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

Geographically you could wrangle it where ever you wantedI suppose, I would be inclined to include it for Pacifica in this challenge because it's so hard to find books from that region.

 

Geographically you could wrangle it where ever you wantedI suppose, I would be inclined to include it for Pacifica in this challenge because it's so hard to find books from that region.


Gosh - never heard of Pacifica before (great name though!) I was thinking of reading a book about Scott's doomed expedition to the Antarctic that I've had sitting around on my bookshelves (and slightly chewed by a puppy) for ages but never got around to reading. But as it was somewhere so exotic, I was rather hoping to fit it in the 666 if possible. I think it may be an Oceania candidate. I've got New Zealand ticked off, Australia will be easy, but after that it's a bit of a nightmare.....

 

Geographically you could wrangle it where ever you wantedI suppose, I would be inclined to include it for Pacifica in this challenge because it's so hard to find books from that region.


Just want to let you know that I think Antarctica can be included in Oceania. I am still looking for two books for this category and I think that reading a book set in Artarctica would be appropriate for this category.

 

Hmmm I thought it was its own continient? Have you found a good book from/set there?

 

Hmmm I thought it was its own continient? Have you found a good book from/set there?

Yeah, but J4shaw (who set up this challenge) said "But for this challenge, my chosen 6 'continents' are AFRICA, ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA), OCEANIA, EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN), SOUTH AMERICA" So basically they dropped Antartica.

There are some scientific books set there. I can't remember reading anything set there but goodreads has a list http://www.goodreads.com/---/112-antarctica

 

Yeah, but J4shaw (who set up this challenge) said "But for this challenge, my chosen 6 'continents' are AFRICA, ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA), OCEANIA, EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN), SOUTH AMERICA" So basically they dropped Antartica.


Sorry for not responding sooner.
NOTE: Only countries recognized (as such) by the United Nations are listed, not dependencies and/or territories.

Regarding England, Scotland and Wales, though considered individual countries, they are all a part of the United Kingdom (UK), a European country, and therefore included within the United Kingdom on the list below.

See if this helps http://www.worldatlas.com/cntycont.htm

 

katrinat 10 yrs ago
Vietnam
Night, Again is a selection of contemporary stories from Vietnam, as with many collections of stories there were some I really enjoyed and others I wasn't so fussed by. I've been to Vietnam, and Hanoi where many of the stories were set but for some reason I often had a picture of London in my head when they described the city.

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
5. Vietnam
Night, Again: Contemporary fiction from Vietnam
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6777162



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

 

And since two out of three countries are in Asia, I'm putting it in the Asia category under Indonesia.

 


So far I have completed (17/36)


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
4. Australia: March by Geraldine Brooks
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512758
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

 

Alexander Smith McCall was born in Zimbabwe - just in case you need that country :-)

 

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/

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.

 

I have two books from Africa, one set in Nairobi and one in Botswana. Would anyone like to trade for these books for any books set in either Pacifica (not New Zealand or Australia), South America, or North America (not USA)?

1) Nairobi - Moon by Jeremy Gavron http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8548455 (set in Nairobi, unsure where author is from)

2) Botswana - Maru by Bessie Head http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7319420 (Set in Botswana, author born in South Africa and lived in Botswana for 22 years)

 

But hopefully someone will take you up on your kind offer. I'm counting my countries by where the author was born.

 

And 21 read, total, out of 36 needed.

Africa
Book 1: Assia Djebar, Algerian White (Algeria)
Book 2: Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love (Egypt)
Book 3: Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (Zimbabwe)
Book 4: Philippa Gregory, A Respectable Trade (Kenya)
Book 5: Thomas Mofolo, Chaka (Lesotho)
Book 6: Nathacha Appanah, The Last Brother (Mauritius)

"Nervous Conditions" edged out "The Last Brother" as my favorite. "A Respectable Trade" would be dead last. I wouldn't recommend it to ANYONE. The others were still pretty good.

 

22/36, total.

Europe
Book 1: Charles Dickens, Bleak House (England/UK)
Book 2: Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa (Denmark)
Book 3: Jenny Erpenbeck, Visitation (Germany)
Book 4: Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver (Finland)
Book 5: Tea Obreht, The Tiger's Wife (Serbia)
Book 6: Per Petterson, I Curse the River of Time (Norway)

My favorite was "Visitation." Least favorite was "Out of Africa."

