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message 1: by Rusalka, Moderator (last edited Dec 29, 2016 04:18AM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments First Four

1. NORTH AMERICA:
Canada:
c. Historic District of Old Québec
- read a book set in Quebec - Surfacing
- read about immigrants coming to the new world (could be historical fiction or nonfiction) - Open City
- Take home item - French Food: Read a book that has French food it in (bring home a taste of old France). - The Lollipop Shoes


3. EUROPE:
France:
a. Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche
- Read a book set in France - A Good Place to Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives in World War II
- Read a book about painting - The Goldfinch
- Take Home Item: - Piece of Charcoal: Read a book with a dark grey or black cover (70%) - The City & the City


2. SOUTH AMERICA:
Cuba:
a. Old Havana and its Fortification System
- Read a book set in Cuba - Our Man in Havana
- Read a book with a dictator in it. - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
- Take Home Item – Cuban Cigar: Read a book with a cigarette or cigar on the cover, or where the character smokes. - Tooth and Nail


5. ASIA:
Afghanistan:
a. Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
- Read a book set in Afghanistan - A Thousand Splendid Suns
- Read a book in which there are caves, or the word “cave” is in the title. - Trapped
- Take Home Item – Blue Tile: Read a book where the cover is predominantly blue (70%) - Our Lady of Alice Bhatti



message 2: by Rusalka, Moderator (last edited Dec 30, 2016 11:02PM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments One in Every Port

4. AFRICA:
South Africa:
a. Vredefort Dome
- Read a book set in South Africa - Devil's Peak
- Read a book in the post-apocalyptic genre - Who Fears Death
- Take Home Item - Piece of Meteorite: Read a book set in space - Ancillary Justice


6. AUSTRALIA/SOUTH SEA ISLANDS:
New Zealand:
a. Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand
- Read a book set in New Zealand - The Bone People Guardian of the Dead
- Read a book in the fantasy genre (sorry, can’t help but think of the Lord of the Rings movies) - Moscow But Dreaming
- Take Home Item – Chunk of Glacier Ice: Read a book where there is snow/ice on the cover, or “snow” or “ice” is in the title. - The Redbreast



message 3: by Rusalka, Moderator (last edited Dec 27, 2016 07:17PM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments One Night Stands

1. NORTH AMERICA:
Canada:
a. Dinosaur Provincial Park (Alberta)
b. Glacier Bay (BC)
c. Historic District of Old Québec
- read about immigrants coming to the new world (could be historical fiction or nonfiction) - Open City

d. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick)
United States of America:
a. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana or Idaho)
b. Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona or Nevada)
c. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)
d. Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)
Mexico & Caribbean:
a. Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche (Mexico)
b. Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila (Mexico)
c. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)
d. Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Caribbean)

2. SOUTH AMERICA:
Brazil:
a. Iguaçu National Park
b. Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea
Argentina:
a. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System - Read a book where the main character spends a lot of time on the road. - The Blade Itself
b. Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas
Chile:
a. Rapa Nui National Park
b. Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
Cuba: Read a book with a dictator in it. - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Peru:
a. Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
b. Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana
c. Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
Ecuador:
a. Galápagos Islands
b. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

3. EUROPE:
France: - Read a book set in France - A Good Place to Hide: How One French Village Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II
Austria:
Belgium:
Denmark:
Germany:
Greece:
Iceland:
Italy:
Netherlands:
Poland: Prayer Shawl: Read a book with a devout character - The Savage Altar
Spain:
United Kingdom (Britain, North Ireland & Scotland):
a. Tower of London - Read a book set in England - Never Let Me Go
b. Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
c. New Lanark

4. AFRICA:
Botswana: - Read a book set in Botswana - Tears of the Giraffe
Democratic Republic of Congo:
Ethiopia:
Gambia:
Kenya:
Madagascar:
Mali:
Nigeria:
Senegal:
South Africa: Read a book in the post-apocalyptic genre - Who Fears Death
Egypt:
Morocco:

5. ASIA:
Afghanistan: - Read a book in which there are caves, or the word “cave” is in the title. Trapped
China:
a. Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang
b. The Great Wall
c. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains
India:
a. Taj Mahal
b. Mountain Railways of India
Iran:
Japan:
a. Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
b. Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites
Mongolia:
Nepal:
Thailand:

6. AUSTRALIA/SOUTH SEA ISLANDS:
Australia:
a. Great Barrier Reef
b. Kakadu National Park
c. Lord Howe Island Group
d. Tasmanian Wilderness
e. Shark Bay, Western Australia: - Read a book set in Australia - The Broken Shore
f. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
g. Sydney Opera House
h. Macquarie Island
New Zealand: – Chunk of Glacier Ice: Read a book where there is snow/ice on the cover, or “snow” or “ice” is in the title. - The Redbreast
Papua New Guinea:
Philippines:
Singapore: Read a book set in Singapore. - Aunty Lee's Delights


message 4: by Rusalka, Moderator (last edited Dec 30, 2016 11:03PM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments Everywhere Visited

