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ASIA

Book 4
COUNTRY : Indonesia
BOOK : Nathaniel's nutmeg
AUTHOR : Giles Milton
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/red-queen.html

EUROPE
Book 1
COUNTRY : England
BOOK : The nine tailors
AUTHOR : Dorothy L. Sayers
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/nine-tailors.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Italy
BOOK : Back to Bologna
AUTHOR : Michael Dibdin
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/back-to-bologna.html

Book 3
COUNTRY : Norway
BOOK : We'll meet in England
AUTHOR : Kitty Barne
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/meeting-in-england.html

Book 4
COUNTRY : Iceland
BOOK : Last rituals
AUTHOR : Yrsa Sigurdardottir
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/icelandic-gloom.html

ASIA
Book 1
COUNTRY : Iran
BOOK : Reading Lolita in Tehran
AUTHOR : Azar Nafisi
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/republic-of-imagination.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Syria
BOOK : Last Act in Palmyra
AUTHOR : Lindsey Davis
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/syria-or-bust.html

Book 3
COUNTRY : Korea
BOOK : The Red Queen
AUTHOR : Margaret Drabble
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/red-queen.html

N. AMERICA
Book 1
COUNTRY : United States of America
BOOK : The Manchurian Candidate (mainly set in the USA in spite of the title!)
AUTHOR : Richard Condon
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/manchurian-candidate.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Canada
BOOK : Anne of Green Gables
AUTHOR : L.M. Montgomery
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/anne-of-green-gables.html

Book 3
COUNTRY : Jamaica
BOOK : Wide Sargasso Sea
AUTHOR : Jean Rhys
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/wide-sargasso-sea.html

AFRICA
Book 1
COUNTRY : Sudan
BOOK : The four feathers
AUTHOR : A.E.W. Mason
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/very-british-adventure.html


 

Okay, I'm about to give up on most of this thread. It's just turned into many, many long lists of books with one extra book being added for each post. If this carries on everyone is going to have posted 36 different messages with nothing but lists of books. With the great edit function available each person could have one post that they update...

 

It's just turned into many, many long lists of books with one extra book being added for each post. If this carries on everyone is going to have posted 36 different messages with nothing but lists of books. With the great edit function available each person could have one post that they update...


I had the same thought. So far I've just edited my list, and I was planning just to make a new post if I had completed a continent.

 

I agree, but it's also hard to see when someone *does* add a book. I've been editing my original post, and then updating the title with the number I've read out of 36 (ie, 8/36). That's the best I could come up with.

 

I have tried editing, as I said in an earlier post, but for some reason I can't within this forum post - although I can in others, other people have said they are having the same problem.
As people haven't been discussing their reads I haven't been discussing mine. I think most people have this as a personal challenge to broaden their reading experience.

 

I have tried editing, as I said in an earlier post, but for some reason I can't within this forum post - although I can in others, other people have said they are having the same problem.

I had this for one thread, but found if I clicked on my thread so it was on the top and in pink and then clicked on it again the edit button appeared.

 

NORTH AMERICA:
1 - USA Alison Lurie - Only Children http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5475402/

2 - CANADA Margaret Atwood - Surfacing
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7043251/

AFRICA:
1 NAMIBIA - Pashukeni Penda - The Choice
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8308253/
2 - SOUTH AFRICA - Marita van der Vyver - Just Desert, Dear
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9911009

 

EUROPE
Book 1
COUNTRY : England
BOOK : The nine tailors
AUTHOR : Dorothy L. Sayers
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/nine-tailors.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Italy
BOOK : Back to Bologna
AUTHOR : Michael Dibdin
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/back-to-bologna.html

Book 3
COUNTRY : Norway
BOOK : We'll meet in England
AUTHOR : Kitty Barne
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/meeting-in-england.html

Book 4
COUNTRY : Iceland
BOOK : Last rituals
AUTHOR : Yrsa Sigurdardottir
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/icelandic-gloom.html

ASIA
Book 1
COUNTRY : Iran
BOOK : Reading Lolita in Tehran
AUTHOR : Azar Nafisi
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/republic-of-imagination.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Syria
BOOK : Last Act in Palmyra
AUTHOR : Lindsey Davis
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/syria-or-bust.html

N. AMERICA
Book 1
COUNTRY : United States of America
BOOK : The Manchurian Candidate (mainly set in the USA in spite of the title!)
AUTHOR : Richard Condon
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/manchurian-candidate.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Canada
BOOK : Anne of Green Gables
AUTHOR : L.M. Montgomery
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/anne-of-green-gables.html

AFRICA
Book 1
COUNTRY : Sudan
BOOK : The four feathers
AUTHOR : A.E.W. Mason
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/very-british-adventure.html

 

So, does anyone want to discuss any of the books they've been reading for this challenge?

I enjoyed The Cellist of Sarajevo set in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It set out the horror of living in a town you loved while the sitaution around you was hell.

I also enjoyed that fact that while it was set in a european country it was one where I haven't read many books set in/about.

 

That sounds like a great read! I've found that I don't need to acquire any additional books to meet the challenge for Europe, but that I am not stretching my horizons so well as I think I will for other continents, either because I've read extensively from the country already or the books are not so very tied to their settings.

Thus far the most notable books for me have been Wide Sargasso Sea and The Yacoubian Building. Wide Sargasso Sea was just a beautiful book and very unexpected. The Yacoubian Building did fall a little flat for me, story-wise, but was fascinating in terms of Egyptian culture. Neither were like anything else I'd ever read before. Reviews are linked in my previous posts.

 

The Yacoubian Building did fall a little flat for me, story-wise, but was fascinating in terms of Egyptian culture. Neither were like anything else I'd ever read before. Reviews are linked in my previous posts.

One thing I'm finding interesting is how different books can be that are from the same continent but different countries. I find it fascinating to think that Egypt and, say, Nigeria are tied to the same land mass but are very culturally different. It doesn't strike me as such a peculiar issue for Europe, maybe because I'm more used to seeing Europe as a land mass with different cultures.

 


One thing I'm finding interesting is how different books can be that are from the same continent but different countries. I find it fascinating to think that Egypt and, say, Nigeria are tied to the same land mass but are very culturally different. It doesn't strike me as such a peculiar issue for Europe, maybe because I'm more used to seeing Europe as a land mass with different cultures.

This is so true! One of the great things about this challenge is challenging my preconceived notions about a place - and as you point out - how that place relates to others nearby.

I'm currently reading "The Map of Love," by Adaf Soueif for Egypt. It's really interesting to read right now with the current upheaval in that country. The book I read before that was for Algeria ("Algerian White," by Assia Djebar), and again, I found parts of it very timely.

 

I'm currently reading "The Map of Love," by Adaf Soueif for Egypt. It's really interesting to read right now with the current upheaval in that country.

It would be indeed, I wonder if books written before the present uprisings in that area will appear dated very quickly.