 

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/

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

South America
1. Brazil, 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.

 

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/

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

South America
1. Brazil, 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

 

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Bruchko by Bruce Olson, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/

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

 

All of my 'counts' are valued as where the author is from
Source used for Countries Listed By Continent:
http://www.worldatlas.com/cntycont.htm

I am pleased to say that almost half way through the time frame for the challenge (as well as 2011) my most recent read 'The Harmony Silk Factory' is the 1st book of the challenge (and year) that I have honestly 100% enjoyed!

Not much progress at my end what with moving state for the 3rd time in 6 months...but here are my reads so far:

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


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


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

Book 3:
COUNTRY: India
AUTHOR: Raj Kamal Jha
BOOK: The Blue Bedspread
YEAR: 2000
PAGES: 209
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9888594

Book 4
COUNTRY: Taiwan
AUTHOR: Tash Aw
BOOK: The Harmony Silk Factory
YEAR: 2005
PAGES: 362
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7251216


SOUTH AMERICA:

OCEANIA:

EUROPE:

 

I've read a few stinkers myself. Glad to hear you've found a good one! I'll have to see if my library has it.

 

How's everyone doing? I was on a streak for awhile, but I've slowed down recently. I'm convinced I'm going to finish, even if Oceania is shaping up to be quite a challenge. I think I'm going to have to purchase a few books in order to complete that region, since even my library doesn't have them.

 

How's everyone doing? I was on a streak for awhile, but I've slowed down recently.

Not so well, I've had a lot of books I've had to read for various reasons that are either set in a fantasy setting or in England/USA.

I've enjoyed reading more books set in Africa. I read a short story (Mari) that had such a different structure from what I'm used to that just the process of the story being told was fascinating.

I must admit I'd enjoy this thread more if there was a bit more discussion, and not just endless repostings of long lists of books (the edit function people, it's there for just this reason!!)

 

How's everyone doing? I was on a streak for awhile, but I've slowed down recently.


I've recently slowed down, too - mainly due to bookrings and general RL issues. I'm halfway through with the challenge though, which I hadn't expected when I started it, so I guess I'm doing pretty well. For me, Oceania is going to be a struggle, too. But I'm quite confident that I'll at least complete the other continents even though I haven't read any African books so far this year.

 

I've only read 11, and have three more or less in progress. I did think I'd be further along by now. How time does get away!

Is there a way to view the forum so that we can see posts that have been edited? Just wondering.. I don't really mind the list reposting personally, as long as the poster indicates what the update is, because I don't necessarily see an edited post if it's on an earlier page. Maybe that's just me though!

 

Is there a way to view the forum so that we can see posts that have been edited? Just wondering.. I don't really mind the list reposting personally, as long as the poster indicates what the update is, because I don't necessarily see an edited post if it's on an earlier page. Maybe that's just me though!


I don't know that there's a way to just see edited posts. That would be nice, though. I update the title of my post with the number of books I've read (xx/36). But I don't really think that anyone is paying that much attention to my number creeping higher! I don't really mind reposting the lists, but I *do* wish we could get a bit more discussion on this thread.

 

I'm slowing down too, due to other books jumping in the way. I do have some for this challenge - when done, I will cross post here and in the rabck thread, so 666 folks stuggling with some countries can get soem sent their way. Two of my local abxc'rs are in this challenge too, so I've picked up some books, esp for Oceania, there.

 

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/
6. Denmark, I Am David by Anne Holm
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6572214/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569
3. South Africa, Instrument of thy Peace by Alan Paton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9770489/

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Colombia, Bruchko by Bruce Olson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/
3. Peru, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897789

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

 

Like others have commented, I have been slowing down in my completion of this challenge. But I am still optimistic I can get it done.

