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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Audio download read by Hope Davis

Pharmacological researcher Marina Singh heads from Minnesota to the Brazilian jungle with two goals: find out what caused the death of her office mate Anders, and get a progress report on a remarkable new fertility drug being developed by one of her former medical school teachers.

I found the section where she first starts to take the anti-malarial drug Lariam fascinating (what a revelation about her life!) if rather horrible (surely a doctor could never really say that, for fear of liability, and there must have been *some* other alternative to try).

Somehow after all that setup, things happened very fast at the end and wrapped up fairly abruptly, leaving a lot of loose ends. Still, an interesting read, if not one that makes me particularly eager to visit the Amazon!

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• [DONE] Africa (7) - South Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Egypt, Ghana, Botswana, Uganda
• [DONE] Asia (7) - Vietnam, Japan, Yemen, Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Thailand
• [DONE] Europe (7) - Switzerland, UK, Denmark, France, Turkey, Norway, Sweden
• [DONE] North America (6) - USA, Canada, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas, Antigua
• [DONE] Oceania (6) - Australia, Antarctica, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Samoa, New Guinea
• [DONE] South America (6) - Guyana, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Brazil

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This has been an interesting reading challenge for many on bookcrossing, and has seen people read outside their comfort zone and find some treasures along the way. Feel free to join at any point during 2015.

Around the World Reading Challenge - Rules

You aim to read 6 books which are set in OR are written by an author from 6 different countries in each of the 6 continents within the 12 month period of the 1st day of 2015 and the last. You cannot count books of the same country twice; you cannot count one book for more than one country. NOTE - The United Kingdom is made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These are not considered independent countries.

The 6 continents are:
AFRICA
ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA)
EUROPE
NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN)
PACIFIC (INCL. ANTARCTICA)
SOUTH AMERICA

The following site will help with which countries are where: http://www.worldatlas.com/

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Post your reads here to tell people a bit about the book. As this challenge has evolved over the years, people have found the following information posted the most relevant: Book title, author, BCID link (if relevant), country, your impressions of it, then totals for each region to date. An example of what to post could look like below:

ARGENTINA: Argentina, Prison Diary by Simon Winchester

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12155362

Three British journalists are arrested on false spying charges just before the Falkland's war and spend 77 days in a prison at the bottom of Argentina. This book was told based on the diary of one of the men.

It was an interesting read, and the prisoners and guards all seemed very pleasant people. The journalists seemed at times to antagonise each other. The constant name dropping in the book got a bit dull, as did the use of undefined acronyms.
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Africa (5) - Darfur, Kenya, Egypt, Cape Verde, Angola
Asia (6) - India, Japan, Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan ***DONE***
Europe (6) - Hungary, UK, The Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Finland. ***DONE***
Pacifica (5) - Hawaii, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Australia, Antarctica
N America (6) - USA, Canada, Haiti, Antigua, Greenland, Cuba ***DONE***
S. America (2) - Peru, Argentina
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Challenge is starting again, I seem to have abandoned my international reads recently.
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Joining again and hope to make it to the end this time around.

Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7626530/

A busy mother who likes to solve mysteries. It was ok. A predictable ending.

AFRICA:
ASIA:
EUROPE:
PACIFICA:
N AMERICA (1): US
S AMERICA:
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The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12853411/

Phryne Fisher mysteries #5. This was a good one because in part of the story Ms Fisher had to travel to the country in search of a missing person. She had to fly her own airplane over the Australian Alps in the 20's. And I love how the author describes the trip highlighting how beautiful the country is. A very exciting adventure!

AFRICA:
ASIA:
EUROPE:
PACIFICA (1): Australia
N AMERICA (1): US
S AMERICA:
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The Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11924388/

Short stories. A little too short but I think it was more snippets from the lives of different people where something has happened that has made a significant impact on their (future) lives.


AFRICA:
ASIA:
EUROPE:
PACIFICA (1): Australia
N AMERICA (2): US, Canada
S AMERICA:
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Das Perfum: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11936995/

A surprisingly good read. From the time the infant was born I was already drawn to his character. I was rooting for him all the time, even up to the end, which is strange since he is the murderer in the story.

AFRICA:
ASIA:
EUROPE(1): France
PACIFICA (1): Australia
N AMERICA (2): US, Canada
S AMERICA:
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4252413/

I was glad to have seen the movie before I read the book. It made things a little easier to understand.

AFRICA:
ASIA:
EUROPE(2): France, England
PACIFICA (1): Australia
N AMERICA (2): US, Canada
S AMERICA:
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Juno and Juliet by Julian Gough
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11851020/

This is the author's debut novel and I really liked it. It tells the story of twins Juno and Juliet and their life in university away from home.

AFRICA:
ASIA:
EUROPE(3): France, England, Ireland
PACIFICA (1): Australia
N AMERICA (2): US, Canada
S AMERICA:

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Das Perfum: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11936995/

A surprisingly good read. From the time the infant was born I was already drawn to his character. I was rooting for him all the time, even up to the end, which is strange since he is the murderer in the story.


Good to know since I have this on my TBR stack (in English). :)
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But I do have one comment:

In your sample, you list Hawaii under Pacifica.

Hawaii has been part of the USA since Annexation in 1898. I wouldn't count it for Pacifica/Oceania unless the book was set pre-1898, during the time when Hawaii was an independent kingdom/republic. [ I will, however, count it for NancyNova's 50 states challenge. ;) ]
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But I do have one comment:

In your sample, you list Hawaii under Pacifica.

Hawaii has been part of the USA since Annexation in 1898. I wouldn't count it for Pacifica/Oceania unless the book was set pre-1898, during the time when Hawaii was an independent kingdom/republic. [ I will, however, count it for NancyNova's 50 states challenge. ;)
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Welcome on board. The 666 challenge is based on geography and where something is as opposed to who has control of it.
Geographically Hawaii is in the Pacifica, politically it is part of North America. There are islands in the South Pacific that are part of the French overseas collectivity (eg tahiti) which for this 666 challenge would fit into the Pacifica region as opposed to Europe.

Hope this clarifies things. As an aside the ability to find books in Pacifica can be quite a challenge.
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The 666 challenge is based on geography and where something is as opposed to who has control of it.
Geographically Hawaii is in the Pacifica, politically it is part of North America. There are islands in the South Pacific that are part of the French overseas collectivity (eg tahiti) which for this 666 challenge would fit into the Pacifica region as opposed to Europe.


