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666 for 2017- an around the world reading challenge

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 2017.

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 2017 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 #666for2017

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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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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 2017.

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 2017 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 #666for2017

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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 have a few books that fit your challenge criteria that have just been sitting on a Bookshelf gathering moss. : ) Thanks for hosting, kiwiinengland. Oh, and you might want to change 2016 to 2017 in your 1st paragraph under "Rules" up there. ; )

(0/6) AFRICA
(0/6) ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA)

(1/6) EUROPE:

1. Nights of Rain and Stars - Maeve Binchy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14009698
Story set in Greece...Author from Ireland...Main Characters from Ireland, America, Germany and England. I very much enjoyed the author's compassionate writing style, and her character development and interplay.

(0/6) NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN)
(0/6) PACIFIC (INCL. ANTARCTICA)
(0/6) SOUTH AMERICA
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I'm in again

I wonder which book will be my first in 2017!

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PACIFIC (0/6)
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in 2017. I hope it will go better than 2016. I overestimated the reading time one gets with a baby in the house. Maybe a toddler will be better... ;)

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ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (0/6)
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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in 2017. I hope it will go better than 2016. I overestimated the reading time one gets with a baby in the house. Maybe a toddler will be better... ;)

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


Toddlers move more! Maybe you chase the toddler, reading aloud?
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Sounds like a plan!
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in 2017. I hope it will go better than 2016. I overestimated the reading time one gets with a baby in the house. Maybe a toddler will be better... ;)


How about trying it with children's books!!
Here's some to start you off:
Kipper by Mick Inkpen (England)
Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak (USA)
Harold at the North Pole by Crockett Johnson (oh dear where does that fit in?)
Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne (Kenya)
Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox (Australia)
Granny's Sari by Asha Nehemiah (India)
Up and Down the Andes by Laurie Krebs and Aurelia Fronty (Peru)

I cheated and used the web to find these but probably a visit to the library and a grab and dash at the board books might get you some good reads!!
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Great idea! Only sometimes I might also need some grown-up reads ;)
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i have a 2016 baby too! :) for me the tricky part is getting to the PC to log the books!
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I'm in!

Been stockpiling books for this one :-)
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And will start by trying to get two books on each continent. I didn't totally miss Pacifica/Oceania as I did get one from Australia, but that was it.

I just copied over my 2016 tracking sheet into 2017 - along with all the books I identified, but never made it through the reading stage :-)
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Not having taken part in 2016, I realise that I definitely need to make an effort to include books from other countries, or at least set there, as my reading was extremely USA-based and Eurocentric this year. Not to mention the fact that I've got more or less a whole banana box full of books from elsewhere that I otherwise never pick.

AFRICA
ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA)
EUROPE
NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN)
PACIFIC (INCL. ANTARCTICA)
SOUTH AMERICA
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I have just finished this years, so no desire to do it again, however I do have a whole pile of books from the more difficult to find continents and would be happy to do a book box of these. UK only sadly due to the huge expense of sending these abroad these days. I will do a post in the main area in a few days, however wanted to give you guys first dibs. A reducing book box might be good! PM me if interested
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sounds good and I agree - it's got much more expensive to mail from the UK. Will pm you.
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it's taken me a while, however I have just sent you a pile of books, I haven't got round to checking if anyone else wants the books after you, so they are yours to do what you like with
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Brilliant, thanks! It arrived and I was mighty puzzled as I'd forgotten signing up :-)

Good to know there's no rush as I have three books on the go, two of which aren't even bookcrossing ones and I'd just wild released the last of my AVLs!

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I shall join again, but know I will do even less well than this year as I'm determined to read all the books I have in the house before buying any more in (well that's my intention!).
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TANZANIA: Abela

by Berlie Doherty

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14342820

An easy to read YA book to start the year, and a country I don't think I've covered before. I someone keeping a map for us this year?

AFRICA - Tanzania (1/6)
EUROPE -
ASIA -
OCEANIA -
NORTH AMERICA -
SOUTH AMERICA -
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1/36 Belgium

"The Trenches" by Jim Eldridge is the story about a young soldier during WW1. It was an interesting story, and a reminder that not everything is as glamorous as it seems. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14204434

EUROPE (1/6): Belgium
ASIA (0/6):
PACIFIC (0/6):
AFRICA (0/6):
NORTH AMERICA (0/6):
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6):
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I've finished two books I started reading last year:

Belarus: МУОС by Захар Петров - a story in the Metro 2033 universe, post-apocaliptic life in Minsk underground

China: When we were orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10224420/
lirical and confusing tale about leaving your childhood behind. Part of the story takes place in Shanghai

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (1/6) - China
EUROPE (1/6) - Belarus
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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Skating to Antarctica, by Jenny Diski

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14317406

an interesting memoir-cum-travelogue (but mainly memoir) about the author's dysfunctional family upbringing in post-war London, her depression and a trip to the Antarctic. I liked her style and it gave something of a flavour of the continent.