 

Actually, this book was written about 10 years ago. However, it references past uprisings and colonial times, so you can get a sense of a pattern and historical perspective.

 

The Map of Love is a gorgeous book, hope you enjoyed it

 

Yes! I did like this one quite a bit. If you haven't read Germany yet, I just finished "Visitation" by Jenny Erpenbeck. It was an incredibly powerful novel, tracing the events in 20th century Germany through the ownership of a lakeside vacation home.

 

I am not stretching my horizons so well as I think I will for other continents

Indeed, I always seem to have England and Ireland covered for the European part which isn't much of a cultural challenge. So this year I'm trying to stretch myself a little, hence The Cellist of Sarajevo.

 

I've just finished Wide Sargasso Sea too, and thought it was wonderful. Violent and atmospheric and just incredible. Also amazing that it's actually such a small book, but really packs a punch. I'll never think of the first Mrs. Rochester in quite the same way again....

 

I really enjoyed Cellist of Sarajevo too - a quite extraordinary book about trying to hold onto your humanity while in a world that's descending into barbarity. Quite amazing.

 

So far I have completed:

AFRICA

1. Rhodesia: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264521

ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA)
1. Israel: Start-up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer (non BC book)
2. Vietnam: No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264506

OCEANIA
1. NZ: Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264542


EUROPE
1. England: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (e-book, no BCID)
2. Germany: Crabwalk by Gunter Grass http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264512

NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN)
1. Dominican Republic: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264508
2. Mexico: The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157656

SOUTH AMERICA
1. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157650

 

I read this, too! Thought it was great. I did count it for Panama, though, since he was born there, and that's how I'm doing this challenge.

I read Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, by Jorge Amado (sp?) and thought it was good as well. It's set in Brazil, and by a Brazilian. Similar, although more cheery subject matter.

 

All of my 'counts' are valued as where the author is from

AFRICA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: Somalia
AUTHOR: Nadifa Mohamed
BOOK: Black Mamba Boy
YEAR: 2010
PAGES: 278
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9668927

ASIA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: China
AUTHOR: Mian Mian
BOOK: Candy
YEAR: 2003
PAGES: 279
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8553131

NORTH AMERICA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: USA
AUTHOR: Anita Shreve
BOOK: Where or When
YEAR: 1993
PAGES: 237
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4751538


SOUTH AMERICA:

OCEANIA:

EUROPE:

 

Or am I too late?

 

Where would you count Russia? As part of Asia or as part of Europe?

 

Where would you count Russia? As part of Asia or as part of Europe?

The last time this was run (not by J4Shaw but another bookcrosser) Russia could be counted for either Asia or Europe as it covers both continents. Turkey could have been counted for either also.

 

I counted it as Asia, think it is up to you

 

Africa
1. BOTSWANA: Maru by Bessie Head
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9850600
2. MOROCCO: The Caliph's House by Tahir Shah
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8527650
3. RWANDA: An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7757414
4. LIBYA: In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6128938
5. SOUTH AFRICA: A Millimetre of Dust by Julia Martin
http://www.kwela.com/---/2740
6. NAMIBIA: The Sheltering Desert by Henno Martin
http://www.archive.org/---/shelteringdesert007109mbp

Europe
1. UNITED KINGDOM: One Day by David Nicholls
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9714489
2. FRANCE: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8022132
3. RUSSIA: A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8543268
4. ITALY: The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
http://www.goodreads.com/---/6834410-the-imperfectionists
5. CZECH REPUBLIC: Me, Myself and Prague by Rachael Weiss
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10197382
6.

Asia
1. LAOS: Thirty-three Teeth by Colin Cotterill
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9889033
2. NORTH KOREA: Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
http://nothingtoenvy.com/about-nothing-to-envy
3. INDONESIA: Gordel van Smarag by Elsa Joubert
http://www.librarything.com/---/8092818
4. JAPAN: Geisha of Gion by Mineko Iwasaki
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9932833
5. CHINA: The Crazed by Ha Jin
http://www.yalereviewofbooks.com/---/review15.shtml.htm
6. INDIA: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7156268

Oceania
1. KIRIBATI: The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10217289
2. NEW ZEALAND: Weeping Waters by Anne Maria Nicholson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8058795
3. AUSTRALIA: The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10250000
4. VANUATU: Getting Stoned with Savages by J. Maarten Troost
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693001
5. SOLOMON ISLANDS: Solomon Time by Will Randall
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10263633
6.

South America
1. COLOMBIA: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8392698
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

North America
1. CANADA: Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5886926
2. UNITED STATES: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
http://www.complete-review.com/---/franzen6.htm
3. HAITI: After the Dance by Edwidge Danticat
http://www.randomhouse.com/---/after-the-dance-by-edwidge-danticat
4. JAMAICA: The Long Song by Andrea Levy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10197319
5.
6.

If the given link is not to a BookCrossing journal, the book is from my personal collection or from the library.

 

EUROPE
Book 1
COUNTRY : England
BOOK : The nine tailors
AUTHOR : Dorothy L. Sayers
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/nine-tailors.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Italy
BOOK : Back to Bologna
AUTHOR : Michael Dibdin
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/back-to-bologna.html

Book 3
COUNTRY : Norway
BOOK : We'll meet in England
AUTHOR : Kitty Barne
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/meeting-in-england.html

Book 4
COUNTRY : Iceland
BOOK : Last rituals
AUTHOR : Yrsa Sigurdardottir
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/icelandic-gloom.html

ASIA
Book 1
COUNTRY : Iran
BOOK : Reading Lolita in Tehran
AUTHOR : Azar Nafisi
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/republic-of-imagination.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Syria
BOOK : Last Act in Palmyra
AUTHOR : Lindsey Davis
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/syria-or-bust.html

Book 3
COUNTRY : Indonesia
BOOK : Nathaniel's Nutmeg
AUTHOR : Giles Milton
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/nathaniels-nutmeg.html

N. AMERICA
Book 1
COUNTRY : United States of America
BOOK : The Manchurian Candidate (mainly set in the USA in spite of the title!)
AUTHOR : Richard Condon
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/manchurian-candidate.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Canada
BOOK : Anne of Green Gables
AUTHOR : L.M. Montgomery
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/anne-of-green-gables.html

AFRICA
Book 1
COUNTRY : Sudan
BOOK : The four feathers
AUTHOR : A.E.W. Mason
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/very-british-adventure.html

 

CONTINENT: Asia
1. JAPAN: Inspector Imanishi Investigates -- Seicho Matsumoto(313 pages)
2. LAOS: Thirty-three Teeth by Colin Cotterill (298 pages)


CONTINENT: Europe
1. IRELAND: Green Shadows, White Whale -- Ray Bradbury (266 pages)
2. FRANCE: Maigret and the Wine Merchant -- Georges Simenon (166 pages) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7127941/

CONTINENT: Africa
1. GABON: On the Edge of the Primeval Forest & More From the Primeval Forest -- Albert Schweitzer (127 pages each, 254 total)

CONTINENT: Oceania
1. AUSTRALIA: Lost in Rooville -- Ray Blackston (298 pages)

I agree with the comments of those who said they found it hard to find some way to stretch with books set in Europe or the U.S./Canada. I specifically made it a rule to read things for these countries that were more of a stretch -- either authors I had never read or something of a more serious nature. Probably my favorite that I have read so far is Green Shadows, White Whale, because I laughed so much but felt I got such a great picture of the Irish people. I also really enjoyed the two mysteries I have read for Asia -- they also gave a new outlook on their respective cultures and on mysteries in general.

