This is similar to the 5 books-5 countries-5 continents challenge, with a twist. The goal for this one is to read books set in a different country. (I will do travel narratives, but it can be any type of book) So you are reading a total of 36 books. From each continent below, pick 6 countries and then pick a book set in that country.
Continents are: Africa Asia (this does include the Middle East and Southeast Asia) Australia (and South Pacific) Europe North America (including Central America and the Caribbean) South America
*Since Russia is in both Europe and Asia, it can go in either continent*
Joining me on this challenge are: anaonthenet bookseekerAT CollegeLady hyphen8 jumpingin katrinat Nagwan rannie Sheepseeker
Countries do not have to be chosen ahead of time. So pick them as you find books for them.
The Middle East and Southeast Asia are part of Asia. (Earlier I'd looked up the Middle East). So that Syria book is part of Asia.
Now for Russia, that can go either way. Technically West of the Urals is Europe and East of the Urals (in Siberia) is Asia. You can put it down for either section. I think I'm going to pick that one based on where in Russia the book is set. (It is the only country in two continents... and is rather fun to cross an entire continent by land (train), staying mainly in Russia)
I book set in the Pacific, which is covered in the definination of Oceania for this challenge, would be Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones. It is set on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville during a brutal civil war there in the 1990s
It was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2007, and won the 2007 Commonwealth prize.
I greatly enjoyed reading it, and went on to purchase the other four books written by Lloyd Jones.
Two more are: The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost (Kiribati) Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu by J. Maarten Troost
I've already read & released these so I can't use for this challenge, but maybe someone else will be interested:
Melal by Robert Barclay - Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
The Divine Wind: A Love Story by Garry Disher - Australia
The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks - Guam
The Shark Callers by Eric Campbell - Papua New Guinea
Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry - not sure if there's a specific island/group mentioned by name but it's definitely Polynesia. If you can figure it out, maybe it will work for this challenge? - Newbery book
For Australia how about Billy's Tree by Nicholas Kyriacos. There is currently a book ring for it hosted by bookseekerAT and I have just finished it and sent it over to Canada. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6529024
I also really enjoyed Debra Adelaide's book The Household Guide to Dying. I have this and its over in the UK at the moment. Let me know if you would like to borrow it. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6874919
I would like to participate but have never done so before. Could you explain what one is supposed to do after reading a book? Or just point me to a link if the explanation is already provided elsewhere. Sorry for my ignorance!
Africa: 1. Morocco: A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco by Suzanna Clarke 2. Burkina Faso: My Mercedes is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou...An Auto-Misadventure Across the Sahara by Jeroen Van Bergeijk 3. Egypt: Libyan Sands: Travel in a Dead World by R.A. Bagnold 4. Zambia: Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier by Alexandra Fuller 5. Ethiopia: Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks 6. Zaire: Africa Solo: A Journey Across the Sahara, Sahel and Congo by Kevin Kertscher
Asia: 1. Nepal: Shopping for Buddhas by Jeff Greenwald 2. China: Fried Eggs with Chopsticks: One Woman's Hilarious Adventure into a Country and a Culture Not Her Own by Polly Evans 3. Afghanistan: Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez 4. Bhutan: Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa 5. Japan: The Road Through Miyama by Leila Philip 6. India: City of Djinns by William Dalrymple
Australia and South Pacific: 1. Antartica: Travelers Tales Antartica: Life on the Ice Edited by Susan Rodgers 2. Australia: One For The Road by Tony Horwitz 3. New Zealand: Kiwi Tracks: A New Zealand Journey by Andrew Stevenson 4. Fiji: On Fiji Islands by Ronald Wright 5. Solomon Islands: Solomon Time: Adventures in the South Pacific by Will Randall 6. Marshall Islands: Melal: A Novel of the Pacific by Robert Barclay
Europe 1. France: Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle 2. England: England for All Seasons by Susan Allen Toth 3. Sweden: The Palace of the Snow Queen: Winter Travels in Lapland by Barbara Sjoholm 4. Russia: Wall to Wall: From Beijing to Berlin by Rail by Mary Morris 5. Ireland: McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland by Pete McCarthy 6. Spain: Horseshoes and Holy Water by Mefo Phillips
North America (including Central America and the Caribbean): 1. Mexico: On Mexican Time: A New Life in San Miguel by Tony Cohan 2. US: If you Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name by Heather Lende (Alaska) 3. Nicaragua: Savage Shore: Life and Death with Nicaragua's Last Shark Hunters by Edward Marriott 4. Grenada: An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude by Ann Vanderhoof 5. Canada: Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman: Travels with Sled Dogs in Canada's Frozen North by Polly Evans 6. Belize: Parrots' Wood by Erma J. Fisk
South America: 1. Argentina: On a Hoof and a Prayer: Around Argentina at a Gallop by Polly Evans 2. Chile: Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile by Sara Wheeler 3. Paraguay: Paradise with Serpents: Travels in the Lost World of Paraguay by Robert Carver 4. Ecuador: The Panama Hat Trail by Tom Miller 5. Venezuela: In Trouble Again: A Journey Between Orinoco and the Amazon by Redmond O'Hanlon 6. Bolivia: In Bolivia by Eric Lawlor
> I am down to 1 book! I've started it > already... just need one for the South > Pacific... I may actually finish by the > end of the year! I just noticed you said that this challenge can last more than a year. I'm really glad about that. Now I can go and refine my list;-D
> What do we reckon about Antarctica? A > continent of its own, but not with any > countries(?). Could a book set here count > towards Australia/Oceania?