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

CONTINENT: Europe
1. IRELAND: Green Shadows, White Whale -- Ray Bradbury
2. FRANCE: Maigret and the Wine Merchant -- Georges Simenon
3. GERMANY: Those Who Save Us -- Jenna Blum
4. ITALY: Death at La Fenice -- Donna Leon http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8218697/

CONTINENT: Africa
1. GABON: On the Edge of the Primeval Forest & More From the Primeval Forest -- Albert Schweitzer
2. NIGERIA: No Longer at Ease -- Chinua Achebe

CONTINENT: Oceania
1. AUSTRALIA: Lost in Rooville -- Ray Blackston

CONTINENT: North America
1. CANADA: The Bird Artist, by Howard Norman
2. MEXICO: Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
3. USA: Reservation Blues, by Sherman Alexie http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7989348/

Out of all the books I have read so far, I think Green Shadows, White Whale (the first one I finished) was my favorite. I also really enjoyed the mysteries set in other countries and would recommend them to anyone looking for a change without it being something heavy.

 

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/
6. Denmark, I Am David by Anne Holm
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6572214/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569
3. South Africa, Instrument of thy Peace by Alan Paton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9770489/
4. Ethiopia, The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896050/

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Colombia, Bruchko by Bruce Olson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/
3. Peru, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897789

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

 

Ireland and Botswana done.

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

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

SOUTH AMERICA
1 - Colombia - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Memories of my melancholy whores http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7791940/

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
3 - BOTSWANA - Alexander McCall Smith - The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10021447

EUROPE
1 IRELAND - Mave Binchy- Star Sullivan

 

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

I'm fairly pleased with my progress so far, but will have to pull my finger out on North & South America and, as prediceted at the outset, Oceania.

Europe 6 out of 6 as at 22nd June

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 22nd June

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 - 5 out of 6 as at 22nd June

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 [author & action]
Book 4: Indonesia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7867528 - Cargo Fever [all of book set in Indonesia]
Book 5:India - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6067907 - A Fine Balance - [all of book set in India]

Book 6:

North America - 3 out of 6 as at 22nd June

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/---/5741660 - The Stone Diaries [some of action set on Canada]

Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

Oceania - 2 out of 6 as at 22nd June

Book 1: New Zealand - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8109830
-the book of fame [author]
Book 2: Australia Vodka Doesn't Freeze - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9818476
[action & author]
Book 3:
Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

South America 2 out of 6 as at 22nd June

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 - The Oxford Murders [author]

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

 

Actually the jungles of Costa Rica with Walking with Wolf......slow progress on this challenge, I keep getting distracted. Anyone else having this trouble?

 

Anyone else having this trouble?

I still seem to be stuck in the same countries again and again. Maybe I should start reading some short stories set in various South American countries, that would help me fulfill this challenge.

 

Anyone else having this trouble?

I still seem to be stuck in the same countries again and again. Maybe I should start reading some short stories set in various South American countries, that would help me fulfill this challenge.


Save the short stories for December when you're getting really desperate!!

 

......slow progress on this challenge, I keep getting distracted. Anyone else having this trouble?


Yes, I'm not barrelling through as I thought I would.... a lot of the world literature I've acquired is on the heavier side, so I read one and then feel like I need something lighter in between, and I'm no power reader. And then there's reading for various swaps or VBBs, etc.

I'm beginning to think that I may remove the time limit for my reading. I probably won't meet the end of the year deadline, but I've already acquired books for the challenge through paperbackswap and the 1001-library, so why not just keep going till I'm done?

 



I'm beginning to think that I may remove the time limit for my reading. I probably won't meet the end of the year deadline, but I've already acquired books for the challenge through paperbackswap and the 1001-library, so why not just keep going till I'm done?


That is how I am feeling as well. I like that the challenge is getting me to look at authors I might not have come across, or to finally sit down and read those that I have been meaning to get to one day. But I doubt I will read 36 in one year. I might rather make it a 2 or 3 year challenge. Or just keep going until I am done, as with some other challenges I am doing.

 

......slow progress on this challenge, I keep getting distracted. Anyone else having this trouble?


Yes, I'm not barrelling through as I thought I would.... a lot of the world literature I've acquired is on the heavier side, so I read one and then feel like I need something lighter in between, and I'm no power reader. And then there's reading for various swaps or VBBs, etc.

I'm beginning to think that I may remove the time limit for my reading. I probably won't meet the end of the year deadline, but I've already acquired books for the challenge through paperbackswap and the 1001-library, so why not just keep going till I'm done?


