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message 1: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 1949 comments Mod
Share what book you're currently reading and which country (countries) you're traveling in!


message 2: by Kayla (last edited Jan 01, 2018 06:30PM) (new)

Kayla | 3 comments I am currently reading Seven in the The Last 13 series. This book is taking me to the United States (Arizona).


message 3: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 1949 comments Mod
Starting off 2018 with Sightseeing - short stories set in Thailand.


message 4: by Diane (new)

Diane | 369 comments I am in Lithuania (and France) with Promise at Dawn.


message 5: by Rusalka (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 999 comments Mod
Happy New Year everyone! Happy reading adventures for 2018 :)


message 6: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 548 comments Mod
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoys a healthy, peaceful and satisfying 2018!

I am in 18th century Japan with The Doctor's Wife by Sawako Ariyoshi.


message 7: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 548 comments Mod
I'm also in England during WWII with Patrick Hamilton's The Slaves of Solitude.


message 8: by Diane (new)

Diane | 369 comments Currently in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada with Annabel by Kathleen Winter. (put this in the wrong thread earlier)


message 9: by Rusalka (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 999 comments Mod
I started my around the world reading this year in Nigeria, with Half of a Yellow Sun


message 10: by Ann (new)

Ann (ann7258) | 7 comments I am in Brussels, Belgium at the moment, reading The Swimmer by Joakim Zander. The book will also take me to Syria, France, Sweden and the U.S.! I hope I packed enough!


message 11: by Ann (new)

Ann (ann7258) | 7 comments Rusalka wrote: "I started my around the world reading this year in Nigeria, with Half of a Yellow Sun"

This was my final read of 2017...I liked it a lot!


message 12: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 1949 comments Mod
CanadAnn wrote: "I am in Brussels, Belgium at the moment, reading The Swimmer by Joakim Zander. The book will also take me to Syria, France, Sweden and the U.S.! I hope I packed eno..."

Uuuhhhh, haven't heard of this series. Interested in what you think.


message 13: by Beth (new)

Beth (eparks4232) | 311 comments I'm in three places: audio, kindle, and print:

Audio: I'm in various Canadian locales: Too Much Happiness
Ebook: I'm in USSR The Kremlin Letter
Print: I'm in an alley in Cairo Midaq Alley


message 14: by Beth (new)

Beth (eparks4232) | 311 comments CanadAnn wrote: "Rusalka wrote: "I started my around the world reading this year in Nigeria, with Half of a Yellow Sun"

This was my final read of 2017...I liked it a lot!"


I read it a couple years ago. I loved it and have really enjoyed reading her other work.


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Shomeret | 519 comments I'm currently in Thailand with The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley. I'm not entirely sure why the protagonist, Cece, is in Thailand, but she intends to leave soon for Australia to find out about her birth family.


message 16: by Rusalka (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 999 comments Mod
Thanks guys. I am trying to moderate my hopes and expectations lol


message 17: by Diane (new)

Diane | 369 comments I am in Spain with The Monk.


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1305 comments Mod
I'm currently reading an eARC of Woman at 1,000 Degrees: A Novel by Hallgrímur Helgason, translated from the Icelandic. It features an old woman who is dying of emphysema and as she reflects on her life, the chapters go back to those periods. She grew up during World War II and there is a lot in here about Iceland's independence, what makes Iceland unique within Scandinavia, Iceland's role in WWII (which I admittedly knew nothing about), education and changing roles for women - but although those things all sound academic or dense, the tone of the narrator is light and she's a bit sarcastic and immoral so I'm enjoying it quite a bit.


message 19: by Shomeret (new)

Shomeret | 519 comments I'm in Scotland with The Pearl Sister. The narrator has changed. It's become historical, and it feels like the book is more focused.


message 20: by Val (last edited Jan 08, 2018 10:34AM) (new)

Val Jenny (Reading Envy) wrote: "I'm currently reading an eARC of Woman at 1,000 Degrees: A Novel by Hallgrímur Helgason, translated from the Icelandic. It features an old woman who is dying of emph..."
I read another book by Hallgrímur Helgason, The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning, which I enjoyed very much, so I will give that one a go. I didn't know any others of his books had been translated, or I would have bought it already.
His humour is not for everyone.