I would. While the Austrialia/Oceania is a good size list, Austrialia is only counting as one, like the United States for North America. In fact, the North America list only has three countries before one starts into the Caribbean and Central American countries. The Austrailia/Oceania list has Austrailia, then a space, then the rest of the countries. I would include Antartica with A/O group.
Now for the important question: is your book about Antartica written by, about or for penguins???
Now for the important question: is your book about Antartica written by, about or for penguins???
sorry to disappoint CollegeLady - don't think many penguins feature. My neighbour has taken on the role of support team for the challenge and provided the book. He tells me that it is science fiction. I'll let you know after I read it!
Just finished A Fraction of the Whole - Steve Toltz. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008, set in Australia. From the book website:
"Meet the Deans.
The Father is Martin Dean. He taught his son always to make up his mind, and then change it. An impossible, brilliant, restless man, he just wanted the world to listen to him – and the trouble started when the world did.
The Uncle is Terry Dean. As a boy, Terry was the local sporting hero. As a man, he became Australia's favourite criminal, making up for injustice on the field with this own version of justice off it.
The Son is Jasper Dean. Now that his father is dead, Jasper can try making some sense of his outrageous schemes to make the world a better place. Haunted by his own mysteriously missing mother and a strange recurring vision, Jasper has one abiding question: Is he doomed to become the lunatic who raised him, or a different kind of lunatic entirely?
From the New South Wales bush to bohemian Paris, from sports fields to strip clubs, from the jungles of Thailand to a leaky boat in the Pacific, Steve Toltz's A Fraction of the Whole follows the Deans on their freewheeling, scathingly funny and finally deeply moving quest to leave their mark on the world."
One of the best books I have ever read - truly amazing. I highly recommend it to everyone - over 700 pages of pathos, black humour and scathing observations in human nature and society.
> From the New South Wales bush to bohemian > Paris, from sports fields to strip clubs, > from the jungles of Thailand to a leaky > boat in the Pacific,
I am reading a book at the moment that is set in Ireland for half of it and then follows the Irish character to Liverpool and onto America. However I don't think it would qualify for this challenge as it is not wholly set in one country so I shall not be counting it.
Are we meant to count books set in various countries for this challenge, and this one seems to cover at three continents (OZ, Europe and Asia). Just trying to clarify.
> I am reading a book at the moment that is > set in Ireland for half of it and then > follows the Irish character to Liverpool > and onto America. However I don't think it > would qualify for this challenge as it is > not wholly set in one country so I shall > not be counting it.
You could count it for the country it is based most in (Ireland, England or US). I have one book whose characters are in two different countries but 3/4 of the book takes place in one country so that's the country I'm counting it for.
> Are we meant to count books set in various > countries for this challenge, and this one > seems to cover at three continents (OZ, > Europe and Asia). Just trying to clarify.
I think the idea is to read 36 books - six from each continent.
Africa 1. The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John (South Africa) 2. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (Kenya) 3. Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud (Morocco) 4. 5. 6.
Asia (including the Middle East and Southeast Asia) 1. Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah (China) 2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Indonesia) 3. Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup (India) 4. Leave Your Tears in Moscow by Barbara Armonas (Russia) 5. A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh) 6. The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw (Malaysia)
Australia (and Oceania) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Europe 1. Driving over Lemons by Chris Stewart (Spain) 2. A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke (France) 3. Crooked House by Agatha Christie (England) 4. Hanna’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson (Sweden) 5. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham (Italy) 6.
North America (including Central America and the Caribbean) 1. Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers by Lois-Ann Yamanaka (U.S.) 2. The Red Mass by Rosemary Aubert (Canada) 3. 4. 5. 6.
South America 1. Rescuing the Spectacled Bear: A Peruvian Diary by Stephen Fry (Peru) 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Update: This book has been claimed by bookseekerAT to read for this challenge.
