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666 for 2018 - 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 2018.

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 2018 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 (which includes the Middle East and SE Asia)
Europe
North America (which includes Central America and the Caribbean)
Pacific (which includes Antartica)
South America

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

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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:

CONGO: Pandora in the Congo by Albert Sanchez Pinol

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14498104

An adventure tale rather like Conan Doyles "The Lost World", with a ghost writer (Thomas Thomason) listening to a man arrested in Britain after a failed expedition to the Congo. Writing the story in the hopes of proving his innocence, the story combines themes of colonialism, slavery, exploitation, world wars, social classes....and a species never discovered on earth before.

A great holiday read with impressive turns of phrases by the author and a story line that builds to a brilliant crescendo.

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Africa (3) - Uganda, Somalia, Congo
Asia (2) - Japan, Russia
Europe (6) - Cyprus, United Kingdom, Finland, Belgium, Sweden, France **done**
Pacifica (3) - Tahiti, Australia, Solomon Islands
N America (1) - USA,
S. America (1) - Chile
16/36

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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 2018.

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 2018 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 (which includes the Middle East and SE Asia)
Europe
North America (which includes Central America and the Caribbean)
Pacific (which includes Antartica)
South America

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

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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:

CONGO: Pandora in the Congo by Albert Sanchez Pinol

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14498104

An adventure tale rather like Conan Doyles "The Lost World", with a ghost writer (Thomas Thomason) listening to a man arrested in Britain after a failed expedition to the Congo. Writing the story in the hopes of proving his innocence, the story combines themes of colonialism, slavery, exploitation, world wars, social classes....and a species never discovered on earth before.

A great holiday read with impressive turns of phrases by the author and a story line that builds to a brilliant crescendo.

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Africa (3) - Uganda, Somalia, Congo
Asia (2) - Japan, Russia
Europe (6) - Cyprus, United Kingdom, Finland, Belgium, Sweden, France **done**
Pacifica (3) - Tahiti, Australia, Solomon Islands
N America (1) - USA,
S. America (1) - Chile
16/36
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Africa (0/6)
Asia (2/6): Palestine, Japan
Europe (4/6): UK, Finland, Netherlands, Germany
Pacifica (1/6): Australia
North America (1/6): USA
South America (1/6): Argentina
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(01/36)

Palestine: The Saladin Murders - Matt Rees
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14856639

Quite a depressing crime novel set in the Gaza Strip.
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(02/36)

United Kingdom: Eine Handvoll Worte - Jojo Moyes

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14859442
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03/36

Australia: Starry Nights - Judith Clarke

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12679097
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04/36

Japan: Tanz mit dem Schafsmann - Haruki Murakami

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14872969/

A bizarre novel.
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05/36

Argentina: Die Donnerstagswitwen - Claudia Piñeiro

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14118342

Desperate housewives in Argentina.
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06/36

Finland: The Beggar & the Hare - Tuomas Kyrö

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14338508

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07/36

The Netherlands: Klassentreffen - Simone van der Vlugt

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12130548

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08/36

USA: Just Kids - Patti Smith

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14855235

An autobiography about her years in New York City and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. An interesting read.
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09/36

Germany: Bühlerhöhe - Brigitte Glaser

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14667094

A young Mossad agent is send to prevent the assassination of chancellor Adenauer who is staying at Bühlerhöhe, a luxury hotel in the Blackforest.
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I'm in!

Managed 14 out of 36 in 2017 as I have been trying to rid myself of books that have been lying around in my house collecting dust, rather than purchasing new ones.
I managed 25 in 2016.
Not making any promises this year - who knows whether I'll actually stick with trying to have a clear out or if I get tempted by the hordes of great reads I see in charity shops!!
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Happy New Year and good luck to all the armchair travellers and literary tourists taking part in this year's 666 challenge.

AFRICA (0)
ASIA (0)
EUROPE (0)
NORTH AMERICA (0)
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)
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Decided that I am going to count whatever I read that happens to count for this challenge, with no pressure of completing all 36 reads - and most probably zero reads counting for S America!!!

Book 1 - Republic of Ireland (Dublin)
"Eggshells" by Caitriona Lally
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5142555

MY REVIEW:
Ooh this was a tough slog to get through.
It felt like the beginning & the ending were just completely missing and this made it really hard to engage in Vivian's character and ultimately care about her or the book. The beginning was somewhat jumpstart-ish and the ending abrupt. The story didn't actually go anywhere and in the end this felt like a bit of a pointless reading journey.
This was a shame because there was some beautiful language in this book.
“It contains a set of beautifully symmetrical drug scales that I would like to give to the next drug dealer I see, because ugly things should be done beautifully if they are to be done at all.”
Excerpt From: Lally, Caitriona. “Eggshells.”

AFRICA (0)
ASIA (0)
EUROPE (1) Republic of Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (0)
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)
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Decided that I am going to count whatever I read that happens to count for this challenge, with no pressure of completing all 36 reads

Well, that's what I'm telling myself too...but I'll probably put pressure on myself later in the year.

- and most probably zero reads counting for S America!!!

