My apologies for being so absent from my own thread, but I am glad to see you're all keeping one another entertained.
Unfortunately my prediction is that I will still be trying to plug away at this challenge in 2014 the way I am going!! Having moved (again) state and left 11 of my 15 boxes of books 5 days drive away I am starting to find that my dearly beloved randomly put the 4 boxes in the car when we left rather than paying careful attention to the big writing in black marker pen - as instructed!
Most recently I knocked off Gil Courtemanche's A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali which ticked off Canada (as I am doing my challenge by the author's birthplace) and which is set in Rwanda. Wow that was a struggle. Gave me very similar feelings described by babydoll857. The books starts off great with a nice love affair between an elder Canadian expatriate and a young Rwandan, but then rapidly becomes more focused on the county's tragedy of AIDS and the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This took over 4 weeks to read - which is VERY unlike me.
I am glad I read it, as it has given me a greater understanding of the topics it covers, but it definately had me eying up the Marian Keyes!!
There seems to be a common theame between us that people are struggling with Oceana. Being a Brit in Australia I must share with you that 99% of books around today can be purchased for $0.01 on Amazon.com or £0.01 on Amazon.co.uk
Also a good tool for search titles by country is : http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/countries/
Here are some suggestions:
Very popular right now (and about to come out as a mini TV series) is "The Slap" by Christos Tsiolkas (2008). Tsiolkas is a Greek-Australian author, was born in and grew up in Melbourne, Australia. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, this title is an international bestseller. "At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly 3-year-old boy. The boy is not his son. It is a single act of violence, but this one slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen"
Tim Winton is a world wide known artist - born in Australia - He is the author of eighteen books for adults and children.
Karen Foxlee wrote an absolute cracker of a first novel - The Anatomy of Wings (2009). Karen Foxlee was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia. Ten-year-old Jennifer Day lives in a small mining town full of secrets. Trying to make sense of the sudden death of her teenage sister, Beth, she looks to the adult world around her for answers.
"Tomorrow, When the War Began" I believe has now been released as a movie, however this is the first book in the series of John Marsden's "Tomorrow" series - 7 books in total. Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive - now I know it sounds a bit out there, but trust me, after Rwandan genocide, it's really rather good.
Marsden was born in Australia.
Perhaps we could all give a few suggestions of books from our own country, or country we live in?