 

I am going to mix it up a bit and count some on author's nationality and others on where they're set as this way I can include more of my Mount TBR. I've had a slow start to the year but will hopefully pick up some speed otherwise I'm knackered for completing!

EUROPE:
Book 1
COUNTRY: UK
AUTHOR: Hanif Kureishi
BOOK: The Buddha of Suburbia
YEAR: 1990
PAGES: 288
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8159135/

Book 2
COUNTRY: Norway
AUTHOR: Knut Hamsun
BOOK: Dreamers
YEAR: 1904
PAGES: 112
Borrowed from public library


NORTH AMERICA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: Dominican Republic
AUTHOR: Junot Diaz
BOOK: Drown
YEAR: 1996
PAGES: 176
Borrowed from public library

Book 2
COUNTRY: USA
AUTHOR: Julie Powell
BOOK: Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously
YEAR: 2005
PAGES: 320
Borrowed from public library


ASIA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: Pakistan
AUTHOR: Nafisa Haji
BOOK: The Writing On My Forehead
YEAR: 2009
PAGES: 308
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6950544/


AFRICA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: Egypt
AUTHOR: Alaa Al Aswany
BOOK: The Yacoubian Building
YEAR: 2002
PAGES: 255
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8333584/

Book 2
COUNTRY: Nigeria
AUTHOR: Chinua Achebe
BOOK: Things Fall Apart
YEAR: 1958
PAGES: 152
http://www.bookcrossing.com/477-6631890


SOUTH AMERICA:

OCEANIA:

 

North America
1. USA, A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7521350/

Europe
1. England, Quartet In Autumn by Barbara Pym
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8568502/
2. Italy, The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5245749/
3. Ireland, Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9672796/

Oceania
1. French Polynesia, Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8557565/
2. Australia, Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8539743/

NOTE: The way that I plan to keep track of these reads is to add books as I read them but to also display my previous reads for this challenge.

 

So far I have completed:

AFRICA

1. Rhodesia: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264521

ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA)
1. Israel: Start-up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer (non BC book)
2. Vietnam: No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264506

OCEANIA
1. NZ: Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264542


EUROPE
1. England: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (e-book, no BCID)
2. Germany: Crabwalk by Gunter Grass http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264512
3. Portugal: All the Names by Jose Saramago http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264515

NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN)
1. Dominican Republic: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264508
2. Mexico: The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157656

SOUTH AMERICA
1. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157650

 

I'm going to be reading "Nervous Conditions." Glad to see you liked it!

 

I enjoyed it a lot--hope you will too!

 

CONTINENT: Asia
1. JAPAN: Inspector Imanishi Investigates -- Seicho Matsumoto(313 pages)
2. LAOS: Thirty-three Teeth by Colin Cotterill (298 pages)


CONTINENT: Europe
1. IRELAND: Green Shadows, White Whale -- Ray Bradbury (266 pages)
2. FRANCE: Maigret and the Wine Merchant -- Georges Simenon (166 pages)

CONTINENT: Africa
1. GABON: On the Edge of the Primeval Forest & More From the Primeval Forest -- Albert Schweitzer (127 pages each, 254 total)

CONTINENT: Oceania
1. AUSTRALIA: Lost in Rooville -- Ray Blackston (298 pages)

CONTINENT: North America
1. CANADA: The Bird Artist, by Howard Norman (298 pages) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8369262/





 

CONTINENT: North America
1. Country: Canada
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7414562

2. Country: USA
Anthem by Ayn Rand
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6393445
3. Country: Jamaica
The Duppy by Anthony C Winkler
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8565176

CONTINENT: Africa
1. South Africa
Youth by J.M Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com

CONTINENT: Europe
1. UK
Island Madness by Tim Binding, (set on the British island of Guernsey)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8095407
2. Spain
Soldier of Salamis
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700104
3. France
Tender is the Night
4. Portugal
Periera Maintains
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8478839

 

I think you're doing great! Keep at it!

 

All of my 'counts' are valued as where the author is from

AFRICA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: Somalia
AUTHOR: Nadifa Mohamed
BOOK: Black Mamba Boy
YEAR: 2010
PAGES: 278
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9668927

ASIA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: China
AUTHOR: Mian Mian
BOOK: Candy
YEAR: 2003
PAGES: 279
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8553131

Book 2
COUNTRY: Vietnam
AUTHOR: Le Thi Diem Thuy
BOOK: Gangster We are All Looking for
YEAR: 2004
PAGES: 158
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7671704

NORTH AMERICA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: USA
AUTHOR: Anita Shreve
BOOK: Where or When
YEAR: 1993
PAGES: 237
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4751538


SOUTH AMERICA:

OCEANIA:

EUROPE:

 

CONTINENT: North America
1. Country: Canada
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7414562

2. Country: USA
Anthem by Ayn Rand
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6393445
3. Country: Jamaica
The Duppy by Anthony C Winkler
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8565176

CONTINENT: Africa
1. South Africa
Youth by J.M Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com
2. Nigeria
An African Elegy, Ben Okri

CONTINENT: Europe
1. UK
Island Madness by Tim Binding, (set on the British island of Guernsey)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8095407
2. Spain
Soldier of Salamis
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700104
3. France
Tender is the Night
4. Portugal
Periera Maintains
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8478839


Above, someone had mentioned that it would be easier to edit our lists rather than keep posting lists - for some reason on this challenge I can't edit my own posts, although I can on other forums and challenge pages. Not sure why this is.

 

for some reason on this challenge I can't edit my own posts

hmmm, sometimes if you click on your post so it is at the top and has a pink background the edit button will appear. But sometimes there are just some posts that don't seem to want to be edited.

 

CONTINENT: North America
1. Country: Canada
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7414562

2. Country: USA
Anthem by Ayn Rand
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6393445
3. Country: Jamaica
The Duppy by Anthony C Winkler
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8565176

CONTINENT: Africa
1. South Africa
Youth by J.M Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com
2. Nigeria
An African Elegy, Ben Okri

CONTINENT: Europe
1. UK
Island Madness by Tim Binding, (set on the British island of Guernsey)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8095407
2. Spain
Soldier of Salamis
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700104
3. France
Tender is the Night
4. Portugal
Periera Maintains
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8478839
CONTINENT:Asia
1.Russia
War and Peace, Tolstoy

Above, someone had mentioned that it would be easier to edit our lists rather than keep posting lists - for some reason on this challenge I can't edit my own posts, although I can on other forums and challenge pages. Not sure why this is.


