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I'm starting with my US choice, a favorite from childhood, Across Five Aprils.


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Diane  | 12949 comments Welcome to the challenge, Carla!


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1. I confess to cheating. I finished this last year, last night, 11:10pm.

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt Across Five Aprils byIrene Hunt. The narrator is nine at the start but an acute observer and avid consumer of newspapers and letters. His older brother voices the mixed opinions of the nation, their county and himself on slavery and the justifications for the Civil War. It was well worthwhile to read as an adult this young adult book.


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Diane  | 12949 comments Carla wrote: "1. I confess to cheating. I finished this last year, last night, 11:10pm.

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lol. It was 2018 somewhere in the world ;)


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3. Asia: China: The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert van Gulik The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert van Gulik , a nice change from American and European mysteries and based on real man from 650.

4. Europe: England: The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover by Dennis Glover. This is fiction about George Orwell, author of Animal Farm and 1984. It also ties into PBS program I just saw about tuberculosis.


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5. Europe: Greece: The Pericles Commission The Pericles Commission (The Athenian Mysteries, #1) by Gary Corby byGary Corby.


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7. Africa: Algeria: The Eight (The Eight #1) by Katherine Neville The Eight by Katherine Neville. I don't play chess, but still thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced story that roamed the world.


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8. Europe: Hungary: Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener.


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9. North America: Canada: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews.


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10. Asia: Thailand: Bangkok 8 (Sonchai Jitpleecheep #1) by John Burdett Bangkok 8 by John Burdett.


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Revisiting Sweden: Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg. Thriller? Mystery? Good to the last page.


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Mome_Rath | 1401 comments Carla wrote: "Revisiting Sweden: Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg. Thriller? Mystery? Good to the last page."

You should be able to count this book for Denmark or Greenland if you want, since most of the action takes place in those locations.


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11. Europe: Denmark: Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg Smilla's Sense of Snowby Peter Høeg. My mistake on the country. Smilla sees Sweden across the water, but never goes there. Most is in Copenhagen, some at sea off the coast of Greenland and she reflects on her childhood in Greenland.


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13. Latin America: Suriname: Monkey Love and Murder by Edith McClintock Monkey Love and Murder byEdith McClintock.


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14. Europe: Scotland: The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay, #1) by John Buchan The 39 Steps byJohn Buchan.


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15: Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago: The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The white woman comes to Trinidad in 1956 as the island moves toward independence. She stays, unhappily, for 50 years, writing unsent letters to the prime minister. I got a good feel for the island, its food and plants and people.


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16. Europe: France: In the Merde for Love by Stephen Clarke In the Merde for Love by Stephen Clarke. I was in the mood for something light and fluffy. This is it.


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18. Asia: Japan: Death by Water by Kenzaburō Ōe Death by Water by Kenzaburō Ōe. It took me until half through to get into this book, but by the time I was finished, I was captivated. There are a has-been novelist and playwright, an actress who likes to shock the audiences, the adult son who is both handicapped and gifted and several other characters who are quite the characters.


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19. Africa: Nigeria, The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma. This is my second book this year where the narrator is a 9-year-old boy at the start.


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20. Europe: Switzerland: Heidi by Johanna Spyri Heidi by Johanna Spyri.


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21. Europe: Wales: Talking to the Dead (Fiona Griffiths, #1) by Harry Bingham Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham. As good thrillers do, this picked up speed to its climax.


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23. The Middle East: Israel: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks. What a flawed hero David is. I liked this book more than I thought I would.


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24. Europe: Ireland (Republic of Ireland): Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks. I'll be traveling lighter when in Ireland this summer.


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26. Asia: Laos: Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #2) by Colin Cotterill Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Cotterill. A reviewer says that fans of Alexander McCall Smith will like books by Colin Cotterill. I like both, but I don't see much in common. More murders, reliance on the spirits of the dead, political commentary.


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28. Latin America: Brazil: The Seven Sisters (The Seven Sisters, #1) by Lucinda Riley
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. I'm looking forward to the other books of this series, set in different parts of the world, as adopted sisters discover their origins.


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29. Europe: Belarus: Voices from Chernobyl The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich. Very moving and a good picture of Soviet organization and attitudes.


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30. Latin America: Paraguay: The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch A Novel by Anne Enright The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch: A Novel by Anne Enright.


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31. Oceania: Australia: A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute. I am well on my way to my goal of 80 books this year and now have read from all 8 regions.
4 Africa
6 Asia
1 Caribbean
13 Europe
3 Latin America
1 Middle East
2 North America
1 Oceania


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32. Oceania: New Zealand: Photo Finish (Roderick Alleyn, #31) by Ngaio Marsh Photo Finish by Ngaio Marsh.


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33. Asia: Indonesia: Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester. This is an excellent readable book with geology, processes of scientific discovery and research, life of Indonesians, Dutch colonialism, rise of militant Muslims, and more.


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34. Asia: Singapore: Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians, #3) by Kevin Kwan
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan.


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35. Africa: Tunisia: A Foreign Country (Thomas Kell, #1) by Charles Cumming A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming.


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36. Latin America: Panama: The World in Half by Cristina Henriquez
The World in Half by Cristina Henriquez.


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37. Europe: Czech Republic: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera by Milan Kundera. I didn't really like this book and could not identify with any of the characters. The author rambled on about philosophy too much.


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38. Europe: Norway: The Storm Sister (The Seven Sisters #2) by Lucinda Riley The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley.


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40. Caribbean: St. Barth's: Murder in St. Barts (Gendarme Trenet, #1) by J.R. Ripley
Murder in St. Barts by J.R. Ripley.
Fast and easy read.


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41. Europe: Portugal: Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier.


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42. Middle East: Saudi Arabia: Daring to Drive A Saudi Woman's Awakening by Manal Al-Sharif Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening by Manal Al-Sharif . I keep comparing her life to that of my children, born close in time, but into an affluent US family.


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44. Africa: Madagascar: Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo. I was excited to find fiction set in Madagascar rather than a travel guide or lemur book. I found it hard to read. Many characters had similar names. I kept reading to find out what would happen to the two main people.


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45. Europe: Germany: Munich Airport by Greg Baxter Munich Airport by Greg Baxter.


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