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message 1: by Louise (last edited Dec 16, 2013 11:58AM) (new)

Louise | 120 comments I don't think I'll manage to read them all in one year, but I'm so enjoying making this list, and I'll give it a try :-)
Several of the non-English titles, I'll probably read in Danish, but if it's available I'll try to post the English title.
Books with stars I already own.


Various Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930 Done! (The first story)


*Ismail Kadare Broken April Done!

*Amélie Nothomb Fear and Trembling Done!

*Aleksandar Hemon The Question of Bruno: Stories Done!

Channel Islands:
*Annie Barrows The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Done!

*Lene Kaaberbøl KADAVERDOKTOREN Done!

*Ken Follett Pillars of the Earth Done!

*Mathias Malzieu The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Done!

*Günter Wallraff Aus der schönen neuen Welt. Expeditionen ins Landesinnere / Fra den fagre nye verdenDone
*Aristophanes Birds Done!

*Antal Szerb Journey by Moonlight Done!

*Sjón Splinten fra Argo Done!

*Colm Tóibín Mothers and Sons Done!

*Italo Calvino De kosmikomiske historier / The Complete Cosmicomics Done!

The Netherlands
*Cees Nooteboom The Foxes Come at Night Done!

*Per Petterson Aske i munden, sand i skoen Done!

Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes - Spanish and Portuguese Folklore Done!

*Vladimir Sorokin Snestormen Done!

*Christopher Brookmyre Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks Done!

*Antonio Muñoz Molina Winter in Lisbon Done!

* Johan Theorin The Quarry Done!

*Chris Bohjalian The Sandcastle Girls Done!


*Michael Parker The Watery Part of the World Done!

*Charles de Lint The Dreaming Place Done!

*Dan Simmons The Crook Factory Done!


*Jorge Luis Borges Seven Nights Done!

*Jorge Amado Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon Done!

Joseph Conrad Gaspar Ruiz Done!

*Evelio Rosero Good Offices Done!

*Patricia Duncker Hallucinating Foucault Done!

*Octavio Paz The Labyrinth of Solitude / Ensomhedens Labyrint Done!

*Mario Vargas Llosa ""In Praise of the Stepmother: A Novel Done!


* The Chinese Fairy Book Done!

*Haruki Murakami The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Done!

Henry Lee Mitchell Pike Our Little Korean Cousin Done!

*Salman Rushdie The Enchantress of Florence Done!

Y.B. Mangunwijaya Durga/Umayi: A Novel done!

*Meir Shalev The Blue Mountain done!

*Azar Nafisi Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books done!

*Samrat Upadhyay Royal Ghosts

*Shaila Abdullah Beyond the Cayenne Wall Collection of Short Stories Done!

Saudi Arabia
*Turki Al-Hamad Adama Done!

*Rafik Schami Damascus Nights Done!


*Assia Djebar A Sister to Scheherazade Done!

W. Somerset Maugham The Explorer Done!

*Alexander McCall Smith Morality for Beautiful Girls Done!

South Africa
*Rayda Jacobs Postcards from South Africa Done!

*Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge Done!

NoViolet Bulawayo We Need New Names Done!

* John Flanagan Halt's Peril Done!

New Zealand
Katherine Mansfield The Garden Party and Other Stories Done!

The South Pacific
* W. Somerset Maugham The Narrow Corner Done!

message 2: by Chrissie (last edited Nov 16, 2011 08:47AM) (new)

Chrissie Hi Louise, welcome! I have spent most of my life in Sweden and consider myself more Swedish than anything else.... I guess. Can you read Swedish? Troll och Tott och deras vänner is really good. It is about life in Stockholm during the 1920s and up through the war. It is such a paerfect description of Stockholm and those times. It is a memoir and there are two airedale terriers. It takes place right near Norrmalmstorg and the Opera. Unfortunately it isn't translated. I am trying to find someone to share this wonderful reading experience. The titel sounds like it might be for kids - it isn't. There is history too.

message 3: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Thanks Judy :-)

Hi Chrissie, no I only read novels in Danish and English - and childrens books in French:-) Have you read the Johan Theorin books? I'm usually not into crime fiction, but his first two books were great.

message 4: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Louise, no I am not acquainted with his books. I cannot say I read crime fition either.

message 5: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments They are cool, trust me :-) The second one is one of the 2-3 best books I read last year.

message 6: by Betty (new)

Betty Asma (everydayabook) Hello, Louise, Marvelous selections to read.

message 7: by Chrissie (last edited Nov 16, 2011 11:59PM) (new)

Chrissie Louise wrote: "They are cool, trust me :-) The second one is one of the 2-3 best books I read last year."

That they take place on Öland is of course enticing. Is it important to rad them in order, or could I start with the second one, The Darkest Room?

ETA - I read the Kindle sample of the Darkest Room and I am tempted to add it to my list - simply because it pulls me home to Sweden. You recognize Swedish life in the few words of the sample. The glass verandas. People moving from Stockholm to country houses with plans of renovation. When the places Bromma and Jakobsberg are mentioned you quickly comprehend what these are for communities. There is nothing like reading a book set in a place which you know. So, can I read this book before the first in the series?

