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message 1: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (last edited Oct 07, 2017 06:34PM) (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Challenge dates: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018
Genre: Any genre. Books chosen may be by setting or by native/resident author
Page length minimum: No minimum page length

Are you trying to read more books from around the world but find yourself reading books from the same 10 countries? Well it is time to broaden your horizons and break free from your comfort zones.

In this challenge you will be reading books from at least 5 different countries. How many countries you choose is up to you. You can pick up to 200 if you really feel ambitious (not advisable as you only have one year to complete the challenge). This feat has been successfully accomplished by at least two different people in the past, however, in our original ATW80challenge.

Here is the catch: You will not be choosing your own destinations. The ATW80 Randomizer will choose your countries for you. You may trade in a country you do not want to read, but it will cost you an additional 5 countries. Once you have read all of the countries in your initial list, you may consult the Randomizer for a new list, if you choose.

Books read for this challenge may also be counted in any of our other challenges on this site.

How to Start:
-Start your own topic in this thread with your name or nickname.
-Request how many countries you would like to start with
-Start gophering and creating your reading list for 2018!


message 2: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Shaver | 24 comments give me five


message 3: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 521 comments I like this challenge, but I'm curious about the randomizer. Will you post a link to a country random generator website, or how does that work?


message 4: by Bethany (new)

Bethany | 8 comments Yes I am a bit curious about this randomiser also. It does sound like a fun reading challenge though ☺🗺


message 5: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (last edited Oct 08, 2017 06:00AM) (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Laurie wrote: "I like this challenge, but I'm curious about the randomizer. Will you post a link to a country random generator website, or how does that work?"

I just use a random list generator (random.org) with all of the countries entered. I choose the top picks from the generator.


message 6: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Hayley wrote: "give me five"

Hayley, here are your five:

Jamaica
Thailand
Saudi Arabia
Netherlands
Greece


message 7: by Viji (new)

Viji | 58 comments I would like to try 100 countries. Thanks.


message 8: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Viji wrote: "I would like to try 100 countries. Thanks."

Viji, here is your list:

Nigeria
Turkey
Comoros
Laos
Bulgaria
South Sudan
Azerbaijan
Lebanon
East Timor
Bhutan
Japan
Guyana
Bangladesh
Montenegro
Hungary
Germany
Belgium
Chile
Austria
Namibia
Madagascar
South Africa
Barbados
Haiti
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Kyrgyzstan
Sweden
Kazakhstan
Niger
Slovakia
Syria
Myanmar
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Morocco
Cyprus
South Korea
Burundi
Armenia
Suriname
Jamaica
Czech Republic
Seychelles
Swaziland
India
Sudan
Costa Rica
Libya
Mongolia
Malta
Tuvalu
Nicaragua
Togo
France
Albania
Cambodia
Turkmenistan
Wales
Eritrea
Lesotho
Pakistan
Algeria
Spain
Israel
Scotland
Russia
Palau
Gambia
Afghanistan
Sao Tome & Principe
Portugal
Philippines
Ecuador
Guatemala
Brunei
Moldova
Dominican Republic
Finland
Kenya
Jordan
Luxembourg
Mauritius
Cape Verde
Monaco
Australia
Belarus
Belize
Malawi
Tunisia
Poland
England
Uruguay
Indonesia
Bahamas
United Arab Emirates
Zambia
Uganda
Ghana
Netherlands
Vanuatu


message 9: by Sam (new)

Sam (buchflimmern) I'm still working on my TBR and will continue to do so in 2018. But I would hate to miss out on this challenge! Give me 5 countries, please :)


message 10: by Viji (new)

Viji | 58 comments Diane wrote: "Viji wrote: "I would like to try 100 countries. Thanks."

Viji, here is your list:

Nigeria
Turkey
Comoros
Laos
Bulgaria
South Sudan
Azerbaijan
Lebanon
East Timor
Bhutan
Japan
Guyana
Bangladesh
Mon..."

Thank you very much, Diane.