Oh, I understand that...although I hope not to have zero, that's always the hardest continent for me.
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Book 2 - Territory of Alaska
"Before I Let Go" by Marieke Nijkamp
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5352197

MY REVIEW:
As a huge fan of Marieke Nijkamp's debut novel, I was excited to receive an email from publisher Sourcebooks offering me to read this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Set in Alaska, this 2nd novel by Marieke Nijkamp captivated me from the beginning.
In very YA fashion, the chapters are kept short, and as a result it felt like you covered time span quickly.
Overall I enjoy books that switch from present to past, and this was no exception to that rule.
There was a heavy tackling of bipolar disorder, and more gently of sexuality in this novel. It felt very carefully done.
An enjoyable, one sitting read.

AFRICA (0)
ASIA (0)
EUROPE (1) Republic of Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (1) Territory of Alaska, USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)
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Eats, shoots and leaves by Lynne Truss. (English Author).
Unusually for me, a non-fiction book to start which was an amusing light read. I doubt it will improve my punctuation skills - I use commas, dashes and exclamation marks incorrectly. I blame my '70s education!

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14863736

AFRICA (0)
ASIA (0)
EUROPE (1) England
NORTH AMERICA (0)
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)
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Probably on the same basis as J4shaw.

Book 1
England: The Twins by Saskia Sarginson

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13611455

A fairly light read, which took rather too long to work up to the "secret" that had overshadowed the main characters lives since their childhood.

Africa
Asia
Europe (1) - England
Pacifica
N America
S. America
1/36

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4/36

I'm in
Korea: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee - A family saga of last century - the setting starts in Korea, then to Japan and finally USA - A wonderful read.

United Kingdom- Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan - Set in a Mental Health day base. I really enjoyed the grim setting.

USA: The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson - Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A Wyoming cop investigates the murders of young men who had raped a young girl from the reservation. He is the usual lead for this genre, flawed, and he has a side kick local Indian bar owner- he also has trouble with his relationships. Nevertheless I liked what seemed to be an accurate / affectionate look at local Indians. It seemed to me the author knew his stuff.

Colombia Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord. The country is not stated but is widely acknowldged as Colombia. The hero Dionisio takes on the Escobar type character. I should not have read this just a few weeks out from my daughter's trip with Intrepid Travel to Colombia.


Africa
Asia (1) Korea
Europe (1) United Kingdom
North America (1) USA
Pacific
South America(1) Colombia
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I'm in again and will attempt to make it three years in a row, although as others have said, South America is usually the sticking point.

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux
ebook borrowed from the library

This was a fascinating and well written account of Pauls's travels through Eastern Africa. So many options of countries to attribute this one to but I've chosen the Sudan as not only was a it memorable section (well, they all were really), but I'm unlikely to read another book this year set in the Sudan. It was a longish book (almost 500 pages of 'real book' equivalent) and I took it very slowly, mirroring his method of travel. Took me longer than usual as I was often checking up on his route on other maps, looking at online photos of the places he was visiting, and searching for more info on some of the places and events he described. Isn't the internet a wonderful thing sometimes? :D

Africa (1) - Sudan
Asia (0)
Europe (0)
Oceania (0)
North America (0)
South America (0)
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3/36

After a long time not being as active in BC I thought I'd try this again. This is the best way for me to read stories from other countries.

YEMEN: Sheba by Jack Higgins
Fast paced action & adventure with a little bit of history. The novel touches on the story of the Queen of Sheba.

USA: Germline by Nelson Erlick
A not so uncommon sci-fi novel about genetics and genetic enhancements. It wasn't as interesting as others I've read.

ENGLAND: So Long And Thanks For The Fish by Dougls Adams.
Typical of the author, this book was quirky, funny and bizarre. Even though I totally did not get what the story was about I really enjoyed this book.

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (0)
EUROPE (1): England
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 3/36
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4/36

EUROPE: Venice, Italy - Hannibal by Thomas Harris
Part of the book is set in Venice. Even though this is a re-read I still really loved reading this book. So gruesome and yet so interesting.

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (0)
EUROPE (2): England, Italy
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 3/36
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RE: 5/36

ASIA: Singapore - Inspector Singh Investigates: A Curious Indian Cadaver by Shamini Flint (library book)

Inspector Singh is sick of sick leave, so when Mrs Singh suggests they attend a family wedding in Mumbai, he grudgingly agrees - hoping that the spicy Indian curries will make up for extended exposure to his wife's relatives. But the bride-to-be cannot be found and the inspector is asked to help look for her.

I chose Singapore as that is where the inspector lives.

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (1): Singapore
EUROPE (2): England, Italy
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 5/36
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RE: 6/36

EUROPE: Sweden
Brit-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Blackman (library book)

A few people have said that this book wasn't as good as A Man Called Ove. I really liked it though. I thought Brit-Marie was a likeable enough person even though she can be cranky and obsessed with cleaning.

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (1): Singapore
EUROPE (3): England, Italy, Sweden
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 6/36

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7/36

ASIA: Israel
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

I had been reading something that wasn't really interesting me and so I thought I'd read something easier. This book was it - espionage, action, a little romance.

