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message 1: by Bianca (last edited Jun 24, 2019 07:38PM) (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 2019 STATS
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PROGRESS
6 Regions
9 Countries.

AFRICA

6) Kenya - I Built No Schools in Kenya: A Year of Unmitigated Madness by Kirsten Drysdale

ASIA

5) Malaysia. A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint

CARIBBEAN


EUROPE

3) England. The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

2) Greece. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

8) Italy Anna Niccolò Ammaniti

9) Ireland The Good People by Hannah Kent

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

7) Ecuador - Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

MIDDLE EAST


NORTH AMERICA

4) United States of America. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

OCEANIA/ AUSTRALIA

1) Australia. Last Woman Hanged by Caroline Overington

ANTARTICA


message 2: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments I am needing to do some backtracking because it is March. But these are the books that I have read so far this year.

1. North America - United States of America
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

2. Europe - Scotland
The Little Shop of Happily Ever After by Jenny Colgan

3. Europe - France
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

4. Europe - England
Tennison by Lynda La Plante

5. Asia - China
Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin

6. Africa - Botswana
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith

7. Europe - Iceland
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

8. Oceania/ Australia - Australia
Evergreen Avenue: 1970s by Amelia Keldan

9. Africa - South Africa
Red Earth by Tony Park

10. Asia - Thailand
The Atlas of Us by Tracy Buchanan


message 3: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12851 comments Welcome to the challenge, Bianca! You are off to a great start!


message 4: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments Thanks, Diane. The challenge is really showing me that I do read books from similar regions! I've read a number of other books but most are set in either Australia, England, USA or South Africa. Or they visit other countries for such a short period of time that I don't think it's fair to add them as alternate countries. This may be quite a difficult task!

11. Europe - Italy
Claudia: Daughter of Rome by Antoinette May


message 5: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 12. Europe - Wales
The Primrose Path by Rebecca Griffiths


message 6: by Bianca (last edited Apr 20, 2018 10:34PM) (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 13. Caribbean - U.S. Virgin Islands - Saint Thomas
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

This book really made me wish that I lived closer to the U.S.A so that I could visit this beautiful place. It just sounds like a peaceful paradise. I live in Australia so we don't really spend much time thinking about the Caribbean, it was so lovely to get a feel for the locale without leaving my home.


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message 9: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 17. Middle East - Iran
Sky of Red Poppies by Zohreh Ghahremani


message 10: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 18. Europe - Russia
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

19. Europe - Monaco
Mr. Gandy's Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh


message 11: by Bianca (last edited Jun 23, 2018 09:10PM) (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 20. South America - Brazil
Daytripper by Fábio Moon

I don't usually read graphic novels and read this for another challenge. But I have to admit that it was really lovely to be able to see pictures of Brazil and feel like I was being transplanted there.


message 12: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 21. Europe - Denmark

Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbøl

Third book in this series and it was not as strong as some of the others. Disappointed. But the good thing was that it was set in Denmark and the Ukraine so always nice to get a taste of two countries that I have never been!


message 13: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 22. Europe - Ireland

The Likeness by Tana French

Great Irish mystery with spooky atmosphere in a country town.

23. Africa - Democratic Republic of Congo

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Popular book. I now understand why! Great read.

24. Asia - Japan

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

- Heartbreaking. I knew what was going to happen and still bawled.


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

Diane | 12851 comments Congrats on reaching 24 countries!


message 15: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments Thanks Diane. It was harder than I thought it would be but I am enjoying getting some contact with new countries.

25. Europe - Greece

Circe by Madeline Miller

I enjoyed this book very much. I love mythology and I enjoyed how this book turned the characters into very real three dimensional personalities.

26. Oceania/ Australia - New Zealand

Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff

This book talked about such important issues faced by the Maori population in New Zealand. But I really struggled to get through the book as it dragged and was just plain boring. I also disliked both parents (Beth did get better towards the end) as I just cannot believe that any parent is quite that selfish and egotistical.


message 16: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 27. Africa - Somalia

The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed.

28. Europe - Moldova

The Power by Naomi Alderman.

Five stars. I loved this book!


message 17: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 3022 comments Congrats on reaching 24+ countries!


message 18: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments Rosemarie wrote: "Congrats on reaching 24+ countries!"

Thanks Rosemarie, it's lovely to armchair travel to so many different countries!


message 19: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 29. Europe - Sweden

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz.

Strong four stars. It wasn't as good as the three written by the original author but still kept the spirit of the characters and was a fun read and engaging read.


message 20: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 30. Asia - South Korea

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim.

Amazing book! Five stars! I loved this book. The characters were well rounded and human.


message 21: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 31. Antartica

Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories by Deborah Sheldon.

I loved this book. Full of creepy stories that were set all over the globe. One of the stories was set in Antartica and had a really cool Alien vs Predator vibe.

32. Europe - Estonia

The Lace Weaver by Lauren Chater.

