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Diane's AtWi 80 books Challenge > Eugenia - Frequent Flyer

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message 1: by Jennie (last edited Mar 13, 2010 08:14PM) (new)

Jennie | 75 comments 1. North America - United States - The Alienist by Caleb Carr

2. Asia - Burma - The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh


message 2: by Jennie (last edited Mar 13, 2010 08:15PM) (new)

Jennie | 75 comments 3. Asia - India - Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire by Alex Von Tunzelmann


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Doina | 74 comments Making progress Jennie! Glad you decided to do this challenge. Don't forget to backtrack to September. =)


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Jennie | 75 comments I checked back to September and everything is either USA or England! Sigh....


message 5: by Doina (new)

Doina | 74 comments Well, that's what you get for abandoning books that are set in other countries. :-p What about Pashazade? Did you read it after September 15? You can use it for Egypt.


message 6: by Jennie (last edited Mar 13, 2010 08:16PM) (new)

Jennie | 75 comments 4. Europe - Finland - Snow Angels by James Thompson

(Doina: I'm going to use Death on the Nile for Egypt, when I get there...).


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Jennie | 75 comments What books did I abandon that were set in other countries?


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Doina | 74 comments The Enchantress of Florence and The Coffee Trader.


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Jennie | 75 comments Enchantress of Florence was India and The Coffee Trader was painful!


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Doina | 74 comments Wasn't it India and Italy both? I got the impression from the description that it was both. Although, after your painful review, I decided against buying it. Same with the Coffee Trader. =)


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Jennie | 75 comments 5. Europe - Sweden - Faceless Killers


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KarenLee Jennie wrote: "4. Europe - Finland - Snow Angels by James Thompson."

I've requested this book from the library. Never heard of this author and I still need Finland AND I like mysteries. Thanks


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Jennie | 75 comments 6. North America - Canada - The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe


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Jennie | 75 comments 7. Europe - Romania - The Appointment: A Novel by Herta Muller.

Nobel prize-winning novel, stream-of-consciousness narrative, I had a hard time finishing it.


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Jennie | 75 comments 8. Europe - Spain: The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte.

A lot of this book went over my head with highly technical fencing descriptions and references to 19th century Spanish politics. Not boring, but I didn't understand very much.


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Jennie | 75 comments 9. Europe - England: Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas.


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Jennie | 75 comments 10. Middle East - Turkey: My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk.

I enjoyed the first 200 pages, but the second half was a bit of a slog. Too much philosophy, got to be hard to read after awhile.


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Jennie | 75 comments 11. Africa - Egypt: Khufu's Wisdom by Naguib Mahfouz.

I really enjoyed this one - I was also very surprised and happy to find that it wasn't depressing!


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Jennie | 75 comments 12. Middle East - Iran: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.


message 20: by Doina (new)

Doina | 74 comments you mean you found an arabic book by an arab writer that wasn't depressing? =p i'm definitely picking it up then. can't wait to come back home so i can get back to my normal reading schedule. i'm definitely going through withdrawls. i can't imagine how you managed india with only two books.


message 21: by Jennie (new)

Jennie | 75 comments Haha I just plain didn't have time to read while I was there! It was literally nonstop run, run, run from morning 'til bedtime. Managed to finish only one of my books there, had the second one for the flight back (but I did read the first "Dexter" book on the flight from Seattle to London, so I guess technically I had three books). Looking forward to your return!


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Jennie | 75 comments 13. Europe - Germany: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

I really enjoyed this book - it was the kind of story that made me want to sneak off for a few minutes to steal another couple of pages. However, yes, you can have too much foreshadowing - that got a little old. Also still trying to figure out how in the heck this qualifies as "children's literature", and wondering how my naive, sixth-grade, soon-to-be-12-year-old niece is going to handle the story if her teacher follows through and assigns it to the class.


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Jennie | 75 comments 14. Europe - Russia: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Loved this book. Had to sit in the parking lot at Fred Meyer for half an hour so I could read the last 50 pages; didn't want to wait until I got home. I was very surprised by the semi-optimistic ending - will definitely re-read this!

Sigh. From Nazi Germany to a Siberian hard-labor camp? I need a wee break. I think I'll lighten things up with a quick trip to Botswana to see what Mma Ramotswe is up to....


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Jennie | 75 comments 15. Africa - Botswana: Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith.

I really enjoy this series, and had drifted away from it (I'm behind by several books now). Felt good to go back!


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Jennie | 75 comments 16. Africa - Zimbabwe: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga.


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Jennie | 75 comments 17. Europe - Iceland: Jar City by Arnaldur Indriđason.

Very depressing, but I'll read the next one.


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Jennie | 75 comments 18. Asia - Thailand: Bangkok 8: A Novel (Sonchai Jitpleecheep Series #1) by John Burdett.


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Jennie | 75 comments 19. Europe - Wales: A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters.


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Jennie | 75 comments 20. Asia - China: Snake Agent: A Detective Inspector Chen Novel by Liz Williams.


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Jennie | 75 comments 21. Africa - Zaire (DRC): The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.


message 31: by Jennie (last edited Jun 26, 2010 12:33PM) (new)

Jennie | 75 comments 22. Europe - Norway: The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo.


message 32: by Jennie (last edited Jun 21, 2010 09:00AM) (new)

Jennie | 75 comments 23. Europe - Italy: The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears.

(Pant, pant... I'm never going to make another 60 books in 3 months, but it's fun trying!)


message 33: by Doina (new)

Doina | 74 comments I'm sure you can read quite a few more. You've been making lots of progress in the last few weeks. =) It'll be interested to see how long it'll take you to finish.


message 34: by Jennie (new)

Jennie | 75 comments I'm taking a little detour to my Happy Place (aka To Kill a Mockingbird) this week. Next up, though, I think I'll go back to Africa with Cry, the Beloved Country in honor of the World Cup. Unless To Kill a Mockingbird doesn't do its "cheer up" job. Then I might have to resort to Bridget Jones' Diary.


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Jennie | 75 comments 24. Africa - South Africa: Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.


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Jennie | 75 comments 25. North America - Mexico: The Black Minutes by Martin Solares.


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Jennie | 75 comments 26. Latin America - Chile: Inés of My Soul by Isabel Allende.


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Jennie | 75 comments 27. Europe - Scotland: The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith.


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Jennie | 75 comments 28. Europe - Ireland: Ireland by Frank Delaney.


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Jennie | 75 comments 29. Caribbean - Martinique: Solibo Magnificent by Patrick Chamoiseau.

30. Middle East - UAE: Layover in Dubai by Dan Fesperman.


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Jennie | 75 comments 31. Oceania - New Zealand: The Bone People by Keri Hulme.


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Jennie | 75 comments 32. Middle East - Iraq: Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell.


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Jennie | 75 comments 33. Asia - Japan: Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan by Giles Morton


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Jennie | 75 comments 34. Middle East - Lebanon: The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine.


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Jennie | 75 comments 35. Asia - Korea: Your Republic Is Calling You by Kim Young-Ha.


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Jennie | 75 comments 36. Asia - Malaysia: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint.


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Jennie | 75 comments 37. Asia - Laos: The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill.


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Jennie | 75 comments 38. Europe - Bosnia-Herzegovina: Lie in the Dark by Dan Fesperman.


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Jennie | 75 comments 39. Asia - Indonesia: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul by Shamini Flint.


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Jennie | 75 comments 40. Asia - Mongolia: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford.


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