I have just read Driving Over Lemons (http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5672647), about an Englishman and his wife who buy a farm in rural Spain. I got this book as a "Ray It Forward" book from the very generous JennyC1230. I'll be looking for another reader as soon as my husband has read it, and I thought I'd offer it here first.
Here are Jenny's Ray It Forward rules. If you take this book, that means you agree to play by these rules:
"If you have this book then please look for another BookCrosser to pass it to. Check the wish lists, leave a message on the forums, a yahoo group, the BookRelay, or offer it at a meeting...whatever way you choose to pass it on is up to you. If no other BookCrossers want it then send it along its way as a wild release but this should be a last resort.
"What are the advantages of Ray it Forward? Time frame – I ask that you pass the book along in a couple months or so, but because there is not a “waiting list” the time is a little more relaxed than a standard BookRay.
"Shipping Preferences – Choose your own. If you need to post within your own country then do so. If you choose to send international that is great too. If postal costs are a problem right now then hand it to another BookCrosser at a meeting, ask for postage from the receiver or find some other way to get the book in the hands of another BookCrosser.
"***Please note that it would be polite to let the next person know that this is a Ray It Forward book before you pass it along to them so that they will know that they will be expected to pass it on in a couple months."
Asia: THAILAND Siam: Or the Woman Who Shot A Man INDIA: Family Matters, Mistry NORTH KOREA: Pyongyang, Delise TIBET: Sky Burial, Xinran IRAN: The Blood of Flowers, Amirrezvani CAMBODIA: First They Killed My Father, Ung
Europe: GERMANY: Inkheart, Funke FRANCE: Silk, Baricco UK: So Many Ways To Begin, McGregor SPAIN: The Hive, Cela RUSSIA: One Day in the Life of Iavan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn PORTUGAL: Blindness, Saramago
Americas: CENTRAL AMERICA: Fun Home, Brecdel CANADA: Fugitive Pieces, Micheals PERU: House of Spirits Allende CUBA: The Aguero Sisters, Garcia COLUMBIA: Love in the Time of Cholera, Garcia Marquez DOMINICA: The Farming of Bones
Australia and the South Pacific: AUSTRALIA: Gould's Book of Fish NEW ZEALAND: The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimeara
Africa: ZIMBABWE: An Elegy for Easterly, Gappah IVORY COAST: Aya, Abouet RWANDA: Deogratis: A Tale of Rwanda SOUTH AFRICA: Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton
This book was great and quite a quick read. The novel centers on a Chinese woman's search for the truth about her husbands mysterious death. Sounds like it will be a rubbish detective novel but it isn't, it looks closely at the Tibetan culture and the contrasts with China
THAILAND Siam: Or the Woman Who Shot A Man INDIA: Family Matters, Mistry NORTH KOREA: Pyongyang, Delise TIBET: Sky Burial, Xinran IRAN: The Blood of Flowers, Amirrezvani CAMBODIA: First They Killed My Father, Ung
I have one more book to read for Americas then need as massive catch up on Austrilasia and Africa
the list of nations has changed considerably since I was in school- so a couple of my books will be broader than just one nation. (for ex, John Reader's Afica, biography of a continent.) If it's a problem, I'll just read 7 for the continents I'm rusty on.
Bit slow on the uptake here, but I'd like to join in too. Can I count books read from January 1st? I will update my list here. EDIT (13th April): I'm also going to keep going for Europe, as I'm reading far more for that than other continents (so far). At the end, I'll choose my favourites, and try to pick out books which really describe the country, rather than books which could have been set just about anywhere. EDIT (31st August): Added a couple more.
Africa 1. The Tears of the Giraffe - Alexander McCall Smith (Botswana) 2. Black Mischief - Evelyn Waugh (Azania, fictional mix of Daar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar - Ethiopa and Tanzania) 3. Refugee Boy - Benjamin Zephaniah (Ethiopia/Eritrea/UK) 4. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver (Congo) 5. Garang - Marc Vandenberghe (Sudan) 6.
Asia (including the Middle East and Southeast Asia) 1. Gesluierd door Afghanistan, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5104545. (Afghanistan & Pakistan). 2. De vrouw uit 1001 nacht. (Saudi Arabia). 3. The Donkey Cart - Barbara Walker, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7453430. (China). 4. East of the Sun - Julia Grigson (India) 5. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Husseini. (Afghanistan) 6.
