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Tonga
Ravenstone by Deborah Cannon
e-book

(It's still the 31st where I am, and I actually finished these last three books on the 29th.)

Apparently book 3 in a series: Jake Lalonde and Clifford Radisson are old enemies: in this story Jake's girlfriend Angeline goes to Tonga and both men end up following her. Is there really a link between the mysterious carvings in Tonga and Jake's family symbol, the Haida Raven?

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• Africa (6) - DONE! - Malawi, Botswana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa
• Asia (6+2) - DONE! - India, Japan, Vietnam, Nepal, China, Cambodia plus North & South Korea
• Europe (6) - DONE! - UK, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Denmark, Poland
• North America (6) DONE! - USA, Jamaica, Haiti, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico
• Oceania (6) DONE! - Solomon Islands, Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, Micronesia, Tonga
• South America (6) DONE! - Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela
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Thank you kiwiinengland for the challenge (I think I'll copy you and try to get some South America done early in 2017) - it helps me discover books I probably wouldn't have read otherwise.

Congratulations to everyone who managed to finish this year: book-a-billy, efell, booklady331, crimson-tide, Metro2, jax987654321 - hope I didn't miss anyone. :)

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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 2016.

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 2016 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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If you feel like using Twitter to talk about this challenge use the hashtag #666for2016

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Post your reads in this forum thread 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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I'll join in again! It was so much fun last year :-)
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AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (1/6) Iceland - Frostnacht by Arnaldur Indridason http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12784724
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Frostnacht: A detective story with a lot of time and place sacrificed to descriptions of the investigations that neither lead to the murderer nor to other suspects. A fact which deprives the story of its suspence. There are also numerous repetitions and the end is awful in a certain way.
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Malawi

AFRICA (1/6) Malawi
ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (1/6) Iceland
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

William Kamkwamba, Bryan Melaer: Der Junge, der den Wind einfing (The boy who harnessed the wind) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8591422
The very impressive story of William Kamkwamba, the son of a poor farmer in Malawi, who was thrown out of school because his father could not pay the fees during a famine. When not working in the fields, he taught himself physics from books and applied them to improve the living conditions for his family and neighbours.
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AFRICA (1/6) Malawi
ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (1/6) Iceland
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Western Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Western Samoa
Albert Wendt, Die Blätter des Banyanbaums
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13808019/
A family saga in three books which describes very well life in Western Samoa and how it changed when the Whites came there.
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AFRICA (1/6) Malawi
ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (2/6) Iceland, Germany I got rhythm http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13712009
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Western Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Germany
Caroline Gille und Niels Schröder, I got rhythm
The biography of jazz guitarist Coco Schumann who survived several concentration camps in Nazi-Germany and is over 90 today. An amazing story told in a graphic novel.
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AFRICA (2/6) Malawi, Nigeria
ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (2/6) Iceland, Germany
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Western Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Nigeria
Öl auf Wasser
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13468375
An exciting novel about the problems that oil extraction causes in Nigeria. The story ist told from the point of view of a journalist who is searching for a woman kidnapped by rebells.
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AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (2/6) Iceland, Germany
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Western Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

South Africa
Kap der Finsternis by Roger Smith
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13068634/
A very brutal thriller with a dense plot of inhuman acts and language. It very well reflects reality in South Africa.

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Japan

AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (1/6) Japan
EUROPE (2/6) Iceland, Germany
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Western Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Japan
Verdächtige Geliebte
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13011223/
A really exciting detective story with a quite unusual start. At the beginning, the reader witnessis a murder. The woman who murdered her ex-husband is given an alibi by her neighbour, a mathematician and a genius. Will the police ever be able to solve the case?
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AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (2/6) Japan, Afghanistan
EUROPE (2/6) Iceland, Germany
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Western Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Afghanistan
Nach Afghanistan kommt Gott nur noch zum Weinen
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10231417/
A really impressive book (written by an Iranian author) whose story takes place in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran and shows very well how people (especially women) live in Afghanistan. It made me understand a lot about the wars in Afghanistan and I learned how few rights women have there.

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Poland

AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (2/6) Japan, Afghanistan
EUROPE (3/6) Iceland, Germany, Poland
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Western Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Poland
Tod in Breslau
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13204634
A captivating detective story set in Breslau around 1933/1934. The last pages - after the murder has been solved - are puzzling and superfluous (in my opinion)
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AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (2/6) Japan, Afghanistan
EUROPE (4/6) Iceland, Germany (3), Poland, GB
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Western Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

GB/England
Agnes Grey
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13825921
The story of Agnes Grey, the daughter of a minister who has to leave home and work as a governess. It is quit interesting to learn about life in the 19th century, but I couldn't stand the self-righteousness of the main character - I nearly stopped reading the book because of that. Which would, however, have been a pity, because I really liked the end of the story.
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AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (2/6) Japan, Afghanistan
EUROPE (4/6) Iceland, Germany (4), Poland, GB
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (2/6) Western Samoa, Australia
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Australia
Das Rosie-Projekt
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13836470
I loved this book even more than "Curious incident of the dog in the night-time" - it is also told from the poibnt of view of an autist - and it is a really heartwarming lovestory.