I could argue that there's a big difference between Tahiti's relationship to France and Hawaii's to the US...but I won't. As I said in my subject line: your challenge = your rules. I will just choose not to include Hawaii in _my_ reading for this challenge. Everybody else will undoubtedly do as they please (or at least as you instruct). :)

As an aside the ability to find books in Pacifica can be quite a challenge.


New Zealand & Australia aren't hard to find, and Antarctica's actually not bad, which only leaves 3 others...and having done NancyNova's US challenge with all the associated territories (Marshalls, Marianas, Micronesia, etc.) was good practice - I have a better idea of where/how to look for those now. As I recall, when I did this challenge before I had the hardest time coming up with books for South America..so many of the books I found were either in fictional or undefined locations!
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I am getting off to a great start as I am on holiday and have brought along with me UK, Japan, Sth Africa and Italy books to read from the pile I assembled in anticipation of this challenge. I have also signed up for the USA states challenge to add an additional hurdle.

I see someone posted in Book Riot that reading challenges had meant that their life became dominated by trying to achieve their books read target instead of meeting with friends etc.

This is not a problem for me, I think the person must have been somewhat obsessive- so challengers take care out their and check you value family and friends more than books.
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I am again. I will start strong as usual, but this time I will not falter later on :)
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I'd sure like to be in this again. Thanks Kie for organizing it again. You did a great job of moderating in 2014 - kept us all on our toes, a difficult stance to read from!

I've already started on a cracking Jo Nesbo, "The Son" set in Norway and have a pile already accumulated to follow. The wonderful Harry Hole does not feature in this one although his name does appear on the cover and I was lured into thinking he'd be in this but alas not. Different and decidedly murky characters.
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Book 1 - New Europe by Michael Palin. I have a wide range of countries to choose from here, so have plumped for Latvia. It is the sight seeing memoirs of Michael Palin as he travels through Eastern Europe. I never intended to read this book, just look at the pictures, however found myself drawn in and have learnt a huge amount about politics and history of the area. It is a fitting start to the challenge for this year.

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AFRICA
ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA)
EUROPE (1) Latvia,
NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN)
PACIFIC/OCEANIA (INCL. ANTARCTICA)
SOUTH AMERICA

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Written & illustrated by Mary and Conrad Buff
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13056812

Newbery Honor book: fictionalized account of the events leading up to the founding of Swiss Confederation.

So what if no one can prove that Wiliam Tell existed? It still makes for a good story...and the timing is right:

(1) We saw Mockingjay yesterday so I have archery on the brain.
(2) The climax of the story takes place on New Year's Day.

:D

Here's a box by Swiss origami designer Mélisande*: https://www.flickr.com/---/16261361002

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• Europe (1) - Switzerland
• North America (0)
• Oceania (0)
• South America (0)
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Try again

I see Edwardstreet is off to a flying start with this challenge I at least hope to finish one continent with 6 this year if not more Happy New Year and Happy Reading for 2015.
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it sounds like a great way to expand my international reads this year.
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Africa: 1 Sth Africa
Europe: 1.Italy, 2, United Kingdom, 3 Iceland

Sth Africa: A Beautiful Place to Die Malla Numm BCID xxx12596151
Set in 1950s rural Sth Africa when apartheid was casting its horrific dark shadow. Racisim and homophobia are rife. The murder of a rural police chief brings a detective to town who must unravel the complex community, where all is not what it seems. This a first book by a Sth African woman now living in Australia. I would love to read more of Detective Emmanuel Cooper.

Italy: By Its Cover Donna Leon BCID xxx 12488973
I read all of Donna Leon's books about Commissario Brunetti. This was purchased with a Christmas gift token. In this Venetian adventure Brunetti investigates the theft of precious antique books and manuscripts, and an associated murder. This was enjoyable but did not have the same "sparkle" of some of the earlier novels. There was still the usual recounts of delicious meals and digs at Italian bureaucracy, and once again Signorina Elettra breaks all the rules. However it is getting all a little formulaic , perhaps Leon needs to get some new characters.

United Kingdom: The Children Act, Ian McEwan BCID xxx 12488972
I like Ian McEwan and there is nothing formulaic about his novels, each is very different. This has had great reviews so was a Christmas present to myself. The novel explores the professional and personal life of a High Court Judge presiding over the complex cases of Family Court. The novel explores the issue of the right of Jehovah Witness to refuse transfusions. Nothing is easy here, and I like the insight into the ethical considerations. I was less impressed with the personal story of a rocky marriage.

Iceland Tainted Blood Arnaldur Indridason BCID xxx 11753177
I cannot recall reading a book set in Iceland before. Evidently this is the first in the series of crime novels by this Icelandic author. Not surprising , a good read, a typical flawed detective who manages in his own solitary way to solve the whodunnit. I would happily read more of these as a quick crime fan fix.
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Since I'm new to this challenge (and since the Hawaii question came up) I want to clarify a question I have about locations before I start gathering books for this challenge. Specifically I am wondering about other locations in the Pacific - are the following areas considered part of Asia or Pacific/Oceania?
*Japan
*Philippines
*Indonesia
*Malaysia

Thanks so much!
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...are the following areas considered part of Asia or Pacific/Oceania?
*Japan
*Philippines
*Indonesia
*Malaysia


Off the top of my head I'd put them all in Asia...and the world atlas (see kiwi's link in the first post) agrees. :)

http://www.worldatlas.com/---/as.htm
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...are the following areas considered part of Asia or Pacific/Oceania?
*Japan
*Philippines
*Indonesia
*Malaysia


Off the top of my head I'd put them all in Asia...and the world atlas (see kiwi's link in the first post) agrees. :)

http://www.worldatlas.com/---/as.htm


I originally thought they belonged to Asia, too. However, we've had the recent discussion that geographically Hawaii is considered part of Pacific/Oceania and not North America. It makes me wonder about other islands located in the Pacific.
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...are the following areas considered part of Asia or Pacific/Oceania?
*Japan
*Philippines
*Indonesia
*Malaysia


Off the top of my head I'd put them all in Asia...and the world atlas (see kiwi's link in the first post) agrees. :)

http://www.worldatlas.com/---/as.htm

I concur, the four countries mentioned above would be in Asia.
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...are the following areas considered part of Asia or Pacific/Oceania?
*Japan
*Philippines
*Indonesia
*Malaysia


Off the top of my head I'd put them all in Asia...and the world atlas (see kiwi's link in the first post) agrees. :)

http://www.worldatlas.com/---/as.htm

I concur, the four countries mentioned above would be in Asia.

very well then... now off to peruse Mt. TBR and see what books I have for this challenge.
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Asia - Iran

Starting off this year with 'De koning', by Kader Abdolah, an Iranian author living in the Netherlands. He writes beautifully, in Dutch - which is not his native language. This particular book is a fictional account(based on history) of the reign of one of the shahs of Persia, in the late 19th century.