That's exactly what I plan to do. I just hope it doesn't take up the whole of 2012 too!

 

OK even I am not really interested in re-reading my own list of what I've read so far, so I am going to revamp my format for listing my books read to create a slimline version. We do need more discusson of world literature on this thread which is surely why we're all doing this challenge in the first place - not to make a nice list (although nice lists are satisfying). Personally I have found which world literature I don't really connect with and unfortunately am reading the same genre of book for the second time at the moment.

I read Things Fall Apart which I've always seen in the library and been interested in but not interested enough to actually read the thing. So I joined up for a bookring and made myself read it (after a couple of 'gentle' reminders to get a move on with such a thin book please!) Thin it might be but I found myself only able to read a few pages at a time so it took forever. About 20 pages from the end when I was actually getting into it (probably because the finishing line was in sight) I lost the book in the house and couldn't find it for a few days. This was no good - I had to finish this story and get it over with so I borrowed a copy from the library to finish it! Thankfully the bookring copy then turned up later and I sent it on. Well written and interesting as it is, books describing horrific deprivations of human rights for women and children as part of a culture are so difficult for me to stomach and I wish I'd never read the thing as I still have images of the twin babies being left to die in the forest in my head, as well as various other horrors. I think it is told in a way which is supposed to be shocking and I must repeat that the craft of this book is superb, but it's not something I want to read. Anyway Nigeria is now ticked off the Africa 6, and I started Mema which is Gabonese. And it's the same sort of thing. It's a very very slim novel which tempts me to continue but I know there will be similar issues for me to deal with in it.

SO fellow 666ers - should I continue and tick off another country or abandon and find an alternative which is less awful? Don't get me wrong, I can read about torture, rape, murder and other horrors in fiction, it's just this style of African novel which gives me such disquiet about these subjects. I can only compare it to the film Lilya 4Ever if anyone's seen that - equally stamped on my brain and I saw it about 6 years ago. Also, please can you suggest some African books which are completely different to this style? I have Out of Africa and a J. M. Coetzee lined up but still need a couple more.

More discussion please about the books this challenge has made you read when you just wanted to open a Marian Keyes!!!

 

wingkiwiinenglandwing 9 yrs ago
Africa
Also, please can you suggest some African books which are completely different to this style? I have Out of Africa and a J. M. Coetzee lined up but still need a couple more.

I've read two books set in Africa for this challenge this year, Moon by Jeremy Gavron concerned the change time in history when white rule was being questioned. It was set in Nairobi but you've already covered this country.

Maru by Bessie Head was set in Botswana. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7319420/ It was written in the 1950's. Although I found it slightly confusing, especially as it was a short story, I was fascinated with how it was written. The structure of the story was very different from those written by Europeans/North Americans. I think the cultural assumptions the author made about the reader, eg what myths they knew about, what sort of houses existed, made reading the story a very cultural education.

Last year I read a book set in Libya, In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8306414/ It deals with living in a country under a dictatorship, so still not really all joy and light. But it does show that Africa is a huge country with totally different religions/cultures in the coutries.

 

Also, please can you suggest some African books which are completely different to this style? I have Out of Africa and a J. M. Coetzee lined up but still need a couple more.

I've read two books set in Africa for this challenge this year, Moon by Jeremy Gavron concerned the change time in history when white rule was being questioned. It was set in Nairobi but you've already covered this country.

Maru by Bessie Head was set in Botswana. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7319420/ It was written in the 1950's. Although I found it slightly confusing, especially as it was a short story, I was fascinated with how it was written. The structure of the story was very different from those written by Europeans/North Americans. I think the cultural assumptions the author made about the reader, eg what myths they knew about, what sort of houses existed, made reading the story a very cultural education.

Last year I read a book set in Libya, In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8306414/ It deals with living in a country under a dictatorship, so still not really all joy and light. But it does show that Africa is a huge country with totally different religions/cultures in the coutries.


No n no no no no noooooooooo - these all sound like exactly the same type of book that I am coming to despise. I know Africa is different to Europe with different cultures and traditions that we trample all over. Can I read about something different in an African book please? More suggestions needed! (and I haven't read anything from Nairobi)

 

Okay, I think I may have a few. I've put the author's birth country in parentheses.