(yes, I read two books in the same day, and I've started a third. What else are holidays for...?)

AFRICA - Tanzania (1/6)
EUROPE -
ASIA -
OCEANIA - Antarctica (1/6)
NORTH AMERICA -
SOUTH AMERICA -
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12478301
First read of the year, and I managed to get something for South America - hurrah.

The story of Eliza in the 1840's onwards makes you park your realism as the young girl lusts after a man and travels as a stowaway on a ship between Chile and San Fransico at the beginning of the gold rush era. She then travels around looking for her one true love.

I enjoyed the story line and learnt a bit about the social history of the time. Recommended.
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Africa (0) -
Asia (0) -
Europe (0) -
Pacifica (0) -
N America (0) -
S. America (1) - Chile
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Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13664176/
The book set some years in the future, when life in Europe took a very curious turn. It jumps all over the Europe, I choose Estonia (also it's a homecountry of the main character).

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (1/6) - China
EUROPE (2/6) - Belarus, Estonia
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Loved this amusing, inaccurate account of Anne Boleyn's sister Mary. Don't attempt if you're a keen historian!

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14329049


AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (1/6) England
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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Love in the Times of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez The premise is simple but the writing is detailed and beautiful.

Italy Wilful Behaviour Donna Leon. A reread of this, though I did not recall until midway through. I adore these gentle stories of Brunetti and Venice, and the bureaucracy that drives him mad. The food is great too.

Norway The Snowman Jo Nesbo
I stopped reading Nesbo books a couple of years ago, they were getting too gruesome.I decided to try again, and yes I paused a few times due to the gruesome murders, but persistence was rewarded when Harry Hole solved the cases.

South America 1 Colombia
Europe 2 Italy, Norway
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12422759/

Set in Cyprus during the 1970's war when Greece invaded, this was a meandering and unsatisfactory story about the lives of six people. I read to 120 pages or so and gave up. The plot wasn't interesting enough to justify the unrealistic characters.

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Africa (0) -
Asia (0) -
Europe (1) - Cyprus
Pacifica (0) -
N America (0) -
S. America (1) - Chile
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I read to 120 pages or so and gave up.

Do you count DNF'ed books for the challenge, though?
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I read to 120 pages or so and gave up.

Do you count DNF'ed books for the challenge, though?

120 pages of an adult book, is more impressive to me than a children's book or an audio book. In any case this is not a competition but a personal challenge, so how an individual participates is entirely up to them IMO.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14339969/
a humorous account of life in Finland through the eyes of the foreigner by the american stand up comedian Phil Schwarzmann who lives in Finland. It reads more like a record of a performance and some jokes are quite cruel

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (1/6) - China
EUROPE (3/6) - Belarus, Estonia, Finland
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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"Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All" by Christina Thompson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7536695

The book is about the maories and the history of New Zealand from when it first was discovered by Europeans in 1642, and also the history of the author, whose married a maori. Set it New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and mainland USA.

EUROPE (1/6): Belgium
PACIFIC (1/6): New Zealand
ASIA (0/6):
AFRICA (0/6):
NORTH AMERICA (0/6):
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6):
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Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14274434
Jodi Picoult is an American author and the book ist set in the US. It shows what it's like to live with OI - a rare genetic disorder also known as Brittle bone disease

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (1/6) - China
EUROPE (3/6) - Belarus, Estonia, Finland
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) - USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7224127

One of the first African novels to gain worldwide recognition, and half a century on it remains one of the great novels about the colonial era. A very powerful and tragic story told in deceptively simple and unsentimental prose. Achebe uses Okonkwo's personal circumstances and thoughts to masterfully illustrate the clash of cultures during the colonisation of the Ibo in Nigeria by the British. On the 1001 Books list.
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Black Sheep by Susan Hill
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13168066

Heartbreaking story, exceptional writing.

Africa (1) - Nigeria
Asia (0)
Europe (1) - UK
Oceania (0)
Nth America (0)
Sth America (0)
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3/36 Chile

"Chiles døtre" by Carmen Rodríguez http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14026773
("Retribution" is the English title)

An interesting, but also sad book set mostly in Chile, but also in Canada.

EUROPE (1/6): Belgium
PACIFIC (1/6): New Zealand
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6): Chile
ASIA (0/6):
AFRICA (0/6):
NORTH AMERICA (0/6):
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by Johanna Angermeyer

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14167917

a true story about a family of brothers (four I think, of whom three survived - although this, along with the chronology, got a bit confusing) who escaped Nazi Germany in 1935 and sailed around the world to the Galapagos Islands, where they became among the first settlers on the islands. They were young men - the youngest still in their teens - and life was hard, but they stayed and their descendants still live there now (http://angermeyer-waterfront-inn.com/). This book was written in 1989 but is a memoir of the author's time on the island as a teenager in the early-mid 1960s, and of growing up with her widowed mother and her older siblings in California and Ecuador (her father was the brother who died young).