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (2): Singapore, Israel
EUROPE (3): England, Italy, Sweden
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 7/36

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8/36

EUROPE: Ireland
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12974959

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is an unflinching and deeply sympathetic portrait of a woman destroyed by self and circumstance. First published in 1955, it marked Brian Moore as a major figure in English literature (he would go on to be short-listed three times for the Booker Prize) and established him as an astute chronicler of the human soul.

I can't say I liked this book as it showed it's age in the way it was written. A sad story.

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (2): Singapore, Israel
EUROPE (4): England, Italy, Sweden, Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 8/36
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9/36

PACIFIC: Kiribati
The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J Maarten Troost
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14066644/

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (2): Singapore, Israel
EUROPE (4): England, Italy, Sweden, Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (1): Kiribati
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 9/36

PS If anyone is interested in reading this, let me know and I'll send it on to you.
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9/36

ASIA: Tibet, China - Sky Burial by Xinran
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12974993/

It was 1994 when Xinran, a journalist and the author of The Good Women of China, received a telephone call asking her to travel four hours to meet an oddly dressed woman who had just crossed the border from Tibet into China. Xinran made the trip and met the woman, called Shu Wen, who recounted the story of her thirty-year odyssey in the vast landscape of Tibet.

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (3): Singapore, Israel, Tibet
EUROPE (3): England, Italy, Sweden
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (1): Kiribati
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 9/36

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10/36

ASIA: India - The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra (library copy)

On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries.

The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant. As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought. And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs...

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (4): Singapore, Israel, Tibet, India
EUROPE (3): England, Italy, Sweden
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (1): Kiribati
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 10/36

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11/36

NORTH AMERICA: Canada - Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs (library copy)

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (4): Singapore, Israel, Tibet, India
EUROPE (3): England, Italy, Sweden
NORTH AMERICA (2): USA, Canada
PACIFIC (1): Kiribati
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 11/36


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12/36

NORTH AMERICA: Jamaica - Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Denis-Benn (library copy)

At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves must confront long-hidden scars.

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (4): Singapore, Israel, Tibet, India
EUROPE (3): England, Italy, Sweden
NORTH AMERICA (3): USA, Canada, Jamaica
PACIFIC (1): Kiribati
SOUTH AMERICA (0):

TOTAL 12/36

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13/36

EUROPE: Finland
Finnish Nightmares 2 by Karoliina Korhonen
A quick read about Matti and what a typical Finn likes and dislikes.

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (4): Singapore, Israel, Tibet, India
EUROPE (4): England, Italy, Sweden, Finland
NORTH AMERICA (3): USA, Canada, Jamaica
PACIFIC (1): Kiribati
SOUTH AMERICA (0):

TOTAL 13/36


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14/36

ASIA: Laos
The Woman Who Wouldn't Die by Colin Cotterill (library copy)
Murder mystery set in exotic Laos.

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (5): Singapore, Israel, Tibet, India, Laos
EUROPE (4): England, Italy, Sweden, Finland
NORTH AMERICA (3): USA, Canada, Jamaica
PACIFIC (1): Kiribati
SOUTH AMERICA (0):

TOTAL 14/36


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15/36

SOUTH AMERICA: Ecuador
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories by Luis Sepulveda
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12974995

Absolutely loved this short novel!

In a remote river town deep in the Ecuadoran jungle, Antonio José Bolívar seeks refuge in amorous novels. But tourists and opportunists are making inroads into the area, and the balance of nature is making a dangerous shift.

I finally got one South American country done.


AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (5): Singapore, Israel, Tibet, India, Laos
EUROPE (4): England, Italy, Sweden, Finland
NORTH AMERICA (3): USA, Canada, Jamaica
PACIFIC (1): Kiribati
SOUTH AMERICA (1): Ecuador

TOTAL 15/36
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16/36

EUROPE: Ireland
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15053218/

I'm counting this as Ireland since the author was born in Dublin.

AFRICA (1): Yemen
ASIA (5): Singapore, Israel, Tibet, India, Laos
EUROPE (5): England, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (3): USA, Canada, Jamaica
PACIFIC (1): Kiribati
SOUTH AMERICA (1): Ecuador

TOTAL 16/36
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17/36

AFRICA: Uganda
The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12974996


AFRICA (2): Yemen, Uganda
ASIA (5): Singapore, Israel, Tibet, India, Laos
EUROPE (5): England, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (3): USA, Canada, Jamaica
PACIFIC (1): Kiribati
SOUTH AMERICA (1): Ecuador

TOTAL 17/36

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18/36

EUROPE: Bulgaria
The Ellusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
A fun and light-hearted read about an elderly spy.