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• Europe (0)
• Oceania (0)
• North America (0)
• South America (0)
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As I now know about this challenge from the beginning of the year, I'll try to manage the whole challenge this time. It will be hard, as I have also joined in several challenges in the germanspeaking forum, but it will keep me reading interesting books and it will help me choose which of my books to read next.

Africa (0) -
Asia (0) -
Europe (0) -
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11145427
North America (0) -
South America (0) -
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Africa (0) -
Asia (0) -
Europe (1) - Germany http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12411219/
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (0) -
South America (0) -
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Africa (0) -
Asia (0) -
Europe (1) - Germany http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12411219/
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (0) -
South America (0) -

Could you tell us something about the book in your post, then other's may have there interest peaked and look it out. It might even spark a discussion if other's have also read the book.
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Africa (0) -
Asia (0) -
Europe (1) - Germany http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12411219/
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (1) - USA http://www.goodreads.com/---/11870085-the-fault-in-our-stars
South America (0) -


The German book is by a doctor of medicine who quit his job to become a comedian. I have read three of his books and they are extremely funny - I can't help laughing out loud (even on the train ;-) ) He also does fantastic comedy shows - he observes well and uses his knowledge as a doctor in his shows and books.

The US book "The fault in our stars" is probably well known, so I won't say much about it.
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The German book is by a doctor of medicine who quit his job to become a comedian. I have read three of his books and they are extremely funny - I can't help laughing out loud (even on the train ;-) ) He also does fantastic comedy shows - he observes well and uses his knowledge as a doctor in his shows and books.

That sounds great, do you know if they have been translated into English. Mind you, sometimes humour is cultural and it doesn't always translate well...
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Africa (0) -
Asia (0) -
Europe (2) - Germany, Austria (or UK) http://www.goodreads.com/---/7748743-erebos
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (1) - USA
South America (0) -

Erebos:
A thriller about a computer game given on to others at a London highschool making pupils addicted to it. Tasks do not only have to be accomplished within the game but also in the real world. But happens when the game asks a pupil to kill a person in real life?
This book was really fascinating although I do not like computer games and generally do not read thrillers. I couldn't put it down and read the 460 pages within two days.
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Africa (0) -
Asia (1) - Afghanistan http://www.lovelybooks.de/---/Drachenl%C3%A4ufer-60655374-w/ (The Kite Runner)
Europe (2) - Germany, Austria (or UK)
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (1) - USA(2)
South America (0) -

The Kite Runner: Sad but very interesting story. You also learn something about Afghanistan's history in this novel.
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Africa (0) -
Asia (1) - Afghanistan
Europe (2) - Germany (2), Austria (or UK)
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (2) - USA(2), Canada http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10148462 (Water for elephants)
South America (0) -

Water for elephants:
http://www.goodreads.com/---/43641.Water_for_Elephants
As the author of this wonderful book was born in Canada I chose to let it count for Canada.
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Africa (0) -
Asia (2) - Afghanistan, China http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13121052/ - Tod einer roten Heldin
Europe (2) - Germany (3), Austria (or UK)
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (2) - USA(2), Canada
South America (0) -

Tod einer roten Heldin: A Chinese detective story in which you also learn something about China.

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Africa (0) -
Asia (2) - Afghanistan, China
Europe (3) - Germany (3), Austrian author, UK http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12749372/
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (2) - USA(2), Canadian author
South America (0) -
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Africa (0) -
Asia (2) - Afghanistan, China
Europe (4) - Germany (3), Austrian author, UK, Greece http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8231435/
Oceania (1) - New Zealand
North America (2) - USA(2), Canadian author
South America (1) - Argentina http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12962993/

Der Tote von der Plaza Once (Needle in a Haystack): A detective story playing at the time of the Dirty War in Argentine and giving you an idea what it is like to live under a military junta. The story was quite good, however, I neither liked the way it was structured and told nor the machismo of the male characters nor the way the women were shown.

Antigone: The classic play by Sophokles
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Africa (1) - Kenya "Out of Africa" http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9762801/
Asia (2) - Afghanistan, China
Europe (4) - Germany (3), Austrian author, UK, Greece
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (2) - USA(2), Canadian author
South America (1) - Argentina

Out of Africa: Karen Blixen's wonderful description of her life in Kenya on her coffee-farm
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Out of Africa: Karen Blixen's wonderful description of her life in Kenia on her coffee-farm


I'm going to start that one today!
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Africa (1) - Kenya
Asia (2) - Afghanistan, China
Europe (5) - Germany (3), Austrian author, UK, Greece, Norway http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12861265/
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (2) - USA(2), Canadian author
South America (1) - Argentina

Die Liga der glühenden Herzen: a Norwegian youthbook written in letters between two 14-year-old boys in which they tell about their interests and problems.
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Africa (1) - Kenya
Asia (2) - Afghanistan, China
Europe (6) - Germany (4), Austrian author, UK, Greece, Norway, Finland http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12604824/
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (2) - USA(2), Canadian author
South America (1) - Argentina

Die Giftköchin: The book starts with quite disgusting scenes, but after page 40 it gets funny and evil (Black humour). It's the story of an elderly woman who is tyrannized by her nephew (whom she brought up) and his friends until she thinks of a plan to get herself out of the trouble. This plan really goes wrong but this turns out to be even better ;-)
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Africa (2) - Kenya (2), Somalia http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12668645/
Asia (2) - Afghanistan, China
Europe (8) - Germany (8), Austria (2), UK, Greece, Norway, Finland, Italy, Ireland Angela's Ashes http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11025321/
Pacifica (1) - New Zealand
North America (2) - USA(2), Canadian author
South America (1) - Argentina

It is amazing what Waris Dirie had to endure and how she changed her life. I found it very interesting to learn such a lot about the life of Nomads in Somalia.
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Africa (2) - Kenya (2), Somalia
Asia (2) - Afghanistan, China
Europe (8) - Germany (8), Austrian author+Austria, UK, Greece, Norway, Spain, Finland, Ireland Angela's Ashes http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11025321/
Oceania (1) - New Zealand
North America (2) - USA(2), Canadian author
South America (1) - Argentina