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AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (3/6) Japan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (4/6) Iceland, Germany (4), Poland, GB
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (2/6) Western Samoa, Australia
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Kyrgyzstan
Dshamilja - Die schönste Liebesgeschichte der Welt
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13508233
A great lovestory - although not the "the most beautiful lovestory in the world" to me as the title suggests, because I could not really feel with the lovers.
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Tuvalu

AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (3/6) Japan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (4/6) Iceland, Germany (4), Poland, GB
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (3/6) Western Samoa, Australia, Tuvalu
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Tuvalu
Warum nicht Mariazell?
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13737229
On the one hand, a very interesting book because you learn a lot about Tuvalu. On the other hand, it tells you a lot of disgusting details (not only about Tuvalu) which I do not really appreciate.
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Chile

AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (3/6) Japan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (4/6) Iceland, Germany (4), Poland, GB
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (3/6) Western Samoa, Australia, Tuvalu
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) Chile

Chile (author) (Peru, ...)
Der Alte, der Liebesromane las
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5907315
An adventure story about the fight between man and nature around the Amazonas - nevertheless very poetic.
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AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (3/6) Japan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (4/6) Iceland, Germany (4), Poland, GB
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) Dominican Republic
PACIFIC (3/6) Western Samoa, Australia, Tuvalu
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) Chile

Dominican Republic
Zeit der Schmetterlinge
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13849922
The story of the four Mirabal sisters told in turns by the four sisters. A very interesting and moving book.

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AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (3/6) Japan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (4/6) Iceland, Germany (4), Poland, GB
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) Dominican Republic
PACIFIC (3/6) Western Samoa, Australia, Tuvalu
SOUTH AMERICA (2/6) Chile, Argentinia

Argentinia
Chamäleon Cacho
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6490577
Rather puzzling at the beginning - you get bits and pieces that gradually fit together and form a story. However, the ending is quite predictable quite early.

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I resolved not to do this again and then I saw I have about ten countries in my TBR pile, but.... I really, really want to complete the States challenge as well.

Thanks for organizing, I notice this past year there has been less debate about country locality. I like it when people realize it is not a competition or anything it is just a challenge and it is all about fun.
Do what ever the heck you want! But participants might just tell you if you are self deluding,
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I resolved not to do this again and then I saw I have about ten countries in my TBR pile, but.... I really, really want to complete the States challenge as well.



The states is continuing as a multi-year. I knew there was no way that I'd get through all 50 states in one year anyway
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maybe I might finish it next year!
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a miserable failure in 2015 - way too US centric (and then the outside the US countries were always the same too - UK and Australia predominately).

I have a bunch of ABC TBRs set in other locations - maybe they'll actually get read in 2016!
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have. I will give it a try next year.
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well....

This year's challenge has made me read some books I otherwise would not have read. Which has been nice! I tried to get through 36 countries, but have to admit I'll fail. Next year, I'm likely to list a book here, when I happen to read a book that I can list. But I won't try to aim for a certain number of countries for this challenge, but rather focus on redusing my Mt. TBR and read the books I REALLY want to read.
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RE: well....

This year's challenge has made me read some books I otherwise would not have read. Which has been nice! I tried to get through 36 countries, but have to admit I'll fail.

I'm still hoping to complete the 2015 challenge since I only have one left..

Next year, I'm likely to list a book here, when I happen to read a book that I can list. But I won't try to aim for a certain number of countries for this challenge, but rather focus on redusing my Mt. TBR and read the books I REALLY want to read.

Yeah, that's how I'm feeling..I'll also be doing a Canadian reading challenge, but I'll be _trying_ to read more of the books I already have instead of going out and looking for them!
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I'll try...

2015 was the first time I participated, and it kind of turned into a TBR paperback clear-out challenge as well. I did such a good job that now all that's left are from the UK, US, and a few from Europe! On the other hand, maybe it will be quicker if I'm buying more e books for 666 instead of slogging through books just to finish them?

Whether I come close to finishing or not, I'll definitely keep track or where the books I read are set, it is really interesting to see. (Wouldn't it be nice if Goodreads included locations in their stats?)

Good luck everyone, see you here in a few weeks :)
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I will try to read these 6 books from each continent - very interesting. But I do not know , if I get enough books from PACIFIC

✔️ AFRIKA 6/6
✔️ ASIEN (INKL. MITTLERER OSTEN UND SÜD-OST ASIEN) 6/6
✔️ EUROPA 6/6
✔️ NORDAMERIKA (INKL. MITTELAMERIKA UND DIE KARIBIK) 6/6
✔️ OZEANIEN/PAZIFIKA (INKL. ANTARKTIK) 6/6
✔️ SÜDAMERIKA 6/6

✔️ AFRICA 6/6
Algeria - Assin Djebar - Die Schattenkönigin - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11312316
Botswana - Alexander McCall Smith - Mma Ramotswe und das verhängnisvolle Bett - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8240778
Egypt - Tarek Eltayeb - Städte ohne Dattelpalmen - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11673761
Guinea - Tierno Monenemo - Zahltag in Abidjan - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9755774
Morocco - Tahar Ben Jelloun - Papa, was ist Islam? - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13093167
Nigeria - Chimamanda Nogozi Adichie - Heimsuchungen - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11550013

✔️ ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA) 6/6
Afghanistan - Atiq Rahimi - Stein der Geduld - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13807094
China - Qiu Xiaolong - Schwarz auf Rot - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12260482
Israel - Yona Tepper - David - halb-und-halb - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7719312
Japan - Haruki Murakami - Wilde Schafsjagd - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7957209
Palestine - Ghazi Abdel-Qadir - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13419367
Sri Lanka - Nury Vittachi - Der Fenshui-Detektiv im Auftrag Ihrer Majestät - - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10467635