 

CONTINENT: North America
1. Country: Canada
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7414562

2. Country: USA
Anthem by Ayn Rand
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6393445
3. Country: Jamaica
The Duppy by Anthony C Winkler
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8565176

CONTINENT: Africa
1. South Africa
Youth by J.M Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com
2. Nigeria
An African Elegy, Ben Okri

CONTINENT: Europe
1. UK
Island Madness by Tim Binding, (set on the British island of Guernsey)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8095407
2. Spain
Soldier of Salamis
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700104
3. France
Tender is the Night
4. Portugal
Periera Maintains
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8478839

CONTINENT:Asia
1.Russia
War and Peace, Tolstoy
2. Japan
Nip the buds, shoot the kids. Kenzaburo Oe.


Above, someone had mentioned that it would be easier to edit our lists rather than keep posting lists - for some reason on this challenge I can't edit my own posts, although I can on other forums and challenge pages. Not sure why this is.


 

So far I have completed:

AFRICA

1. Rhodesia: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264521
2. Morroco: The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264552

ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA)
1. Israel: Start-up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer (non BC book)
2. Vietnam: No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264506
3. Japan: Shalom Japan by Shifra Horn
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8510847/

OCEANIA
1. NZ: Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264542
2. French Polynesia: Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9720198/
3. Papua New Guinea: Zaibatsu by John Brown
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9692936/

EUROPE
1. England: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (e-book, no BCID)
2. Germany: Crabwalk by Gunter Grass http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264512
3. Portugal: All the Names by Jose Saramago http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264515

NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN)
1. Dominican Republic: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264508
2. Mexico: The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157656

SOUTH AMERICA
1. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157650
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9713732/

 

EUROPE
Book 1
COUNTRY : England
BOOK : The nine tailors
AUTHOR : Dorothy L. Sayers
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/nine-tailors.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Italy
BOOK : Back to Bologna
AUTHOR : Michael Dibdin
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/back-to-bologna.html

Book 3
COUNTRY : Norway
BOOK : We'll meet in England
AUTHOR : Kitty Barne
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/meeting-in-england.html

Book 4
COUNTRY : Iceland
BOOK : Last rituals
AUTHOR : Yrsa Sigurdardottir
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/icelandic-gloom.html

Book 5
COUNTRY : France
BOOK : Birdsong
AUTHOR : Sebastian Faulks
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/birdsong.html

Book 6
COUNTRY : Russia
BOOK : The winter queen
AUTHOR : Boris Akunin
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/winter-queen.html

ASIA
Book 1
COUNTRY : Iran
BOOK : Reading Lolita in Tehran
AUTHOR : Azar Nafisi
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/republic-of-imagination.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Syria
BOOK : Last Act in Palmyra
AUTHOR : Lindsey Davis
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/syria-or-bust.html

Book 3
COUNTRY : Indonesia
BOOK : Nathaniel's Nutmeg
AUTHOR : Giles Milton
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/nathaniels-nutmeg.html

Book 4
COUNTRY : Korea
BOOK : The red queen
AUTHOR : Margaret Drabble
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/red-queen.html

Book 5
COUNTRY : China (I could have chosen several different countries from this book but as a good third of it is set in China it seemed the most sensible choice)
BOOK : Shadow of the Silk Road
AUTHOR : Colin Thubron
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/shadow-of-silk-road.html

BOOK 6
COUNTRY : India
BOOK : The white tiger
AUTHOR : Aravind Adiga
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/white-tiger.html

N. AMERICA
Book 1
COUNTRY : United States of America
BOOK : The Manchurian Candidate (mainly set in the USA in spite of the title!)
AUTHOR : Richard Condon
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/manchurian-candidate.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Canada
BOOK : Anne of Green Gables
AUTHOR : L.M. Montgomery
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/anne-of-green-gables.html

Book 3
COUNTRY : Jamaica
BOOK : Wide Sargasso Sea
AUTHOR : Jean Rhys
For review see the-bookhound.blogspot.com/2011/03/wide-sargasso-sea.html

Book 4
COUNTRY : Cuba
BOOK : If the dead rise not (part set in Cuba, part in Berlin)
AUTHOR : Philip Kerr
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/fighting-at-ephesus.html

Book 5
COUNTRY : St. Lucia (Lesser Antilles)
BOOK : A Caribbean mystery (slightly controversial, book is set on the imaginary island of St. Honore, but is based on Christie's time holidaying on St. Lucia)
AUTHOR : Agatha Christie
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/more-evil-under-sun.html

AFRICA
Book 1
COUNTRY : Sudan
BOOK : The four feathers
AUTHOR : A.E.W. Mason
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/very-british-adventure.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Egypt
BOOK : Death comes as the end
AUTHOR : Agatha Christie
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/how-not-to-re-invent-wheel.html

Book 3
COUNTRY : Kenya
BOOK : Out of Africa
AUTHOR : Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/out-of-africa.html

Book 4
COUNTRY : Morocco
BOOK : Hideous kinky
AUTHOR : Esther Freud
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/hideous-kinky.html

Book 5
COUNTRY : Botswana
BOOK : The full cupboard of life
AUTHOR : Alexander McCall Smith
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/cupboard-of-contentment.html

Book 6
COUNTRY : Libya
BOOK : In the country of men
AUTHOR : Hisham Matar
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/life-catching-up-with-art.html

OCEANIA
Book 1
COUNTRY : New Zealand
BOOK : The colour
AUTHOR : Rose Tremain
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/colour.html

Book 2
COUNTRY : Tahiti
BOOK : The moon and sixpence (also set in Paris and England)
AUTHOR : W. Somerset Maugham
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/very-popular-author.html

Book 3
COUNTRY : Australia
BOOK : The shark net
AUTHOR : Robert Drewe
For review see http://the-bookhound.blogspot.com/---/shark-bait.html

 

Mine are a mixture of author's nationality and/or where (all or some of) the action takes place.