England
France
United States
Sweden*
Dominican Republic*
Australia
Canada
Norway*
Pakistan*
Russia*
Botswana
Sudan*
Cuba
Singapore
Afghanistan
South Africa
New Zealand

* = not a country listed for this challenge, so bonus extras stopovers!


message 5: by Rusalka, Moderator (last edited Apr 15, 2016 01:31AM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments Overachieving Extra Sites
(more than one book)


message 6: by Rusalka, Moderator (last edited Jun 05, 2016 12:25AM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments Planning post!

I'm also putting this here as I will forget "You may not repeat a site." and "Books must be at least 175 pages long." and "4. For a book to be considered as "set in", at least 60% of the book needs to be set in that country/location."

Canada:
- Alberta
- British Columbia
- Quebec: Surfacing; Déjà Dead
- Maritime Canada (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick)
United States of America:
- Wyoming, Montana or Idaho
- Arizona or Nevada
- Hawaii
- New Mexico
Mexico (x3): Vernon God Little
Caribbean: Bodily Harm made up island; Breath, Eyes, Memory
~~~~~~~~~~
Brazil (x2):
Argentina (x2): The Bad Girl
Chile (x2):
Cuba: Our Man in Havana
Peru (x3): Bel Canto
Ecuador:
Galápagos Islands: Galápagos
~~~~~~~~~~
France: The Count of Monte Cristo; Suite Française; the many Joanne Harris; A Good Place to Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives in World War II
Austria: The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
Belgium: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Denmark: The Elephant Keepers' Children; We, the Drowned
Germany: Tiger Milk read for March challenge; Half Blood Blues; The Swarm; The Hangman's Daughter
Greece: Alexander; The Song of Achilles
Iceland: Burial Rites
Italy: The English Patient; Foucault's Pendulum; The Shape of Water
Netherlands: The Dinner
Poland:
Spain: The Summer of Dead Toys; The Third Reich
England: many
Ireland: Angela's Ashes; The Likeness
Scotland: many
~~~~~~~~~~
Botswana: Tears of the Giraffe
Democratic Republic of Congo:
Ethiopia:
Gambia:
Kenya:
Madagascar:
Mali:
Nigeria: Things Fall Apart
Senegal:
South Africa: Devil's Peak
Egypt: The Yacoubian Building; Ramses: The Son of the Light; Palace Walk
Morocco:
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Afghanistan: A Thousand Splendid Suns
China (x3): The Binding Chair or, A Visit from the Foot Emancipation Society; Beijing Coma; Death of a Red Heroine; Empress Orchid; The Girl Who Played Go; Soul Mountain; The Lily Theater
India (x2): Last Man in Tower; Between The Assassinations; Red Earth and Pouring Rain; Inhaling the Mahatma; Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure; A Fine Balance; The Satanic Verses
Iran: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Japan (x2): Blossoms and Shadows; The Devotion of Suspect X; Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne; Out; all the Haruki Murakami; Battle Royale
Mongolia:
Nepal:
Thailand: Killed at the Whim of a Hat
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Australia (x7): many
Antarctica:
New Zealand: The Bone People
Papua New Guinea: Mister Pip
Philippines:
Singapore: Aunty Lee's Delights
~~~~~~~~~~


message 7: by Rusalka, Moderator (last edited Apr 10, 2016 04:34PM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments Possible Tasks

1. NORTH AMERICA:

Canada:
c. Historic District of Old Québec
- read a book set in Quebec - Surfacing or Déjà Dead
- read about immigrants coming to the new world (could be historical fiction or nonfiction) - Open City
- Take home item - French Food: Read a book that has French food it in (bring home a taste of old France). - Blackberry Wine or Five Quarters of the Orange or The Lollipop Shoes


2. SOUTH AMERICA:

Argentina:
a. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System
- Read a book set in Argentina - The Bad Girl or Bel Canto
- Read a book where the main character spends a lot of time on the road. - Neither Here Nor There or The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain or I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away or Notes from a Big Country or Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
- Take Home Item – Pin of Argentina’s Flag: Read a book with a sun on the cover. - Song of Solomon


3. EUROPE:

France:
a. Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche
- Read a book set in France - A Good Place to Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives in World War II or Suite Française or The Count of Monte Cristo
- Read a book about painting - The Goldfinch
- Take Home Item: - Piece of Charcoal: Read a book with a dark grey or black cover (70%) - so many