"Aya" by Marguerite Abouet. It's a graphic novel set in the Ivory Coast in 1970. It's about the lives of several young adult women. It's cute, pretty light-hearted, and the drawings are charming. (Ivory Coast)

"Algerian White" by Assia Djebar is non-fiction, and centers on the author's remeberances of her literary friends who have passed. Not exactly uplifting, but interesting and different. Also, it's from Algeria, which has been in the news lately. (Algeria)

"Nervous Conditions" by Tsitsi Dangarembga. Great strong female characters. This one seems to some up on a lot of people's lists. (Zimbabwe)

Other than that, the books I read are on the depressing side. That's just what I'm drawn to most often. If you're interested at all, I liked "Infidel," non-fiction/memoir by Ayaan Hirshi Ali (Somalia). There's some serious mistreatment of women, especially female genital mutilation. I also thought "The Last Brother" by Nathacha Appanah was fascinating. It's about a Jewish holding area (can't think of the right word right now) on the island of Mauritius during WWII. It's also got some depressing stuff (including an abusive husband), as you can imagine, but the style is totally different than "Things Fall Apart."

I have to say that I HATED "Out of Africa" with the passion of 1000 fiery suns - and this from someone who enjoyed the movie. It. Was. So. Racist. Be warned that there are numerous instances where the author compares the "natives" to various members of the animal kingdom. In a "nice" way, of course.

Whew. Hope some of that helps!

 

I haven't read any of these, but I've heard The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is pretty good. They're mysteries. The author is Alexander McCall Smith he was born in what is now Zimbabwe, and the books are set in Botswana. They seem to be lighter, less serious reads.

And Philippa Gregory was born in Kenya, although her books are usually set in Great Britain.

 

I've heard The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is pretty good. They're mysteries. The author is Alexander McCall Smith he was born in what is now Zimbabwe, and the books are set in Botswana. They seem to be lighter, less serious reads.

I think these books are shite...but they are definately ligher and less serious reads. They also have characters with as much depth as an 11 year old could create. But if you do enjoy Marian Keyes babydoll857 then I reckon McCall Smith is probably what you're looking for.

 

Can I read about something different in an African book please? More suggestions needed!


I'll have a think and get back to you, mainly with recommendations for books from South Africa.

 

Agatha Christie wrote some books that are set in Africa.

"Death on the Nile" and "Death Comes as the End"

Also, Elizabeth Peters wrote a lot of books set in Eqypt.

M. M. Kaye has also written a number of books set in Africa and Asia. "Death in Kenya", for example. I have not read any of her books, but they have been recommended to me.

By the way, I enjoyed the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Series. I liked the pace of the books and I believe that the author did this on purpose.

 

My book for South Africa was Just Dessert, Dear by Marita van der Vyver - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9911009

It was wonderful - smart, funny, moving, sad. It is clearly set in South Africa, and touches on a lot of local issues, but it is focussed on a woman who is rebuilding her life after a divorce. Marita van der Vyver has written a lot of novels and all the ones I have read have been lovely. Entertaining Angels is my favourite.

If you like crime fiction you could try Margie Orford. She was born in Namibia but lives in South Africa so you could claim her for either country.

Some South African authors I have read recently and really enjoyed are: Fiona Snyckers, Edyth Bulbring, Ivan Vladislavic (busy reading now), Lauren Beukes, Rosamund Kendall, Kopano Matlwa, Zukiswa Wanner and Lily Herne (a zombie novel set in Cape Town:)

 

Lily Herne (a zombie novel set in Cape Town:)

now that sounds fun!!

 

klaradyn 9 yrs ago
RE: Africa
I've read two books set in Africa for this challenge this year, Moon by Jeremy Gavron concerned the change time in history when white rule was being questioned. It was set in Nairobi but you've already covered this country.


Nairobi isn't a country. It's a city in the country of Kenya.

 

I noticed both "Mema" and "Things Fall Apart" are part of the African Writers Series. I would suggest trying to find books that were written more recently. The AWS is mainly focused on books written in the 1960s & 1970s (I think). Styles have changed a lot since then.