BTW I recommend Métaphysique des tubes over the Nothomb book you have listed. It is better. It is entitled "The Character of Rain", I think, in English. It is not difficult French. You know she jokes that she gives birth to a book every year.

message 8: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments You don't have to read them in order, some characters appear in all the stories, but the main stories are not connected - except that they all take place in Öland :-)

I'll look for the Nothomb book, but I'm trying to find all 52 books between the piles and piles of unread books I have in my home library :-) I really enjoyed Tokyo Fiancée but wasnt' all that crazy about Sulphuric Acid.

message 9: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie I do understand your wish to read books you have available!

Good I will start with book 2. Thanks.

message 10: by Mikki (new)

Mikki Hi Louise,

Glad to see yet another choice from Mario Vargas Llosa; I'm debating between two others of his novels.

Also, [Book: Mothers And Sons] looks really good but so does his book [Book: The Master], have you read it? If so, do you have a preference?

message 11: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments I haven't read any of his books, but he was recommended in a book podcast so I picked up Mothers and Sons on Amazon :-)

message 12: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments 14 to go...

message 13: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Done! But will probably make changes :-)

Anne (On semi-hiatus) (reachannereach) Louise wrote: "Done! But will probably make changes :-)"

Of course.

message 15: by Sue (new)

Sue Louise wrote: "They are cool, trust me :-) The second one is one of the 2-3 best books I read last year."

Hi Louise and Welcome. I just added this 2nd book. It looks like it's right up my alley. I have a huge TBR so i'm not sure when I'll get to it, but at least I won't forget about it.

message 16: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments 2 books in the mail yesterday, I should have them all by feb. 1st :-)

Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1299 comments Mod
I added your selections to the master lists. Happy reading!

message 18: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Thanks :-)

message 19: by Ally (new)

Ally McCulloch (allymcculloch) Fear and Trembling was great. I wrote a piece on the book vs. movie here:

I'll check out Hallucinating Foucault. Thanks.

message 20: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Got one more book in the mail today - almost have them all :-)

message 21: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Finished the first one :-)

message 22: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Hmmm Skyrim is bad for my reading pace...

message 23: by Sue (new)

Sue I'm reading a few that are several hundred pages each right now. I figure suddenly I'll be marking a few as read and then I'll feel accomplished. That's also why I added a few mysteries, etc from various countries to my list for breathers.

message 24: by windy (new)

windy | 13 comments Nice selections! I don't want to mess up your list, but Mikael Niemi is actually a Swedish author, although he's from an area where a minority Finnish dialect is spoken (I guess the criteria for this challenge are flexible, just thought I'd point that out)

message 25: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments I know :-) But his books take place around the Swedish/Finnish borders, aaand I really needed to find as many owned books as possible to put on the list ;-)

message 26: by windy (new)

windy | 13 comments Got it ;) For anyone else who might be interested, Niemi's books would work as a choice for Sweden as well. Popular Music from Vittula is the only one translated to English so far, afaik.

message 27: by Chel (new)

Chel | 186 comments That's a good list!

message 28: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Thanks :-)

message 29: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Done with book number two! Bette pick up my pace... :-)

message 30: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments I'm really enjoying Postcards from South Africa! :-)

message 31: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Just finished The Enchantress of Florence - I'm on a 4 star roll!!

message 32: by Sue (new)

Sue Louise wrote: "Just finished The Enchantress of Florence - I'm on a 4 star roll!!"

Nice to know you liked that. I have it to read though I'm not sure it will be for "52".

message 33: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Arrrr The Complete Cosmicomics is soooo looong and hard to get through! It has it's good parts, but I', taking forever finishing it!

message 34: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Yay I'm back on track! :-)

message 35: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Aaand 3 books behind. Must stop reading other stuff for a while. :-)

message 36: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Back on track again and making swift progress with my Wallraff book!

message 37: by Barbarac (new)

Barbarac (bcb72) | 191 comments I get sidetracked easily too with books that don't count towards this challenge. Glad you're back on track.

message 38: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Changed my choice for Turkey to "The Sandcastle Girls".

message 39: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Done with my goal for 2012!
I plan to finish reading the books on the list in 2013 :-)

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message 41: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Changed the book for Russia :-)

message 42: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments I liked the book for Russia. I'll be reading more from Vladimir Sorokin

message 43: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments I think I'll finish this challenge as planned this year :-)

message 44: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Four books to go!

message 45: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 1897 comments Mod
Louise wrote: "Four books to go!"

Louise - good going! how many have you read this year?

message 46: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments I've read 18 this year :-)

message 47: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 1897 comments Mod
Louise wrote: "I've read 18 this year :-)"

Nice - any favorites?

message 48: by Louise (last edited Sep 06, 2013 03:35AM) (new)

Louise | 120 comments Seven Views Of Olduvai Gorge and The Crook Factory I think so far :-)

I also liked Ismail Kadare's Broken April, and have started reading his other books.

message 49: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments 2 to go!

message 50: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments 1 to go! I should be able to finish on time :-)

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