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message 1: by Jayme VA (last edited Sep 13, 2011 03:15AM) (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments Africa:
Botswana - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (4/2)
Central African Republic - Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (7/11)
Egypt - Cleopatra: A Life (2/25)
Ethiopia - The History of Rasselas: Prince of Abissinia (7/21)
Libya - In the Country of Men (2/22)
Rwanda - Baking Cakes in Kigali (8/2)
Sierra Leone - A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (6/4)
Sudan - Emma's War (7/29)
Tanzania - Picture Perfect (8/20)

Asia:
Azerbaijan - Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure (10/1)
Bangladesh - A Golden Age (3/7)
Bhutan - Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in the Happiest Place on Earth (3/20)
Burma/Myanmar - The Jungle (5/14)
Cambodia - Impact (6/15)
China - Peony in Love (2/14)
India - The White Tiger (5/31)
Japan - Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (4/29)
Korea - Your Republic Is Calling You (6/5)
Nepal - Black Order (5/27)
The Philippines - Moondogs: A Novel (5/12)
Tajikistan - Deep Black: Death Wave (8/23)
Tibet - Blood of the Reich (7/28)
Thailand - Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle (3/27)
Vietnam - The Things They Carried (7/13)

Australia/Oceania:
Australia - Slow Man (5/31)
New Zealand- Aunt Dimity Down Under (3/13)

Caribbean:
Antigua - Annie John (8/24)
Barbados - Death By Honeymoon (8/11)
Cuba - Cuba (4/30)
Dominican Republic - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (10/9)
Haiti - Island Beneath the Sea (4/6)
Jamaica - Pirate Latitudes (5/14)
Trinidad and Tobago - Robinson Crusoe (3/4)
Virgin Islands - Treasure Island (5/31)

Europe:
Austria - The Mysterious Stranger (3/15)
Belgium - Resistance (2/28)
Bosnia and Herzegovina - People of the Book (6/13)
Croatia - The Tiger's Wife (7/4)
Denmark - The Quiet Girl: A Novel (4/17)
England - Wuthering Heights (1/23)
Finland - The American Girl (9/13)
France - Pictures at an Exhibition (11/13)
Greece - My Brother Michael (8/8)
Hungary - Embers (7/26)
Iceland - Journey to the Centre of the Earth (8/31)
Ireland - In the Woods (1/4)
Italy - A Room With a View (10/26)
Kosovo - The Day of the Pelican (8/25)
Lithuania - Between Shades of Gray (9/5)
Malta - The Information Officer (6/20)
Monaco - It All Began In Monte Carlo (8/31)
Norway - The Redbreast (7/23)
Poland - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2/17)
Russia - The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg (2/13)
Scotland - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (8/15)
Serbia - Murder on the Orient Express (6/20)
Slovenia - Veronika Decides to Die (6/2)
Spain - The Angel's Game (3/22)
Sweden - Let the Right One in (7/23)
Switzerland - Daisy Miller (2/28)
Vatican City - Map of Bones (4/20)

Latin America:
Brazil - The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon (6/30)
Chile - 33 Men Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners (5/20)
El Salvador - Salvador (6/16)
Paraguay - The News from Paraguay (4/9)
Panama - River Of Ruin (7/15)
Peru - The Bridge of San Luis Rey (8/14)
Venezuela - The Lost World (7/9)

Middle East:
Afghanistan - The End of Manners: A Novel (2/19)
Iran - The Blood of Flowers (2/6)
Jordan - Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist (5/15)
Lebanon - The Sanctuary (8/28)
Pakistan - Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West (8/12)
Saudi Arabia - Girls of Riyadh (5/26)
Syria - Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled (6/26)
Turkey - Snow (2/13)
Yemen - I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced (6/22)

North America:
Canada - The Stone Diaries (1/8)
Mexico - Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire: A Novel (7/5)
USA - The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (12/7)