AFRICA - Tanzania (1/6)
EUROPE -
ASIA -
OCEANIA - Antarctica (1/6)
NORTH AMERICA -
SOUTH AMERICA - Galapagos Islands (1/6)
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AFRICA
ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA)
EUROPE (1/6) Germany
NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN)
PACIFIC (INCL. ANTARCTICA)
SOUTH AMERICA

Germany: Weimarer Wahn http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13117533
A boring detective story intermingled with citations form Goethe's works. The ides of the story could have worked well, however, I didn't like the style and the language used ba the author. I couldn't get warm with any of the characters and I don't consider the ending convincing.
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Well that sounds a disappointing start to 2017 ...
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AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (1/6) Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (1/6) Germany
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Kygyzstan: Du meine Pappel im roten Kopftuch http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6350498
A wonderful, sad lovestory teaching us a lot about the culture of this country.
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AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (1/6) Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (1/6) Germany
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Fiji
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Fidji: Durch die Straßen von Suva http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14295743
A novel that gives you a realistic description of life in slums of Suva.
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AFRICA (1/6) Egypt
ASIA (1/6) Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (1/6) Germany
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Fiji
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Egypt: Die Midaq-Gasse by Nagib Machfus. A wonderfully written poetical journey into a different culture at a different time (100 years ago). The author was winner of the Nobel-prize of literature.
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AFRICA (1/6) Egypt
ASIA (1/6) Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (2/6) Germany, Russia
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Fiji
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Russia: Die Brüder Karamasow by Dostojewski - more than 1200 pages that could be read quite fast. The story taught me something about life in that part of Russia at Dostojewski's time as well as religion, philosphy etc.. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12964899
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
ASIA (1/6) Kyrgyzstan
EUROPE (2/6) Germany, Russia
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Fiji
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Mauritius: Der letzte Bruder: A very moving story about the friendshipr between a 10-year-old Jew and a nine-year-old African.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12868897
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
ASIA (2/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia
EUROPE (2/6) Germany, Russia
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Fiji
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Indonesia: Saman http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12435301
This book was not really my cup of tea - the single parts migfht have been interesting, but I cannot see that they for a whole.
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
ASIA (2/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia
EUROPE (3/6) Germany, Russia, Azerbaidjan (2)
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Fiji
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Azerbaidjan http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13803276
A love story - in fact a quite sad love story and I could very often not understand the way the protagonists acted, but it told me something about the way of life in Azerbaidjan.
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
ASIA (3/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka
EUROPE (3/6) Germany, Russia, Azerbaidjan (2)
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Fiji
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Sri Lanka http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11840427
A wonderful novel telling the story of a boy who is growing up in Sri Lanka in the 70s and 80s and finds out that he is different from the other boys. Each of the 6 chapters tells an episode of his childhood/youth in which a different person/different persons is/are very important in hie life. You learn something about Sri Lanka's history - especially the confligt between Tamils and Sinhalese people.
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
ASIA (4/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author)
EUROPE (3/6) Germany, Russia, Azerbaidjan (2)
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Fiji
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Pakistan: Im Schatten des Granatapfelbaums http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13281696/
The story of an Andaluaian family at the time of the Reconquista
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
ASIA (5/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India
EUROPE (3/6) Germany, Russia, Azerbaidjan (2)
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (1/6) Fiji
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

India: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11996152
Some women travel in the same compartment of a train and tell each other the stories of their lives. The reader learns a lot about life in India (especially that of women).
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
ASIA (5/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India
EUROPE (3/6) Germany (2), Russia, Azerbaidjan (2)
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (2/6) Fiji, Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Samoa: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12107117
A Samoan chief tells hie tribe about the life of the whites and what problems it causes. He warns his people not to live like the whites.
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
ASIA (5/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India
EUROPE (4/6) Germany (2), Russia, Azerbaidjan (2), Netherlands (author)
NORTH AMERICA (0/6)
PACIFIC (2/6) Fiji, Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Netherlands (author) Eine Liebe in Paris http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13599123
A nice and easy story about an author from the Netherlands and his life.
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
ASIA (5/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India
EUROPE (4/6) Germany (2), Russia, Azerbaidjan (2), Netherlands (author)
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) USA (author)
PACIFIC (2/6) Fiji, Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