✔️ EUROPE 6/6
Austria - Constanze Denning - Eingespritzt - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13544466
Great Britania - Ruth Carrington - Nur tote Fische schwimmen mit dm Strom - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11485699
Italy - Renata Vigano - Agnese geht in den Tod - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13114072
Serbia - Ivan Ivanji - Stalins Säbel - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13921989
Sweden - Camilla Läckberg - Engel aus Eis - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8499117
Swiss - Jonas Lünscher - Frühling der Barbaren- http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11969656

✔️ NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN) 6/6
Canada - Joy Fieldimg - Das Verhängnis - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11649265
Costa Rica - Fernabdo Contreras Castro - Der Mönch, das Kind und die Stadt - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5795965
Cuba - Mayra Montero - Wo Aida Caruso fand - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3467202
Mexico - Laura Esquivel - Das zärtliche Alphabet des Don Jubilo - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13807091
USA - Marilynne Robinson - Haus ohne Halt - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13126525
Trinidad - V.S. Naipaul - Wahlkampf auf karibisch - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13893277

PACIFIC (INCL. ANTARCTICA) (6/6)
Australia - Michael Robotham - Dein Wille geschehe - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13181195
Bora Bora - Alberto Vazquez- Figueroa - Bora Bora - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11054643
NewGuinea - Christian Krecht - Imperium - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12254153
New Zealand - Particia Grace - Drei Cousinen - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6751520
Samoa - Albert Wendt - Die Blätter des Banyanbaums - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5596579
Tonga - Epeli Hau'ofa - Rückkehr durch die Hintertür - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13639397


✔️ SOUTH - AMERICA (6/6)
Argentinien - Carlos Balmaceda - Der Venusmörder http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12296087
Brasilia - Paulo Coelho - Die Schriften von Accra - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13011308
Chile - Luis Seulveda - Die Welt am Ende der Welt - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10157673
Colombia - Tomas Gonzalez - Am Anfang war das Meer - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11922828
Peru - Sergio Bambaren - Stella - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13095543
Venezuela - Romulo Gallegos - der Bastard - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5959603
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1. Argentinien - Carlos Balmaceda - Der Venusmörder
Who was the murder of the prostitutes girles? The Basc, the journalist and the mystic seer think aout the murder to catch him - very different thriller, no action, nearly only thinking, talks..

2. Colombia - Tomas Gonzalez - Am Anfang war das Meer
It was a very interesting book of the settlement on a caribbien shore of th author' s brother

3.Peru - Sergio Bambaren - Stella -
a very nice book with the Christmasstory. Be strong and you will succed. If you are different - it`s fine...

4. Venezuela - Romulo Gallegos - der Bastard -
A historical story of about 1850 - very interesing book bad a bit hard to read because the autor nees so many word for saying somethings. It is interesting to read about live and feeling of the "bastard" in the historical contex because of cevil war, abolition of slavery.

5. Brasilia - Paulo Coelho - Die Schriften von Accra
a philosophical essay about peaceful live with yourself, your neighbour, your enemy

6. Chile - Luis Seulveda - Die Welt am Ende der Welt
A book of whaling - its fascination, but also the absurd killing of animals, the economy of whaling - the tragedy in nature
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1. Italy - Renata Vigano - Agnese geht in den Tod
Very fine, impressing book of a guerilla war 1944 in Italy against the German troops. These troops capt prison Agneses husbund. So Agnese joined the guerilla troops and lived and fight with them in the laguna of the river Po.

2. Austria - Constanze Denning - Eingespritzt
Nice krimstory - In the great hospital of Vienna a poisonous snake has killed a doctor. Why? An other doctor brought this snake to the clinic to treat people - and this snake escaped, was he the murderer?

3. Schweden - Camilla Läckberg - Engel aus Eis
A crimstory from Sweden with the background of Sweden in 1944, 1945 - that was interesting and special.

4.Serbien - Ivan Ivanji - Stalins Säbel
interesting story of science, history...in the East of Europa

5. Switzerland - Lünscher Jonas - Frühling der Barbaren -
a interesting traveling story to the desert of Tunesia, where joung people lost their money because of a bankcrash.

6. Great Britania - Ruth Carrington - Nur tote Fische schwimmen mit dm Strom
A nice crime story, who has done ist?
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1. Costa Rica - Fernabdo Contreras Castro - Der Mönch, das Kind und die Stadt - a fascinating description of a child with only one eye, his surroundings with nice people who loved him, taught him a worthful live. I loved the atmosphere of the book but it was also a criticism of society

2. Cuba - Mayra Montero - Wo Aida Caruso fand -
In Havanna a bomb fell into the thaetre where Caruso sang AIDA. He run away and met a girl named Aida, they escaped Havanna and they fell in love - very interesting description of live in Cuba, love between this two so different people - fiction or truth?

3. Mexico - Laura Esquivel - Das zärtliche Alphabet des Don Jubilo - I love the books of Laura Esquivel - the language, the fine people, the positive atmosphere, the humor...

4. Trinidad - V.S. Naipaul - Wahlkampf auf karibisch
in Elvira Mr. Harban wants to electet - so he has to gether votes from Hindus, Muslems, Espaniol and black inhabitants - nice to read about a village in Trinidad.

5.USA - Marilynne Robinson - Haus ohne Halt
I like this book and the writting of Mariynne Robinson - very soft, fine, she pants pictures with her words. She describes the growing up of two girls with their aunt at a lake, where her mother and her grandpa died

6. Canada - Joy Fielding - Das Verhängnis
A psychological crime story of boys who made a bet because of a girl.
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1. Marokko - Tahar Ben Jelloun - Papa, was ist Islam? Papa - can you explain Islam?
Very interesting book, many historical explantions of words used with Islam people, the religion,...
Everybody should read this book to get to know the thoughts of Islam People, to get to know them and to understand better the world by now.