Totals: 8 regions, 80 countries


message 2: by Jayme VA (last edited Jun 08, 2011 05:35AM) (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments 1. Alabama:
2. Alaska:
3. Arizona:
4. Arkansas:
5. California: How to Make an American Quilt (1/17)
6. Colorado:
7. Connecticut:
8. Delaware:
9. Florida:
10. Georgia:
11. Hawaii:
12. Idaho:
13. Illinois:
14. Indiana: The Stone Diaries (1/8)
15. Iowa: Ape House (12/16)
16. Kansas:
17. Kentucky:
18. Louisiana:
19. Maine:
20. Maryland: I'd Know You Anywhere (11/20)
21. Massachusetts: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (5/6)
22. Michigan:
23. Minnesota:
24. Mississippi:
25. Missouri:
26. Montana:
27. Nebraska:
28. Nevada:
29. New Hampshire:
30. New Jersey: One for the Money (10/24)
31. New Mexico:
32. New York:
33. North Carolina:
34. North Dakota:
35. Ohio: I Am Number Four (11/8)
36. Oklahoma:
37. Oregon:
38. Pennsylvania:
39. Rhode Island:
40. South Carolina:
41. South Dakota:
42. Tennessee:
43. Texas:
44. Utah:
45. Vermont:
46. Virginia:
47. Washington: Breaking Dawn (1/26)
48. West Virginia:
49. Wisconsin:
50. Wyoming:

*Washington D.C.:The Lost Symbol (1/30)

Total States 9 + Washington, DC


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Jayme VA | 164 comments I'm so excited I found this challenge! It looks like I need to broaden my horizons a bit more!


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #7: Azerbaijan
Region: Asia

Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure

This takes place in the Kingdom of Arran, which Chabon says is modern day Azerbaijan.


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Diane  | 464 comments Welcome to the challenge Jayme!


message 6: by Jayme VA (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments Thanks Diane and thanks in advance for all the work you do!


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #8: Iran
Region: Middle East

The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #9: Turkey
Region: Middle East

Snow by Orhan Pamuk

Learned a lot about Turkey, but I think a lot of it went over my head.


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #10: Russia
Region: Europe

The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg by Helen Rappaport

I've always been interested in this story. This book was overwhelmingly sad but gave a good account of the last month or so of the Romanov's lives. Also gave some interesting historical info on people you may not learn about elsewhere.


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #11: China
Region: Asia

Peony in Love by Lisa See


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #12: Poland
Region: Europe

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

I highly recommend this book, but be prepared for a tear jerker.


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #13: Afghanistan
Region: Middle East

The End of Manners: A Novel by Francesca Marciano


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #14: Libya
Region: Africa (region #6)

In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar

This was an amazing book and is a very timely read considering all that's going on in the world today. I highly recommend it.


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #15: Egypt
Region: Africa

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

Enjoyable biography with lots of world history.


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #16: Switzerland
Region: Europe

Daisy Miller by Henry James

(also could count as Italy)


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #17: Belgium
Region: Eurpoe

Resistance by Anita Shreve

This is a beautiful, lyrical, sad book.


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #18: Bangladesh

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #19: New Zealand
Region: Australia/Oceania (region #7)

Aunt Dimity Down Under by Nancy Atherton

Really quick easy read.


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #20: Trinidad and Tobago
Region: The Caribbean

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Wikipedia says it was probably based on the island of Tobago. Please let me know if this doesn't work. Thanks!


message 20: by Jayme VA (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments Thanks Chelsea- since the majority is on the deserted island off Trinidad, can I use this for Trinidad, Diane?


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #21: Austria
Region: Europe

The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain


message 22: by Diane (new)

Diane  | 464 comments Jayme VA wrote: "Thanks Chelsea- since the majority is on the deserted island off Trinidad, can I use this for Trinidad, Diane?"

Works for me!


message 23: by Jayme VA (last edited Mar 17, 2011 07:26AM) (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments Thank you Diane- it's a good book- I recommend it if people need a book for Trinidad!


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #22: Italy
Region: Europe

A Room With a View by EM Forester


message 25: by Diane (new)

Diane  | 464 comments Jayme VA wrote: "Country #22: Italy
Region: Europe

A Room With a View by EM Forester"


LOVE A Room with a View!


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #23: Bhutan
Region: Asia

Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in the Happiest Place on Earth by Lisa Napoli

Highly recommend this book- and it's a good way to hit a country that might be hard to "travel" to otherwise!


message 27: by Diane (new)

Diane  | 464 comments Ooh! I need to add this one to my to-read list! That is a hard country to find!


message 28: by Jayme VA (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments Diane wrote: "Ooh! I need to add this one to my to-read list! That is a hard country to find!"