USA (author) John Strelecky "Safari des Lebens"
A Journey through Africa revealing how to deal with one's life and dreams.
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
ASIA (5/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India
EUROPE (4/6) Germany (2), Russia, Azerbaidjan (2), Netherlands (author)
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) USA (author), Haiti
PACIFIC (2/6) Fiji, Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Haiti: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13163976/
A book about the lives of three women, a book about suffering in Haiti as well as in exile.
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
✔️ ASIA (6/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India, Afghanistan
EUROPE (4/6) Germany (2), Russia, Azerbaidjan (2), Netherlands (author)
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) USA (author), Haiti
PACIFIC (2/6) Fiji, Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)

Afghanistan: Der Krieg und die Liebe http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5735130
A very sad story.
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
✔️ ASIA (6/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India, Afghanistan
EUROPE (4/6) Germany (2), Russia, Azerbaidjan (2), Netherlands (author)
NORTH AMERICA (2/6) USA (author), Haiti
PACIFIC (2/6) Fiji, Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6) Chile

Chile: Das Geisterhaus http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12381731
A wonderful book taking place in an extremely difficult time in Chile.
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2/36 USA

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou.
Seems to be a Young Adult autobiography thrown out to cash in for her 85th birthday. If you have read her previous 6 autobiographies you probably won't learn anything new.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14337925

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (0/6)
EUROPE (1/6) England
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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"Et liv i isen" (Meaning "A Life In The Ice") by Jan Ove Ekeberg is a book about the steward Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm (does the name make you think of Biff à la Lindström? Yes, that's the man behind it!), who sailed with the great expeditions lead by Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Otto Sverdrup. Lindstrøm sailed through the North West Passage, as part of the first crew that sailed through the entire passage in one journey, and to Antarctica when Roald Amundsen was the first one to reach the South Pole. Lindstrøm stayed behind at "Framheim", their base at the barrier by the Ross sea while Amundsen & co went to the south pole. During the North West passage journey, they also spent quite some time at Greenland. He did also spend time in Argentina, and did also visit Tasmania (Australia), as well as USA and Russia.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14184822

I think I'll count this book as Greenland.

EUROPE (1/6): Belgium
PACIFIC (1/6): New Zealand
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6): Chile
NORTH AMERICA (1/6): Greenland
ASIA (0/6):
AFRICA (0/6):
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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
✔️ ASIA (6/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India, Afghanistan
EUROPE (4/6) Germany (2), Russia, Azerbaidjan (2), Netherlands (author)
NORTH AMERICA (3/6) USA (author), Haiti, Mexico
PACIFIC (2/6) Fiji, Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (2/6) Chile

British Guayana http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11917496/
I didn't like that book at all and just read on for the challenges - too much fantasy for me - I didn't really get the story (apart from a very rudimentary frame)
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Dina Rubina is a Russian-Israeli author who writes in Russian. Recently ЭКСМО started publishing a collection of her works.

Медная шкатулка contains short stories set in different parts of the world in different time, based on the author's encounter with people during her childhood in Tashkent, live in Jerusalem and travels abroad .

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (2/6) - China, Israel
EUROPE (3/6) - Belarus, Estonia, Finland
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) - USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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by Daniyal Mueenuddin

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11165332

rich short stories with themes of love, power, pain... beautifully written book.

AFRICA - Tanzania (1/6)
EUROPE -
ASIA - Pakistan (1/6)
OCEANIA - Antarctica (1/6)
NORTH AMERICA -
SOUTH AMERICA - Galapagos Islands (1/6)
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USA
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14345856

(Starting with the easiest one for me: at least it wasn't the *first* book I finished for 2017.)

A "classic" (gets assigned in school) which is also on the banned/challenged book lists.

Thirteen-year-old Rob lives on a Vermont farm with his parents. Life is not easy for them, but they have each other, and their faith helps them keep a positive outlook. (It's a rather odd pseudo-Shaker faith, but it works for them and doesn't hurt anyone else, so who am I to judge?)

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AFRICA (2/6) Egypt, Mauritius
✔️ ASIA (6/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India, Afghanistan
EUROPE (4/6) Germany (2), Russia, Azerbaidjan (2), Netherlands (author)
NORTH AMERICA (3/6) USA (author), Haiti, Mexico
PACIFIC (2/6) Fiji, Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (3/6) Chile, British Guayana, Argentina

Argentina http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14312075
A wonderful story about reading and the love of books and what it can do to people.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14051552

A great holiday read that I finished in a day. Told in alternating chapters between the present and the past, with the two timelines converging at the end, this is the story of a marriage that appears perfect but is anything but. While some of the actions of Grace seem a little odd, and a few of the plot points are overly stressed, it is a story that I will recall.

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Asia (0) -
Europe (2) - Cyprus, United Kingdom
Pacifica (0) -
N America (0) -
S. America (1) - Chile
3/36
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Ok, *trying* not to leave all of South America for the end this year...