Europe 6 out of 6 as at 21st March

Book 1: Switzerland - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8362586 - The Gun Seller [some action in Switzerland]
Book 2: Turkey - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7875884
- Petrified [Whole book set in Istanbul]
Book 3: United Kingdom - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7802752 - The Behaviour of Moths [action & author]
Book 4: Czechoslovakia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6381910 - I Served the King of England [action & author]
Book 5: Austria - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6053571 - The Fig Eater [set mostly in Vienna]
Book 6: Poland/Germany (then) - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7455169 - Cat and Mouse [action & author]


Africa - 3 out of 6 as 21st March

Book 1: Morocco - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8268109 - The Immoralist
[some action occurs in Tangier]
Book 2: Sudan - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3991956 - One Hit Wonderland [some action in Khartoum]
Book 3: Nigeria - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8144114 - Things Fall Apart
[action & author]
Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

Asia - 2 out of 6 as at 21st March

Book 1: Cyprus - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4628917 - The Mother-in-Law [some action occurs in Cyprus]
Book 2: Laos - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7766388 - Thirty-three
Teeth [all of book set in Laos]
Book 3:
Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

North America - 2 out of 6 as at 21st March

Book 1: USA - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7208091 - Mucho Mojo [action & author]
Book 2: Mexico - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8408043 - The Night Buffalo [action & author]
Book 3:
Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

Oceania - 1 out of 6 as at 21st March

Book 1: New Zealand - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8109830
-the book of fame [author]
Book 2:
Book 3:
Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

South America 1 out of 6 as at 21st March

Book 1: Brzail - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8516079
- By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept [author]
Book 2:
Book 3:
Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

 

North America
1. USA, A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7521350/

Europe
1. England, Quartet In Autumn by Barbara Pym
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8568502/
2. Italy, The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5245749/
3. Ireland, Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9672796/

Oceania
1. French Polynesia, Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8557565/
2. Australia, Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8539743/

Asia
1. Tibet, Lost Horizon by James Hilton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3968169/

NOTE: The way that I plan to keep track of these reads is to add books as I read them but to also display my previous reads for this challenge.

 

likestoreadinFL 10 yrs ago
Asia?
I'm needing some ideas for Asia. I haven't read anything for this challenge so far. I am also reading for the 2012 Olympic Challenge, so I'd like to read books I can count for both.

I've already read from: Cambodia, North Korea, India, Iraq, Iran, Japan, and Lebanon. Does anyone have any recommendations from countries other than those I've listed? Thanks!

 

katrinat 10 yrs ago
RE: Asia?
I'm needing some ideas for Asia. I haven't read anything for this challenge so far. I am also reading for the 2012 Olympic Challenge, so I'd like to read books I can count for both.

I've already read from: Cambodia, North Korea, India, Iraq, Iran, Japan, and Lebanon. Does anyone have any recommendations from countries other than those I've listed? Thanks!


China has some great reads, such as Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, or Peony in Love both by Lisa See.

For Tibet I read and loved Sky Burial by Zinran.
Sri Lanka - Funny Boy, Shyam Selvadurai
Korea, Fox Girl by Nora Okja
Afgahnistan Where God Comes Only to Weep, Siba Shakib

Hope that helps a little.

 

Thanks! I'll look out for those. I've read "Sky Burial" and definitely enjoyed it.

 

benregis 10 yrs ago
RE: Asia?
For Tibet - Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer is wonderful, as is Tulku by Peter Dickinson. Afghanistan is well represented in A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini and The Mulberry Empire by Philip Hensher. More Asia books - The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell, and India in The Siege of Krishnapur also by Farrell. I'd also highly recommend Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.

 

I'd also highly recommend Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.

I found this book so frustrating to read, I thought the writing style was a barrier between the reader and a really brilliant idea of how to show how people lived in Iran from 1980 to 1997.

I liked the first and last section of the book, which concentrated on the people in the small class set up by the author and the discussion of their life, the books they were reading etc.

The middle two sections were difficult to read.

 

I have read this book many, many times and completely love it. It's also one of those books that I pick up and give as gifts. So funny how reading tastes differ!

 

Some ideas:
"The Red Tent" -- sent in ancient Israel
"Until the End of the Land" by David Grossman -- set in present day Israel (just published this month)
"Finding Nouf" by Zoe Ferraris -- set in modern Saudi Arabia; also "City of Veils" from same author
Sadika's Way" by HIna Haq -- set in Pakistan
"The Glass Palace" by Amitav Ghosh -- set in Burma and Malaysia
"The Hunted" by Elmore Leonard -- set in Israel
"Sphinx" by Robin Cook (Egypt)
"Kowloon Tong" by Paul Theroux -- set in Hong Kong

 

benregis 10 yrs ago
RE: RE: Asia?
Have you got an author for The Red Tent? Don't think I've ever read anything set in Ancient Israel (except for the Bible!) :)

 

Have you got an author for The Red Tent?

The author was Anita Diamant. I enjoyed the book which takes the the biblical story of Dinah,as set out in Genisis, and develops the tale.

 

Thank you! Will have to find it!

 

katrinat 10 yrs ago
Pakistan
I read The Reluctant Fundamentalist for my Pakistan visit, this one had been discussed loads a few years ago, and I have a tendancy to avoid the big hyped up books of the moment as quite often they disappoint. This one however was worth the hype. Told in a interesting narration showing one side of a conversation (or thought out conversation), by a man who went from seemingly loving America and what it gave him to his change in mind. Well worth a read - and its easily read in one sitting.


CONTINENT: North America
1. Country: Canada
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7414562

2. Country: USA
Anthem by Ayn Rand
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6393445
3. Country: Jamaica
The Duppy by Anthony C Winkler
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8565176

CONTINENT: Africa
1. South Africa
Youth by J.M Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com
2. Nigeria
An African Elegy, Ben Okri

CONTINENT: Europe
1. UK
Island Madness by Tim Binding, (set on the British island of Guernsey)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8095407
2. Spain
Soldier of Salamis
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700104
3. France
Tender is the Night
4. Portugal
Periera Maintains
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8478839

CONTINENT:Asia
1.Russia
War and Peace, Tolstoy
2. Japan
Nip the buds, shoot the kids. Kenzaburo Oe.
3. Pakistan
The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

 

North America
1. USA, A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7521350/
2. Canada, Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4769670/


Europe
1. England, Quartet In Autumn by Barbara Pym
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8568502/
2. Italy, The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5245749/
3. Ireland, Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9672796/

Oceania
1. French Polynesia, Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8557565/
2. Australia, Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8539743/

Asia
1. Tibet, Lost Horizon by James Hilton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3968169/

NOTE: The way that I plan to keep track of these reads is to add books as I read them but to also display my previous reads for this challenge.

 

North America
1. USA, A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7521350/
2. Canada, Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4769670/


Europe
1. England, Quartet In Autumn by Barbara Pym
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8568502/
2. Italy, The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5245749/
3. Ireland, Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9672796/

Oceania
1. French Polynesia, Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8557565/
2. Australia, Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8539743/

Asia
1. Tibet, Lost Horizon by James Hilton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3968169/
2. Israel, Look for Me by Edeet Ravel
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3427892/


NOTE: The way that I plan to keep track of these reads is to add books as I read them but to also display my previous reads for this challenge.