AFRICA (2): Yemen, Uganda
ASIA (5): Singapore, Israel, Tibet, India, Laos
EUROPE (6): England, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Bulgaria
NORTH AMERICA (3): USA, Canada, Jamaica
PACIFIC (1): Kiribati
SOUTH AMERICA (1): Ecuador

TOTAL 18/36
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EUROPE: Ireland
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12974959
(1): Yemen
ASIA (2): Singapore, Israel
EUROPE (4): England, Italy, Sweden, Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 8/36

This book is set in the UK, and you've already covered that by reading a book set in England.
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EUROPE: Ireland
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12974959
(1): Yemen
ASIA (2): Singapore, Israel
EUROPE (4): England, Italy, Sweden, Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 8/36

This book is set in the UK, and you've already covered that by reading a book set in England.
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Sorry about that. I had seen a few people putting in England and Ireland in their lists so I thought that it's acceptable
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EUROPE: Ireland
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12974959
(1): Yemen
ASIA (2): Singapore, Israel
EUROPE (4): England, Italy, Sweden, Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 8/36

This book is set in the UK, and you've already covered that by reading a book set in England.
t


Sorry about that. I had seen a few people putting in England and Ireland in their lists so I thought that it's acceptable

It is acceptable, as long as it is Ireland and not Northern Ireland. This Brian Moore book is set in Northern Ireland, so it's in the UK.
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I know you're technically correct kiwiinengland, in that the book is set in Belfast, and therefore in the UK. But is this a geographically (and/or culturally) based challenge or a politically based one? I seem to remember in a past year (can't remember exactly when unfortunately) that Hawaii was accepted in the Pacific category when politically it is obviously part of the USA.

There will unfortunately always be grey areas. The makeup of the UK may not be one of them as you did specify it in your opening post. However I also see in the example at the bottom of the opening post that you have listed Tahiti under the Pacifica category. Technically it is part of French Polynesia, so should it therefore be under France and therefore Europe? Personally I think it belongs in the Pacific for the purposes of this challenge, as does Hawaii, but neither is *strictly* correct.

I'm certainly not trying to be difficult here - and you are the boss so whatever you decide holds - just trying to gain some clarity.
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In my mind, this is a geographical reading event. So there are some areas that are politically one "region" but physically another. That's why theworldatlas.com is the final world.

Regarding Ireland and Northern Island, Ireland is a country counted as its own and Northern Island is a county in the UK . Both are I the continent of Europe, Within geographical zones set up for continents the political borders do change, and this challenge works on the borders at first a continent level (hence the Falkland Islands are considered SouthAmerican for this challenge) and then a country level (the UK is England, Northern Island, Scotland and Wales. New Zealand is the north island, South Island, Stewart island and the Chatham Islands).

feel free to check the world atlas website to test where you think boundaries are. I don't wish to see this thread become entrenched in politics, and for that reason the UK has been explicitilly defined in the introduction for a number of years .

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Thanks for that, I agree with you on all counts. Just thought I'd mention it as there are some areas that the worldatlas.com list doesn't cover.
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EUROPE: Ireland
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12974959
(1): Yemen
ASIA (2): Singapore, Israel
EUROPE (4): England, Italy, Sweden, Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (1): USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

TOTAL 8/36

This book is set in the UK, and you've already covered that by reading a book set in England.
t


Sorry about that. I had seen a few people putting in England and Ireland in their lists so I thought that it's acceptable

It is acceptable, as long as it is Ireland and not Northern Ireland. This Brian Moore book is set in Northern Ireland, so it's in the UK.



No worries. I'll take it off in the next update.
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19/36

PACIFIC: Australia
Unnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12975002

A good cozy mystery.


AFRICA (2): Yemen, Uganda
ASIA (5): Singapore, Israel, Tibet, India, Laos
EUROPE (6): England, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Bulgaria
NORTH AMERICA (3): USA, Canada, Jamaica
PACIFIC (2): Kiribati, Australia
SOUTH AMERICA (1): Ecuador

TOTAL 19/36
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2/36


Book 2
Australia: The Dry by Jane Harper

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14760008

A page turner and quite hard to put down. A mystery that actually keeps you guessing for most of the book :)

Africa
Asia
Europe (1) - England
Pacifica (1) - Australia
N America
S. America
2/36
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Uniform Justice by Donna Leon
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14866860

#12 in this wonderful series, set in Venice. Brunetti is called to investigate a parent's worst nightmare, the presumed suicide of a young cadet in Venice's elite military academy. It's another great read as the ever honest Brunetti continues to persue the truth in the face of widespread incompetence, corruption, and conspiracy. Unfortunately in Italy it seems that discovering the truth rarely equates to obtaining justice.

Africa (1) - Sudan
Asia (0)
Europe (1) - Italy
Oceania (0)
North America (0)
South America (0)

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I'm In!

I failed last year due to a lot of rubish stress reading from the same few places!

The good news is that I have a few TBR left over to get me started. The bad news is that I've finished a few of my go-to exotic series. :'( I also found myself shopping for kindle books in the wee hours without access to my trusty 666 notebook, so this year I have made a chart on my phone as well.

Good luck everyone! I'm looking forward to all the interesting reviews from you all! :D
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Regions of Thick-Ribbed Ice by Helen Garner
ebook borrowed from library

More of a novella length essay reporting on her trip to Antarctica, this is published as one of the Short Blacks series. It's classic, unadulterated Helen Garner: sharply observant, unflinchingly and unapologetically honest (which means, being Helen Garner, also being at times a bit grumpy!), perceptive, and eloquent. She rages against the hoards of tourists with cameras all competing for 'the shot', and admits to not being very keen on birds (including penguins); but also happily admits to falling in love with the ship, an old Russian icebreaker, and stands in absolute awe of the ice and the icebergs, "wanting to yell with joy". Her descriptions of the icebergs are a joy in themselves. Masterful.