2. Nigeria - Chimamanda Nogozi Adichie - Heimsuchungen
vera interesing stories of the life of nigerian woman in Africa also when they arrive in USA, or stay There for a while. I enjoyed to read all of them, but they made me also sad and thoughtful. It is not easy to live in a forgain country, you should forget all your costoms and practice you learnd and loved at home.

3. Botswana - Alexander McCall Smith - Mma Ramotswe und das verhängnisvolle Bett
I like the books of Alexander McCall Smith very much - they are so soft, friendly, peaceful, altough there many problems to be solveed by the " Nr 1 Ladies´ Detective Agency"

4.Guinea - Tierno Monenemo - Zahltag in Abidjan
Refugees from Guinea met in Abidjan (Ivory) because a girl of their gang will go to Europa.

5. Egypt - Tarek Eltayeb - Städte ohne Dattelpalmen
Hamza from Sudan wants to earn money for his familiy - so he went to town, to Egypt, to Italia, to France, to Netherlands - and then again home, where his family (mother and sisters) were dead because of Cholera.
Very sad to read, but when you are bussy you can find different ways of work

6. Algeria - Assin Djebar - Die Schattenkönigin -
very interesting description of wemen life in an arabic Harem
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1. Sri Lanka - Nury Vittachi - Der Fenshui-Detektiv im Auftrag Ihrer Majestät - very nice and humorous to read. Against unfairness, some fenshui ideads, with some east Asien wisdom.

2. Afghanistan - Atiq Rahimi - Stein der Geduld
a wife told her husband her whole live, her secrats, while he lay injured and senseless in bed. Very interesting ans sad.

3. Palestine - Ghazi Abdel-Qadir - Mister Petersilie
Thats a story of a boy in the ghetto. He has to earn money for his sick mother and him. Very nice friends help him to feed the familie, that he can go to school, ...A nice book of friendship

4. China - Qiu Xiaolong - Schwarz auf Rot
I like to read the books of Qiu Xiaolong - you can learn much about Chinese way of life, history, food, problems...

5. Israel - Yona Tepper - David - halb-und-halb
David lives in a Kibbúz and has problems in school, with his Norwegian mother. He likes to live there, but the mother wants to go back - nobody is satisied

6. Japan - Haruki Murakami - Wilde Schafsjagd
I like the words of Haruki Murakami, the philosphy of this book is a bit difficult - maybe he wants to tell us, that we should look for secrets very near, you should open your eyes and your mind.
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1. New Zealand - Particia Grace - Drei Cousinen
Three Maori girlscousines tell their very different life - once they meet in Summer, when they are 10 years old, and at the end, they all went home at the funeral of the oldest Cousine - very interesting the story of Maoripeople

2. Tonga - Epeli Hau'ofa - Rückkehr durch die Hintertür
Very happy tails of the way of life in Tonga

3. Australia - Michael Robotham - Dein Wille geschehe
This Psychothriller was very interesting, fine and fast to read. I liked the Professor, the love of the mothers - but to go in the death?

4. Samoa - Albert Wendt - Die Blätter des Banyanbaums -
Life in Samoa - very different to our life but I think they have a better comnity, a softer way a life...

5. Bora Bora - Alberto Vazquez- Figueroa - Bora Bora
A very interesting book of a sailing group from Bora Bora, which wantet to free their king, who was kept in prison by wild kannibals

6.NewGuinea - Christian Krecht - Imperium
A historical writing of an German who wantet to make an imperium in NewGuinea with cocosplants
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This might tie in with my efforts to decrease the number of books I have in my house that are unread :)
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This might tie in with my efforts to decrease the number of books I have in my house that are unread :)


That's what I try to do - pair up what I already have with the country.
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This might tie in with my efforts to decrease the number of books I have in my house that are unread :)


That's what I try to do - pair up what I already have with the country.
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This might tie in with my efforts to decrease the number of books I have in my house that are unread :)


That's what I did last year and it worked really well! I read mostly ebooks now, so the paperbacks were piling up. Almost half or the books for the challenge were from my shelf. Of those I think 5 were the oldest there. Now there is room for some more ;)
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I'm in

I'm completely new here...just learned about this challenge from a posting on GoodReads..but I'll try. Is Russia considered a European or Asian nation or both?
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I'm completely new here...just learned about this challenge from a posting on GoodReads..but I'll try. Is Russia considered a European or Asian nation or both?

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

Russia could be considered either, along with Turkey.
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.....Countries Listed by Continent very helpful
http://www.worldatlas.com/cntycont.htm

I'm going to not make it for the 2015 challenge, disappointingly by only a few books - all being for South America - so I will be trying again for 2016.
I think I need to start with N & S America as they are always my problem continents!
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.....Countries Listed by Continent very helpful
http://www.worldatlas.com/cntycont.htm

I'm going to not make it for the 2015 challenge, disappointingly by only a few books - all being for South America - so I will be trying again for 2016.
I think I need to start with N & S America as they are always my problem continents!