It is well worth the read even if I wasn't doing this challenge. Enjoy!


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #24: Spain
Region: Europe

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I don't really know what happened in this book. I'm not sure if it's because I listened to it as an audio book and wasn't able to follow it as well, or if it was just a weird book. I think it's probably the second option because I think I followed the ending pretty well and it was strange. I might go back and read this for real some day.


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #25:Thailand
Region: Asia

Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle by Dorothy Gilman


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #26: Botswana
Region: Africa

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #27 Haiti
Region: Caribbean

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Agree with most of the reviews of this book- more interesting for the historical info than the characters.


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #28: Paraguay
Region: Latin America (region 8)

The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck

I loved this book- one of my favorites in a long time. Not sure why all the negative reviews, but I thought it was unique and beautifully written.


message 34: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 617 comments I just started that one last night...i'm glad you enjoyed it! i'm only 2 chapters in so far


message 35: by Diane (new)

Diane  | 464 comments Jayme VA wrote: "Country #28: Paraguay
Region: Latin America (region 8)

The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck

I loved this book- one of my favorites in a long time. Not sure why all the ..."


I was curious about that one. The reviews did scare me a bit. I'll have to put it back on my list.


message 36: by Jayme VA (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments I thought it was beautifully written, interesting and definitely covered a subject I knew nothing about. I can understand why some people didn't like it, but the short paragraph and changing view points really worked for me. As Franco got more powerful the alternate view points made the story even more interesting. I hope I don't lead you astray and that you both like it!


message 37: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 617 comments I would think that any book involving a dictator would be violent and very detailed...but maybe that's me ;) since that seemed to be a common theme in the negative reviews...


message 38: by Jayme VA (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments Delicious Dee Challenge Addict wrote: "I would think that any book involving a dictator would be violent and very detailed...but maybe that's me ;) since that seemed to be a common theme in the negative reviews..."

I think a lot of people may not have realized what the book was about and were expecting something else. The back cover doesn't exactly explain it all that well. I was surprised that it had as little violence as it did! Looking forward to your review, Dee!


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #29: Denmark
Region: Europe

The Quiet Girl: A Novel by Peter Høeg

I really did not like this book.


message 40: by LindaD (new)

LindaD (freedom333) | 253 comments Jayme, I listend to it and was got hooked by the narrator, don't know if I could have read it. Very strange indeed!


message 41: by Jayme VA (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments Linda wrote: "Jayme, I listend to it and was got hooked by the narrator, don't know if I could have read it. Very strange indeed!"

That's funny- I listened too. I liked his voice but I had a really hard time keeping up and following the story!


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #30: Vatican City
Region: Europe

Map of Bones by James Rollins

Really well paced thriller. This was a great, quick read. It could also count for Italy, Austria, France, and Egypt if you need to fill one of those countries. It looks like several of Rollins' books can fit into this challenge so I'm looking forward to reading more soon.


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #31: Japan
Region: Europe

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

I loved this book. Everyone should read it.


message 44: by LindaD (new)

LindaD (freedom333) | 253 comments I have it, just waiting it's turn to be read.


message 45: by Jayme VA (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #32: Cuba
Region: Caribbean

Cuba by Emily Barr

Okay book. kind of a weird, dark read which I was not expecting.


message 46: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 617 comments I love Rollins books - I have the most recent sitting in the TBR pile...I might have to move it up to the top

Jayme VA wrote: "Country #30: Vatican City
Region: Europe

Map of Bones by James Rollins

Really well paced thriller. This was a great, quick read. It could also count for Italy, Austr..."



message 47: by Jayme VA (last edited May 04, 2011 06:14AM) (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments Delicious Dee Challenge Addict wrote: "I love Rollins books - I have the most recent sitting in the TBR pile...I might have to move it up to the top

Jayme VA wrote: "Country #30: Vatican City
Region: Europe

Map of Bones b..."


that was my first one- I really enjoyed it. Can't wait to read more!


message 49: by Jayme VA (last edited May 12, 2011 05:32PM) (new)

Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #33 The Philippines
Region: Asia

Moondogs: A Novel by Alexander Yates


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Jayme VA | 164 comments Country #34: Jamaica
Region: The Caribbean

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

Good, fast read- a real page turner!


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