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message 1: by Laurie (last edited Oct 20, 2018 10:40AM) (new)

Laurie | 629 comments 10/10 Challenge Complete

Barbados - Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord ✔ 10/19/18
Jamaica - Dancing Lessons by Olive Senior ✔ 6/19/18
Italy - The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg ✔ read 2/22/18
San Marino - The Gladiator by Harry Turtledove ✔ 3/26/18
Kiribati - A Pattern Of Islands by Arthur Grimble ✔ read 2/3/18
Azerbaijan Ali and Nino: A Love Story by Kurban Said ✔ read 1/15/18
Burundi - Small Country by Gaël Faye ✔ 9/29/18
Qatar - 800 Days in Doha by Penelope Gordon ✔ read 4/15/18
Germany - Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi ✔ read 1/28/18
Congo (Republic) - Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty by Alain Mabanckou ✔ 5/29/18

I didn't get any country that I read often, except maybe Germany if I count numerous WWII novels. In my research so far, I will be reading several non-fiction books. Here is my preliminary list which may change.


message 2: by Laurie (last edited Jan 15, 2018 05:47PM) (new)

Laurie | 629 comments 1/10 read

Azerbaijan - Ali and Nino: A Love Story by Kurban Said
4 stars - My review


message 3: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 629 comments 2/10 read

Kiribati - A Pattern Of Islands by Arthur Grimble
4 stars - My review


message 4: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 629 comments 3/10 read

Germany - Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
4 stars - I read this a couple of weeks ago but forgot to post here.


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Laurie | 629 comments 4/10 read

Italy - The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg
3 stars - This is a collection of essays from an Italian writer containing essays written from the 1940's during WWII up to approximately 1962. A very mixed bag of topics and they get a mixed reaction from me. I thought a few were wonderful, a few were mediocre, and a couple were terribly boring. One of them about English food, which she despised, was very amusing.


message 6: by Laurie (last edited Mar 26, 2018 05:59PM) (new)

Laurie | 629 comments 5/10 read

San Marino - The Gladiator by Harry Turtledove
3 stars - This is an alternate history story by the alternate history genre master. It was just okay for me since the two main characters are teenagers and so it seemed more of a YA novel which aren't my favorites. But it has a kind of time travel-type storyline as well, although it is actually an alternate reality travel instead of time. I like time travel, so this aspect of the book was a plus.

I am counting this book for San Marino even though most of the novel does not take place there. Normally I would not count it unless more than half the book is set in a location, but San Marino is particularly hard to find as a setting. I tried hard to read A Freak Of Freedom; Or, The Republic Of San Marino but I had a terrible ebook copy from Openlibrary, and it was so boring and frustrating to me.


message 7: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 629 comments 6/10 read
Qatar - 800 Days in Doha by Penelope Gordon
3.5 stars My review


message 8: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 629 comments 7/10 read
Congo (Republic) Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty by Alain Mabanckou
3.5 stars - There were aspects of this story that I liked such as learning some of the events in late 1970s Congo and seeing those and other world events through the eyes of the 10 year old narrator. Some of what I didn't like was that the narrator, as a 10 year old, had rambling thoughts about seemingly random things more often that I would have liked. His naivete was both refreshing and irritating, depending on the situation. Overall I liked the book and would read more of this author's work.


message 9: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 629 comments 8/10 read
Jamaica Dancing Lessons by Olive Senior
3 stars - a decent but kind of uneven narrative of an elderly woman looking back on her somewhat tumultuous and painful life.


message 10: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 629 comments 9/10 read
Burundi Small Country by Gaël Faye
3 stars - This was just okay for me since I typically do not prefer books from the viewpoint of a child and this was narrated by a 10 year old boy at the beginning of the genocide of the Burundian Tutsis in 1993. Amazingly the first of the book where Gaby's life was the normal life of a boy running around enjoying himself with his friends was the part I liked the least. It was kind of boring, but when the story turned to the genocides in both Rwanda, where his maternal family lived and in Burundi which affected his immediate family, it became much more interesting although sad.


message 11: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 629 comments 10/10 Challenge Complete

Barbados Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
4 stars - This story is not specifically set in Barbados or any named country. Although the story is based on a Senegalese folktale, the author is originally from Barbados so I counted it for this challenge. I enjoyed the fable retelling even though fantasy or magical realism are not my favorite genres. I am not sure which genre I would place this solidly in, but I enjoyed Lord's style.


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Tea Beradze (teaberadze) | 1 comments Reading challenge for Nov 2018-Dec 2019
1. The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich (audible)
2. Sandro of Chegam by Fazil Iskander (Georgia, region of Abkhazia)
3. Purple hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie(Nigeria) (audible)
4. Do not say we have nothing by Madeline Thien (South Africa) (audible)
5. The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar American-Libyan writer (audible)
6. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (American-Indian) (read)
7. Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro (audible)
8. Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami(audible)
9. The Fox Has Always Been The Hunter by Herta Müller (German)
10. Disgrace by Coetzee (South Africa-Australia)
11. Snow by Orhan Pamuk (turkey)(audible)
12. The good terorist by Dorris Lessing (British-Zimbabwean)
13. Faithless by Irme Kertesz (Hungarian)(audible)
14. Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian (Armenia)
15. Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh (India)
16. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender Dubravka Ugrešić (Dutch-Croatian)
17. Wild swans: three daughters of China by Jung Chang (China)(audible)
19. Temporary bride: a memoir of love and good in Iran by Jennifer Klinec (Canada)(audible)
20. Long walk to water by Linda Sue Park (American)(audible)
21. Songs of love and war: Afghan women’s poetry
22. Ali and Nino by kurgan Said Azerbaijan
22. Complete Mouse: a survivors tail by Art spiegelman (Poland)
23. The bakhai by Anne Carson
24. In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (Dominican Republic)(audible)
25. Burn My Heart by Beverley Naidoo (Kenya)
26. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (China)(audible)


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