 

It's interesting to look back over the past three months and see which countries I've read about. As usual, I'm already oversubscribed on Asia and heading that way for Europe, but for my own personal amusement, I'd like to see all the countries I've read about, so I'll keep on adding to my list even though I've already got 7 for Asia; I'll cull it later. My updated list is here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7093883

 

CONTINENT: Asia
1. JAPAN: Inspector Imanishi Investigates -- Seicho Matsumoto(313 pages)
2. LAOS: Thirty-three Teeth by Colin Cotterill (298 pages)


CONTINENT: Europe
1. IRELAND: Green Shadows, White Whale -- Ray Bradbury (266 pages)
2. FRANCE: Maigret and the Wine Merchant -- Georges Simenon (166 pages)
3. GERMANY: Those Who Save Us -- Jenna Blum (479 pages)http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8012455/

CONTINENT: Africa
1. GABON: On the Edge of the Primeval Forest & More From the Primeval Forest -- Albert Schweitzer (127 pages each, 254 total)

CONTINENT: Oceania
1. AUSTRALIA: Lost in Rooville -- Ray Blackston (298 pages)

CONTINENT: North America
1. CANADA: The Bird Artist, by Howard Norman (298 pages)

 

Just two to add today. My Italy book (Painting the Dark) wasn't particularly culturally challenging, a sort of weird fantasy-romance-thriller-mystery-historical fiction, but since it did have some good descriptions of the setting I figured I'd count it for now.

I enjoyed the book for China more - briefly, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers is the story of a young Chinese woman who is studying English in England for a year.

Next up, need to get some Oceanian and South American literature on my list!

CONTINENT: Europe
1. England - Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
2. France - The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
3. Italy - Painting the Dark by Liane Jones
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4449415/

CONTINENT: North America
1. USA - Willard and His Bowling Trophies by Richard Brautigan http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7271965
2. Dominica - Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8584577

CONTINENT: Asia
1. Vietnam - The Lover by Marguerite Duras
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8039688
2. China - A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9752025

CONTINENT: Africa
1. Egypt - The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8613691

8/36

 

katrinat 10 yrs ago
Holland
Rituals by Cees Nooteboom is, as far as I can remember, the first book I have read from Holand and I hated it. I have heard good things about this author and told that his novel All Saints Day is his best, I will be having a go but unlike this I will not make myself read all of it if I don't enjoy it.
Only one more European book to go!


CONTINENT: North America
1. Country: Canada
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7414562

2. Country: USA
Anthem by Ayn Rand
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6393445
3. Country: Jamaica
The Duppy by Anthony C Winkler
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8565176

CONTINENT: Africa
1. South Africa
Youth by J.M Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com
2. Nigeria
An African Elegy, Ben Okri

CONTINENT: Europe
1. UK
Island Madness by Tim Binding, (set on the British island of Guernsey)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8095407
2. Spain
Soldier of Salamis
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700104
3. France
Tender is the Night
4. Portugal
Periera Maintains
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8478839
5. Holland
Rituals by Cees Nooteboom
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8583521


CONTINENT:Asia
1.Russia
War and Peace, Tolstoy
2. Japan
Nip the buds, shoot the kids. Kenzaburo Oe.
3. Pakistan
The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

 

katrinat 10 yrs ago
Australia
I thought I better stop ignoring the Oceana continent and get started, although I picked the easiest starting point in Australia. Tomorrow, When the War Began is the first novel in a YA dystopian series about the take over of Australia by outsiders - so far we are unaware of who these are. The novel sets up a series in which I assume this group of 8 teenagers will try to and eventually (as with all good YA books) succeed to dominate and win the war.

CONTINENT: North America
1. Country: Canada
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7414562

2. Country: USA
Anthem by Ayn Rand
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6393445
3. Country: Jamaica
The Duppy by Anthony C Winkler
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8565176

CONTINENT: Africa
1. South Africa
Youth by J.M Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com
2. Nigeria
An African Elegy, Ben Okri

CONTINENT: Europe
1. UK
Island Madness by Tim Binding, (set on the British island of Guernsey)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8095407
2. Spain
Soldier of Salamis
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700104
3. France
Tender is the Night
4. Portugal
Periera Maintains
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8478839
5. Holland
Rituals by Cees Nooteboom
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8583521


CONTINENT:Asia
1.Russia
War and Peace, Tolstoy
2. Japan
Nip the buds, shoot the kids. Kenzaburo Oe.
3. Pakistan
The Reluctant Fundamentalist.


CONTINIENT: Oceana
Country: Australia
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

 

Has anyone got any suggestions for Oceana? This is where I feel down last year. I've read an Australian book already and now I'm stuck? Any help? I tend to read literature rather than chick lit or romance stuff, and avoid sci-fi. However I also enjoy historical fiction, YA, dytopian novels and some urban fantasy.

 

However I also enjoy historical fiction, YA, dytopian novels and some urban fantasy.

For New Zealand you could try
The Halfmen of O by Maurice Gee, which is a YA fantasy type and a classic in New Zealand (set in and author from NZ). I really recommend this book.
Or perhaps the historical fiction book The Colour by Rose Treiman (set in NZ, I think the author is British)
Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones would cover another Pacific country

ummm...once you're read something for NZ and Australia it gets a bit more difficult.

 

Thanks for the suggestions, I've read and loved The Bone People and Mister Tom. I'll check out the other two recommendations.
Oceana was were I lost it last year when I tried. I'll have to keep looking.

 

Right, I did some library research for Oceania. I found the name of a great book that I read the other year set in the South Sea Islands, One Big Damn Puzzler by John Harding. This was funny but also touching and explores the way that countries create myths and stories to explain those things they don't understand whereas we have a scientific answer. It also showed how a brief British invasion effected the island.

The rest are books I currently have on hold, they generally are set in Oceania rather than by writers from there as I found these books are easier to get hold of and seemed to fit my taste more.
They Who do Not Grieve, Sia Figiel (Samoa) apparently similar in feel to The Bone People
Island, Aldous Huxley (Pala, a Pacific Island)
English Passengers, Matthew Kneale (Tasmania)
The Moon and Six Pence, W. Somerset Maugham (Tahiti)

I also borrowed a book on whim called According to Arnold, by Giles Milton which is set on a tiny South Pacific Island called Tuva, which I now can't find any listing of so I'm assuming it is a made up place.

 

English Passengers, Matthew Kneale (Tasmania)


Wouldn't that count as Australia?

 

Janet Frame is an award winning New Zealand author, who interesting nearly had a frontal lobotomy but the process was cancelled as one of her books won an award.

Leaves of the Banyan Tree by Albert Wendt is set in Samoa

 

English Passengers, Matthew Kneale (Tasmania)


Wouldn't that count as Australia?


I was never any good at Geography. Back to the drawing board :(

 

Island, Aldous Huxley (Pala, a Pacific Island)


Also a fictional place.

 

Island, Aldous Huxley (Pala, a Pacific Island)


Also a fictional place.


Damn it! Oceania is always my problem place!

 

Island, Aldous Huxley (Pala, a Pacific Island)


Also a fictional place.


Damn it! Oceania is always my problem place!