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Africa (2) - Kenya (2), Somalia
Asia (3) - Afghanistan, China, Laos/Thailand Geister der gelben Blätter http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11187238
Europe (8) - Germany (8), Austrian author+Austria, UK, Greece, Norway, Spain, Finland, Ireland
Oceania (1) - New Zealand
North America (2) - USA(2), Canadian author
South America (1) - Argentina


Geister der gelben Blätter
I do not know yet, if I let this count for Thailand or for Laos (depends on what I'm going to read lateron this year). In this book a young German ethnologist goes to Laos and Thailand to do some research. We experience his stay in Thailand in a kind of diary with flashbacks to the time spent in Laos. There are a lot of allusions to music, literature and films in this novel.
The author of the book is a German author and songwriter who was responsible for the tour management of Ton Steine Scherben (together with Claudia Roth - today a politician), he also wrote songtexts for Ton Steine Scherben and for Rio Reiser.
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Africa (2) - Kenya (2), Somalia
Asia (3) - Afghanistan, China (2), Laos/Thailand
Europe (10) - Germany (9), Austrian author+Austria, UK, Greece, Norway, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland
Oceania (1) - New Zealand
North America (3) - USA(2), Canadian author, Trinidad Der mystische Masseur http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13332052/
South America (1) - Argentina


Der mystische Masseur
The first novel by V.S. Naipaul
The funny and melancholic story of Pandit Ganesh, the mystic massage therapist, who becomes the politial puppet of the British gouvernor of Trinidad.
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Africa (2) - Kenya (2), Somalia
Asia (3) - Afghanistan, China (2), Laos/Thailand
Europe (10) - Germany (9), Austrian author+Austria, UK, Greece, Norway, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland
Oceania (2) - New Zealand, Australia http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13340249
North America (3) - USA(2), Canadian author, Trinidad
South America (1) - Argentina


The secret river
I have read this book for the second time now. It tells the story of William Thornhill, a prisoner who is sentenced to death in London at the beginning of the 19th century. He is then sent to Sidnea instead - his wife and child can fortunately accompany him there. He works hard to become free and get his own piece of land. Unfortunately - like most of the settlers at that time - he does not know anything about the life of the Aborigines ans plays his part in destroying their basis of existence and in killing them.
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Erebos:

I read this one with my students and they loved it. It even got those to read that would normally cringe at books that are half as long. Have you read anything else of Poznanski's?
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12967680/

This book tells about the author's childhood growing up in Iran, when first the country is westernised and then slowly but forcibly radicalised when Ayatollah Khomeini assumes power in 1979. The author was an articulate school child who watched as family members flee to America due to something they said or did, and observe her (Jewish) school being run by someone who's aim was to convert all students to become Muslim.

A very interesting read about a difficult period in modern history.
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Peru

Africa (2) - Kenya (2), Somalia
Asia (3) - Afghanistan, China (2), Laos/Thailand
Europe (10) - Germany (9), Austrian author+Austria, UK, Greece, Norway, Spain, Finland (2), Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland
Oceania (2) - New Zealand, Australia
North America (3) - USA(2), Canadian author, Trinidad
South America (2) - Argentina, Peru http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12312976/

Erinnerungen an die Zukunft: The author of this book, written in the 60s, thought to have found evidence for extraterrestrians having visited the earth and having influenced the development of mankind. He cites places in different parts of the world which "show traces" of extraterrestrians among which Peru is cited several times (with photos) - he also explains religious scriptures and old stories in this light ;-)

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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8142932/

This YA fiction is set in the mountains in France, where a british man loses control of his car and seeks refuge in a small village. There he meets a woman who tells him a tale of persecution and hope.


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2nd try

I couldn't find enough books for Africa, South America and the Pacific, but I like the challenge.

The first book of 2015 is The Hour of the Dragon, a fantasy written by Robert E. Howard (USA writer). It is the first novel of Conan the Barbarian, mostly known from the movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan. It is a decent novel, but Conan is a bit too powerful. He never loses and is always faster than the enemy. Even Superman would have trouble when fighting this lion of Cimmirian.

AFRICA
ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA)
EUROPE:
NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN) (1): United States (writer)
PACIFIC (INCL. ANTARCTICA)
SOUTH AMERICA
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Africa (1) : South Africa
Europe (3) : Italy, United Kingdom, Iceland
Asia (2) : Mongolia, Japan

Mongolia: The Cave of the Yellow Dog Byambasuren Davaa & Lisa Reisch
BCID xxx 12247615
This is a book of the film of the same title about the nomadic life of Mongolian family. There is some linkage to ancient beliefs, songs and poetry, but most of the story centres on a girls discovery of a pup she adopts against her father's wishes. However the dog redeems itself by rescuing her young brother from deadly danger. The text includes photos from the film.

Japan: Kitchen Banana Yoshimoto BCID xxx 9929368
This is not a novel but three small novellas. The title story is a tale of loss, the main character is orphaned and lives with grandmother who then dies. She is invited to stay with a nearby family consisting of a young man and his transgender father. The final tale is a story of a two people who have both lost their partners.
I found these tales easy to read, but unsatisfying. The blurbs claim this book received high acclaim in Japan and USA, but not from this New Zealand reader.
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Africa (3) - Kenya (2), Somalia, South Africa http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13356467/
Asia (3) - Afghanistan, China (2), Laos/Thailand
Europe (10) - Germany (9), Austrian author+Austria, UK, Greece, Norway, Spain, Finland (2), Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland
Oceania (2) - New Zealand, Australia
North America (3) - USA(2), Canadian author, Trinidad
South America (2) - Argentina, Peru

Buckingham Palace, District Six: What a pity that the apartheid regime thought they had to destroy any community which showed that living together in peace was actually possible for people from different backgrounds and with different colours of skin, because they knew that they, the whites, were just a minority and therefore wanted to scatter the different groups of coloureds and blacks in order to prevent them from uniting and fighting against this minority.
This novel tells the story of such a community in Cape Town in three parts - each part first giving some details about the historcal facts followed by the the stories of different characters living in that district.