Jay-me (Janet)  | 14 comments You may trade in a country you do not want to read, but it will cost you an additional 5 countries

Could you please explain how this would work.


message 12: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 1762 comments Hi, I would like to start with 10 countries. Thanks.


message 13: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Sam wrote: "I'm still working on my TBR and will continue to do so in 2018. But I would hate to miss out on this challenge! Give me 5 countries, please :)"

Sam, here are your countries:

Saudi Arabia
Iceland
Liechtenstein
Palau
Uganda


message 14: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Jay-me (Janet) wrote: "You may trade in a country you do not want to read, but it will cost you an additional 5 countries

Could you please explain how this would work."


For every country you trade in, you acquire 5 more (including the traded country). So, supposing I had 5 countries. I decided to trade Italy in since it was a country I read a lot. I would have Italy taken off but would get 5 more countries to visit, resulting in a total of 9 countries (1 even swap for the trade of Italy and 4 additional countries).


message 15: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Rosemarie wrote: "Hi, I would like to start with 10 countries. Thanks."

Rosemarie, here are your countries:

Haiti
Chile
New Zealand
North Korea
Sudan
Argentina
Swaziland
Tuvalu
Dominica
Montenegro


message 16: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 269 comments I'd like to join this challenge with 10 countries please.


Jay-me (Janet)  | 14 comments Diane wrote: "Jay-me (Janet) wrote: "You may trade in a country you do not want to read, but it will cost you an additional 5 countries

Could you please explain how this would work."

For every country you tra..."


Thank you for the explanation. Could I start with 5 countries please. Hopefully they will be a good selection as I am working my way through books from 100 counties of the U.K. (including the Channel Islands).


message 18: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Ruth wrote: "I'd like to join this challenge with 10 countries please."

Ruth, here are your countries:

China
Turkey
Rwanda
Eritrea
England
Tuvalu
Wales
Egypt
Kyrgyzstan
Armenia


message 19: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Jay-me (Janet) wrote: "Diane wrote: "Jay-me (Janet) wrote: "You may trade in a country you do not want to read, but it will cost you an additional 5 countries

Could you please explain how this would work."

For every c..."


Here are your countries:

England
Benin
Uganda
Monaco
Angola


message 20: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 521 comments I'll try for 10 countries.


message 21: by Bethany (new)

Bethany | 8 comments I'll have 10 countries as well please 😁🗺


message 22: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Laurie wrote: "I'll try for 10 countries."

Laurie, here are your countries:

Barbados
Jamaica
Italy
San Marino
Kiribati
Azerbaijan
Burundi
Qatar
Germany
Congo (Republic)


message 23: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Bethany wrote: "I'll have 10 countries as well please 😁🗺"

Bethany, here are your countries:

Nicaragua
Seychelles
Haiti
Israel
Sri Lanka
Congo (DRC)
Mauritius
Liechtenstein
Albania
Central African Republic


message 24: by Rusalka (new)

Rusalka (Rusalkii) | 233 comments May I please have 10 countries too, Diane? Cheers :D


message 25: by Esther (new)

Esther (Nyctale) | 88 comments I'l start with 5 countries.
Thanks Diane.


message 26: by Susan (new)

Susan | 340 comments I would also like to try for 8 countries. Thank you.


message 27: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Rusalka wrote: "May I please have 10 countries too, Diane? Cheers :D"

Rusalka, here are your 10 countries:

Seychelles
Micronesia
Iran
Trinidad & Tobago
Russia
Montenegro
Malaysia
Gabon
Laos
South Sudan


message 28: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Esther wrote: "I'l start with 5 countries.
Thanks Diane."


Esther, here are your countries:

Papua New Guinea
Costa Rica
Philippines
Equatorial Guinea
Yemen


message 29: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Susan wrote: "I would also like to try for 8 countries. Thank you."

Susan, here are your countries:

Switzerland
Afghanistan
Guatemala
Italy
France
Belarus
Gabon
Finland


message 30: by Esther (new)

Esther (Nyctale) | 88 comments Diane wrote: "Esther wrote: "I'l start with 5 countries.
Thanks Diane."

Esther, here are your countries:

Papua New Guinea
Costa Rica
Philippines
Equatorial Guinea
Yemen"


oh my.... that's going to take some research...


message 31: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 1762 comments Esther, Jurassic Park is set in Costa Rica.


message 32: by Kat (new)

Kat | 33 comments I would like 10 countries.