Australia (and Oceania) 1. Pobby en Dingan - Ben Rice, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6534786. (Australia). 2. The Spare ROOM - Helen Garner, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6996487. (Australia). 3. Tim - Colleen McCullough, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5420894. (Australia). 4. Dochter van de jungle: een meisje uit de steentijd [Daughter of the Jungle: A Girl From the Stone Age] - Sabine Kuegler. Library book. (New Guinea / Irian Jaya - geographically part of Oceania, although politically part of Indonesia). 5. The Life of Pi - Yann Martel. (Pacific Ocean). 6. The Battle for Room Service: Journeys to All the Safe Places - Mark Lawson. (New Zealand, but also Australia, USA, Canada, Luxembourg, Brussels, Milton Keynes (!), Disneyland & Eurodisney).
Europe 1. No! I Don't Want to Join a Bookclub - Virginia Ironside, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5287884. (England). 2. De zwarte dood - Norman Cantor, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4947869. (Europe, esp. England). 3. The Liar - Stephen Fry, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4250586. (England). 4. Little Cabbages - George Mikes, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6569164. (France). 5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6919661. 6. Mijn vriend Henry [A Friend Like Henry] - Nuala Gardner, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6165859. (Scotland). 7. Gardens of Delight - Erica James, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6912793. (UK & Italy). 8. Coventry - Helen Humphries, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6912793. (England). 9. Bread and Ashes: a Walk Through the Mountains of Georgia. (Georgia). 10. De ongewone lezer (The Uncommon Reader) - Alan Bennett. (UK). 11. Driving Over Lemons - Chris Stewart. (Spain / Andalusia). 12. Naar Nebraska - Veronica Haselhoff. (Netherlands, and not Nebraska, as I'd expected!) 13. Nee heb je - Renate Rubinstein. (Netherlands. About being ill.) 14. De bijenkoning [King Bee] (Five Boys) - Mick Jackson (UK in WWII) 15. Losers - Machteld Bouma (Netherlands) 16. De faun - Anna-Karin Palm (Stockholm, Sweden & London, UK) 17. Cat Tales by Friends of a Roman Sanctuary - Barbara Palmer (ed.) (Rome, Italy) 18. The Last World - Christoph Ransmayr. (Romania) 19. De dochter van de beeldhouwer (Daughter of the Sculptor) - Tove Jansson's autobiography. (Finland) 20. De magische bibliotheek (The Magical Library) - Jostein Gaarder, Klaus Hagerup. (Norway) 21. The Gathering - Anne Enright. (Eire) 22. Het gouden ei (filmed as The Vanishing) - Tim Krabbé. (Netherlands/France) 23. De woorden van zijn vingers (The Words of his Fingers) - Marian de Smet. (Netherlands/Belgium) 24. De Rembrandtcode - Heuvel & de Waal. (Netherlands).
North America (including Central America and the Caribbean) 1. The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6445177. (Canada). 2. The Other Side - Mary Gordon, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/1485684. (USA) 3. Vlucht uit het land van de vrijheid (Flight From the Land of the Free) - Anna Meijerink. (USA) 4. De vuurpony (The Fire Pony) - Rodman Philbrick (USA). 5. Borderliner - Caroline Kraus (USA - California). 6. De jeugd van Little Tree (The Education of Little Tree) - Forrest Carter. (USA, native American). 7. Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer. (USA, Alaska). 8. One Red Paperclip - Kyle MacDonald. (Canada - Montreal).
South America 1. The Lost World – Arthur Conan Doyle, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6934248. (Brazil?). 2. Spoorloos (Without Trace) - Fleur Bourgonje. (Chile, Argenina, Venezuela). 3. The Continuum Concept - Jean Liedloff. (Venezuela). 4. 5. 6.
Letters Home - Feargal Keane, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5615428. Reports from all over the world, but particularly impressed by those from Albania, Macedonia (Europe) and Afghanistan (Asia).
it's "often considered a transcontinental country in Western Asia and Eastern Europe", so I guess I have the choice! At this point, I've read way too many books about Europe, and I hadn't realised before how few of my books are set in the USA. I've got lots of books lurking on my bookshelves about or set in all sorts of other countries. I just have to find time to read them in between all the ring books which are often irritatingly irrelevant to this challenge!
So far I've got 17 listed for Europe - don't worry I'll edit it near the end of the year. I expected to have more for the USA, and at the moment I've got 3 USA & one Canada, so I'll have to try harder there, and I anticipate the antipodes being a bit of a problem. I've already got two Australia, but I assume only one will count, so then there's New Zealand, and after that my geography is a bit fuzzy. This month's Ultimate Challenge theme is non-fiction, so I've been saving up (auto)biographies, travel, etc, so I'm hoping to get about a bit more this month! I also have a book about Georgia (the country) listed as Europe at the moment, but as it straddles the Caucasus, I shall probably move it to Asia, as I'm behind on that too. I thought this challenge would be easy, but it's turning out to be, well, a challenge! Fun ;-)