Brazil
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14349823

Modern children's book (2001) set in 1910: orphaned Maia is sent to Brazil to live with distant relatives she's never met. The author quite deliberately works Little Lord Fauntleroy into the story, which is good since this book owes a lot to Frances Hodgson Burnett's work - enough so that many aspects of the story are predictable. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though. I like Burnett. :)

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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13173112/
After finishing this book I had to start it over again, paying attention to all the details in narration. Marvellous
Set in Japan and (later) UK

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (3/6) - China, Israel, Japan
EUROPE (3/6) - Belarus, Estonia, Finland
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) - USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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by Michael Morpurgo

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14120849

I know some have mixed feelings on children's books in challenges like this, but I do love Michael Morpurgo. I don't remember reading him as a child (I was born in 1975 and his first book was apparently published in 1974) but I love the idea of releasing these and hopefully finding a new young reader!

Here's my JE:

children's book set during the Spanish Civil War as a grandfather tells his young grandson about the 'worstest' thing he ever did. I love Morpurgo, such a clever, sensitive writer - hope this finds another enthusiastic reader!

AFRICA - Tanzania (1/6)
EUROPE - Spain (1/6
ASIA - Pakistan (1/6)
OCEANIA - Antarctica (1/6)
NORTH AMERICA -
SOUTH AMERICA - Galapagos Islands (1/6)
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by Michael Morpurgo

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14120849

I know some have mixed feelings on children's books in challenges like this, but I do love Michael Morpurgo.

As this is a self regulated challenge, if you feel comfortable with what you read to count towards your goal - go for it. I've never finished this goal, I don't wish it to be so "pure" that I feel the need to quickly read short stories from obscure authors to complete the goal. Extend your reading options a little by trying something new, that's the aim. While completing 36/36 is brilliant ( and those who have achieved are to be congratulated) if you've never thought about reading a book from, say, South America and read one because of this challenge - outstanding.
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by David Guterson

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14350721

Great read - the sort of book that really absorbs you. Ben Givens is a retired Seattle doctor, diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. He takes his dogs and his gun and sets off for a final hunting trip close to his birthplace in rural Washington state, with the intention never to return...

AFRICA - Tanzania (1/6)
EUROPE - Spain (1/6
ASIA - Pakistan (1/6)
OCEANIA - Antarctica (1/6)
NORTH AMERICA - USA (1/6)
SOUTH AMERICA - Galapagos Islands (1/6)



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Saudi Arabia In the Kingdom of Men Kim Barnes

Gin is the wife of an oil company exec stationed in Saudi Arabia. She comes to realize the corruption beyond the walls of the compound where they live, and then a young Bedouin women's body is found.

South America 1 Colombia
Europe 2 Italy, Norway
Asia 1 Saudi Arabia
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AFRICA (3/6) Egypt, Mauritius, Nigeria
✔️ ASIA (6/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India, Afghanistan
EUROPE (4/6) Germany (2), Russia, Azerbaidjan (2), Netherlands (author)
NORTH AMERICA (3/6) USA (author), Haiti, Mexico
PACIFIC (2/6) Fiji, Samoa
SOUTH AMERICA (3/6) Chile, British Guayana, Argentina

Nigeria: Der Mann ist tot http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12645767
Autobiographical notes written down in prison by Wole Soyinka. The description of the conditions in priso were really impressing, but I didn't understand othe prtas of the book, as my knowledge about Nigerian history before my birth is not good enough.
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The Face: Strangers on a Pier By Tash Aw
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14342646

A fascinating memoir and musings on migration.

Africa (1) - Nigeria
Asia (1) - Malaysia
Europe (1) - UK
Oceania (0)
Nth America (0)
Sth America (0)
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The Dressmaker, by Rosalie Ham

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14341582

A quite bizarre and anarchic book about life in a rural Australian town in (I'm guessing) the mid 20th century. Not at all what I expected from the blurb and I'd be interested to see how they've made it into a film... very funny in places but I got confused with so many characters dotting in and out.

AFRICA - Tanzania (1/6)
EUROPE - Spain (1/6
ASIA - Pakistan (1/6)
OCEANIA - Antarctica, Australia (2/6)
NORTH AMERICA - USA (1/6)
SOUTH AMERICA - Galapagos Islands (1/6)
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The Junior Officer's Reading Club, by Patrick Hennessey

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14333449/

Not my thing at all, although the reviews are all glowing. The book is a war memoir of a university-educated, upper middle class Englishman who graduates to Sandhurst and then to service as an officer in Iraq and Afghanistan - the latter being the main focus of the book. I found the whole book quite alien but it did bring home that the idea of a 'post-class' UK is utter nonsense, and the army is probably the sharpest example there is of this.