Africa (1) - Sudan
Asia (0)
Europe (1) - Italy
Oceania (1) - Antarctica
North America (0)
South America (0)
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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Audiobook

"From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream."

I know this book has received a multitude of accolades but having just finished listening to it I'm rather conflicted. It's interesting in parts, and then in other parts he tends to go on a bit. Probably not helped by the fact he narrated it himself and didn't do a particularly good job, reading too fast and with a delivery lacking in nuance and intonation. He tended to oversimplify and overgeneralise somewhat, implying that the problems in the hillbilly community were unique in the world, and yet the community was somehow more resilient and more 'noble' than others. It's a personal response though, so don't let that put you off reading it.

Africa (1) - Sudan
Asia (0)
Europe (1) - Italy
Oceania (1) - Antarctica
North America (1) - USA
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Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14856359

Recommended for book club this month, and what a gem! A modern retelling of 2 castaways, who after a plane crash, are washed up on an island that they call "Castle of Water".

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Pacifica (1) French Polynesia
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Of course the USA is an easy one. The first ABC TBR read this year is Little Chapel on the River by Gwendolyn Bounds http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11529967
A non-fiction about a tiny bar trying to continue to exist in changing times in Garrison, NY about 50 miles outside New York City
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3/36

Book 3
USA: The Whites

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14572301

A very well written cop story with lots of great characters.

Africa
Asia
Europe (1) - England
Pacifica (1) - Australia
N America (1) - USA
S. America
3/36
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1/36 UK

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Once I got over being annoyed that the blurb is extremely misleading, I enjoyed the book. And the story of the author’s inspiration from actual peculiar photos is almost as interesting as the book itself.

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Europe- (1) United Kingdom
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2/36 Egypt

The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody #2)
by Elizabeth Peters

This is a fun series of recently written Victorian mysteries. Amelia figures out who is killing off the whole crew of her archaeological expedition while hauling dirt and classifying shards and climbing up cliffs, and meddling in the younger set's romances.


Africa- (1) Egypt
Asia- (0)
Europe- (1) United Kingdom
Oceania- (0)
N America- (0)
S. America- (0)
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Johnno by David Malouf
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14856090

A superb debut novel, apparently semi-autobiographical, and expressed in such lovely, nostalgic writing. It's a sympathetic and honest "coming of age" story set in Brisbane during and after the Second World War.

Africa (1) - Sudan
Asia (0)
Europe (1) - Italy
Oceania (2) - Antarctica, Australia
North America (1) - USA
South America (0)
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The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Modern Melbourne suburban drama. The fall out that occurs when an obnoxious 3 year old is slapped by a guest at a BBQ. As we wait for the court case the lives of all the attendees are examined.

Maps for Lost Lovers By Pakistani born Nadeen Aslam . Set in the Pakistani community of an English City this harowing read is about the killing of two lovers in a so called "honour killing". Not a way to endear me to this community and their beliefs.

Africa
Asia (2) Korea, Pakistan
Europe (1) United Kingdom
North America (1) USA
Pacific (1) Australia
South America(1) Colombia
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The Return by Victoria Hislop
I really enjoyed this historical romance set during the Spanish Civil War. I now want to visit Granada and have popped another of Hislop's books on my wishlist.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14339827

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The Return sounds interesting. Is it The Island you added to TBR? I thought it was pretty good. The characters sometimes annoyed me with their poor decisions, but I was really drawn into the unique location.
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Yes MrsPeel. I've read 'The Thread' which was set in Greece during WWII. Where is 'The Island' book set?
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The Island is set in 1939-present day on Crete, more specifically on a tiny island close by that was a leper colony, and in the closest mainland village which supported it. I found it very interesting!
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Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness (Ethical Chiang Mai Detective Agency #1)
by David Casarett

There were enough a Thai traditions and foods discussed with insider's knowledge to make it an ok read for this challenge. However the actual detecting, the clueless police detective, and the very strange car thief were just too many demerits, so I gave it two stars.

Africa- (1) Egypt
Asia- (1) Thailand
Europe- (1) United Kingdom
Oceania- (0)
N America- (0)
S. America- (0)
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HI I have some books I've read last year for this challenge, and I wonder if anyone maybe interested in them? I can ship international, but that will have to wait till I get a chance to go to Hong Kong to mail them cheap, so it may take a few months though I am confident you will get it in time to read for the challenge. : )

The Zahir (Brazil)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14831992

The Road From Coorain (Australia)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14831839

Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings (Hawaii)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14831880

Zorro (Chile)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14831958

All Good Things (Tahiti)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14831867
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I'm interested in All Good Things. Thanks a lot for the offer!
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Hi Azuki, Thanks for offering to share! All of those sound good! But, I really don't NEED any more books haha. So put me at the bottom of the list please :-) I can give you my mum's address in the US.
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I'm interested in Zorro. Thank you for offering.
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I'm interested in "Zorro", "The Zahir" and "
Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings". But book-a-neer was first for Zorro. And I'm feeling a bit bad for having you pay to give me free stuff, so if others are interested as well then you can give it to them ;) Because I probably won't be able to ship at all, let alone international.