I always find South America and the Pacific the hardest. That's why my last country for 2015 is in South America!
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Pacific. 1 Australia. Tracks by Robyn Davidson
The story of an epic journey in the 1970s across the Australian Desert by a young woman, her camels and her beloved dog.
This is not a BC book, it was on the shelf of the beach bach where I am staying for New Years. The neighbours had a very noisy party so I have spent the night reading as sleep was impossible.
I particularly enjoyed Davidson's insights into the lives of the aboriginals and her encounters with Australian outback men whose charms she cannot abide. Davidson comes across as a most unusual person, but I suspect anyone who risks life and limb to walk the outback for more than 2000 miles is a very different person to most.
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Pacific/Oceania
1. Australia
'Reckoning' by Magda Szubanski is a memoir (ebook) by a famous (to Australia) Australian actress/comedienne and now writer. This book isn't just a relating of Magda's life events, but looks into her family background; parents and grandparents and the effect they have had in forming her personality and emotional and mental health issues especially her father's wartime experiences as a teen in Poland during WWII. The author does say at one point that she began it to help herself in her on-going therapy, so if you like reading someone delving deep into their psyche this will please you. I didn't like it at first, but got caught up in it as she wrote about her adult experiences.
Interview with author
http://www.abc.net.au/---/s4314890.htm


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'A Beautiful Place to Die' by Malla Nunn

This police procedural set in the 1950's in South Africa kept my interest throughout. Looking back into that time and place in South Africa's history was interesting as well. It is the first in the Detective Emmanuel Cooper series.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/24834563/

Pacific - Australia
Africa - South Africa
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3/36 France

Paris Syndrome by Tahir Shah

Tahir Shah is a favourite author of mine. This book had the air of a modern fairytale and a sarcastic poke at human nature as well. It made me think and laugh.

Book Blurb
"On the morning of her fifth birthday, Miki Suzuki's grandfather gave her an unusual gift - the fragment of a story. The tale told of a magical realm where all the women were beautiful, dressed in the finest gowns, and where the men had the looks of movie stars. This place, young Miki learned, was a city in far off Europe - a city called Paris. The story took seed in Miki's mind and, over twenty years, she became quite obsessed with the French capital. Having studied its history, language, and traditions, she vowed that one day she would venture there. One day she unexpectedly won a journey to the French capital through her company, selling beauty products door to door. Wildly excited, and exhausted after the journey, she vowed to see every site, and experience every possible. As the others in the tour group looked on in horror, the telltale signs of a rare and disturbing condition began to manifest themselves - a condition known as 'Paris Syndrome'."

Tahir Shah talks about storytelling.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

The author's website
http://www.tahirshah.com/about-tahir/


Europe- France
Pacific - Australia
Africa - South Africa
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4/36 Iceland

Europe- France, Iceland
Pacific - Australia
Africa - South Africa

The Polar Bear Killing by Michael Ridpath
Police procedural set in the remote north of Iceland. Interesting that polars are not native to Iceland, but do arrive on the northern shores of Iceland after riding down on ice from Greenland. As they are tired, hungry and dangerous, the government had a contingency plan for this of flying someone in to dart without killing them because of public outcry. However, when this became too expensive because the numbers arriving increased they revised the plan to shoot on sight. A policeman who does this and saves a girl's life is found murdered shortly after and Detective Vidgis is sent from the big city to help investigate. Vidgis is a female and black which is unusual in Iceland and her interactions with her peers and the locals adds a bit of drama and interest to the story. I liked it and might have a look Ridpath's other books.

Book Blurb
"When a polar bear is sighted in a sleepy Icelandic fishing village, then shot dead by local policeman Constable Halldór, it triggers a debate in the local community. Was Halldór a hero for killing the bear, or should the animal have been protected?
Animal rights activists in the area see the constable as a villain, and when days later the dead body of Halldór is discovered at a remote beauty spot, the activists are immediately under suspicion.
As Sergeant Magnus Ragnarsson and his colleague Detective Vigdís Audardótti begin to investigate the policeman's murder, they soon discover that things are not as clear-cut as might first appear. By degrees, Magnus and Vigdís are drawn into this small and complex community - one riven with rivalries and grudges - in search of a deadly killer..."
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And I'll try to be a bit more diligent with the map this year. I think I've found a new, more useful map. It's one with more detail in Oceania, including Niue and Kiribati. It's also aware of the existence of South Sudan, which this year's map unfortunately wasn't. I'll post here when it's up and running.
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Asia 1 Vietnam
Pacific 1 Australia

Vietnam. The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do
Another beach bach find. Australian comedian Anh Do tells the story of his extended families escape on a boat out of Vietnam to the safety of a camp in Malaysia. His childhood as a refugee in Sydney and his adult life on the comedy circuits. This book is a wonderful homage to his parents and extended family who despite the horror of war and being refugees have striven to succeed. There are also the stories of those for whom the experience was just too hard and who descended into serious health issues. A must read for all who want to close their countries borders to families who through no fault of their own are the victims of senseless wars.
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AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (3/6) Japan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (4/6) Iceland, Germany (6), Poland, GB
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) Dominican Republic
PACIFIC (3/6) Western Samoa, Australia, Tuvalu
SOUTH AMERICA (3/6) Chile, Argentinia, Peru

Peru
Wer hat Palomino Molero umgebracht?
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11742276/
A detective story that I didn't like too much - too much sex, too much machism, too little suspense - and I didn't like the ending.
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Netherlands

De lege stad [The empty city], by Simone van der Vlugt.
This book tells the story of a young woman living in Rotterdam during the Second World War. After she loses her parents and two of her siblings in the bombing in 1940, she has to look after the rest of her family and try to get them through all the hardships. Jewish friends are rounded up and taken away, men are being sent to Germany to work, food is becoming harder to come by - even impossible in the hunger winter of 1944. None of the background was new to me, although it may be the first book about the war I've read that focused entirely on Rotterdam. I did feel the author was cramming an awful lot into 300 pages (that's just 60 pages per year of the war here), but it was a good read. I think it will also appeal to young people who may be less familiar with the history.

