wisny) | 3202 comments Kelly wrote: "I'm going to try this too:-). There's no way I'll make it even close to 80, but I'll have fun trying."

It is fun! And, no chance I'm going to get to 80 ;-), I keep ending up in the same three places, mostly :p. (Imaginary places, UK, and the US.)

I wonder which location will have the most 'hits' at the end of the year?


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MK (wisny) | 3202 comments Twelve! Mongolia, from The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom. Actually, that one was hard to pick a country, b/c it was ... a long walk :p ... through many of them. But, an extended period of time, and five of the 23 chapters were in Mongolia, particularly crossing the Gobi desert, so that seemed like a fair pick, for a country for this book.


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MK (wisny) | 3202 comments Thirteen - Poland


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MK (wisny) | 3202 comments Fourteen - Ethiopia


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