Sorry Afghanistan...

AFRICA - Tanzania (1/6)
EUROPE - Spain (1/6
ASIA - Pakistan, Afghanistan (2/6)
OCEANIA - Antarctica, Australia (2/6)
NORTH AMERICA - USA (1/6)
SOUTH AMERICA - Galapagos Islands (1/6)
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Hiroshima Joe by Martin Booth
Japanese POW living in Hong Kong in 1952. The story flicks between his POW horrific experience and his efforts to survive his debt and addiction one step ahead of the triads. A great read.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Born and raised in Minnesota, Cheryl's life goes haywire after death of her mother, and collapse of her marriage, disintegration of her birth family. She decides that a walk along the Pacific Crest Trail will assist her get her life together.
I found her very annoying and wanted to shout at her to pull her self together, her reaction to her mother's death seems so self indulgent. Nevertheless she proved she was made of stronger stuff and undertakes a fascinating physical and mental challenge. Inspiring.

UK Remarkable Creatures. Tracy Chevalier. A wonderful tale of two women who discover in the cliffs of Lyme the fossils of never seen before creatures. I call this genre Faction. The novelist takes a true story and skilfully brings it to life by imagining the in between bits. I really enjoyed this.

South America 1 Colombia
Europe 3 Italy, Norway, United Kingdom
Asia 2 Japan, Saudi Arabia
North America: 1. USA
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Люди, которые всегда со мной is a novel by armenian Russian-speaking author. She talks about her childhood in Armenian town Berd and her family history


AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (4/6) - China, Israel, Japan, Armenia
EUROPE (3/6) - Belarus, Estonia, Finland
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) - USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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"Drømmeløs" by Jørgen Brekke. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14355963
A criminal story set partly in 2011 and partly in 1767. A murder in 1767 and 2011, and a kidnapped girl in 2011 are connected by a lullaby. An interesting story!

Set mostly in Norway, a part is set in Sweden, and a tiny part is also set in Denmark. I think I'm more likely to cover Norway and Sweden later than Denmark. So I therefore choose to count this for Denamrk.

EUROPE (2/6): Belgium, Denmark
PACIFIC (1/6): New Zealand
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6): Chile
NORTH AMERICA (1/6): Greenland
ASIA (0/6):
AFRICA (0/6):
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An autobiography covers his years in the army (including operations in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Oman, Columbia, Iraq - hard to choose from!) and some time afterwards.

AFRICA (0/6)
ASIA (5/6) - China, Israel, Japan, Armenia, Iraq
EUROPE (3/6) - Belarus, Estonia, Finland
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) - USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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The Green Road by Anne Enright
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14084869

Wonderfully written story of the Madigan family, coming together for a last Christmas in the family home (on the west coast of Ireland) prior to their "difficult" mother selling the house.

Africa (1) - Nigeria
Asia (1) - Malaysia
Europe (2) - UK, Ireland
Oceania (0)
Nth America (0)
Sth America (0)
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"Spindelvev" by Margit Sandemo. The title means "Spider's Web". Not sure if the book is translated into English or not. I've borrowed this book from my sister, so no link.

It appears to be a ghost story, sort of the stories I read as a teenager. But it did take a turn that I didn't really expect. The "ghosts" were actually alive. A really good story!

EUROPE (3/6): Belgium, Denmark, Norway
PACIFIC (1/6): New Zealand
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6): Chile
NORTH AMERICA (1/6): Greenland
ASIA (0/6):
AFRICA (0/6):
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1/36 USA

I almost overlooked this obvious one last year, so claiming it early this year

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7274906

Set in New York, the family implodes after the sexual assault of the daughter

Africa (0)
Asia (0)
Europe (0)
Pacifica (0)
N America (1) USA
S America (0)

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I'm in, but...

off to a slow start though! Two short notice trips to the US (with baby) and the holidays in general took its toll. I feel like I'm finally recovering. This will be my third year with the challenge! I don't think I'll make it, but its always fun to try.

I actually did finish the challenge last year, but haven't logged them yet.
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(0/6) AFRICA
(0/6) ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA)

(1/6) EUROPE:
1. Nights of Rain and Stars - Maeve Binchy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14009698
Story set in Greece...Author from Ireland...Main Characters from Ireland, America, Germany and England. I very much enjoyed the author's compassionate writing style, and her character development and interplay.

(0/6) NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN)
(0/6) PACIFIC (INCL. ANTARCTICA)
(0/6) SOUTH AMERICA
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(1/6) EUROPE:
1. Nights of Rain and Stars - Maeve Binchy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14009698
Story set in Greece...Author from Ireland...Main Characters from Ireland, America, Germany and England. I very much enjoyed the author's compassionate writing style, and her character development and interplay.