Hong Kong sounds cool btw!
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The Wonderful World of Words by Mitchell Symons.
An amusing read from which I had much of the world to choose from. I selected Mexico as Symons explained how the mexican language 'Zoque-Ayapeneco' is only spoken by 2 old men who refuse to speak to one another!!

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14876222

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EUROPE (2) England, Spain
NORTH AMERICA (1) Mexico
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Hahahaha
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1 - Africa - The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters ands Joan Hess.
It is set in Egypt.
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Book 3 - Ghana
"Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5200760

MY REVIEW:
A truly wonderful intricate story that begins in 18th century Ghana, and chronologically leads you through the family history of one family who are split down two very different paths of life.
I really loved everything about this book, and each and ever character's chapter was full, yet left you wanting to know more, then you are quickly swept up into the next character. The book sat perfectly for me in that space between novel and collection of short stories.
Tip - keep a bookmark in the page where the family tree is in the book, and don't allow yourself to get lost in the vastness of characters.
Although its early in 2018, this will most definitely be a contender for me for this year's best debut novel read.

AFRICA (1) Ghana
ASIA (0)
EUROPE (1) Republic of Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (1) Territory of Alaska, USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)
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I'm in. I love to read about/from different countries and cultures. It will be interesting to see how far I've come in the end. I'm trying not to buy any books this year, so I'll see what I stumble across. And sometimes I quit reading a book, so I won't count those. I'll just enjoy reading and see if I've "unlocked" a new place in the end.

What I've read in 2018 so far:

Added on Jan 21st:
Tanzania: Born wild - Tony Fitzjohn (it's set in Kenya and Tanzania, but I already have another book for Kenya)
Sweden: Red wolf - Liza Marklund
France: The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (I think it's mainly in France)
Austria: Winter chalet - Linda van Rijn
The Netherlands: Herfstlied - Simone van der Vlugt
USA: The love thieves - Peter Packer
Spain: Sleeping arrangements - Madeleine Wickham

Added on Jan 25th:
UK: the poison tree - Erin Kelly
Iran: De kraai - Kader Abdollah (the author is from Iran. The story is about an Iranian refugee).

Added on Feb 1st:
Nigeria: Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Added on Feb 5th:
China: The tea girl of Hummingbird Lane - Lisa See

Added on Feb 12th:
Mongolia: Startling moon - Liu Hong

Added on Feb 17th
Russia: The eleventh commandment - Jeffrey Archer

Added on Apr 15th
Myanmar: Burmese Days - George Orwell

AFRICA (2) Tanzania, Nigeria
ASIA (5) Iran, China, Mongolia, Russia, Myanmar
EUROPE (6) Sweden, France, Austria, Netherlands, Spain, UK
NORTH AMERICA (1) USA
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (0)

14/36
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Swimming Home by Mary-Rose Maccoll
Loved this swimming the English Channel book set in the 1920s with a women's rights theme. Author is Australian and book is set on Thursday Island, London and New York.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14864253

AFRICA (0)
ASIA (0)
EUROPE (2) England, Spain
NORTH AMERICA (1) Mexico
PACIFIC (1) Australia
SOUTH AMERICA (0)
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4/36

Book 4
Sweden: My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14423516

A bit disappointing with far too much in the way of fantasy and fairytales spoiling the actual story.

Africa
Asia
Europe (2) - England, Sweden
Pacifica (1) - Australia
N America (1) - USA
S. America
4/36
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A bit disappointing with far too much in the way of fantasy and fairytales spoiling the actual story.

I agree keeta - not as good as Backman's 'A Man called Ove', although I did enjoy the connections made between the people that lived in her block of flats.
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Had to go by where the authors are from in this case. "Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex?: More Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Whiskey Sour" by Mark Leyner & Billy Goldberg.

A fun read!

Africa (0/6)
Asia & Middle East (0/6)
Europe (0/6)
North America (1/6): USA
Pacific & Antartica (0/6)
South America (0/6)
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Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14841992/
Set in Haiti - slaves and cruel slave owners and overseer- the hypocrisy of the white owners and their black mistresses. a good long read.

Africa
Asia (2) Korea, Pakistan
Europe (1) United Kingdom
North America (2) USA, Haiti
Pacific (1) Australia
South America(1) Colombia
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"The Book of Lost & Found" by Lucy Foley - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14355992
Kind of an intersting read! Set in United Kingdom, USA, France, Poland and Italy. I think I'll pick Poland for this challenge, as I think that the country it's most likely that I won't read another book from this year.