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Africa: (1) South Africa
Europe: (4) Latvia, Italy, United Kingdom, Iceland
Asia: (1) Mongolia

Latvia The Dogs of Riga Henning Mankell BCID xxx 12488890
Inspector Wallender's investigation into who murdered the two men in the life raft that washed up in Sweden takes him to Latvia twice, once as an official police investigator and the second time on a private journey to assist the wife of the murdered Latvian police officer and to solve both crimes. Are the deaths part of a much greater criminal/political conspiracy?
This is 1991, and Latvia is a dangerous place full of spies and intrigue and no one is safe and everyone is hiding something. Mankell has written a number of books about the flawed ( aren't they all?) Detective Wallender. I would be pleased to read more.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12941762

After witnessing a bombing in Tel Aviv, 17 year old Tel sends a message in a bottle to Gaza hoping to strike up a conversation with a young Palestinian to reassure herself that peace is a common and human desire. Through emails with the mysterious "gazaman" a story is conveyed of growing up in a war zone and different opportunities presented depending on the group you represent.

Not a bad young person's story, the feelings and developments are laid out to see. Probably when it was published the concept of telling a story through emails was rather original.


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Africa: (1) South Africa
Europe: (6) Italy, United Kingdom, Iceland, Latvia, France, Finland DONE
Asia: (2) Mongolia, Phillipines
Oceania/Pacifica: (1) Vanuatu

Vanuatu Fishing for Stars Bryce Courtenay BCID xxx12488899
I have enjoyed this author's books in the past especially the story of his son's death due to Aids. However I would not have finished this had it not been for the challenge. This is an overly long story of a WW2 vets love affair(s) with Anna and Marg. Anna an Eurasian women who was a "comfort girl" for the Japanese and yet improbably retains her virginity and Marg older women who seduces the young Nick at the age of 16 goes on to marry an Admiral and then as a widow becomes a Greenie and an MP.
Meanwhile Nick parks up in Vanuatu and becomes a multi millionaire island shipping magnate.
Most characters in the book were annoying caricatures. I found the descriptions of the Japanese crime syndicates perhaps the most interesting, I learnt nothing of the Pacific except that the writer now seems to despise all the politicians as corrupt. Courtenay seems to try to strive for relevance and realism by telling the story of the Tasmanian environmental battles, the murders in East Timor and so on but it all seems rather contrived and cobbled together. I think he went wrong with Anna being the link through the story, I simply could not believe in her or like her.

France The Disappearance Genevieve Jurgensen BCID xxx9828662
I received this book as part of a D bookbox. I cried my way through this very sad memoir of two beautiful little girls killed in a car crash. Genevieve writes letters to others and sometimes she just writes as she recovers. She goes on to have two more children and eventually life appears to become more peaceful, but the hole left is just heartbreaking. I learnt how I must make the effort to write to the bereaved as Genevieve reports of the enormous comfort letters were to her.
I was puzzled that she did not go and see her daughters bodies, and I wonder if this makes any difference. I know having the bodies of people I loved home and in open coffins has been an enormous comfort to me personally. Highly recommended.

Phillipines: The Tesseract Alex Garland BCID xxx 10162009

This novel has three parallel stories running that collide at the end. I was interested in each story, the European sailor, the street kids and the suburban family.
But..... putting them all in the one book and having them intersect was unsatisfying.
Not the worst book I have ever read by a long shot and pleased to read a book set in a part of Asia I am unfamiliar with that seemed to be based on reality.

Finland Snow Angels James Thompson BCID xxx 12143157
Grim weather, horrific crime. Somalian refugee is murdered and mutilated. Inspector Kari Vaara takes on the complex case, before he is finished there are a number of deaths. The author lives with his Finnish wife in Finland. He describes a society rife with alcoholism, domestic violence and mental health issues. The Finns seem to be incredibly private and hide their sadness and anger deep inside. I cannot imaginer living in the dark at minus 40 C. The author has painted a really vivid picture of a society very different from mine. Recommended and will happily read more by this author. I am interested in the Finnish reaction to this portrayal of their society.
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Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11357470

The books tackled tough current day subject matter: AIDS, Ebola, poverty and genocide, in a very readable way. Refugee Angel runs a cake baking business out of her home. Her children died of crime and AIDS, so she is raising her grandchildren. The book chronicles her conversations and interactions with her cake customers and her neighbors.

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I've read this one a while back. Did you enjoy it?
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Asia (4) - Afghanistan, China (2), Laos/Thailand, Sri Lanka http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13045780/
Europe (10) - Germany (9), Austrian author+Austria, UK, Greece, Norway, Spain, Finland (2), Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland
Oceania (2) - New Zealand, Australia
North America (3) - USA(2), Canadian author, Trinidad
South America (2) - Argentina, Peru

Sri Lanka (that's where the author comes from) - the different stories in this book play in different Asian cities - quite confusing: Der Fengshui-Detektiv: An Asian Fengshui specialist takes the role of a detective. His assistant, a young Australian woman/girl helps him solve his cases. I have read better detective stories and can not really recommend this book.
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I read this because it is on the BBC top 200 (2003) which I am reading through very slowly! It follows three men and a dog going up the River Thames from London to Oxford on a 2 week holiday. This is set in the early 1900's, so this isn't as easy as it sounds as they have to pull the boat up the river by means of a tow rope as it has no engine. He complains loudly about the new fangled streamers. I really enjoyed it and it has a lot of humour in it as well as a fair amount of history of the areas surrounding the Thames, most of which I did not know. It has made me think about cycling up the Thames as a challenge for later in the year.
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The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12431814/

This was a re-read for me; it came up as part of the favourites roundabout. I'm sure many of you will be familiar with it. What happens when the vast majority of the population go blind overnight and the world is full of huge, deadly plants that can move about. Great book.

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Africa: (1) South Africa
Europe: (6) Italy, United Kingdom, Iceland, Latvia, France, Finland *DONE*
Asia: (2) Mongolia, Phillipines
Oceania/Pacifica: (2) Vanuatu, Fiji
North America: (1) USA

USA: The 19th Wife David Ebershoff BCID xxx 7426326

This well travelled book as been on Mt TBR for some time. I have now read it as part of both the 666 and the USA States challenges.

Two stories, a 100 years apart, both connected to the LDS ( Mormons) sect, both featuring polygamy. This is a novel and the historical documents within are not real, I need to research to check how close to the truth the story of Ann Eliza Young is.The modern story was given less attention and I wanted more.
In these days of religious intolerance, and outrageous acts committed by fanatics in the names of their gods, this was pertinent. The abuses of women and children and sexual depravity given credibility by religion are familiar themes in our media.
Atheism is the way for me.

Fiji. A Grain of Gold. Maria Monteros. BCID. Xxx 12488956

I think this must be vanity publishing. A simple improbable story written in a clunky style about an artist, her twin brothers, one a sinner and one a saint, and finding love in Auckland and Australia and finding a Tongan Royal baby in a canoe on a Fijian shore. Not recommended.