So which country are you choosing? I believe you have to pick just one per book. :)
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Poland (well, actually East Prussia, but much of it is now part of modern Poland)
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14350791

A look at the WWII evacuation of East Prussia in 1945 through the eyes of four young people from different backgrounds (Germany, East Prussia, Lithuania, and Poland), all leading up to one ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff.

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Peru
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14360028

Nonfiction: a mountaineering adventure turns into an ordeal to survive.

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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14252060

Two short stories focused on siblings raised in New York during the 1940's and 1950's. Now young adults they both seem to have a crisis of identity and possibly religion. A story that put an awful lot of detail in it. Probably very well written, but odd and considering it is only 150 pages it took me an awfully long time to finish it.

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Asia (0) -
Europe (2) - Cyprus, United Kingdom
Pacifica (0) -
N America (1) - USA
S. America (1) - Chile
4/36
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UK done

As expected, lots that I could choose from for this one.

As Years Go By by Margaret Chittenden http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8250163
billed as a romance, it read more like women's fiction, alternating between current day relationship between American Simon and English Rebecca. Then dipping into the past during WWII of the English girl and American soldier guy.

Africa (0)
Asia (0)
Europe (1) UK
Pacifica (0)
N America (1) USA
S America (0)

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Syria done

Stripped to the Bone by Ghada Alatrash https://www.librarything.com/---/reviews

An ARC from library thing, short stories about women in Syria, but needed a much heavier editing hand.

Africa (0)
Asia (1) Syria
Europe (1) UK
Pacifica (0)
N America (1) USA
S America (0)

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by Sarah Winman

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14333465

An OK read, not as good as 'When God was a rabbit'. A gentle and at times quite slow read set in Cornwall after WW2.


AFRICA - Tanzania (1/6)
EUROPE - Spain, UK (2/6)
ASIA - Pakistan, Afghanistan (2/6)
OCEANIA - Antarctica, Australia (2/6)
NORTH AMERICA - USA (1/6)
SOUTH AMERICA - Galapagos Islands (1/6)
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"Ensom i verden" (meaning "Alone in the world". Don't know if it's translated into English) by Margit Sandemo. A man and his wife travel from Sweden to the continent during the thirty years' war. The man has received a letter and a key from his father. The wife gives birth to a girl. Not too long after the birth, her husband gets killed, and a few years later the wife dies as well. Before she passed away, the letter and key is handed over to the little girl. She roams the continent for many years, until she returns Sweden together with a Swedish soldier and discovers that she has inherited a manor. But certain persons don't like that she turns up...
(I've borrowed this book from my sister, so no link)

EUROPE (4/6): Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Germany
PACIFIC (1/6): New Zealand
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6): Chile
NORTH AMERICA (1/6): Greenland
ASIA (0/6):
AFRICA (0/6):
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My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
ebook from library

Chose this one because I was impressed by the standard of writing in Raymond's short story collection I read last year, and it didn't disappoint. Antarctica itself is a major character in the novel, as are the penguins. Based around the tragic sinking of a cruise ship and the rescue efforts amidst the ice, it is well paced and informative as well as dramatic. Told in the first person by Deb Gardner, a penguin researcher, it includes some of her back story and is not a linear tale but the structure works. Yes, there is romance, but it's not a romance novel; rather an integral part of the narrative of the continent and the drama. Some happenings I felt were rather unrealistic, but should perhaps be forgiven in service of the plot.

Africa (1) - Nigeria
Asia (1) - Malaysia
Europe (2) - United Kingdom, Ireland
Oceania (1) - Antarctica
Nth America (0)
Sth America (0)
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Душегубица by Дина Рубина is a collection of novels about author's childhood in Tashkent

AFRICA (0/6)
!ASIA (6/6) - China, Israel, Japan, Armenia, Iraq, Uzbekistan
EUROPE (3/6) - Belarus, Estonia, Finland
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) - USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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MIssion Song John Le Carre
Not one of his best, and I found challenging and unrewarding and would have stopped had it not been for this challenge. The story of an African linguist working in London who becomes embroiled in a coup designed to strip his homeland of its mineral wealth. ( I think) It all became to silly and convoluted for me.

South America 1 Colombia
Europe 3 Italy, Norway, United Kingdom
Asia 2 Japan, Saudi Arabia
North America: 1. USA
Africa: 1 Congo
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8/36 Italy

I've read the book "I død og lyst" (meaning "In Death and Desire") by Margit Sandemo. A borrowed book, so no link. By a monastery in the Dolomittes, Italy, a source of eternity was found over 350 years ago. Most of those who drank of the water got crazy, but a young man and his dog, drank from a source that wasn't poisonned. This young man did on the other hand appear very handsom! These eternal persons made the life sort of a hell for the people in the nearby village, until a Norwegian girl and 3 English mountain climbers discover the truth and manage to end the spell.