I'm going to struggle with it as well. Australia and New Zealand are easy, but the others not so. I've found The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux. It covers a number of countries so I suppose you could pick any one that you need for the list!

Edited to add: Forgot to mention that one of my all-time favourite books is set in New Zealand. The title is Alex, and it's by Tessa Duder.

 


The Moon and Six Pence, W. Somerset Maugham (Tahiti)



*blink* Thank you so much for that! Maugham's one of my favorite authors and that's been on my TBR for years, but I forgot entirely where it was set!

For Oceania I'm currently reading Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, which is set in Papua New Guinea.

 


I also borrowed a book on whim called According to Arnold, by Giles Milton which is set on a tiny South Pacific Island called Tuva, which I now can't find any listing of so I'm assuming it is a made up place.


Tuva is a very wellknown place in the music world. Have you never heard of Tuvan throat music???? It is amazing - that is the only reason I know that Tuva exists!

 

Its in Russia, I googled it at the time.

 

wingkiwiinenglandwing 10 yrs ago
Tuva
Its in Russia, I googled it at the time.

There is also a Tuva in Paupa New Guinea.

 

I read "The Bone People" by Keri Hulme for NZ. She's from NZ, and the book is set there as well. It was pretty good, if it bit difficult to get into at first. I think maybe that was because it's different than a lot of books I've read. I'm looking at it now, and apparrently it won both a Booker Prize and a Pegasus Prize for Literature.

Just yesterday I was trying to figure out what to read for Oceania. I found a few prospects searching Wikipedia, but my library doesn't have any of them. *Urgh*

 

And now I've read something from every continent. So I guess I'm on track for the year. If I can get at least one more read before the end of April, I'll even be a bit ahead! I've got a few on order at the library. Hopefully they will come in soon.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7104995

 

Well done!

 

Thanks! I checked out two more from the library today (Vietnam & China). I'm on a bit of a roll!

 

CONTINENT: Asia
1. JAPAN: Inspector Imanishi Investigates -- Seicho Matsumoto(313 pages)
2. LAOS: Thirty-three Teeth by Colin Cotterill (298 pages)


CONTINENT: Europe
1. IRELAND: Green Shadows, White Whale -- Ray Bradbury (266 pages)
2. FRANCE: Maigret and the Wine Merchant -- Georges Simenon (166 pages)
3. GERMANY: Those Who Save Us -- Jenna Blum (479 pages)

CONTINENT: Africa
1. GABON: On the Edge of the Primeval Forest & More From the Primeval Forest -- Albert Schweitzer (127 pages each, 254 total)

CONTINENT: Oceania
1. AUSTRALIA: Lost in Rooville -- Ray Blackston (298 pages)

CONTINENT: North America
1. CANADA: The Bird Artist, by Howard Norman (298 pages)
2. MEXICO: Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel (241 pages)

 

I just started "Like Water for Chocolate" today. I'm enjoying it so far.

 

North America
1. USA, A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7521350/
2. Canada, Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4769670/


Europe
1. England, Quartet In Autumn by Barbara Pym
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8568502/
2. Italy, The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5245749/
3. Ireland, Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9672796/

Oceania
1. French Polynesia, Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8557565/
2. Australia, Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8539743/

Asia
1. Tibet, Lost Horizon by James Hilton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3968169/
2. Israel, Look for Me by Edeet Ravel
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3427892/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/


NOTE: The way that I plan to keep track of these reads is to add books as I read them but to also display my previous reads for this challenge.

 

likestoreadinFL 10 yrs ago
Africa
I and at least one other BCer read "Nervous Conditions" by Tsitsi Dangarembga for Zimbabwe, and really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend it!

 

North America
1. USA, A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7521350/
2. Canada, Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4769670/


Europe
1. England, Quartet In Autumn by Barbara Pym
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8568502/
2. Italy, The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5245749/
3. Ireland, Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9672796/

Oceania
1. French Polynesia, Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8557565/
2. Australia, Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8539743/

Asia
1. Tibet, Lost Horizon by James Hilton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3968169/
2. Israel, Look for Me by Edeet Ravel
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3427892/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/

South America
1. Under Angel Wings--The True Story of a Young Girl and Her Guardian Angel--The Autobiography of Sister Maria Antonia
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9796941


NOTE: The way that I plan to keep track of these reads is to add books as I read them but to also display my previous reads for this challenge.

 


CONTINENT: Europe
1. England - Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
2. France - The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
3. Italy - Painting the Dark, Liane Jones
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4449415
4. Norway - Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9889233/

CONTINENT: North America
1. USA - Willard and His Bowling Trophies, Richard Brautigan
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7271965
2. Dominica - Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8584577
3. Canada - Life of Pi, Yann Martel
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6825338/

CONTINENT: Asia
1. Vietnam - The Lover, Marguerite Duras
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8039688
2. China - A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, Xiaolu Guo
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9752025
3. India - Fasting, Feasting, Anita Desai
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7867266/

CONTINENT: Africa
1. Egypt - The Yacoubian Building, Alaa Al Aswany
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8613691
2. Zimbabwe - Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7483596/

CONTINENT: Oceania
1. Papua New Guinea - Mister Pip, Lloyd Jones
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8620002/
2. New Zealand - The Garden Party and Other Stories, Katherine Mansfield
3. French Polynesia - The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9971940/

CONTINENT: South America
1. Brazil - The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

16/36

 

katrinat 10 yrs ago
Congo added
All my fiction about Africa which I have on my tbr shelf seems to be focused on South Africa so I thought I'd add some non-fiction into the pile and read Blood River a book about Tim Butcher, a British journalists, attempt to follow H.M Stanley's journey down the Congo. This was a good read, about a third of it was filled with the history of the Congo and this country so you end up knowing a nice amount as well as following the adventure.

CONTINENT: North America
1. Country: Canada
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7414562

2. Country: USA
Anthem by Ayn Rand
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6393445
3. Country: Jamaica
The Duppy by Anthony C Winkler
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8565176

CONTINENT: Africa
1. South Africa
Youth by J.M Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com
2. Nigeria
An African Elegy, Ben Okri
3. Democratic Republic of the Congo
Blood River, Tim Butcher
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6833326


CONTINENT: Europe
1. UK
Island Madness by Tim Binding, (set on the British island of Guernsey)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8095407
2. Spain
Soldier of Salamis
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700104
3. France
Tender is the Night
4. Portugal
Periera Maintains
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8478839
5. Holland
Rituals by Cees Nooteboom
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8583521


CONTINENT:Asia
1.Russia
War and Peace, Tolstoy
2. Japan
Nip the buds, shoot the kids. Kenzaburo Oe.
3. Pakistan
The Reluctant Fundamentalist.


CONTINIENT: Oceana
Country: Australia
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

 

I'm 1/3 done (12 out of 36). Woohoo!

 

I'm 1/3 done (12 out of 36). Woohoo!

Brilliant!

I've only managed to add one book in the past 2 months, as lots of rings and book club readings have seen me firmly stuck in America, England, or Ireland.