• Africa (0)
• Asia (0)
• Europe (1) - The Netherlands
• Oceania (0)
• North America (0)
• South America (0)
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Book #1 USA
Book #2 Japan

AFRICA
ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA) - Japan North Korea Kidnapped by Daughter by Sakie Yokota 3/26/15
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13253604
EUROPE
NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN) – USA (The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere);
PACIFIC (INCL. ANTARCTICA)
SOUTH AMERICA
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"For Harriet Morton ballet is the only escape from her dreary home and strict family. Then a Russian ballet master comes searching for dancers ..... defying her father, Harriet runs away to join the ballet on a journey to the Amazon. In a grand opera house, deep in the heart of the wild jungle - she performs Swan Lake - and falls in love with a mysterious British exile. But Harriet's father has tracked her down ... and her new life is under threat"

I found this at a friends house when I cat sat for them and read it as I really enjoyed
" journey to the River Sea", a children's book by the same author. I really enjoyed this one too, although it has some similarities and also definitely is not a children's book!

My first 666 book for this year!

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AFRICA (0)
ASIA (0)
EUROPE (0)
NORTH AMERICA (0)
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (1) - Brazil

Total 1/36

I may well read Anne of Avalona next and get Canada out of the way!
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Africa 1 Kenya
Asia 1 Vietnam
Pacific 1 Australia

Ishq and Mushq by Priya Basil BCID xxx 7671549

An accomplished first novel that spans Uganda, Kenya and UK
A novel that looks at the lives of a Sikh Punjabi family over several generations, The main character is the unlikeable Sarna Singh who is beautiful and a wonderful cook but who carries a secret. Her relationship with her husband and his family is difficult. Her husband is besotted with England where they eventually move and the book examines the tribulations of migrants. Highly recommended

Off to a great start with this challenge as the weather is of Noah's Ark proportions and there is little else to do at the beach bach.
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Africa 1 Kenya
Asia 2 Israel, Vietnam
Pacific 1 Australia

Israel The Other Side of the Tell by Bettie Wilson Story.

A story for young adults found at the beach bach. Based on the author and her husband's experiences on archaelogical digs in Israel. Set in the 1970s as war rages in the distance an American family volunteers to dig at Tel Gezer site of a burial mound dating back to biblical times. Jeff befriends a Bedoun boy Kerim who is working on the dig but is puzzled by his actions around a cave that seems to hold a secret. Palestinians are using the cave to store weapons. Jeff heroically helps Kerim escape the clutches of the Palestinians and have the weapons removed and the Palestinians arrested. Much naivety, but an interesting setting.
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Africa 1 Kenya
Asia 2 Vietnam, Israel
Pacific 1 Australia
Europe 1 United Kingdom

United Kingdom Bounce by Matthew Syed
This is an amazing book that I found on the shelves at the beach bach where I am staying. I absolutely loved it. Syed was a three time Commonwealth table tennis champion and is an award winning sports journalist. In this book he investigates what it takes to be the very best in sport and then takes his finding into all fields. Along the way he explodes myths about genes and race ( a particularly compelling section ) ,
I highly recommend this book for all who aspire to succeed and yes practice does make perfect. I will be buying myself a copy of this book. Sad to leave it behind.
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Sounds like you hit the jackpot with that beach house!
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13790182/

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play is set in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, in the early 1900s, involving family, courtship, marriage, and death.

Picked up this copy at a recent library book sale. I know that I either read this play back in high school or had seen the school's production, as quite a bit of the dialogue and events were familiar to me. Upon rereading, Emily's desperation in the third act made more sense to me now than it did as a teenager.

AFRICA
ASIA
EUROPE
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC
SOUTH AMERICA
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North Korea Kidnapped by Daughter by Sakie Yokota 3/26/15
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13253604

Sad, true story of a Japanese family

AFRICA (0)
ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA) (1) - Japan
EUROPE (0)
NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN) – (1) USA
PACIFIC (INCL. ANTARCTICA)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)
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I've always read authors from all over the place, but this does represent a formidable challenge.... I really like the idea of it, though....
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NORTH AMERICA: 1776 by David McCullough(USA),

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3748176

1 down, 35 to go......
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NORTH AMERICA: 1776 by David McCullough(USA),

1 down, 35 to go......

Welcome to the challenge BigJohnLefty - hope you enjoy it. Can you tell us what you thought of the book, should others seek it out?
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I'd like to try it this year
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Are we counting Russia as Europe? Or as Asia ))
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Are we counting Russia as Europe? Or as Asia ))

We've had that question....
I find this link to Countries Listed by Continent very helpful
http://www.worldatlas.com/cntycont.htm
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Uruguay

Upon Dark Waters by Robert Radcliffe
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13640637/

Deals with the Royal Navy during WWII through the story of life and service of Michael (Miguel), born from Uruguayan mother. Some well-known personalities made an appearance, that includes full account of the Battle of the River Plate.
Most of all I enjoyed the description of life in the Navy during the war. Flashbacks - not so much (pampas were truly boring). The ending was especially troubling, with so many unconnected deaths in a few pages of text. The Navy scenes, though, are memorable and emotional, in some parts on the same level as brilliant descriptions from Under an English Heaven by the same author.
All and all it was an enlightening read and now I wouldn't mind knowing more about the German fleet (maybe also in a way of historical fiction)

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (0/6)
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) Uruguay
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USA

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Leuithan
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13590173/

Both authors are from the USA and the action takes place in Chicago

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (0/6)
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) - USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) - Uruguay
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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13841199/

Author is from Canada and part of the action takes place in Toronto and other parts of Canada

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (0/6)
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) - Canada, USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) - Uruguay
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Понаехавшая by Наринэ Абгарян

A story of a girl from Yerevan, left to Moscow for the better life, based on author's own experience in 90s.

