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message 1: by Suzanne (last edited Oct 09, 2017 09:48AM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments 2016 YLTO CHALLENGE – SUZANNE GEOCACHES THE GLOBE
Geocaching Through the World Heritage Sites

1. NORTH AMERICA:

Canada:
a. Dinosaur Provincial Park
- Read a book set in Alberta
Obasan by Joy Kogawa completed 02/05/17
- Read a book about dinosaurs (living or fossils)
Tyrannosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston completed 02/09/17
- Take home item – Piece of petrified bone: Read a book that has the word “bone” in the title
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl completed 02/13/17

b. Glacier Bay
- read a book set in British Columbia
Border Songs by Jim Lynch completed 02/16/17
- read a book that has sea life in it (whales or seals)
Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez completed 02/21/17
- Take home item – Glacier Ice: Read a book that is about
diamonds. It must be a significant part of the story - i.e. a diamond heist, diamond mines, etc.
Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Scott Andrew Selby completed 02/26/17

c. Historic District of Old Québec
- read a book set in Quebec
The Blighted Troth by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer completed 02/28/17
- read about immigrants coming to the new world (could be historical fiction or nonfiction)
Because They Never Do by Patrick Erin Monoghan completed 12/28/16
- Take home item - French Food: Read a book that has French food it in (bring home a taste of old France).
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris completed 02/28/17

d. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
- read a book set in Maritime Canada (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick)
The Wreckage by Michael Crummey completed 03/11/17
- read a book where fishing or whaling is a large part of the story
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Unger completed 03/22/17
- Take home item – Fiddle: Read a book that has a musical instrument in it.
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron completed 03/29/17

United States of America:
a. Yellowstone National Park
- read a book set in Wyoming, Montana or Idaho
Black River by S.M. Hulse completed 04/02/17
- read a book about a vacation in the mountains.
In the Catskills: A Century of Jewish Experience in "The Mountains" by Phil Brown completed 04/09/17
- Take home item – Bear Tooth Pendant: Read a book that has wildlife (bear, deer, moose, elk, or wolf) on the cover.
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska completed 01/31/16

b. Grand Canyon National Park
- read a book set in Arizona or Nevada
Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History by Karl Jacoby completed 04/14/17
- read a book that has a significant river in it.
The Tilted World by Tom Franklin completed 04/24/17
- Take home item - Arrowhead: Read a book about First Nations life where arrows were used. Will accept arrowheads on the cover.
Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides completed 05/03/17

c. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Read a book set in Hawaii
Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island by Lucinda Fleeson completed 05/09/17
- Read a book about volcanoes
Pompeii by Robert Harris completed 05/15/17
- Take home item – Coconut: Read a book that has coconut in it, whether it’s on the cover, in the title, cooked/baked into food
The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the Caribbean by Rita M. Gardner completed 05/21/17

d. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
- Read a book set in New Mexico
The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West by Lesley Poling-Kempes completed 01/19/16
- Read a book where caves play an integral part of the story
The Caves of Perigord by Martin Walker completed 06/01/17
- Take home item – bat wing: Read a book with the word “Bat” is in the title/subtitle, or on the cover.
Bat Boy: Coming of Age with the New York Yankees by Matthew McGough completed 06/08/17

Mexico & Caribbean:
a. Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche
- Read a book set in Mexico
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy completed 06/22/17
- Read a book about the Mayans.
Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya by William Carlsen completed 07/09/17
- Take Home Item – Mayan Calendar: Read a book with the word Calendar in the title/subtitle.
Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar by Duncan Steel completed 08/08/17

b. Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila
- Read a book set in Mexico
Out There: A Novel by Sarah Stark completed 08/16/17
- Read a book where agriculture plays a significant role
Some Luck by Jane Smiley completed 08/31/17
- Take Home Item – Bottle of Tequila: Read a book where alcohol plays a significant role.
The Great Santini by Pat Conroy completed 09/09/17

c. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
- Read a book set in Mexico
The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle by Francisco Goldman completed 09/13/17
- Read a book about migration (human, animal, insect)
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez completed 02/17/16
- Take Home Item – Butterfly: Read a book where a butterfly is on the cover or the word is in the title.
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman completed 09/22/17

d. Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
- Read a book set in the Caribbean
Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton completed 09/27/17
- Read a book where conservation is key.
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan completed 09/13/17
- Take Home Item – Coral: Read a book with the word coral is in the title/subtitle, the author’s name, or a character’s name.
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene completed 10/01/17


message 2: by Suzanne (last edited May 17, 2018 10:45AM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments 2. SOUTH AMERICA:

Brazil:
a. Iguaçu National Park
- Read a book set in Brazil
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley completed 10/12/17
- Read a book with that has a waterfall on the cover or in the story
The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates completed 10/26/17
- Take Home Item – Rainbow: Read a book with a rainbow on the cover.
Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm by Lauren St. John completed 03/06/16

b. Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea
- Read a book set in Brazil
The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes by Scott Wallace completed 11/15/17
- Read a book that has a statue in it.
Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis by Robert M. Edsel completed 11/30/17
- Take Home Item - Photograph of Christ the Redeemer Statue: Read a book where a main character is a photographer
Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop completed 12/07/17

Argentina:

a. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System
- Read a book set in Argentina
Enduring Patagonia by Gregory Crouch completed 12/15/17
- Read a book where the main character spends a lot of time on the road.
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck completed 12/28/17
- Take Home Item – Pin of Argentina’s Flag: Read a book with a sun on the cover.
December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith completed 01/12/18

b. Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas
- Read a book set in Argentina
Lost World Of Patagonia: A Dinosaur Thriller by Dane Hatchell completed 01/17/18
- Read a book set in prehistoric times, or about prehistoric times
The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel completed 01/28/18
- Take Home Item – Hand Petroglyph Facsimile: - Read a book with someone’s hand on the cover.
Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt completed 02/04/18

Chile:
a. Rapa Nui National Park
- Read a book set in Chile
Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile by Sara Wheeler completed 02/10/18
- Read a book where an extraordinary feat of engineering is key.
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann completed 02/16/18
- Take Home Item – Feather from a Headdress: Read a book with a feather on the cover, (Feathers on a bird do not count.)
The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story by Elliott West completed 02/21/18

b. Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
- Read a book set in Chile
My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende completed 02/25/18
- Read a book that is a Rita Award winner or nominee. (You’ve got to know where this inspiration comes from.)
The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander completed 02/28/18
- Take Home Item – Bottle of Water: Read a book that has water on the cover.
Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult completed 12/05/16

Cuba:
a. Old Havana and its Fortification System
- Read a book set in Cuba
No Way Home: A Dancer's Journey from the Streets of Havana to the Stages of the World by Carlos Acosta completed 04/13/17
- Read a book with a dictator in it.
Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang completed 03/10/18
- Take Home Item – Cuban Cigar: Read a book with a cigarette or cigar on the cover, or where the character smokes. 
The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley completed 03/17/18

Peru:
a. Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
- Read a book set in Peru
Eight Feet in the Andes by Dervla Murphy completed 03/22/18
- Read a book set in a mountainous area.
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown completed 03/09/16
- Take Home Item – Ceremonial Knife: Read a book with a knife on the cover.
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz completed 12/1/17

b. Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana
- Read a book set in Peru
Temple by Matthew Reilly completed 03/27/18
- Read a book set in space.
Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell completed 04/02/18
- Take Home Item – Bird: Read a book with the word bird in the title or the author’s name.
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride completed 04/09/18

c. Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
- Read a book set in Peru.
Inca-Kola: A Traveller's Tale of Peru by Matthew Parris completed 04/14/18
- Read a book about the Incans
Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu by Christopher Heaney completed 04/19/18
- Take Home Item – Pottery Shard: Read a book with pottery on the cover, in the title, or a character in the story is a potter.
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss by Edmund de Waal completed 01/19/16

Ecuador:
a. Galápagos Islands
- Read a book about the Galápagos Islands, or are featured in a book
Floreana by Margaret Wittmer completed 10/28/17
- Read a book with one of the following animals/birds on the cover or in the title: Turtle, Iguana, Albatross, Pelican, Flamingo, Whale, Dolphin.
Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban completed 04/25/18
- Take Home Item – Egg: Read a book where the main character is a cook or baker.
Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran completed 05/02/18

b. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System
- Read a book set in Ecuador
First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life by Eva Brown-White completed 05/09/18
- Read a book with llamas in the title, on the cover, or in the story in which there are working animals (llamas, horses, oxen, dogs, etc)
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan completed 05/17/18
- Take Home Item – Sarape: Read a book where someone is weaving textiles or there is a blanket of some kind on the cover.
The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick completed 01/24/18


message 3: by Suzanne (last edited Jan 08, 2020 02:25PM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments 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 Case of Curiosities by Allen Kurzweil completed 08/17/16
- Read a book about painting
Blindspot by Jane Kamensky & Jill Lepore completed 09/21/16
- Take Home Item: - Piece of Charcoal: Read a book with a dark grey or black cover (70%)
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin completed 05/26/18