Africa (0/6)
Asia & Middle East (0/6)
Europe (1/6): Poland
North America (1/6): USA
Pacific & Antartica (0/6)
South America (0/6)
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The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and A Life-Changing Journey Around the World by Kim Dinan
Library Audiobook

Obviously covered a number of countries but I've chosen Ecuador for the purpose of the challenge. Very disappointing in so many ways. Poorly written and poorly narrated. Kim and her husband Brian sold up and left their "successful" life in Portland Oregon to travel the world. Before leaving, close friends gave them a yellow envelope containing $1000 to be given away during their travels, in any way they wish. Unfortunately the book focused more on Kim's emotional turmoils and the angst of their relationship than on their travels and experiences. Kim is a self-absorbed, selfish, major type A personality with very little insight, and the continual inner dialogue of her complaints and insecurities became tedious. I almost gave up a number of times but persisted both for reasons of the challenge, and also just to see whether she would eventually grow up (and I was able to do other productive things while listening). Have to give her points for honesty though; portraying yourself as that unlikeable can't be easy, or maybe that is only another example of her lack of insight??
There . . . I feel much better now! ;-)

If anyone else has read this, I'd be interested to know what you think.

Africa (1) - Sudan
Asia (0)
Europe (1) - Italy
Oceania (2) - Antarctica, Australia
North America (1) - USA
South America (1) - Ecuador
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"Quality of life" by Lenke Rothman turned out to be a very quick read! http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3764731
Hungarian author, who was in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen during WW2 (still a child then), and then ended up in Sweden after the war.


Europe (2/6): Poland, Hungary
North America (1/6): USA
Africa (0/6)
Asia & Middle East (0/6)
Pacific & Antartica (0/6)
South America (0/6)
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Memoirs of a Fruitcake by Chris Evans
He lives in LA with Billie Piper in what was Lionel Blair's home.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14890195

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ASIA (0)
EUROPE (2) England, Spain
NORTH AMERICA (2) Mexico, USA
PACIFIC (1) Australia
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The Final Touch by Betty Neels http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14168097

Typically this author's romances are set in England, with a smidge of one area of the Netherlands

In this one, the English nurse is working in a Dutch hospital & marries the professor who has family and houses in several different regions of the Netherlands.

As always in her books, she describes the scenery, houses and people.

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

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My Grandmother sends her Regards and Apologises by Frederik Backman
The author of A Man Called Ove has not repeated that success. I liked the plot line but the delivery left a lot to be desired in my opinion and I abandoned at the 3/4 mark

Africa
Asia (2) Korea, Pakistan
Europe (2) United Kingdom, Sweden
North America (2) USA, Haiti
Pacific (1) Australia
South America(1) Colombia
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After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14890620

Set in London and Scotland. Took a while to draw me in, but delivered in the end. As a debut novel it's impressive: a well written, poignant and insightful look at love, loss and grief.

Africa (1) - Sudan
Asia (0)
Europe (2) - Italy, UK
Oceania (2) - Antarctica, Australia
North America (1) - USA
South America (1) - Ecuador
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i may have popped this link in last year ... it may help for challengers ...

http://www.abc.net.au/---/latin-american-book-club/
the books featured last year were - 2017 latin american book club

February: One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

March: Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

April: Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

May: The Power And The Glory by Graham Greene

June: The Hour Of The Star by Clarice Lispector

July: The Sound Of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

August: The Story Of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

September: The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

October: Prayers For The Stolen by Jennifer Clement

November: Men Of Maize by Miguel Ángel Asturias

December: The House Of The Spirits by Isabel Allende

with changes to the abc programming, there may not be a similar book club this year
2016 was africa - 2015 the sub-continent - 2014 european classics

;)
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with changes to the abc programming, there may not be a similar book club this year
2016 was africa - 2015 the sub-continent - 2014 european classics


I looked up the 2016 Africa book club, and saw that I've read 2 of the books. The books for April and August.

February: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
March: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
April: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
May: Everyday is for the Thief by Teju Cole
June: July's People by Nadine Gordimer
July: In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
August: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
September: The Famished Road by Ben Okri
October: Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
November: Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
December: Disgrace by JM Coetzee

http://www.abc.net.au/---/african-book-club/
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i may have popped this link in last year ... it may help for challengers ...

http://www.abc.net.au/---/latin-american-book-club/
the books featured last year were - 2017 latin american book club


Thanks for sharing! I checked out this one and those from previous years and got quite some new titles for my wishlist :)
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Call the Midlife by Chris Evans
Evans does some of his rather painful marathon training in the South of France.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14890243

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NORTH AMERICA (2) Mexico, USA
PACIFIC (1) Australia
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4/36 Italy

doing slightly better this year because I'm paying better attention to settings!

Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani https://www.librarything.com/---/reviews

The significant part of this book is set in the protagonist's maternal family's hometown set in the Italian Alps, as she grapples with returning home to her husband, or settling down in Italy.

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Europe (2) Netherlands, Italy
Pacifica (1) French Polynesia
N America (1) USA
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AFRICA (1) South Africa
ASIA (3) China, India, Vietnam
EUROPE (2) England, Italy
NORTH AMERICA (1) US
PACIFIC (0)
SOUTH AMERICA (1) Chile
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666 - 2018

AFRICA (1) South Africa
Hector and the Search for Happiness Francois Lelord -- I was disappointed in this book; trying to figure out how it became a movie
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11244135

ASIA (3) China, India, Vietnam
Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya (India) -- a sad story of poverty
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12276191
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (China) -- learned a lot about tea; not my favorite Lisa See book
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14703254
No Touch Monkey by Ayun Halliday (Vietnam) -- not funny; I would not recommend this book
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8185956

EUROPE (2) England, Italy
A Leg to Stand On by Oliver Sacks (England) -- about the time Sacks broke his leg and became a patient
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14418341
Map of Bones by James Rollins (Italy)
http://bookcrossing.com/---/11711761


SOUTH AMERICA (1) Chili
Traveling While Married by Mary-Lou Weismann - more of a memoir than a travel book
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14773007










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4/36 ????