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1305 comments Mod
Val wrote: "Jenny (Reading Envy) wrote: "I'm currently reading an eARC of Woman at 1,000 Degrees: A Novel by Hallgrímur Helgason, translated from the Icelandic. It features an o..."
It comes out tomorrow, so you hadn't missed it yet. And THAT is a funny title.


message 22: by Rusalka (last edited Jan 09, 2018 01:25AM) (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 999 comments Mod
Sounds great, Jenny. I have The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning on my TBR, so I will have to move it up. Thanks Val!

Your book is taking you everywhere, Shomeret. Thailand, Aus, Scotland... glad it's settling down for you.


message 23: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 1949 comments Mod
I will have to read The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning and Woman at 1,000 Degrees - sounds interesting and I need more books for Iceland - thanks ladies!


message 24: by Diane (new)

Diane | 369 comments Currently in Bosnia and Herzegovina with Death and the Dervish by Meša Selimović.


message 25: by Carol (last edited Jan 10, 2018 03:55PM) (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 548 comments Mod
I'm in 1932 England with Seven Dead by J Jefferson Farjeon, brother of Eleanor Farjeon. It's quite good.

Update --- I'm spending far more time in Bolougne, France than in England. Enough that I've happily gone down the map and history rabbit hole wrt Bolougne. Yay!


message 26: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 1949 comments Mod
Seka - it looks like you joined this group today and have summarily posted two books on a few threads multiple times which make it look like spam. I'm going to delete your posts. If you are not spamming us and are genuinely enthusiastic about the two books you referenced, please go over to the Welcome thread and introduce yourself. and we'd be happy to give you an Around the World welcome. Thanks.


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Blue (topazamber) I have returned from Norway and Minnesota. The author, Peter Geye, definitely knows how to describe a location and its people. This is my second journey through a novel with this author. I look forward to another trip with him.

If it's alright to mention a few characters, I will. I want to definitely touch base with Rebekkah, Odd and Harry, especially Harry, or is it especially Rebekkah who seems to claim such long thoughts while looking out a window? "The Lighthouse Road" is the title of the Minnesotan story. Excellent.

Should I run over to the Welcome board? I might have been there. I've been here not so many times, but enough?


message 28: by Rusalka (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 999 comments Mod
The Lighthouse Road this one Blue? It sounds like the location of his books are almost like another character.


message 29: by Andrea (last edited Jan 11, 2018 03:28PM) (new)

Andrea | 861 comments Mod
Today I’m starting my first ATW for the year, Two Steps Forward, set in France and mainly Spain (Camino). It’s had some good reviews amongst my GR friends, but I’m treating it as a bit of a curiosity, because it’s written by Graeme Simsion and his wife Anne Buist. I enjoyed Simsion’s first novel The Rosie Project and am wondering whether he’s brought a similar style into this new book. I should know in the next day or two!


message 30: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 1949 comments Mod
Andrea wrote: "Today I’m starting my first ATW for the year, Two Steps Forward, set in France and mainly Spain (Camino). It’s had some good reviews amongst my GR friends, but I’m treating it as a ..."

Interesting - want to know what you think...


message 31: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 548 comments Mod
I'm in 1930s Australia with Paving the New Road by Sulari Gentill.


message 32: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 1949 comments Mod
Hoping over to Italy with In Other Words and Azerbaijan with Ali and Nino: A Love Story.


message 33: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 548 comments Mod
I'm not sure where I am yet, but it's a good place. Reading The King is Always Above the People: Stories by Daniel Alarcón. It appears to be comprised of vignettes or short stories. The first couple of vignettes suggested a Latinx experience living in America. Subsequent stories and characters live in a monarchy and suggest the Middle East.


message 34: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 548 comments Mod
Lilisa wrote: "Hoping over to Italy with In Other Words and Azerbaijan with Ali and Nino: A Love Story."