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Burn by Nevada Barr - not registered yet
Edited to add: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13099651

Just putting this up there so I don't forget to count this country! ;)

It's just the first one I finished for 2015, but there will be lots of others, since I'm trying to do the States challenge as well. I'm going to try to get 6 countries for North America *in addition* to the US....

National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is on leave from her job as a law enforcement ranger. While visiting a friend in New Orleans, she becomes involved with the hunt for a gang of pedophiles: it's a good story, but the subject matter is quite unpleasant, and I like it better when more of the story happens in the National Parks. A tiny bit of this story happens in New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park ( http://www.nationalparks.org/---/new-orleans-jazz-national-historical-park ), but most of the action takes place either in Seattle or in the city of New Orleans (rather than the park).

This book will be headed out as a wishlist tag once I register it.

I believe Hawaii resident Scott Macri's Trip Trek modular origami design may still be unpublished: https://www.flickr.com/---/photostream

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Europe (11) - Germany (several), Austrian author+Austria, UK, Greece, Norway, Spain, Finland (2), Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland, Sweden
* Oceania (2) - New Zealand, Australia
* North America (3) - USA(2), Canadian author, Trinidad
* South America (2) - Argentina, Peru

Kuchen backen in Kigali
The Zambian author, who lived in different African countries, tells us about Angel's life. Angela comes from Tanzania but now lives in Rwanda for some time with her husband and her grandchildren whose parents have died. She is famous for her cakes and very different people get in touch with her to order a cake for a special event. She then sits with them, sipping tea and asking them about their lives. She also talks to other people she meets and the reader learns a lot about life in Kigali (including history, religion, etc.)
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South Africa: King Soloman's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard

Allen Quatermain and is hired to help Sir Henry Curtis to find his brother, who is on a quest to find the lost diamond mines of King Solomon. They have lots of adventures and close calls before their journey is done. It is the first English adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered to be the genesis of the Lost World literary genre.


Denmark: Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg

Smilla is suspicious when a child in her building dies by falling off a snowy roof. His tracks don't look right. She starts asking questions that end up being very dangerous. It reads more like a fiction with a crime than crime fiction if you know what I mean. The relationship between Denmark and Greenland was also very interesting.

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Just curious, do you guys plan out the books for this challenge right away, or just read as normal, counting as you go?

I had planned to just count up the countries as I go until Autumn, then fill in whats left.

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Just curious, do you guys plan out the books for this challenge right away, or just read as normal, counting as you go?

I had planned to just count up the countries as I go until Autumn, then fill in whats left.

At the beginning of the year for me it is definitely pot luck! whatever I read (unless it is sci-fi) will fit somewhere. But pretty soon I keep a watching brief, I know I am not drawn to books from South America and find books set in the Pacifica hard to find. So I make much more of an effort to find books set in those continents that I would without this challenge.

I do know some participant will have collected books over time and stored the away for this challenge.
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I achieved the challenge last year and am keen to do so again. I check books carefully to see their setting and then store away for the challenge. I have completed Europe so have already put aside a few books for next year. Kiwi is right re Pacific and Sth America, these region require a special effort, and usually mean special searches at the local second hand bookshop.

Just curious, do you guys plan out the books for this challenge right away, or just read as normal, counting as you go?

I had planned to just count up the countries as I go until Autumn, then fill in whats left.


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Just curious, do you guys plan out the books for this challenge right away, or just read as normal, counting as you go?



I start with what I already have, or what I would have read anyway. Then I might try to fill in the gaps later in the year by buying or borrowing suitable books. Hopefully this year I'll finally complete the challenge (I think it's my third attempt).

ETA: Oh, and I post books for this challenge based only on setting.
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Just curious, do you guys plan out the books for this challenge right away, or just read as normal, counting as you go?


I did have a look at the unread books I already had, and decided to read those for this challenge. I've also been hunting for books and I've bought a few that I plan to read for this challenge. So some books are already planned for this challenge. Still, I need some more books, and I'll probably hunt those down later on.
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Map update

This year's map is up: http://www.travbuddy.com/---/6684831 We've already visited 21 countries!
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Oh, that's fun. Thanks for doing it. :)
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My first book for this challenge was The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. It's set in 17th-century Amsterdam and tells the story of a young girl who moves to the city after marrying a wealthy merchant. She has a great deal of trouble settling into his household, and as the book goes on several secrets are uncovered. I enjoyed the story and the descriptions of life at that time.
The book was inspired by Petronella Oortman's miniature house, which can still be seen in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam today.
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/---/BK-NM-1010

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I've been looking at this one, it's nice to hear someone liked it.
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Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel is a wonderful book. One night a Shakespearean actor dies on stage. On the same night, a deadly virus arrives in North America and spreads quickly, wiping out the majority of the population. The survivors cope in various ways. A number of people form the Travelling Symphony, which (as the name says) travels around a part of the US, performing music and Shakespeare's plays.
It works on several levels. On a basic level, it's just really interesting to read on and see what happens, and how the various characters from before and after the collapse are connected. Then, Mandel's prose is well-written. Also, it raises some interesting questions regarding what it means to be human, and what is really important in life.
My description can't possibly do the book justice. Go and read it! :)

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I was really looking forward to An Untamed State by Roxane Gay. It's about a Haitian woman who gets kidnapped in front of her father's mansion, and what happens to her during and after her captivity. What a massive disappointment. The characters are cardboard cut-outs, the dialogue sounds unrealistic, and I didn't find any interesting new insights on being an expat with divided loyalties between one's old and new home. In my opinion the story would have been more interesting if it focused on the characters dealing with the aftermath of the kidnapping, rather than endless brutal details of what was done to her.

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Europe - Italy

The Four Corners of Palermo by Guiseppe Di Piazza

Set in Sicily in the 1980's during the Mafia Wars, where a journalist writes about his and other's lives in Palermo through his reporting of four mafia-related murders. Very interesting reading.

Here's a review at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/---/1590516656

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The Thing About Prague: How I gave it all up for a new life in Europe's most eccentric city
by Rachael Weiss

Really enjoyed this memoir by an Australian writer living in Prague.

Review link
http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?...
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'Norwegian By Night' by Derek B. Miller

I thought this was a great read. It is listed as being in the Crime genre, but it is so much more. Below is its blurb and the author's blog post about the writing of the book.