This book was a solid three stars. It was set in Estonia (with a few scenes in Russia) which is a country that I do not know much about. Followed two women - one Russian, one Estonian through Soviet and then German occupation of Estonia during WWII. It was an interesting book but I found that it dragged a little bit. I thought the characters were flat and predictable. I did enjoy the discussion about lace weaving and the camaraderie and comfort this provided for the women.


message 23: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 34. Asia - Singapore

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.

I hated this book. I struggled and struggled to get through to the end. The characters were either shallow, entitled, vain or naive to the point of stupidity. It felt like most of the book was the author listing of designers that he knows. Blergh. I will not be reading the next book. I think it would work well as a movie though - it's really uncomplicated and I think visually the world would be very impressive.


message 24: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 35. North America - Canada

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

I enjoyed this book. Mystery set in Canada but involves a number of Bosnian refugees who are muslim who were escaping the Bosnian genocide.


message 25: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 36. Europe - Spain

Court of Lions by Jane Johnson

Beautiful language and depiction of Alhambra. It took me back to my holiday in Granada. I also learnt a bit more about the Moors (or Moops if you are a Seinfeld fan).


message 26: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 2018 TOTALS:
PROGRESS
9 Regions
36 Countries.

AFRICA

6. Botswana - Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
23. Democratic Republic of the Congo - The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
33. Egypt - Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas
27. Somalia - The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed
9. South Africa - Red Earth by Tony Park

ASIA

5. China - Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
16. India - Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
24. Japan - The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
34. Singapore - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
30. South Korea - If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
10. Thailand - The Atlas of Us by Tracy Buchanan

CARIBBEAN

15. The Bahamas - The Far Side of the Sun by Kate Furnivall.
13. U.S. Virgin Islands - Saint Thomas - The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

EUROPE

21. Denmark - Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbøl
4. England - Tennison by Lynda La Plante
32. Estonia - The Lace Weaver by Lauren Chater
3. France - Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
14. Germany - The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin by Chris Ewan
25. Greece - Circe by Madeline Miller
7. Iceland - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
22. Ireland - The Likeness by Tana French
11. Italy - Claudia: Daughter of Rome by Antoinette May
28. Moldova - The Power by Naomi Alderman
19. Monaco - Mr. Gandy's Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh
18. Russia - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
2. Scotland - The Little Shop of Happily Ever After by Jenny Colgan
36.Spain - Court of Lions by Jane Johnson
29. Sweden - The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
12. Wales - The Primrose Path by Rebecca Griffiths

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

20. Brazil - Daytripper by Fábio Moon


MIDDLE EAST

17. Iran - Sky of Red Poppies by Zohreh Ghahremani

NORTH AMERICA

35. Canada - The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
1. United States of America - The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

OCEANIA/ AUSTRALIA
8. Australia - Evergreen Avenue: 1970s by Amelia Keldan
26. New Zealand - Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff

ANTARTICA
31. Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories by Deborah Sheldon


message 27: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 2019! New year, fresh slate and lots of new countries to enjoy from my couch!

1) Oceania/ Australia - Australia

Last Woman Hanged by Caroline Overington

- Awesome true story about the last woman hanged in NSW, Australia. Great true crime information as well as insight into the origins of the suffragette movement in Australia. Especially interesting to me as an Australian woman!

2) Europe> Greece

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

- Cute little rom/ com in book form. Lighthearted and fun- a great audiobook to listen on the commute to work.

3) Europe> England

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

- I loved this book to begin with. Totally engrossed in the story. But, was a bit disappointed from about two thirds into the book. It became over the top and a little ridiculous.

4) North America > United States of America

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

- Lived up to its hype. I knew one of the initial twists but was happily surprised by subsequent events. Very well written.

5) Asia > Malaysia

A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint

- Easy read detective novel in a series which is set in interesting locales. It wasn't anything groundbreaking but the author put a lot of effort into bringing Malaysia to life for the reader which I enjoyed.


message 28: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 6) Africa > Kenya

I Built No Schools in Kenya: A Year of Unmitigated Madness by Kirsten Drysdale

Memoir about an Aussie girl who acts as a nurse/ carer for an old man in Kenya. Controlling family and a few crazy Alzheimers shenanigans. Started to get really boring towards the middle and was a slog to finish.

7) South America > Ecuador

Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

Engaging story about two sisters and the strain that psychosis and mental health can place on an individual and their family. Very real and raw. I enjoyed this immensely.


message 29: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 31 comments 8) Europe> Italy

Anna by Niccolò Ammaniti

Listened to the audio. Very short book set in Sicily after a virus that has wiped out all adults. Follows teenager Anna trying to protect her young brother in this world. It was a good book, but fairly predictable.

9) Europe> Ireland

The Good People by Hannah Kent

Another fabulous historically accurate book by Hannah Kent. I read Burial Rites last year. It really felt like you were stepping into the past and learning about the fears, worries and lives of the peasants living here.


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