Austria:
a. Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
- Read a book set in Austria
The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig completed 01/28/18
- In honour of Mozart, read a book in which a real life famous composer is a character and has a significant presence.
Vivaldi's Virgins by Barbara Quick completed 06/04/18
- Take Home Item – Sachertorte: Read a book that has a cake on the cover.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert completed 06/11/18

Belgium:
a. Stoclet House
- Read a book set in Belgium
Dear Enemy by Jack Cavanaugh completed 01/15/17
- Read a book with Art Nouveau as a subject
Unstill Life: A Daughter's Memoir of Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction by Gabrielle Selz completed 03/10/18
- Take Home Item: Pressed Rose: Read a book with a rose on the cover or as a word in the title
Heimat by Shirley Nitschke completed 05/28/16

Denmark:
a. Stevns Klint
- Read a book set in Denmark
We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen completed 09/26/17
- Read a book about meteorites, comets, astroids that have hit the earth or threaten the earth.
Impact by Douglas Preston completed 06/25/18
- Take Home Item – Fossil: Read a book about fossils.
The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World by Shelly Emling completed 07/06/18

Germany:
a. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
- Read a book set in Germany
The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore completed 05/16/16
- Read a book about the Roman invasion of Europe
Wounds of Honour by Anthony Riches completed 07/20/18
- Take Home Item – Spear: Read a book in which spears were used as weapons.
A King's Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman completed 03/14/16

Greece:
a. Archaeological Site of Olympia
- Read a book set in Greece
This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart completed 04/25/18
- Read a book based on Greek mythology
American Gods by Neil Gaiman completed 06/26/18
- Take Home Item – Fig Leaf (some of those statues are missing something): Read a book with a statue on the cover or the word is in the title.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt completed 02/07/16

Iceland:
a. Surtsey
- Read a book set in Iceland
Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss completed 07/31/18
- Read a book about a volcano
Ashfall by Mike Mullin completed 08/05/18
- Take Home Item – piece of lava: Read a book with a black rock on the cover.
Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick completed 12/17/16

Italy:
a. Venice and its Lagoon
- Read a book set in Italy
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant completed 12/13/16
- Read a book set in Venice
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James completed 06/13/18
- Take Home Item – Gondolier’s Scarf: Read a book with a predominantly red cover (70%)
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia by Orlando Figes completed 08/08/17

Netherlands:
a. Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
- Read a book set in the Netherlands
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton completed 06/13/18
- Read a book with the word “Windmill”, “Wind” or “Mill” in the title
The Winds of Dune by Brian Herbert completed 08/16/17
- Take Home Item – Tulip: Read a book with several flowers on the cover.
Home to Hart's Crossing by Robin Lee Hatcher completed 08/29/18

Poland:
a. Auschwitz Birkenau
- Read a book set in Poland
The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45 by Wladysaw Szpelman completed 01/14/17
- Read a book about WWII where Auschwitz is either the setting, the destination, or the threat.
The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer completed 09/09/18
- Take Home Item – Prayer Shawl: Read a book with a devout character
My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell completed 09/15/18

Spain:
a. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)
- Read a book set in Spain
Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom completed 06/06/19
- Read a book about a pilgrimage
Lourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age by Ruth Harris completed 10/04/19
- Take Home Item – Scallop Shell: Read a book with shells on the cover.
On Folly Beach by Karen White completed 10/01/19

United Kingdom (Britain, North Ireland & Scotland):
a. Tower of London
- Read a book set in England
Emma by Jane Austen completed 03/07/17
- Read a book involving the Tower of London
The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory completed 01/05/20
- Take Home Item – Crown: Read a book with a crown on the cover or the word in the title.
The Iron King by Maurice Druon completed 01/08/20

b. Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
- Read a book set in North Ireland or Ireland
The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey completed 12/23/16
- Read a book with a giant in it.
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker completed 01/03/17
- Take Home Item – Emerald: Read a book with a predominant green cover (70%)
State of Wonder: A Novel by Ann Patchett completed 12/14/16

c. New Lanark
- Read a book set in Scotland
Temptation by Jude Devereaux completed 05/24/19
- Read a book about child labour.
The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam completed 10/10/19
- Take Home Item - Ball of wool: Read a book with wool or clothing made from wool (i.e. sweater) on the cover, or with the word “Wool” in the title.
The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands completed 12/10/19


message 4: by Suzanne (last edited Dec 27, 2020 03:55PM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments 4. AFRICA

Botswana:
a. Tsodilo
- Read a book set in Botswana
White Dog Fell from the Sky: A Novel by Eleanor Morse completed 01/10/20
- Read a book set in Prehistoric Times
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel completed 11/21/17
- Take Home Item – Quartz: Read a book where the title begins with the letter Q, or the word Quartz is in the title.
The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory completed 06/05/18