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (1/6) - Armenia
EUROPE (0/6)
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) - Canada, USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) - Uruguay
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5/36. China

Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama

Historical fiction set in the beginning of XX century in rural China.

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (2/6) - China, Armenia
EUROPE (0/6)
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) - Canada, USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) - Uruguay
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Dubliners by James Joyce
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13640734

It's a collection of short stories set in Dublin. When I was on a bus tour around the city, we drove past James Joyce bridge and the the driver/guide pointed the house from the short story "The Dead"

Around the world challenge: 6/36
AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (2/6) - China, Armenia
EUROPE (1/6) - Republic of Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) - Canada, USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) - Uruguay
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7/36. UK

Дева и веретено by Нил Гейман

A re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty that will give you nightmares :-) Loved it to bits. Gaiman was always fascinated by creepy creatures and storylines, this one is no exception. 5 out of 5, highly recommended. Illustrations are remarkable

Around the world challenge: 7/36
AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (2/6) - China, Armenia
EUROPE (2/6) - United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) - Canada, USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) - Uruguay

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Die Verratenen by Ursula Poznanski
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13739351/

A first book of the dystopian trilogy written by the Austrian author.


Around the world challenge: 8/36
AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (2/6) - China, Armenia
EUROPE (3/6) - Austria, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) - Canada, USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) - Uruguay


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Atonement by Ian McEwan
Read for France since part of the action is happening at the French coast.

A favourite and a sound candidate for the best book of the year for me. Avoid the movie and/or reviews if you don't want to be spoiled.


Around the world challenge: 9/36
AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (2/6) - China, Armenia
EUROPE (4/6) - France, Austria, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) - Canada, USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) - Uruguay


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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12402463/

The narration switches between Japan and Canada. I wish I would not force myself to finish it and quit the first time I had the desire to do so.

Around the world challenge: 10/36
AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (3/6) - Japan, China, Armenia
EUROPE (4/6) - France, Austria, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) - Canada, USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) - Uruguay
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Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
audiobook, narrated by Jeff Harding

It's been a while since I enjoyed the audiobook so much. Both narration and content are top notch.

Around the world challenge: 11/36
AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (4/6) - Vietnam, Japan, China, Armenia
EUROPE (4/6) - France, Austria, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) - Canada, USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) - Uruguay
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Софья Ковалевская by Анна-Шарлотта Леффлер

A biography of Sofia Kovalevsky written by her Swedish friend. A thin paperback found during my last visit of parents' house, read in a day.

Around the world challenge: 12/36
AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (4/6) - Vietnam, Japan, China, Armenia
EUROPE (5/6) - Sweden, France, Austria, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) - Canada, USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) - Uruguay

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I only missed last year's mark by four, so I'll try again in 2016. As always: this is a great challenge that I really enjoy again and again - thanks for organising it :)
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12638354

Set on a remote Greek Island, the body of a local woman is found at the bottom of a cliff and quickly ruled an accident by local (and corrupt) police before she is buried. Then enters the mysterious Hermes, an independent investigator, who uncovers many a dark secret in the village.

Living in this island seems like you are continually being judged, and everyone is forced into a role to ensure the patriarchal system continues.

An interesting read, and I will keep my eye out for the next in the series. Thanks to J4Shaw for this RABCK.

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Africa
Asia
Europe (1) - Greece
Pacifica
N. America
S. America
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6010341

In a remote hill top village three adults who have known each other since childhood circle around old hurts. Sort of a light holiday read, with a strange mix of genres as the author tries to find their voice.

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Africa
Asia
Europe (2) - Greece, Italy
Pacifica
N. America
S. America
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9929368

Three short stories, two of which are linked, looking at the process of grief and healing for three young people in modern Japan. Apparently a cult hit in Japan and the USA, but I fail to see why. I did enjoy it as a reminder of different writing styles in different cultures.

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Africa
Asia (1) - Japan
Europe (2) - Greece, Italy
Pacifica
N. America
S. America
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AFRICA (3/6) Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa
ASIA (3/6) Japan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (4/6) Iceland, Germany (6), Poland, GB
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) Dominican Republic
PACIFIC (4/6) Western Samoa, Australia, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
SOUTH AMERICA (3/6) Chile, Argentinia, Peru

Vanuatu
Tavua - Der weiße Kannibale
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13737233/
Autobiographic work by Rick Williamson, who lived with (a) cannibalistic tribe(s) in Vanuatu with impressive Photos. However, I will never be able to understand how someone can risk his haelth and life several times in order to know more about different tribes.
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I haven't been around in awhile, especially after a tough few semesters and lots of travel but I just posted my first book review of the year on my blog, so check it out here:

http://wp.me/p3Aqzs-CF

This year, my first trip was to...WALES, with The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan. I hope Wales counts as a "country" even though it's part of the UK, because it's highly possible I'll read a book set in England or Scotland later this year :)

