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2017 Challenge prompts > A book by an author from a country you've never visited

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message 1: by Lynette (new)

Lynette Caulkins | 92 comments The Alchemist - if you haven't been to Brazil


message 2: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Falling in Death and Love by Magnus Stanke

The author is from Germany.


message 3: by Carolina (new)

Carolina Poli (carolina_poli) | 29 comments All beautiful Murakami books, such as 1Q84 if you haven't been to Japan.


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mandy crandale | 8 comments I've got My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises on the go for this one as I've neved been to Sweden. I am absolutely loving it!

Another Japan recommendation: A Tale for the Time Being was a lovely, and unusual, read too...


message 5: by Emanuel (new)

Emanuel | 250 comments any book from portuguese authors if you never visited my beautiful Portugal.


message 6: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 531 comments Emanuel wrote: "any book from portuguese authors if you never visited my beautiful Portugal."

Any recommendations?


message 7: by Emanuel (new)

Emanuel | 250 comments olá, I do'nt know where you live(country to tell you the titles in correct language.José Rodrigues dos Santos is a remarkable writher(I only had a sad experience with the last book-Vaticanum, but others are good, like A Vida num Sopro by José Rodrigues dos Santos .


message 8: by Brooke (new)

Brooke | 273 comments For this prompt I am going to read The Hypnotist's Love Story, which is written by Australian writer Liane Moriarty. I hope it is better than Truly Madly Guilty, which I had to force myself to finish!


message 10: by Emma (new)

Emma Harrison (emma_harrison) | 36 comments A tale for the time being - Ruth Ozeki
Pearl of China - Achee Min


message 12: by Carrie (new)

Carrie | 71 comments Scribbling the Cat by Alexandra Fuller


message 13: by Felicia (new)

Felicia | 21 comments I've never had the pleasure of visiting New Zealand, Australia nor Japan.

Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh


message 14: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 33 comments So, I come from a small island in the Mediterranean called Malta. I would be surprised if most of you have heard of it, let alone visited! I would be very interested to hear anyone's views on any novel written by a Maltese author. There probably isn't an extensive list of books written in English. As I said, the country is very small!

I found this list which may be of interest, although not all authors listed there are Maltese - https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...

Let me know if anyone decides to take up this challenge!


message 15: by Erika (new)

Erika Dale This should be easy, I have never left the United States :(


message 16: by Elyse (new)

Elyse (winesaboutbooks) I read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which takes place mostly in the Dominican Republic.


message 17: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 2 comments Rachel wrote: "So, I come from a small island in the Mediterranean called Malta. I would be surprised if most of you have heard of it, let alone visited! I would be very interested to hear anyone's views on any n..."

Hi Rachel, it just so happens my grandparents on my mother's side are both from Malta! It is on my bucket list to someday go there.


message 18: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 33 comments Andrea wrote: Hi Rachel, it just so happens my grandparents on my mother's side are both from Malta! It is on my bucket list to someday go there. "

Oh excellent, that's a rare coincidence! :)


message 19: by Emanuel (new)

Emanuel | 250 comments this year I read a lot of books from authors borned in countries that I never visited yet, like brasil:Estorvo, germany:Cândido, ou o Optimismo and african countries:O Assobiador


message 20: by Tytti (last edited Apr 08, 2017 04:53AM) (new)

Tytti | 355 comments Rachel wrote: "So, I come from a small island in the Mediterranean called Malta. I would be surprised if most of you have heard of it, let alone visited! I would be very interested to hear anyone's views on any n..."

Sure I know of Malta, I even remember the capital. It's one of those that are easy to remember because "valetta" with one L means "without a lie" in Finnish. :D Actually a friend of mine worked there as an intern or something some years ago, six months, I think.

I wonder what I will read for this because I have visited most of the countries I usually read books from. Interrail a few years ago makes it even more difficult...


message 21: by Anne (new)

Anne K. | 21 comments I'm going to go for 100 years of Solitude, by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. I just wish I could read in spanish :(


message 22: by Tricia (new)

Tricia | 119 comments If you have not been to Australia here are some authors I recommend:

Bryce Courtenay (also from South Africa)
Di Morrissey
Judy Nunn
Joy Dettman
Liane Moriarty
Belinda Alexandra


message 23: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 33 comments Anne wrote: "I'm going to go for 100 years of Solitude, by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. I just wish I could read in spanish :("

I hope you love it even in English! One of my favourites.


message 24: by Ramona (new)

Ramona Mead (ramonamead) | 24 comments I'm currently reading The Dry by Jane Harper for a different challenge but it would fit here. The author was born in the UK and moved to Australia at age 8. The book is set in Australia. I'm not too far in yet but it's super good and I've read rave reviews.


message 25: by Piajensen13 (new)

Piajensen13 | 51 comments Ramona wrote: "I'm currently reading The Dry by Jane Harper for a different challenge but it would fit here. The author was born in the UK and moved to Australia at age 8. The book is set in Australia. I'm not to..."

I started reading the book for this prompt, but I then found out she was born and educated in England but resides in Australia (I think she has citizenship), but I felt it was cheating. I have been to the UK but not Australia. So I ended up moving this to the advanced list :)
However, it is very good and had me guessing to the very end.


message 26: by Leigh (new)

Leigh Query | 7 comments Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (he grew up in South Africa as apartheid was ending). I cannot recommend this highly enough, especially the audiobook version where he is doing all the voices (and correctly pronouncing all those foreign languages)! He's a comedian, so it's hilarious at times, but his family also went through some pretty intense stuff. This was a book where I loved it so much I was sad to have to turn it back in to the library. A billion stars!


message 27: by Keri (new)

Keri | 43 comments Australia! I just read Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.


message 28: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) I really want to read The Dry too.


message 29: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Osborne | 1 comments Any Fredrik Backman for those of us who haven't been to Sweden


message 30: by Krissy (new)

Krissy | 16 comments The Shadow of the Wind or any by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - for those who haven't been to Spain.


message 31: by Kaitlin (new)

Kaitlin I love reading books from authors all around the world. I learn so much about that country and their culture!
These are the books that I have read so far

Silence by Shūsaku Endō
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
The Dark Bride by Laura Restrepo


message 32: by Chinook (new)

Chinook | 731 comments I slotted The Three-Body Problem into this category. It's a stretch, depending on how you view Hong Kong because I've been there but not mainland China. I feel it's sufficiently apart from mainland China to count.


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