"Sheldon Horowitz—widowed, impatient, impertinent—has grudgingly agreed to leave New York and move in with his granddaughter, Rhea, and her new husband, Lars, in Norway—a country of blue and ice with one thousand Jews, not one of them a former Marine sniper in the Korean War turned watch repairman. Not until now, anyway.
Home alone one morning, Sheldon witnesses a dispute between the woman who lives upstairs and an aggressive stranger. When events turn dire, Sheldon seizes and shields the neighbor’s young son from the violence, and they flee the scene. As Sheldon and the boy look for a safe haven in an alien world, past and present weave together, forcing them ever forward to a wrenching moment of truth."

http://www.readings.com.au/---/the-story-of-my-book-norwegian-by-night-by-derek-b-miller

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Dear, Old 666,
Not even out of January and you have already worked your magic of seeing
"people read outside their comfort zone and find some treasures along the way". Namely, me.

More and more often in the last two years, I have these periods of not being able to settle into a book. I start and abandon them. I actually get scared and think that I won't find one, that my reading is at an end. What will I do when that happens? Reading is such a part of me. Since I sat in a reading circle at six years old and met Dick and Jane and Spot, I have read everyday. I read the back of the cereal packets at breakfast and the tubes of toothpaste afterwards when brushing my teeth. Read books on the bus to and from school. I read with a flashlight under the covers. I was called a bookworm. I couldn't stop reading on a daily basis, no more than I could stop eating or breathing. Or I didn't think I could.

So in looking for a 666 read on-line at my library, I did a search and in the search were two books of.....short stories. I quite like essay-type memoirs and self-help books, but I did not like fictional, short stories, because they are ..... short; like appetisers when I want a good, long meal. But I was desperate, so I read both and enjoyed them both. It was a great experience to begin to read something that I was feeling very negative about and to have the surprise and delight of enjoying it.

So three treasures so far this year.
Two small Treasures - the books which I will list soon and
One Treasure trove- Short Stories!

Yours in Literature,
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To Prussia With Love - Misadventures in Rural East Germany by Roger Boyles

Really enjoyed this funny, little memoir. Written by a British expat journalist who has lived longer in Berlin that Britain. His German girlfriend inherits her grandmother's house in East Berlin at the same time he has taken a 6 month sabbatical from his unsatisfying job as a journalist. As she wants to leave her high-powered life and career as a designer and reconnect with her roots, they attempt to turn the house into a British B and B and tap into the tourist industry to support a change of lifestyle. But there is so much more to it than that. I actually checked at one point to see if it was fictional, because it read so much like a 'story'. Obviously the truth has been played with a bit more abandon than in the other memoirs I've read, but also obvious the author knew you would twig to it and that was fine with me. I had lots of chuckles and couple of giggling fits that got completely out of control and finished with an episode or two of laughing out loud.

https://www.goodreads.com/---/11106383-to-prussia-with-love
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Europe - UK

Some Rain Must Fall and Other Stories by Michel Faber

A book of fifteen short stories written by Michel Faber of 'The Crimson Petal and The White' fame. The majority of these stories are set in the UK, so I have chosen it as my UK book this year.

The first two stories were my favourites and those are the ones written about below in the blurb from my library's ebook site. This book will definitely go into the favourite reads for 2015 thread at the end of the year.

"Michel Faber's first collection of short stories reveals an extraordinarily vivid imagination, a deep love of language and an adventurous versatility. Playful, yet profoundly moving, wickedly satirical yet sincerely humane, these tales never fail to strike unexpected chords. The title story, 'Some Rain Must Fall' (winner of the 1998 Ian St James Award), juxtaposes the tragic circumstances of traumatised schoolchildren with the interior monologue of a teacher/psychologist enlisted to aid their recovery. In the pseudo-sci-fi 'Fish' (winner of the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday competition in 1996) a mother tries to protect her child in a terrifying world where fish swim through the streets and lurk in alleyways. Faber has an exciting talent, rich and assured, with a dazzling reach. Some Rain Must Fall is one of the most engaging debuts for years and is refreshingly different from anything else you are likely to read this year. "

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Asia - Japan


'Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye - A Journey'
by Marie Mutsuki Mockett'

A very interesting and moving non-fiction book about the Japanese/American author's experience of personal grief and her exploration of how the Japanese culture deals with grief. She begins her journey with some of her relatives who live in the Fukushima area and run a Buddhist temple (their home and temple is 25 miles from the nuclear reactor that was damaged in the 2011 tsunami and they have chosen to stay and continue to serve the people of the area) and continues on throughout other areas of Japan.

http://www.mariemockett.com/---/where-the-dead-pause-the-japanese-say-goodbye/

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'The Mother of Mohammed' by Sally Neighbour

http://www.sallyneighbour.com/books.html

"The Mother of Mohammed is the story of Australian woman, Rabiah Hutchinson, a Muslim convert who has been at the heart of the global jihadist movement for more than twenty years, as a result of which she is now deemed a threat to Australia's national security and banned from travelling abroad"

This non-fiction book is set in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc. I have chosen Afghanistan as this is where Rabiah felt her true home was.

It was written by an Australian journalist with the co-operation of Rabiah. I found it a truly fascinating and informative read.

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'The Wild' by Cheryl Strayed

After seeing the movie that was released earlier this year and watching some YouTube interviews with Reese Witherspoon and Cheryl Strayed, I couldn't wait to read the book. But, of course, all the copies from the library were checked out and it took a couple of weeks to finally get my hands on it and it was well worth the wait.

Another 'strong' woman's memoir. It was really good to have the combination of the book and the movie; the book with the interior landscape of Cheryl's thoughts and feelings and the movie showing the vast, rugged (and all sorts of other similar words) wilderness landscape she walked through. I do wish I had gotten back to see the movie again after reading the book, but it wasn't to be.

http://www.cherylstrayed.com/wild_108676.htm

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DONE Asia (6) - Afghanistan, China (2), Laos/Thailand, Sri Lanka, Pakistani author A Sultan in Palermo http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13257102 , India (among others) Fussnoten im Staub http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13431620
DONE Europe (11) - Germany (several), Austrian author+Austria, UK, Greece, Norway, Spain, Finland (2), Ireland, Iceland, Switzerland, Sweden
* Oceania (2) - New Zealand, Australia
* North America (3) - USA(2), Canadian author, Trinidad
* South America (2) - Argentina, Peru

Fussnoten im Staub is a travel account by the Danish playwright Kjeld Abell who travelled from Denmar to India by ship in the 1950s. He tells the reader about his journes and the countries he sees and compares the landscape to pieces of art.