Democratic Republic of Congo:
a. Okapi Wildlife Reserve
- Read a book set in the D.R. of Congo
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns completed 07/23/16
- Read a book with elephant(s) in the story.
A Far Off Place by Laurens Van der Post completed 03/12/16
- Take Home Item – Feather: Read a book with a feather on the cover or the word in the title.
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury completed 08/17/16

Ethiopia:
a. Konso Cultural Landscape
- Read a book set in Ethiopia
Surrender or Starve: Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea by Robert D. Kaplan completed 01/15/20
- Read a book involving agriculture
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck completed 02/19/17
- Take Home Item – Small Wood Carving: Read a book with the word “Wood” is in the title, or the author’s last name is “Wood”.
Lottery by Patricia Wood completed 05/16/18

Gambia:
a. Kunta Kinteh Island
- Read a book set in Gambia
Tubob: Two Years in West Africa with the Peace Corps by Mary E. Trimble completed 01/12/20
- Read a book involving a fort
A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story by Qais Akbar Omar completed 12/22/19
- Take Home Item – Ivory: Read a book with the word “Ivory” in the title, or the subject of the book is about ivory. (Please note, no animals have been killed in the pursuit of this geocache item.)
The Ivory Trade: Music and the Business of Music at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition by Joseph Horowitz completed 01/19/20

Kenya:
a. Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley
- Read a book set in Kenya
The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood by Elsbeth Huxley completed 12/21/19
- Read a book set near a lake
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton completed 01/15/20
- Take Home Item – Flamingo Feather: Read a book with the word flamingo in the title, a flamingo on the cover, or the cover is predominantly hot pink (70%).
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan completed 05/09/18

Madagascar:
a. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
- Read a book set in Madagascar
The Aye-Aye and I: A Rescue Mission in Madagascar by Gerald Durell completed 12/26/19
- Read a book set in a forest
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson completed 02/04/18
- Take Home Item – Frog: Read a book with the word “frog” in the title, or a frog on the cover
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue completed 01/25/20

Mali:
a. Timbuktu
- Read a book set in Mali
Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway completed 12/27/19
- Read a book set in a university
That Book about Harvard: Surviving the World's Most Famous University, One Embarrassment at a Time by Eric Kester completed 12/15/19
- Take Home Item – a Book: Read a book about books.
Ruined By Reading: A Life in Books by Lynn Sharon Schwartz completed 12/15/19

Nigeria:
a. Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove
- Read a book set in Nigeria
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie completed 12/31/19
- Read a book with a shrine in the story
Final Harvest by Wayne Weible completed 12/31/19
- Take Home Item – Wooden Mask resembling a Idol: Read a book with a mask on the cover, or the word “mask” in the title
Life Mask by Emma Donoghue completed 10/04/16

Senegal:
a. Island of Gorée
- Read a book set in Senegal
French Lessons in Africa: Travels with My Briefcase Through French Africa by Peter Biddlecombe completed 12/22/20
- Read a book with slaves in it
The Quality of Mercy by Barry Unsworth completed 10/12/16
- Take Home Item – Link of Chain: Read a book that is linked to another because it’s in a series. (Thought you were done with that, didn’t you?)
Mentats of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson completed 08/25/17

South Africa:
a. Vredefort Dome
- Read a book set in South Africa
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay completed 08/31/16
- Read a book in the post-apocalyptic genre
The Twelve by Justin Cronin completed 03/26/16
- Take Home Item - Piece of Meteorite: Read a book set in space
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson completed 02/08/16

Egypt:
a. Memphis and its Necropolis
- Read a book set in Egypt
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran completed 07/23/18
- Read a historical fiction about one of the Pharoahs
The Twelfth Transforming by Pauline Gedge completed 01/25/20
- Take Home Item – Scarab: Read a book with the word “Scarab” in the title or the subtitle
The Blue Scarab by Ann Carter completed 03/17/18

Morocco:
a. Medina of Marrakesh
- Read a book set in Morocco
The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah completed 01/25/20
- Read a book that is about food, glorious food.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal completed 02/03/20
- Take Home Item – Olive: Read a book with the word “Olive” in the title, or pictured in a drink on the cover
The Olive Tree by Carol Drinkwater completed 11/29/16


message 5: by Suzanne (last edited Apr 22, 2021 12:48PM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments 5. ASIA:

Afghanistan:
a. Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
- Read a book set in Afghanistan
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon completed 01/29/20
- Read a book in which there are caves, or the word “cave” is in the title.
The Venus Fixers: The Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy's Art During World War II by Ilaria Dagnini Brey completed 01/07/17
- Take Home Item – Blue Tile: Read a book where the cover is predominantly blue (70%)
Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund completed 02/05/20

