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message 1: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (last edited Sep 24, 2018 09:15PM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
Is there a book written by a foreign author that you've been meaning to read?

Is there a great book from (or about) another country that you've really enjoyed?

Would you be interested in a personal challenge of reading a book from every country in the world (written by foreign author and/or set in another country, it's up to you) ?

Maybe you can select 4 countries each year (one for each season), and find a book from those countries to try this year.

Here is some inspiration:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/4...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh09x...

https://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/th...

https://wondrousbooks.wordpress.com/2...
(thanks to Jeanette https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2...)

Please share with us any book gems you find from other countries!
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So far we have suggested books from or about the following countries:

Poland
Iceland
Ecuador
North Korea
Scotland
Russia
Puerto Rico
Egypt
Norway



message 2: by Bkwmlee (new)

Bkwmlee | 375 comments Thanks for creating this thread, StarMan! I'm definitely interested in this topic, as I love reading about different cultures and enjoy books that are set in different countries/regions and/or written by foreign authors.

Not sure about reading a book from every country in the world, as that seems impossible to accomplish for me, but incorporating a wider range of countries in my reading repertoire is definitely doable. As it goes right now, my TBR list already includes books from more than a dozen different countries (either set in those countries or the author is from that country and incorporates some cultural references in his/her works).


message 3: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (last edited Jan 28, 2018 08:04AM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
I'll try to occasionally pick a random country and mention one or more random books either from, about, or set in that country. Feel free to correct me if I make a country/book error. Please add any any relevant books you'd like to my lists.

I'll start with...


P O L A N D


Coat of Arms

Some random titles from or about Poland:

(view spoiler)

Feel free to suggest more titles about Poland!


message 4: by biblio • bliss, Mod Nerd (new)

biblio • bliss (bookgirl1987) | 1152 comments Mod
StarMan wrote: "Is there a book written by a foreign author that you've been meaning to read?

Is there a great book from (or about) another country that you've really enjoyed?

Would you be interested in a person..."


Super idea!


message 5: by biblio • bliss, Mod Nerd (new)

biblio • bliss (bookgirl1987) | 1152 comments Mod
Bkwmlee wrote: "Thanks for creating this thread, StarMan! I'm definitely interested in this topic, as I love reading about different cultures and enjoy books that are set in different countries/regions and/or writ..."

Hope you find several books that help you diversify your reading life!

Remember that we have a 2017 Diversity Challenge as well. You can set a goal here: https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/...

(Of course, reading globally is just ONE of the many ways to diversify your reading!)

Good luck!


message 6: by biblio • bliss, Mod Nerd (new)

biblio • bliss (bookgirl1987) | 1152 comments Mod
StarMan wrote: "I'll try to occasionally pick a random country and mention one or more random books either from, about, or set in that country. Feel free to correct me if I make a country/book error. Please add an..."

You got this thread down, StarMan! Did I mention lately that you're a great asset to our group?! ;-)


message 7: by Bkwmlee (new)

Bkwmlee | 375 comments Allison wrote: "Bkwmlee wrote: "Thanks for creating this thread, StarMan! I'm definitely interested in this topic, as I love reading about different cultures and enjoy books that are set in different countries/reg..."

Thanks for the reminder on the Diversity Challenge, Allison! I was actually thinking about how best to categorize the books that I've read so far (and will be reading in the coming months) related to the "around the world" theme (or some variation of it). This challenge is the perfect way to keep track of those books for me! :-)


message 8: by Bkwmlee (new)

Bkwmlee | 375 comments StarMan wrote: "I'll try to occasionally pick a random country and mention one or more random books either from, about, or set in that country. Feel free to correct me if I make a country/book error. Please add an..."

Thanks, StarMan! I just added a few of those books to my TBR list! :-)


message 9: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (last edited Jan 28, 2018 08:05AM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
I C E L A N D



A few books from Icelandic authors, or about Iceland:

(view spoiler)

For more suggestions, see:

https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/...
and
http://www.reykjavik.com/top-5-icelan...

~~~~~
RELATED: a book about Iceland and several other Nordic countries:

The Almost Nearly Perfect People Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth
The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia


message 10: by Hannah (new)

Hannah | 35 comments I just read a great book set in Denmark!

Thriller/magical realism: The Quiet Girl
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

(Sorry, I can't figure out how to do the link with the book title on my phone!)

Also, this is a great idea, reading around the world!


message 11: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (last edited Feb 19, 2017 10:58PM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
Hannah wrote: "I just read a great book set in Denmark!

Thriller/magical realism: The Quiet Girl
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


Thanks for sharing, Hannah. Sounds like an interesting read.

Here's one of the paperback book covers (English language):

The Quiet Girl by Peter Høeg


message 12: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
Today we bring you...

E C U A D O R



I'll be lazy and point you to some existing GR lists for books from or about Ecuador or other South & Central American countries:

https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8...

But I'll point out one non-fiction/exploration/history/biography book that caught my eye:

The Lost City of Z by David Grann or The Lost City of Z A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
The Lost City of Z

It's also been made into a movie that appears to be highly rated:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1212428/

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Does anyone have a recommendation for a specific book or author from South America or Central America?


message 13: by Hannah (new)

Hannah | 35 comments Jorge Luis Borges is one of my favorite Latin American authors!Jorge Luis Borges


message 14: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (last edited Jan 28, 2018 08:06AM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
    N O R T H    K O R E A

flag North Korea

Some books set in Korea, by Korean authors, or about the country/area:

(view spoiler)

LIST (More books on North Korea):
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...

► Please comment if you wish to recommend any books about this country, or by native authors.


message 15: by Bkwmlee (new)

Bkwmlee | 375 comments Timely choice, thanks StarMan! I've added quite a few of these to my TBR.

Here's an interview that In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom author Yeonmi Park did with Hong Kong English-language newspaper SCMP: http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/a...


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StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
Tiny bookstore on the go in France

http://inhabitat.com/nomadic-booksell...




message 17: by Anne (new)

Anne Bradshaw I love this! What a great idea. :)


message 18: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (last edited Jul 01, 2017 07:28AM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
S C O T L A N D



Some random titles:

Lonely Planet Scotland (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet   The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson   The Bridge by Iain Banks   Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman   The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan


50 best Scottish Books

GR books tagged as "Scotland": https://www.goodreads.com/genres/scot...

BBC vote: Top 10 Scottish books

10 Contemporary Scottish Authors

► Do you know any good books by Scottish authors, or books set in Scotland? (I also understand it's quite a popular setting for time-travel romance tales, for some reason ;)


message 19: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (last edited Oct 12, 2017 04:10PM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
R U S S I A   (Russian Federation / Российская Федерация)

 

1) Here's a 2017 bestseller (historical fiction) that's based on a Russian folk tale:
The Bear and the Nightingale
The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Read an interview with author Katherine Arden: http://www.unboundworlds.com/2017/10/...


2) Books available in Russian or English, published since ~2000 (GR List):
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4...


St Petersburg Russia bookstore customers browsing
A bookshop in St. Petersburg


3) 10 Russian novels to read before you die:
http://offtheshelf.com/2014/10/10-rus...


4) Greatest Russian novels of all time (GR List):
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...

► Anyone want to contribute the name of a really good Russian book or two?


message 20: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (last edited Jan 28, 2018 08:01AM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
P U E R T O   R I C O

flag of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican authors: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3...

Books set in Puerto Rico: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...

And some random selections:

(view spoiler)


message 21: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (last edited Jan 28, 2018 08:02AM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
E G Y P T

Egypt flag

Popular books by Egyptian authors: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/...

Random titles set in Egypt or by Egyptian authors:

(view spoiler)

► Can you suggest an Egypt book that we might enjoy?


message 22: by Lupe, Bibliophile Extraordinaire (new)

Lupe Dominguez (lupedominguez) | 92 comments Mod
This is a really neat thread! Thanks, StarMan!


message 23: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
N O R W A Y



Some popular or recommended books by Norweigan authors, or books set in or about Norway:

Lonely Planet Norway (Travel Guide) by Anthony Ham Lonely Planet Norway
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder Sophie's World
The Son by Jo Nesbø The Son
The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder The Orange Girl
Kristin Lavransdatter (Kristin Lavransdatter, #1-3) by Sigrid Undset Kristin Lavransdatter

others:

The Ice Palace,   Out Stealing Horses,   Naïve. Super

Let us know if you have a Norweigan title to recommend!


message 24: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (last edited Sep 26, 2018 03:23AM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
Snails, please feel free to post your own country-book thing here, or even just a quick recommendation for a book from (or about) a particular country.

I'm just randomly picking places, but many of you are far more knowledgeable about these things than I am, or are more widely-read.


message 25: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
Do any of you Snails want to recommend some books set in a particular country, or by a specific non-USA author?

And a question:

Who is your favorite American author, and why?


message 26: by Sherry (new)

Sherry I would highly recommend Blindness by Jose Saramago. Though the country the book takes place is unspecified the author is Portuguese. It’s about a viral outbreak of blindness and the country’s attempt to cope with it while society suffers an extreme breakdown. It was an amazing unputdownable book.

My consistently favourite author is John Steinbeck. A very close second would be Cormac McCarthy. John Irving has written several books that I loved.


message 27: by StarMan, Co-Mod Space Snail (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1807 comments Mod
Sherry wrote: "I would highly recommend Blindness by Jose Saramago.."

Thank you, Sherry. Sounds like an interesting sci-fi/dystopia title :)


message 28: by Sherry (new)

Sherry A group of us read it together and we were all blown away by it.


message 29: by Vickie (new)

Vickie (bookfan4ever) | 445 comments Well, I'll kill 2 birds with one stone. 😊

My favorite author...Ernest Hemingway, and I highly recommend his book, the classic Old Man and the Sea, set in Cuba. You have to love old Santiago and his courage and perseverance!❤

He's always been my favorite author since I was in high school. It's shameful, though, that I haven't gotten through all his books.🤦‍♀️


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