Der Sultan von Palermo - a story set in Sicily at the time when Muslims fought against Norman rule: Muhammed al-Idrisi, a medieval cartographer, is torn between his friendship with the sultan of Palermo and the struggle of Muslims against the Norman invaders. I suppose I do not have enough historical knowledge to really appreciate the story - or perhaps it was just because I did not like the shallow family history with too many sex scenes (for my taste)
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A dress lodger in 1831 in England, during the middle of the cholera epidemic, will do whatever she can to take care of her young son, including assisting the local doctor to secure dead bodies for research. The characters are multi-faceted and their true colors start to show as they are affected by the cholera outbreak.

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This is an excellent story, based very loosely on a true event in WW2 when a group of women were made to march round Sumatra for several years as the Japanese did not want to put them in a camp. I really enjoyed this and it was compelling reading and at the end I could not put it down. It was first published in 1950 and this shows in the writings and some of the ideas about the local indigenous people and attitudes towards women (If you got married, you stopped working immediately). Well worth a read and worth being number 37 on the BBC top 200. It is also on the 1001 books to read before you die list

This is based 50/50 in Malaya (presumably Malasia?) and Australia. I have put it down as Australia as I had more problems with this continent last year, however reserve the right to swop it to Malaya if need be at a later date!
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I read this last year and was amazed I enjoyed it so much. I often don't get on with books written or set in the 1950s, but this was definitely an exception.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8301301

This is a social commentary with bite, about a man who decided to convert the Isle of Wight into a tourist attraction with the best of England within convenient commute times for tourists. Why not be able to see Stonehenge, the Cliffs of Dover, and Manchester United play a home match within a short taxi trip.

There is much derision about authenticity and tradition, and much political manoeuvring. I enjoyed this book, which was written by an author pushing back at the dumbing down of the English vocabulary.
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Hanna, a woman with many secrets, can be seen to an outsider as a harsh, passionless woman. However, this novel is told through the voice of Michael with whom Hanna had an affair when he was only 15 years old. Michael sees the soft side of Hanna as she has forever claimed a piece of his soul, even as all her dirty laundry is aired in public. For years Michael is impacted by his relationship with Hanna and is her silent supporter until her dying day.

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A Thousand Lives: the Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown by Julia Scheeres
Audio download read by Robin Miles

Horrifying, frightening, frustrating, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Based in part on the many documents the FBI collected after the mass murder/suicide at Jonestown, the story follows Jim Jones's People's Temple from Indiana to California to Guyana. By necessity Scheeres tends to focus on those few who survived. Some of Jones's followers were idealists who dreamed of a better world of true equality, only to end up trapped in a strange place with a leader who seems to have descended into utter madness; on the other hand, a few seem to have been more than willing to cooperate with the beatings, torture, and murders. The author says "don't drink the Kool-Aid" (which may actually have been another drink mix called Flavor Aid) is an insult to those who died, most of whom weren't given a choice in the end - between armed guards and direct injections of the poison, even those who didn't want to die ended up as victims. In hindsight, it's easy to say that the time to get out was before the group left California, but Jones seems to have made leaving his church quite difficult even at that stage.
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The Cook by Wayne Macauley
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Teenager Zac gets in trouble with the law and ends up at Cook School. This is his big chance to make a new life for himself - can he achieve his new dream of becoming a world-class chef and restaurateur?

I found the style a bit difficult to get used to at first, but I think food lovers will enjoy the detailed menu descriptions. Just watch out for the descending spiral that Zac finds himself in - the story winds up with a resounding crash.

Zac might have been able to use Darren Scott's decorative origami box tops to enhance his food presenation.. or not. https://www.flickr.com/---/photostream

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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
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A book for younger readers, based on the true story of Salva Dut.

In 1985, Salva became one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan, separated from his family by civil war, surviving a long cross-country trek, and then living for years in a refugee camp.

In 2008, Nya's whole life revolves around getting water for her family.

When their two paths finally intersect, Nya's life is transformed.

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Kitchen is one of those books that finds a place in your soul and won't let go. Banana Yoshimoto eloquently tells the story of a young woman dealing with the loss of her grandmother and unexpectedly finds friendship when she was least expecting it.

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Europe: (6) Italy, United Kingdom, Iceland, Latvia, France, Finland *DONE*

Lebanon: A Good Land Nada Awar Jarrar BCID xxx 12514991

This is the story of Layla , born in Lebanon who as child shifts to Australia with her parents. As an adult she returns to a troubled Beirut and gets to know her apartment neighbour Margo a refugee of WW2, and other people living in and around her beloved Beirut- Kamal a Palestinian refugee and Fouad who like Layla loves and cares for Margo.

New Zealand Becoming a Person John McRae ( Library Book) ISBN 9781927213193

This is the biography of Robert Martin, a man who I know and who I have worked with. Robert lived in institutions throughout New Zealand most of his childhood, some were for people with an intellectual disability, some were for people with mental health, and some were for wayward boys.
Robert suffered, as all who live in institutions do, from cruelty, abuse and lack of love and care.
In 2003 Robert addressed the United Nations as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities finally became a reality.
Robert has been honoured by the New Zealand government and currently a nomination process is underway for him to be awarded the Nobel Prize.
Robert is a humble and effective Human Rights advocate for the most marginalised and forgotten people throughout the world. My life is enriched by knowing him.
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I finished reading Grafteken by Arnaldur Indriðason. A detective based in Iceland.

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I finished reading Grafteken by Arnaldur Indriðason. A detective based in Iceland.:

What a coincidence, I am reading a book by the same author "tainted blood". I am finding it an easy to read thriller that is keeping my interest!
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I really liked the book. It stays realistic, while some detectives get a bit over the top with cults, unrealistic baddies and such. I'm not sure the book I read was translated to English. I could not find it on goodreads, only the Icelandic, German and Dutch version.
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This collection of short stories shows the integration of pacific people into Western culture, either through the importation of ideas and goods onto small islands or the exportation of people to New Zealand.

I enjoyed the snippets of life laid out in the stories, particular the first one when an elderly gentlemen gets to know his new neighbours, and the disappointment of a son returning back to the islands after being in New Zealand.

Some of the stories seem to be set on Toka Island, but I can't figure out where that is. So I have taken the location of the last story to place this in the 666 challenge.

****. I am offering this as a book ray if people are interested. It is a small paperback that in many countries could possible pass as a letter. Please sign up on the bookring forum http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/516061
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