United Kingdom (Britain, North Ireland & Scotland):
a. Tower of London
- Read a book set in England - millions
- Read a book involving the Tower of London - Wolf Hall
- Take Home Item – Crown: Read a book with a crown on the cover or the word in the title. - Red Queen

Netherlands:
a. Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
- Read a book set in the Netherlands - The Dinner
- Read a book with the word “Windmill”, “Wind” or “Mill” in the title - Ill Wind
- Take Home Item – Tulip: Read a book with several flowers on the cover. - Mudbound


4. AFRICA:

South Africa:
a. Vredefort Dome
- Read a book set in South Africa - Devil's Peak
- Read a book in the post-apocalyptic genre - Who Fears Death or World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
- Take Home Item - Piece of Meteorite: Read a book set in space - many. Old Man's War or Ancillary Justice


5. ASIA:

Afghanistan:
a. Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
- Read a book set in Afghanistan - A Thousand Splendid Suns
- Read a book in which there are caves, or the word “cave” is in the title. - Trapped
- Take Home Item – Blue Tile: Read a book where the cover is predominantly blue (70%) - Across the Nightingale Floor or Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

China:
b. The Great Wall
- Read a book set in China - The Binding Chair or, A Visit from the Foot Emancipation Society; Beijing Coma; Death of a Red Heroine; Empress Orchid; The Girl Who Played Go; Soul Mountain; The Lily Theater
- Read a book in which there is an army - millions.
- Take Home Item – Brick: Because the Great Wall is colossal and made of bricks, read a chunkster that is more than 500 pages. - millions

Japan:
a. Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
- Read a book set in Japan - Blossoms and Shadows; The Devotion of Suspect X; Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne; Out; all the Haruki Murakami; Battle Royale
- Read a book set in wartime (any war) - millions
- Take Home Item – Dove: Read a book in which a dove is on the cover, or in the title/subtitle - Diamond Dove


6. AUSTRALIA/SOUTH SEA ISLANDS:

Australia:
c. Lord Howe Island Group
- Read a book set in Australia - millions
- Read a book set on an island - millions
- Take Home Item – Bird: Read a book with the word “Bird” in the title, or a bird on the cover - Beijing Coma or Tooth and Nail or An Instance of the Fingerpost or Cloud Atlas or The Farseekers or Boy, Snow, Bird

Singapore:
a. Singapore Botanical Gardens
- Read a book set in Singapore - Aunty Lee's Delights
- Read a book in which a garden is a significant location or gardening a significant activity - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
- Take Home Item – Orchid: Read a book with the word “Orchid” in the title or on the cover - Empress Orchid

Papua New Guinea:
a. Kuk Early Agricultural Site
- Read a book set in Papua New Guinea - Mister Pip
- Read a book with death as a significant theme. - Mistress of the Art of Death
- Take Home Item – Bird of Paradise Plume: Read a book set in what you perceive as paradise. - many


message 8: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18119 comments ooh err missus! I wouldn't mind roaming around Johnny Depp's regions ;-)


message 9: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments Hah! Indeed ;)

Mind you, he's still on my shit list after the dog incident.


message 10: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18119 comments Oh yes. Good point. He's recently done some aftershave advert I think and I pass 3 incarnations of him on my way from the train station to where I work so I find it difficult not to think about him at the moment.


message 11: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47276 comments Sarah wrote: "ooh err missus! I wouldn't mind roaming around Johnny Depp's regions ;-)"

LOL! True. There are some other regions I wouldn't mind exploring.


message 12: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments That would be distracting... Maybe I should suggest some billboards for the uni?


message 13: by Sarah, Moderator (last edited Dec 03, 2015 02:54AM) (new)

Sarah | 18119 comments This is the one...




message 14: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments Dear me. I definitely wouldn't make it to work if I had to pass that 3 times.


message 15: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18119 comments Tell me about it. I hope it doesn't distract you from gophering for the challenge too much. Hard to believe he's in his 50s.


message 16: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47276 comments I'd no longer be driving on the highway looking at the scenery. I'd be in the scenery watching the highway go by.


message 17: by Almeta (new)

Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10018 comments Yummy!


message 18: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lisathebooklover) | 9244 comments He is very yummy in that picture!


message 19: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Welcome to the world or Kathy Reichs, Rusalka!!


message 20: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14605 comments I think I'll visit Rusalka's thread a couple of times extra today, just for the picture!


message 21: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments Stephanie wrote: "Welcome to the world or Kathy Reichs, Rusalka!!"