EUROPE (5/6): Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Italy
PACIFIC (1/6): New Zealand
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6): Chile
NORTH AMERICA (1/6): Greenland
ASIA (0/6):
AFRICA (0/6):
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AFRICA (3/6) Egypt, Mauritius, Nigeria
✔️ ASIA (6/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India, Afghanistan
EUROPE (4/6) Germany (2), Russia, Azerbaidjan (2), Netherlands (author)
NORTH AMERICA (3/6) USA (author), Haiti, Mexico
PACIFIC (3/6) Fiji, Samoa, Australia
SOUTH AMERICA (3/6) Chile, British Guayana, Argentina

Australia: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13066064
An exciting story about a haunted house.

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#9 - Sweden

"De uskyldige" (meaning "The innocents") by Margit Sandemo.

PACIFIC (1/6): New Zealand
SOUTH AMERICA (1/6): Chile
NORTH AMERICA (1/6): Greenland
ASIA (0/6):
AFRICA (0/6):
*done* EUROPE (6/6): Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Italy, Sweden
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Layers by Ursula Poznanski
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13640630/

Ursula Poznanski is an Austrian author, this is her latest stand-alone book.

Layers is a middle-grade story disguised as YA, which caused me much pain (why the main character is so passive? What is his plan? Why doesn't he follow his own decisions?). Most of the time nothing is happening, but it improves near the end.

AFRICA (0/6)
!ASIA (6/6) - China, Israel, Japan, Armenia, Iraq, Uzbekistan
EUROPE (4/6) - Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Austria
NORTH AMERICA (1/6) - USA
PACIFIC (0/6)
SOUTH AMERICA (0/6)
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[AFRICA (3/6) Egypt, Mauritius, Nigeria
✔️ ASIA (6/6) Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia (2), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (author), India, Afghanistan
EUROPE (4/6) Germany (2), Russia, Azerbaidjan (2), Netherlands (author)
NORTH AMERICA (3/6) USA (author), Haiti, Mexico
PACIFIC (3/6) Fiji, Samoa, Australia
SOUTH AMERICA (4/6) Chile, British Guayana, Argentina, Brazil

Brazil: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13785003
The wonderfully written family history.
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All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
Waiting for a flight home after attending a wedding north yesterday I purchased and over several hours read this book which has been on my Wishlist for a long time due to well deserved rave reviews and acclaimation. Set in WW2 it was a salutary read as the world stood up to oppose the in coming President. The parallels and the rhetoric bear so much similarity, I am very anxious. We must be ever so vigilant and brave.
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'The Girl from Venice' by Martin Cruz Smith

"A World War II love story set against the romance and danger of occupied Venice."

As I looked for a suspense/thriller novel to read, I came across this book and was attracted by the title, because of this challenge.

It is set in Northern Italy in 1945 in the last days of Germany's occupancy of Italy during WW II and takes place mainly on Pellestrina, one of the Venetian Lagoon Islands and in the town of Salo', the capital of Mussolino's German-controlled government between 1943 and 1945.

I really enjoyed it throughout. My idea of Venice to this point has been TV documentary content; its architecture, canals and long and rich history. But the book's main character is a fisherman in the Venetian lagoon, so there was an interesting look at that and some of the history of Italy during WWII. I liked the plot, the characters and their relationships and interactions. Not surprising as the author's novels 'Gorky Park', 'Polar Star' and 'December 6' are long-time favourites of mine.

Here's a link to Amazon if you want to know more;
https://www.amazon.com/---/1439140235

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EUROPE (1) Italy
NORTH AMERICA (0)
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'The Amok Runners' by Colin Cotterill

This book is a prequel in the Jimm Juree Mystery Series set in Thailand. The amateur detective is a female journalist with a quirky set of friends and family. In this one Jimm, her two brothers and a friend, who is a Burmese illegal immigrant, work as extras on an American movie being filmed in Northern Thailand. Readable, but wouldn't seek out the other novels in the series.

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AFRICA (0)
ASIA (1) Thailand
EUROPE (1) Italy
NORTH AMERICA (0)
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)
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A Burqa and a Hard Place: Three Years in the New Afghanistan
by Sally Cooper.
Read the memoir of Sally Cooper, a former ABC radio journalist/producer in Sydney, of the time she spent in Afghanistan. Between 2003 to 2006
she mentored Afghani trainee journalists for an American non-government agency who were trying to establish a number of radio stations in the country. Most of Cooper's time was spent in the main office in Kabul with trips to other areas. Interesting reading.


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ASIA (2) Thailand, Afghanistan
EUROPE (1) Italy
NORTH AMERICA (0)
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

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