Jewels: A Secret History by Victoria Finlay

Very much like her previous book on colors, this is a fascinating mix of history, human interest, travel log, science, and myth. The gems discussed are: Pearl, Peridot, Jet, Opal, Saphire, Ruby, and Diamond. She travels to: Poland, Russia, UK, Egypt, US, Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. Even more places are discussed. I have books on the shelf from several of these places, so I'm just going to keep it as a wild card until Autumn!
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oooh I think I might pinch that idea of a 'wild card' in the future!
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Book 4 - Australia
"One Foot Wrong" by Sofie Laguna
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5360123

ABOUT THE BOOK:
“The stars shine brightest out of the deepest dark . . .”
A child is imprisoned in a house by her reclusive, religious parents. Hester Wakefield has never spoken to another child, nor seen the outside world. Her one possession is an illustrated children’s Bible, and its imagery forms the sole basis for her capacity to make poetic, real-life connections.
Her companions at home are Cat, Spoon, Door, Handle, Broom, and Tree, and they all speak to her, sometimes telling her what to do.

One day she takes a brave Alice in Wonderland trip into the forbidden outside, at the behest of Handle, and this overwhelming encounter with light and sky and sunshine is a marvel to her. From this moment on, Hester learns that there are some things she cannot tell her parents, and she keeps this secret to herself. Hester buries it among her other secrets, the ones that take place in the shadowy corners of her insular world, and she keeps them all locked inside her as they multiply and grow, waiting until she can find other ways to be free.

MY REVIEW:
I bought this book purely because I want to read Sofie Laguna's 2017 novel "The Choke", but with my idiosyncrasy in that I read an author's books in the order they were written, regardless of whether their books link on to one another or not, I needed to start here with her debut novel for adults, "One Foot Wrong".

This is a book which throws you straight into deep end, with no airs or graces. You are granted a small observation window to look with awe into Hester Wakefield's abstract brain, and explore her tiny world which is governed by her religious parents.
There are some really horrific turns to this book, and they are addressed by the author briskly and unapologetically. Its a writing style I have come to appreciate.

An overall great read and I look forward to reading more from Sofie Laguna.

AFRICA (1) Ghana
ASIA (0)
EUROPE (1) Republic of Ireland
NORTH AMERICA (1) Territory of Alaska, USA
PACIFIC (1) Australia
SOUTH AMERICA (0)
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Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
ebook from library

A town built on a landfill. A community in need of hope. A girl with a dream. A man with a vision. An ingenious idea.

Ada lives in Cateura, a town which is the regional landfill site for Paraguay's capital, Asunción, and populated by "recyclers" - those who sift though the rubbish looking for anything to sell or recycle. One day Favio Chavez comes to town and offers the children music lessons. But there are too many children and not enough instruments, so some in the community help out by making musical instruments from the recycled materials, and soon an orchestra develops. And continues to delvelop . . . giving hope and a new meaning to life to many. Soon the orchestra is playing concerts both nationally and internationally, and life for the inhabitants of Cateura has been transformed.

This is a short graphic novel with lovely illustrations which relates an inspirational true story. A book for both young readers and also the young at heart.

Africa (1) - Sudan
Asia (0)
Europe (2) - Italy, UK
Oceania (2) - Antarctica, Australia
North America (1) - USA
South America (2) - Ecuador, Paraguay
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5/36

Book 5
Ireland: As it is in Heaven by Niall Williams.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13851906

A very well written (if a bit overblown in the prose department) love story. A bit mystical and airy-fairy for me, but quite enjoyable once you get past the slow start. Set mostly in Ireland and a bit in Venice.

Africa
Asia
Europe (3) - England, Sweden, Ireland
Pacifica (1) - Australia
N America (1) - USA
S. America
5/36
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14575258/

Before being a part of the military coup in Cuba, Ernesto "che" Guavara rode around South America on a motorcycle with his friend. Both were doctors in training, both appear to have a highly developed sense of their own self worth.

The things I learnt about the journey and their interaction with the indigenous people was interesting. The photos in the book are rather poor, and add little to the story. The main characters are annoying.

As this book is set in many countries, I picking Peru but may change that if I read another book set in Peru.

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Asia
Europe
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S. America (1) - Peru
1/36
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14032662

This book is based on the author's mother's diaries and letters, and tells the story of a young woman growing up in Germany as Hitler gains political power and the country eventually goes to war. An important story, about how conflict affects everyone and not just soldiers, nurses, or those who sign up to political views.
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Africa
Asia
Europe (1) - Germany
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N America
S. America (1) - Peru
2/36
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The Dirty Bits for Girls by India Knight
Hilarious out-takes which included 'Molly's Bloom’s Soliloquy' from Ulysses by James Joyce, who is from Dublin, Ireland.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14897611

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NORTH AMERICA (2) Mexico, USA
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