Thanks Stephanie, I;ve tried the book before but wasn't in the right mood. Maybe 2016 will be the right year.


message 22: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments Peggy wrote: "I think I'll visit Rusalka's thread a couple of times extra today, just for the picture!"

I'm not really planning, just perving.


message 23: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47276 comments Well here's a globe that should help you in your travels:

(view spoiler)


message 24: by Almeta (new)

Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10018 comments Janice wrote: "Well here's a globe that should help you in your travels:"

OH MY!☺


message 25: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18119 comments I've started something now. I wasn't expecting that Janice. Rusalka's thread is going to be the most visited thread this year. Guaranteed!


message 26: by Sandra (new)

Sandra (sanlema) | 9202 comments This thread should be marked as XXX!!


message 27: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47276 comments That's why it's in a spoiler. Hehehehe!


message 28: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments I kinda need the new year to start. I just keep on rearranging my planning threads...


message 29: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments And we are off!


message 30: by [deleted user] (new)

I am glad I stopped by to steal some books! Damn!


message 31: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments Hah thanks Kelly! Everyone's thread is a little bit dangerous ;)


message 32: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47276 comments But your's with manly pictures is even more so dangerous.


message 33: by Rusalka, Moderator (last edited Feb 14, 2016 04:55AM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments Manly men! And who's fault were those pictures?

Also, update on the dog front. The Dog Threatener is now our Deputy Prime Minister. Stop the world, I need to get off.


message 34: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47276 comments Rusalka wrote: "Manly men! And who's fault were those pictures?"

*blinks those innocent eyes*.... (view spoiler)


message 35: by Susan (new)

Susan Guard | 695 comments Janice wrote: "Well here's a globe that should help you in your travels:



"

All I can say is "Wow." Dropped by to check out books read and discovered SO much more. Nice. ;)


message 36: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18119 comments I'm liking the new male addition Janice, much better than the one with the globe. He was a bit too clean cut for my liking ;-) At the circus thing i went to last night there was a guy who kind of stripped off (tight boxer remained on) and he was a contortunist! He was very good. I unfortunately didn't take my phone with me otherwise I'd have shared with you all.


message 37: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47276 comments LOL! One of my friends will tell you that I prefer scruffy men - like Keith Urban.



If that's scruffy, I'm all over that!


message 38: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47276 comments And why am I posting hunky manly men in Rusalka's thread? They should be in my thread!


message 39: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments Why is Goodreads not telling me about these posts!?!?!

I can do without Keith Urban. The one in the spoiler is more my type. I do like scruffy men, but Keith Urban is just a bit... meh. Nic is welcome to him ;)


message 40: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (ylisa7) | 208 comments Ooh…morning eye candy:)


message 41: by Ariane (new)

Ariane | 697 comments I love this thread... ;)


message 42: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47276 comments Well, Rusalka is Roaming the Regions and we'll just roam along with her.


message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

Sorry ladies. I need more Johnny!!!!!!


message 44: by Rusalka, Moderator (last edited Mar 01, 2016 05:49AM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments So I am away for 4 weeks. I'm thinking of taking with me:

The Goldfinch - for France
Déjà Dead - for Canada
Kushiel's Dart - for NZ or China
The Lollipop Shoes - for Canada
The Savage Altar - for NZ

Anyone think this is excessive? I'm thinking the first three in carry on (for options), and the other two in checked in, so if they get lost I have three chunksters to carry me over.

Comparison for 3 weeks in 2013 in UK I read about 6 small books and carried about 2 more around without reading.

And always prepared to dump if things don't suit/ I don't connect.

Sorry, wondering if I sound mental.


message 45: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 14605 comments I would take at least that many. I'm glad I have an ereader now ;-)

Is this for that awesome trip you talked about a while ago? Have fun!!


message 46: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18119 comments Sounds good to me. I find i read more when on holiday especially when it's a long haul trip. I think you have a good variety of books, lengths, genres for whatever mood your in.


message 47: by Mariab (new)

Mariab | 3059 comments Rusalka wrote: "So I am away for 4 weeks. I'm thinking of taking with me:

The Goldfinch - for France
Déjà Dead - for Canada
Kushiel's Dart - for NZ or China
[book:The L..."


Therefore there are e-readers...


message 48: by Rusalka, Moderator (last edited Mar 02, 2016 03:49AM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments but e readers can beak (edit: obviously that was "break") and or run out of battery!


message 49: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 47276 comments I'd probably take more, a mix of formats. Oh, and throw in some magazines for good measure.

Have a great trip, Rusalka!


message 50: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16732 comments I haven't had time to review them properly but read 6 books towards this challenge so far. Had to review them so I could reshelve them and get them off my computer desk for the house sitters :P

Priorities


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