China:
a. Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang
- Read a book set in China
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan completed 02/17/17
- Read a book in which there are dragons
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss completed 06/17/20
- Take Home Item – Jade: Read a book with the word “Jade” in the title or subtitle.
The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy completed 02/01/20

b. The Great Wall
- Read a book set in China
The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnival completed 01/19/16
- Read a book in which there is an army.
Only Call Us Faithful: A Novel of the Union Underground by Marie Jakober completed 04/15/16
- Take Home Item – Brick: Because the Great Wall is colossal and made of bricks, read a chunkster that is more than 500 pages.
The Runes of the Earth by Stephen R. Donaldson completed 05/17/16

c. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains
- Read a book set in China
China Dolls by Lisa See completed 12/18/17
- Read a book in which there are endangered animals
Don't Look Behind You! A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants, and Lovesick Rhinos by Peter Allison completed 02/05/20
Home|18050185] by Boyd Varty
- Take Home Item – Teddy Bear: Read a Middle Grade/Young Adult in which an animal plays a significant role
One Good Dog by Susan Wilson completed 11/23/20

India:
a. Taj Mahal
- Read a book set in India
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri completed 02/29/20
- Read a book about a great love
Between Love and Honor by Alexandra Lapierre completed 11/15/20
- Take Home Item – White Marble: Read a book with a predominantly white cover (70%) and with minimal black on it. No other colours are allowed.
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell completed 11/23/20

b. Mountain Railways of India
- Read a book set in India
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar, completed 02/09/20
- Read a book either published between 1800-1899 or set in the time period
Persuasion by Jane Austen completed 05/08/16
- Take Home Item – Train Model: Read a book set on a train, or with the word “train” in the title
Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin completed 02/20/20

Iran:
a. Persepolis
- Read a book set in Iran/Persia
The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer completed 12/25/20
- Read a book with a character who is an archeologist
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley completed 07/30/18
- Take Home Item – Carpet: Read a book with a multi coloured cover, or with the word “Carpet” in the title or subtitle
Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemerovsky completed 03/27/18

Japan:
a. Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
- Read a book set in Japan
Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan by Bruce Feiler completed 01/27/19
- Read a book set in wartime (any war)
City of Women by David R. Gillham completed 04/27/16
- Take Home Item – Dove: Read a book in which a dove is on the cover, or in the title/subtitle
Wings of Refuge by Lynn Austin completed 02/15/20

b. Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites
- Read a book set in Japan
A Year in Japan by Kate Williamson completed 09/18/16
- Read a book with a character that is a seamstress or tailor, or has a clothing sweat shop
The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles completed 04/27/16
- Take Home Item – Silkworm Egg: Read a book with the word “silk” in the title/sub-title
Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book by Joyce Morgan completed 09/28/16

Mongolia:
a. Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape
- Read a book set in Mongolia
Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler completed 02/18/20
- Read a book about nomadic people
360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World by John Higham completed 12/26/20
- Take Home Item – Bow from a Morin Khuur (Guitar-like Instrument): Read a book where music is the central theme
Love Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield completed 07/30/18

Nepal:
a. Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha
- Read a book set in Nepal
Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan completed 04/20/21
- Read a book where a significant character is Buddhist
The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto by Pico Iyer completed 03/26/21
- Take Home Item – Prayer Flag: Read a book with the word “Flag” is in the title/subtitle, or a flag is on the cover.
The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang completed 08/05/18

Thailand:
a. Ban Chiang Archaeological Site
- Read a book set in Thailand
Wave of Destruction: The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami by Erich Krauss completed 03/04/18
- Read a book in which a King is a significant character
The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory completed 03/02/21
- Take Home Item – Pottery Shard: Read a book with a bowl or cup on the cover.
Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China by Jen Lin-Liu completed 08/06/20


message 6: by Suzanne (last edited Aug 31, 2021 02:44PM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments 6. AUSTRALIA/SOUTH SEA ISLANDS:

Australia:
a. Great Barrier Reef
- Read a book set in Australia
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak completed 08/05/18
- Read a book set on/under the ocean
Life of Pi by Yann Martel completed 01/27/17
- Take Home Item – Coral: Read a book with the word “coral” in the title/subtitle, or author’s name.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers by Simon Winchester completed 08/31/21

b. Kakadu National Park
- Read a book set in Australia
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman completed 01/12/21
- Read a book set in the tropics
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh completed 07/19/21
- Take Home Item – Alligator Tooth: Read a book with teeth on the cover
It's Always Something by Gilda Radner completed 12/29/16

c. Lord Howe Island Group
- Read a book set in Australia
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton completed 03/01/16
- Read a book set on an island
This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich completed 05/28/16
- Take Home Item – Bird: Read a book with the word “Bird” in the title, or a bird on the cover
The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzman completed 01/24/16

d. Tasmanian Wilderness
- Read a book set in Australia
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty completed 02/26/20
- Read a book where a penal colony or prison is significant
King Rat by James Clavell03/04/20
- Take Home Item – Tasmanian Devil: Read a Paranormal Fantasy book (think devils, demons, etc)
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - completed 02/14/16

e. Shark Bay, Western Australia
- Read a book set in Australia
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion completed 07/06/21
- Read a book with sharks in it
Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 by Michael Capuzzo completed 01/04/20
- Take Home Item – Shark Tooth: Read a book with the word “Shark” in the title/sub-title, or on the cover.
Shark's Fin And Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuschia Dunlop
completed 07/31/21

f. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
- Read a book set in Australia
Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough completed 07/15/18
- Read a book with Aboriginal people in it
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson08/15/21
- Take Home Item – Red Stone: Read a book where the cover is predominantly red (70%)
Dancer by Colum McCann completed 04/09/17

g. Sydney Opera House
- Read a book set in Australia
A Fortunate Life by Albert B. Facey completed 09/07/16
- Read a book set in a harbour city
Fever by Mary Beth Keane completed 04/09/21
- Take Home Item – Concert Program: Read a book where a musician is a significant character
Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello completed 01/05/21

h. Macquarie Island
- Read a book set in Antarctica
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple completed 06/03/16
- Read a book about exploration
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier by Stephen E. Ambrose completed 02/21/16
- Take Home Item – Penguin: Read a classic published by Penguin Classics (does not need to be the issue you read).
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen completed 02/22/16

New Zealand:
a. Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand
- Read a book set in New Zealand
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton completed 04/02/17
- Read a book in the fantasy genre (sorry, can’t help but think of the Lord of the Rings movies)
Fatal Revenant by Stephen R. Donaldson completed 02/02/17
- 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.
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides completed 03/08/20

Papua New Guinea:
a. Kuk Early Agricultural Site
- Read a book set in Papua New Guinea
Euphoria by Lily King completed 12/04/16
- Read a book with death as a significant theme.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson completed 05/08/18
- Take Home Item – Bird of Paradise Plume: Read a book set in what you perceive as paradise.
A Month of Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation by Chris Brady completed 04/05/21

Philippines:
a. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
- Read a book set in the Philippines
A Pledge of Silence by Flora J. Solomon completed 08/01/20
- Read a book in which agriculture is a significant theme
Everything is Wonderful: Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia by Sigrid Rausing completed 04/19/18
- Take Home Item – Grain of Rice: Read a book with the word “Rice” in the title, or the author’s name.
The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka completed 08/07/16

Singapore:
a. Singapore Botanical Gardens
- Read a book set in Singapore
A Different Sky by Meira Chand completed 01/01/21
- Read a book in which a garden is a significant location or gardening a significant activity
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah completed 11/25/20
- Take Home Item – Orchid: Read a book with the word “Orchid” in the title or on the cover
The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley completed 01/14/16


message 7: by Suzanne (last edited Jul 31, 2021 10:21AM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments Site 1 - The Great Wall
The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall - completed 01/19/16
Only Call Us Faithful: A Novel of the Union by Marie Jakober Underground - completed 04/15/16
The Runes of the Earth by Stephen R. Donaldson - completed 05/17/16

Site 2 - Lord Howe Island Group
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton completed 03/01/16
This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich completed 05/28/16
The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzman - completed 01/24/16

Site 3 - Vredefort Dome
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - completed 08/31/16
The Twelve by Justin Cronin - completed 03/26/16
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson - completed 02/08/16

Site 4 - Macquarie Island
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Simple completed 06/03/16
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier by Stephen E. Ambrose - completed 02/21/16
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - completed 02/22/16

Site 5 - Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason Stearns completed 07/23/16
A Far Off Place by Laurens Van der Post completed 03/12/16
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury completed 08/17/16

Site 6 - Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites
A Year in Japan by Kate Williamson completed 09/18/16
The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles completed 04/27/16
Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book by Joyce Morgan completed 09/28/16


message 8: by Suzanne (last edited Oct 09, 2017 09:47AM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments CONTINENTS COMPLETED:

North America:

36 books read
completed as of 10/01/17


message 9: by Suzanne (last edited May 17, 2018 10:47AM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments CONTINENTS COMPLETED:

South America:

36 books read
completed as of 05/17/18


message 10: by Suzanne (last edited Jan 10, 2020 07:07AM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments CONTINENTS COMPLETED:

Europe:

42 books read
completed as of 01/08/20


message 11: by Suzanne (last edited Apr 22, 2021 12:49PM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments CONTINENTS COMPLETED:

Africa:

36 books read
completed as of 12/22/20


message 12: by Suzanne (last edited Apr 22, 2021 12:49PM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments CONTINENTS COMPLETED:

Asia:

36 books reads
completed as of 04/20/21


message 13: by Suzanne (last edited Aug 31, 2021 02:45PM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments CONTINENTS COMPLETED:

Australia/South Sea Islands:

36 books read
completed as of 08/31/21


message 14: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20275 comments So hard not to want to add all of your interesting titles to my TBR list, Susan!
I did add one of your Australian titles tho. I love the Gilda Radner book for teeth on the cover! I already had that one on my list.


message 15: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20275 comments Sorry I spelled ur name wrong. On the app and cannot edit it. My bad.


message 16: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments Cherie wrote: "So hard not to want to add all of your interesting titles to my TBR list, Susan!
I did add one of your Australian titles tho. I love the Gilda Radner book for teeth on the cover! I already had that..."


Thanks, Cherie! I originally started with books that I already owned, but I just love researching books (and of course, this challenge is so fun!), so I finally finished by completing the whole list. There are 93 books on this list that I don't have yet. I divided the sites by ranking them 1-4 (1 being a site where I own all the books, and 4 being a site where I have none of the books). I start reading all the 1 sites first and see how far I get. I'm sure I won't get to all of them, but like you, I'm excited about all new discoveries and will eventually read them, even if it's a couple of years down the road:)


message 17: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments I really enjoyed being creative with coming up with certain books. Like the Gilder Rader for teeth on the cover (she did have a big smile!), I veered off the elephant course with Ivory, to come up with a book about a piano competition. A real challenge I had was Latin America. I have learned that I am not a fan of novels written by Latino authors, so I went the non-fiction route. I love travel memiors, so I was able to fill in a lot of the Latin America requirements with travel books.


message 18: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20275 comments Haha! I think I am doing the same as you but my tracking is mostly on a word doc. I was marking which sites I have three books for and those I have only one or two. I think I am weakest with the Africa and South America tasks. I can find books for the take home items easiest. The settings next, but some of the middle tasks, I am not too keen for.

I know that I can do the four sites and then go for the continents, but I doubt that I will make it for at least one book for all the sites.

I probably should stop messing around and just read the books, but I really like looking for them too.


message 19: by Suzanne (last edited Mar 04, 2016 05:10AM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments "I probably should stop messing around and just read the books, but I really like looking for them too. "

LOL! I totally identify with that!


message 20: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments I just realized that there are 222 books total on this list. And they all look so good! I guess I'll be continuing on this challenge for a few years LOL!


message 21: by TrudyA (new)

TrudyA (trudyan) | 1666 comments Suzanne, this is such a wonderful list! I would like to read virtually every one of these books. I loved Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann and TransAtlantic looks intriguing. Michael Crummey is one of my favourite Canadian authors, though I enjoyed some of his other books more than The Wreckage. I will add The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroineto my geo challenge picks. I thought The Invention of Wings would satisfy the child labour requirement, but now that I am reading it, child labour isn't really the focus of the book.


message 22: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments TrudyAn wrote: "Suzanne, this is such a wonderful list! I would like to read virtually every one of these books. I loved Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann and [book:TransAtlant..."

Thank you, TrudyAn! It was so much fun to compile the list from both books that are already on my shelf and researching new books. I'm excited for all the new discoveries! I haven't read anything by Michael Crummey yet, but I'll definitely keep in on my radar. Thanks for the recommendation!


message 23: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments I've officially got my first site completed! I've been bouncing around in my reading, but should be more steady from now on. I expect to compete a lot more sites by the end of summer:)


message 24: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 50026 comments One down! Good for you. :)


message 25: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments Janice wrote: "One down! Good for you. :)"
Thanks, Janice!


message 26: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 17565 comments Wooohooo!!


message 27: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 17565 comments Also, I missed you read Cloudstreet. What you think?


message 28: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20275 comments Yay! Wow - 47 books finished (by my count).
How was the Heather Lende book (about Alaska)?
You have been making your way through the Jane Austen books. Are they re-reads?


message 29: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments Rusalka wrote: "Also, I missed you read Cloudstreet. What you think?"