Africa
Asia
Europe (1) - Wales
Oceania
North America
South America
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I haven't been around in awhile, especially after a tough few semesters and lots of travel but I just posted my first book review of the year on my blog, so check it out here:

http://wp.me/p3Aqzs-CF

This year, my first trip was to...WALES, with The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan. I hope Wales counts as a "country" even though it's part of the UK, because it's highly possible I'll read a book set in England or Scotland later this year :)

Africa
Asia
Europe (1) - Wales
Oceania
North America
South America


On this challenge, generally it's the UK for any of them - Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales or Great Britain. Which is why J4Shaw has the Unite the Kingdoms running http://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/6/526702. Although the chances of me really finding a Northern Ireland book are miniscule.
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I haven't been around in awhile, especially after a tough few semesters and lots of travel but I just posted my first book review of the year on my blog, so check it out here:

http://wp.me/p3Aqzs-CF

This year, my first trip was to...WALES, with The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan. I hope Wales counts as a "country" even though it's part of the UK, because it's highly possible I'll read a book set in England or Scotland later this year :)


Welcome to the challenge, I read the Earth Hums in B Flat while living in the UK and found it rather interesting....although as I recall it was written in dialect which I would probably find rather annoying nowadays.

Wales is counted as the United Kingdom for the 666 challenge, so You won't be able to count other books you read set in Nortern Ireland, Scotland or England for this challenge.
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For the moment anyway ... Scotland is champing at the bit to get it's independence!
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Second trip done...to CHINA with Raise the Red Lantern, three novellas in one volume by Su Tong. Not a huge fan, but visit my blog for a review which might me up soon:

http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com

Africa
Asia (1) - China
Europe (1) - United Kingdom
Oceania
North America
South America

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Second trip done...to CHINA with Raise the Red Lantern, three novellas in one volume by Su Tong. Not a huge fan, but visit my blog for a review which might me up soon:

Lolly Winston's Good Grief, USA. Not exactly a New York Bestseller or a 1001 classic, but it takes place in California and Oregon. Review? On my blog.

http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com

Africa
Asia (1) - China
Europe (1) - United Kingdom
Oceania
North America (1) - USA
South America
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Another book (of plays) and another country. Join us in Singapore

Stella Kon, Emporium and Other Plays

http://wp.me/p3Aqzs-Es


Africa
Asia (2) - China, Singapore
Europe (1) - United Kingdom
Oceania
North America (1) - USA
South America
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A bit of mystery in France with Patrick Modiano's After the Circus.

Read all about it here: http://wp.me/p3Aqzs-Hu


Africa
Asia (2) - China, Singapore
Europe (2) - United Kingdom, France
Oceania
North America (1) - USA
South America
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Just finished Tracks by Robyn Davidson - Australia, check.

Come visit my blog, where a review will be up soon:

http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com



Africa
Asia (2) - China, Singapore
Europe (2) - United Kingdom, France
Oceania (1) - Australia
North America (1) - USA
South America
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Just finished Tracks by Robyn Davidson - Australia, check.

Come visit my blog, where a review will be up soon:

http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com


Namaste from India, the setting of Amulya Malladi's A Breath of Fresh Air, which takes place in India and revolves around the Bhopal tragedy.

Come with me, y'all:

http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com

Africa
Asia (2) - China, Singapore, India
Europe (2) - United Kingdom, France
Oceania (1) - Australia
North America (1) - USA
South America
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Moving right along to Ecuador with The Amnesia Clinic by James Scudamore.

Don't forget to visit my review!

http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com

Africa
Asia (2) - China, Singapore, India
Europe (2) - United Kingdom, France
Oceania (1) - Australia
North America (1) - USA
South America (1) - Ecuador
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Can't believe I made it to a book from every continent with July's People by Nadine Gordimer, representing South Africa!

Africa (1) - South Africa
Asia (2) - China, Singapore, India
Europe (2) - United Kingdom, France
Oceania (1) - Australia
North America (1) - USA
South America (1) - Ecuador

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Moving right along...today at Starbucks I finished reading Escape from Manila by Frank Ephraim, a nonfiction account of the Jews of the Philippines.

Africa (1) - South Africa
Asia (4) - China, Singapore, India, Philippines
Europe (2) - United Kingdom, France
Oceania (1) - Australia
North America (1) - USA
South America (1) - Ecuador
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Can't believe I haven't updated in a month! I've been crazy busy but have still found time to read, and in that time I've finished two books. The first takes place in Yemen, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Egypt, Palestine, Wales, and England, but I'm counting it as SOMALIA because a large part of the plot occurs there and Mohamed, the author, is from there.

Black Mamba Boy is an interesting journey with some beautiful language along the way. It was a little sad, and some parts I ended up skimming through, but it was definitely rich in flavor and culture.

Africa (2) - South Africa, Somalia
Asia (4) - China, Singapore, India, Philippines
Europe (2) - United Kingdom, France
Oceania (1) - Australia
North America (1) - USA
South America (1) - Ecuador
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The second book-around-the-world I finished in the month of September took me back to ISRAEL, with Uri Avnery's incredibly detailed account of the War of Independence. Originally, I used it as a source for research, but wound up wanting to read it for pleasure. Almost done with Asia, just one to go!

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Back to North America with Five Sisters, an account of the early lives of Canada's Dionne quintuplets. Review will be up on the blog soon.

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Over to Europe, Norway in particular, with Counterfeiter by Moritz Nachstern. Counterfeiter is an account of how the author survived WWII by being a counterfeiter in Nazi Germany, making British pounds and American dollars for the Germans. Good, but quite graphic, even for a book about the Holocaust.

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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13188615

Primarily set in France, during WWI. Very Intense, but highly recommended.

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