I'm doing the "Around the World in 80 Countries Challenge" and have chosen my route but still have time to change my plans. Thanks.


message 33: by Rusalka (new)

Rusalka (Rusalkii) | 233 comments Esther wrote: "oh my.... that's going to take some research..."

I read a good book in PNG on the weekend for the Toppler, Esther. Otherwise... yeah lol


message 34: by Rusalka (new)

Rusalka (Rusalkii) | 233 comments Diane wrote: "Rusalka, here are your 10 countries:

Seychelles
Micronesia
Iran
Trinidad & Tobago
Russia
Montenegro
Malaysia
Gabon
Laos
South Sudan"


Thanks Diane. Some ones I can think of straight away, but some very tricky ones there...


PeekingLlama - Laura | 248 comments 10 please Diane


message 36: by Esther (new)

Esther (Nyctale) | 88 comments Rusalka wrote: "Esther wrote: "oh my.... that's going to take some research..."

I read a good book in PNG on the weekend for the Toppler, Esther. Otherwise... yeah lol"


i'll go peek. :)
this will definitely take me out of my usual reading locations.


message 37: by Ruth (last edited Oct 11, 2017 05:12AM) (new)

Ruth | 269 comments Esther wrote: "Diane wrote: "Esther wrote: "I'l start with 5 countries.
Thanks Diane."

Esther, here are your countries:

Papua New Guinea
Costa Rica
Philippines
Equatorial Guinea
Yemen"

oh my.... that's going ..."


I'm about to read a book called Shadows of Your Black Memory about Equatorial Guinea by Donato Ndongo. The original title is Las tinieblas de tu memoria negra and for some reason Goodreads hasn't linked up this translation with his author page. Equatorial Guinea was a Spanish colony and I think the only African country to have Spanish as one of its official languages. This book is about growing up there under colonial rule. The author now lives and works in Spain. I came across a snippet of this book in a Spanish text book I was teaching from and thought it sounded interesting.


message 38: by Jean (new)

Jean | 2 comments I'll start with 5 countries. Thanks, Diane


message 39: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Kat wrote: "I would like 10 countries.

I'm doing the "Around the World in 80 Countries Challenge" and have chosen my route but still have time to change my plans. Thanks."


Kat, here are your countries:

Cape Verde
Qatar
Sudan
Dominica
Lithuania
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Uruguay
Trinidad & Tobago
Somalia


message 40: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments PeekingLlama - Laura wrote: "10 please Diane"

Here are your countries:

England
Gambia
Iran
Moldova
Cape Verde
Romania
Dominican Republic
Guatemala
Ukraine
Burkina Faso


message 41: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Jean wrote: "I'll start with 5 countries. Thanks, Diane"

Jean, here are your countries:

St. Kitts & Nevis
Suriname
Syria
Qatar
St. Vincent & the Grenadines


message 42: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Shaver | 24 comments Diane wrote: "Hayley wrote: "give me five"

Hayley, here are your five:

Jamaica
Thailand
Saudi Arabia
Netherlands
Greece"

thanks


message 43: by Zawadi (new)

Zawadi | 1 comments Hi guys, I think this challenge is very exciting. I would like to try for 5 books please


PeekingLlama - Laura | 248 comments thank you Diane


message 45: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments Zawadi wrote: "Hi guys, I think this challenge is very exciting. I would like to try for 5 books please"

Zawadi, here are your countries:

Chad
Mali
Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)
Scotland
Moldova


message 46: by katie (new)

katie | 47 comments Oooo, what a great idea for a challenge, combines two of my favorite things, reading about different countries and randomisers!! ;)

I'd like to start with 7, Diane.


message 47: by Kelli (new)

Kelli | 3 comments Give me 6 for my challenge.


message 48: by Paula (new)

Paula S (Paula_S) | 9 comments Love this challenge! Could I start with 7 please?


message 49: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (BiancaRose) | 27 comments I would like to join this challenge. It sounds like heaps of fun! Can I have 10 countries please? Thank you.


message 50: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 11703 comments katie wrote: "Oooo, what a great idea for a challenge, combines two of my favorite things, reading about different countries and randomisers!! ;)

I'd like to start with 7, Diane."


Katie, here are your 7 countries:

Mongolia
Yemen
Burundi
Colombia
Kiribati
Trinidad & Tobago
Brunei


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