I did enjoy it - particularly the colloquial feel. It really felt like you were immersed in a world that was Australian - although I had a little difficulty with some of the words and phrases that were unfamiliar to me. Winton is a wonderful writer, though. If you're interested, here is my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 30: by Suzanne (last edited May 21, 2016 07:17AM) (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments Cherie wrote: "Yay! Wow - 47 books finished (by my count).
How was the Heather Lende book (about Alaska)?
You have been making your way through the Jane Austen books. Are they re-reads?"


Thanks, Cherie! (Although I think I've only read 23 books - the master list is on the top of my feed, and as I start to read sites, they are being moved to the bottom so that I can submit for a badge when I'm ready). I am really enjoying this challenge. It's a great way to finally read many of those books that have been lingering on my shelf, and also to discover lots of new ones. If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska wasn't my favorite. I did learn a few things, which is always good, and it's also very short, which is a plus when the book isn't up to par. Here's my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

As for Jane Austen - there are a couple that I hadn't read yet, but were sitting on my shelf, so they are new reads for me.


message 31: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 17565 comments NIce review. I can understand the issue with not quite understanding the language.

I guess I always find Aussie lit, no matter the subject, like slippers. I don't have to think anymore, they talk like me, they use the same words and spelling. I can slip completely into the book, I totally relax. With US or UK books, as much as I understand the language, there is always something I have to translate or look up. Must be the same the other way around.


message 32: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20275 comments Interesting view on both books, Suzanne. I think you liked Cloudstreet a little better than I did. I also struggled with it because of the language and agree that after a while, it became easier. There were parts of the story I liked a lot.

The Alaska story sounds like it may fit the death task as a significant theme. It does not sound like what I had in my mind though for why I picked it - simply for the cover. I wanted it to be funny and nostalgic. I wanted it to be like that TV show called Northern Lights. I may have to gopher for something else.


message 33: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments My expectations were the same, Cherie. I would give it a miss if I were you. That's the great thing about GR - not only can you get great recommendations from others, but you can save yourself from reading some real stinkers, too!


message 34: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20275 comments I will heed your warning and gopher for another book.


message 35: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments With This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland, I've got two sites down! I'm getting there!


message 36: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20275 comments Yay- half way there!


message 37: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments I loved my book set in Antarctica - Where'd You Go, Bernadette. That makes my third site completed!


message 38: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20275 comments Almost there now! Feels good.

I liked Bernadette. I started listening to the audio but I think I switched to the print because I thought I did not understand the story. It was strange but good either way.


message 39: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments We moved a little over a week ago, and between packing and moving and unpacking, my reading took a back seat. I'm happy to be back to normal and back to reading! I finally reviewed a few books I managed to squeeze in, including another from my Geocaching list. Only three more books to complete the first part of the challenge (six sites/18 books)!


message 40: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 50026 comments I'm glad you're feeling settled. Enjoy your new home.


message 41: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments Janice wrote: "I'm glad you're feeling settled. Enjoy your new home."
Thanks, Janice! It's amazing how quickly a new place begins to feel like home. Just unpacking my books did wonders!


message 42: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments I've completed 5 sites and only 2 more books to go to finish the 6 mandatory sites! The book I just read The Power of One, set in South Africa, deserves a major "you must read this" push. What a wonderful book - I enjoyed every minute of it and it deserves all five stars I gave to it:)


message 43: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20275 comments Hopefully, I will get to this book one day. I have others of Courtney's titles on my TBR list, but have only read one so far.

You are so close! Keep going. The badge will look beautiful on your wall!


message 44: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments YAY! I've completed the six sites for my badge. The last book, Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book, was very good, and actually featured one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites!


message 45: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20275 comments Sweet! I may need to add that one to my list!

Congratulations!


message 46: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments Well, I've managed to complete 43 books on this list in 2016. I plan on continuing in 2017 and hopefully I'll manage at least that many again!


message 47: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments With Life of Pi, I've completed 51 books on this list and I plan on now going continent by continent mostly. First up - North America! I've been ordering used books online for this challenge and it's so fun to get these books in the mail! Every day brings some new excitement (because what could be more exciting that getting books in the mail?)


message 48: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 15392 comments Great job Suzanne! It's great that you're continuing this challenge this year :)


message 49: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments Peggy wrote: "Great job Suzanne! It's great that you're continuing this challenge this year :)" Thanks, Peggy! I really love this challenge. So many interesting books!


message 50: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 1136 comments This challenge is really coming along! I just knocked off 4 books - the first three from Canada's Dinosaur Provincial Park and another to meet the agricultural requirement for Ethiopia. The books I read were:

Obasan by Joy Kogawa
Tyrannosaur Canyon
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

I really loved Tender at the Bone and The Good Earth. They were the best of the four!


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