 

likestoreadinFL 10 yrs ago
Nice!
Right on track!

 

So far I have completed (16/36)

AFRICA

1. Rhodesia: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264521
2. Morroco: The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264552

ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA)
1. Israel: Start-up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer (non BC book)
2. Vietnam: No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264506
3. Japan: Shalom Japan by Shifra Horn
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8510847

OCEANIA
1. NZ: Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264542
2. French Polynesia: Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9720198
3. Papua New Guinea: Zaibatsu by John Brown
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9692936

EUROPE
1. England: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (e-book, no BCID)
2. Germany: Crabwalk by Gunter Grass http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264512
3. Portugal: All the Names by Jose Saramago http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264515

NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN)
1. Dominican Republic: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264508
2. Mexico: The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157656
3. So Sure of Death By Dana Stabenow (Alaska, to make it exotic!)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662683/

SOUTH AMERICA
1. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157650
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9713732

 

AFRICA
Country: Egypt
Gazelle (set in Cairo) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9769073/
Country: Botswana
Tears of the Giraffe (link to follow)

ASIA
Country: USSR-Russia
City of Thieves http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8442359/

EUROPE
Country: Greece
The Summer of My Greek Taverna http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8313830/

NORTH AMERICA
Country: USA
A Student of Living Things http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9690165/

SOUTH AMERICA
Country: Chile (Easter Island)
The Maoi Murders (link to follow)

Country: Peru
The Bridge of San Luis Rey http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10040024/

 

North America
1. USA, A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7521350/
2. Canada, Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4769670/


Europe
1. England, Quartet In Autumn by Barbara Pym
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8568502/
2. Italy, The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5245749/
3. Ireland, Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9672796/

Oceania
1. French Polynesia, Call It Courage by Armstrong Perry
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8557565/
2. Australia, Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8539743/

Asia
1. Tibet, Lost Horizon by James Hilton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3968169/
2. Israel, Look for Me by Edeet Ravel
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3427892/
3. Korea, Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4884929/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/

South America
1. Under Angel Wings--The True Story of a Young Girl and Her Guardian Angel--The Autobiography of Sister Maria Antonia
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9796941


NOTE: The way that I plan to keep track of these reads is to add books as I read them but to also display my previous reads for this challenge.

 

katrinat 10 yrs ago
Indonesia
I'm trying to read more non fiction and have found that this is often the best bet for some of the less read locations. Krakatoa is all about the 1883 explosion, however this book goes into a lot of detail which I found distracting and have to say that the Volcano often seemed to be one of the less discussed things.


CONTINENT: North America
1. Country: Canada
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7414562

2. Country: USA
Anthem by Ayn Rand
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6393445
3. Country: Jamaica
The Duppy by Anthony C Winkler
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8565176

CONTINENT: Africa
1. South Africa
Youth by J.M Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com
2. Nigeria
An African Elegy, Ben Okri
3. Democratic Republic of the Congo
Blood River, Tim Butcher
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6833326


CONTINENT: Europe
1. UK
Island Madness by Tim Binding, (set on the British island of Guernsey)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8095407
2. Spain
Soldier of Salamis
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700104
3. France
Tender is the Night
4. Portugal
Periera Maintains
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8478839
5. Holland
Rituals by Cees Nooteboom
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8583521


CONTINENT:Asia
1.Russia
War and Peace, Tolstoy
2. Japan
Nip the buds, shoot the kids. Kenzaburo Oe.
3. Pakistan
The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
4. Indonesia
Krakatoa
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6817064/

CONTINIENT: Oceana
Country: Australia
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

 

Mine are a mixture of author's nationality and/or where (all or some of) the action takes place.

Europe 6 out of 6 - COMPLETED - 21st March
Book 1: Switzerland - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8362586 - The Gun Seller [some action in Switzerland]
Book 2: Turkey - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7875884
- Petrified [Whole book set in Istanbul]
Book 3: United Kingdom - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7802752 - The Behaviour of Moths [action & author]
Book 4: Czechoslovakia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6381910 - I Served the King of England [action & author]
Book 5: Austria - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6053571 - The Fig Eater [set mostly in Vienna]
Book 6: Poland/Germany (then) - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7455169 - Cat and Mouse [action & author]


Africa - 4 out of 6 - as 9th May

Book 1: Morocco - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8268109 - The Immoralist
[some action occurs in Tangier]
Book 2: Sudan - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3991956 - One Hit Wonderland [some action in Khartoum]
Book 3: Nigeria - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8144114 - Things Fall Apart
[action & author]
Book 4: South Africa http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4239738 - The White Giraffe [action & author]

Book 5:
Book 6:

Asia - 3 out of 6 as at 9th May

Book 1: Cyprus - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4628917 - The Mother-in-Law [some action occurs in Cyprus]
Book 2: Laos - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7766388 - Thirty-three
Teeth [all of book set in Laos]
Book 3: Pakistan - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9724378 - The Reluctant Fundamentalist [action & author]
Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

North America - 3 out of 6 as at 9th May
Book 1: USA - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7208091 - Mucho Mojo [action & author]
Book 2: Mexico - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8408043 - The Night Buffalo [action & author]
Book 3: Canada - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/741660 - The Stone Diaries [some action in Canada]

Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

Oceania - 1 out of 6 as at 21st March

Book 1: New Zealand - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8109830
-the book of fame [author]
Book 2:
Book 3:
Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

South America 2 out of 6 as at 9th May
Book 1: Brzail - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8516079
- By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept [author]
Book 2: Argentina - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6673629 [author]

Book 3:
Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

 

Sudan - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3991956 - One Hit Wonderland [some action in Khartoum]

hmmmm, that's rather a weak link to a country considering the guy travels around many countries in the book...you might as well state it was set in The Netherlands or the UK.

 

CONTINENT: Asia
1. JAPAN: Inspector Imanishi Investigates -- Seicho Matsumoto(313 pages)
2. LAOS: Thirty-three Teeth by Colin Cotterill (298 pages)


CONTINENT: Europe
1. IRELAND: Green Shadows, White Whale -- Ray Bradbury (266 pages)
2. FRANCE: Maigret and the Wine Merchant -- Georges Simenon (166 pages)
3. GERMANY: Those Who Save Us -- Jenna Blum (479 pages)

CONTINENT: Africa
1. GABON: On the Edge of the Primeval Forest & More From the Primeval Forest -- Albert Schweitzer (127 pages each, 254 total)
2. NIGERIA: No Longer at Ease -- Chinua Achebe (159 pages) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8568002/

CONTINENT: Oceania
1. AUSTRALIA: Lost in Rooville -- Ray Blackston (298 pages)

CONTINENT: North America
1. CANADA: The Bird Artist, by Howard Norman (298 pages)
2. MEXICO: Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel (241 pages)

 

Anyone got any idea what to do about the Antarctic? Can it be included in Oceania? Help!

 

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