Ali and Nino is one of my lifetime favorites. I hope you enjoy it.


message 36: by Leslie (last edited Jan 13, 2018 09:44AM) (new)

Leslie | 82 comments So far, I've read for Ireland and Belgium Saint Dymphna : Patron of the Nervous and Emotionally Disturbed by Lawrence G. Lovasik My copy is from the same author, but a longer version not listed here, no ISBN, etc.

United States - (New York, Connecticut) Franny and Zooey and News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories by Jennifer Haigh (Bakerton, Pennsylvania)

France A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert is about to get started moments from now. :-)


message 37: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 548 comments Mod
Carol wrote: "I'm in 1930s Australia with Paving the New Road by Sulari Gentill."

Make that 1933 Munich. I wasn't in Australia for very long, e.g,, maybe 5% at most.


message 38: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 1949 comments Mod
Carol wrote: "Lilisa wrote: "Hoping over to Italy with In Other Words and Azerbaijan with Ali and Nino: A Love Story."

Ali and Nino is one of my lifetime favorites. I hope you enjo..."


Thanks - haven't been able to read very much, but so far so good!


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1305 comments Mod
I'm in Hong Kong with Little Reunions, a NYRB title that comes out next week and has a very interesting history.


message 40: by Diane (new)

Diane | 369 comments Jenny (Reading Envy) wrote: "I'm in Hong Kong with Little Reunions, a NYRB title that comes out next week and has a very interesting history."

I love NYRB books.


message 41: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 548 comments Mod
Jenny (Reading Envy) wrote: "I'm in Hong Kong with Little Reunions, a NYRB title that comes out next week and has a very interesting history."

I saw the sale and blurb this week and was tempted . Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it.


message 42: by Leslie (last edited Jan 13, 2018 09:59AM) (new)

Leslie | 82 comments Carol wrote: "I'm not sure where I am yet, but it's a good place. Reading The King is Always Above the People: Stories by Daniel Alarcón. It appears to be comprised of vignettes or..."

I can't wait to hear your impression of this. I've read some on the LA gangs. I'm going to see if I can find this as I'm interested in all of these stories, I think.

By the way, Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig also looks interesting. I'm adding that to my wish list for the year.


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message 44: by Beth (new)

Beth (eparks4232) | 311 comments I'm in the Caucasus with A Hero of Our Time.


message 45: by Diane (new)

Diane | 369 comments I am getting ready to leave Fiji with Kalyana and go to Kosovo with My Cat Yugoslavia.


message 46: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 82 comments I just started Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - the Thomas Cromwell story, England.


message 47: by Beth (new)

Beth (eparks4232) | 311 comments Leslie wrote: "I just started Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - the Thomas Cromwell story, England."

Loved that one. Very frustrated she hasn’t published the third book in series yet!


message 48: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 861 comments Mod
Beth wrote: "Leslie wrote: "I just started Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - the Thomas Cromwell story, England." Loved that one. Very frustrated she hasn’t published the third book in..."

Ditto. Maybe this year?


message 49: by Leslie (last edited Jan 16, 2018 02:27PM) (new)

Leslie | 82 comments It's funny because I am also reading Ulysses by James Joyce and both have made me feel retarded trying to follow the conversations at first. It's taking a little effort to adapt to the Irish flow of conversation and words. I know for a fact that I'm not getting half the humor with Joyce. He reminds me quite a bit of the writing style of John Irving whom I love.

I guess I can formally list Ulysses by James Joyce for Ireland.


message 50: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 548 comments Mod
I'm in Turkey with Liar's Candle: A Novel by August Thomas (a new woman author). It's a debut and it shows, from time to time, but the local details, the food, language, etc. are fascinating.


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