 

I keep changing my mind about what I WANT to read & sometimes am going with where an author was BORN, instead of the setting of the book (WAY too much mayhem in a lot of the books already - it's getting depressing)

For example, I see Alexander McCall Smith popping up as a good to read author on many threads, but I've never read any of his books - but he was born in Zimbabwe (little trivia there), so I *might* read and count one of his books.

I agree with others above - I'm now at 17/36. I REALLY doubt I will be done by 12/31 - but do want to keep going. I'm just too distracted by life and other challenges going on.

 

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/
3. The Bahamas, Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8591653/

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/
6. Denmark, I Am David by Anne Holm
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6572214/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569
3. South Africa, Instrument of thy Peace by Alan Paton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9770489/
4. Ethiopia, The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896050/

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Colombia, Bruchko by Bruce Olson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/
3. Peru, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897789

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/
3. The Bahamas, Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8591653/

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/
6. Denmark, I Am David by Anne Holm
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6572214/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569
3. South Africa, Instrument of thy Peace by Alan Paton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9770489/
4. Ethiopia, The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896050/
5. Egypt, Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7398071/

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Colombia, Bruchko by Bruce Olson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/
3. Peru, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897789

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

 

Well I got to the end of 'Mema' so that's Gabon ticked off. And that's about all I can say about this book except that it was mercifully short! I'm not necessarily looking for a light read aka Alexander McCall Smith but just something a bit more unusual than these typical African novels. And just for the record I've never read anything by Marian Keyes - this was just a flippant example!However I might read No. 1 Detective Ladies Agency as it seems a good time to read it and see what all the fuss was about as well as crossing off another African country. Thanks for the suggestions.

 

...is not very good! Unfortunately so far my favourite read by a long way is my UK choice - The Buddha of Suburbia! This does not bode well for choosing world fiction over homegrown in the future. However, I still have a long way to go.

Africa
Book 1: The Yacoubian Building - Alaa Al Aswany (Egypt)
Book 2: Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
Book 3: Mema – Daniel Mengara (Gabon)

Asia
Book 1: The Writing on my Forehead - Nafisa Haji (Pakistan)

Europe
Book 1: The Buddha of Suburbia - Hanif Kureishi (UK)
Book 2: Dreamers - Knut Hamsun (Norway)
Book 3: The Library of Shadows – Mikkel Birkegaard (Denmark)

North America
Book 1: Drown - Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic)
Book 2: Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously – Julie Powell (USA)

 

Nepal: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer: Extraordinary account of climbing Mt Everest with a guided adventure team in 1996, which lost 5 people in the "summitting". The author takes you into the story, so you feel that you are climbing alongside him, feeling what he is. The book leaves a lot unanswered for the reader - is climbing Mt Everest with guides too "easy", and getting too popular, to the detriment of human life on the mountain?

Updating the "list" - and this book will be going out in a bookbox.

 

With the discussions of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency going on I decided I should finally read it. McCall Smith is useful as he was born in Zimbabwe, lived in Botswana then moved to Scotland. And has written about Botswana and Scotland, so you could claim him three places. I have a Zimbabwe book (Yvonne Vera) waiting, and am going more with setting than place of birth so will put him down for Botswana.

It was a nice, quick read, light entertainment rather than serious literary engagement. But sometimes that is what you want. It is more a cosy (or, African oral storytelling style) than a detective thriller, with the stories being more about the people than the actual cases.

For Ireland I read Maeve Binchy - Star Sullivan. Another quick read, without much depth. I enjoyed it but found the ending a bit arbitary. But as a simple story, and quite short, it is ideal to wild release (I live in a town where most people speak English as a second or third language, so try to release easy reading books - my small contribution to combating illiteracy:)

 

katrinat 9 yrs ago
An update
I completed Europe with a German read, a teeny novella by Patrick Suskind (author of Perfume), Pigeon was a strange little book about the way that one man's day is completely ruined when he finds a Pigeon at his door.
Wild Swans helped me finish Asia by ticking China off the list, unlike Pigeon this was a doorstop of a book looking at the lives of 3 women in Chinese history including the Cultural Revolution.
Alejo Carpentier's The Kingdom of this World is a magical realist novel typical of Latin America, this Cuban writer sets the story on an imagined island. I was surprised to finish this book as generally I felt lost for large sections.
And I finally ventured into South America with Jorge Amado's Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon. Another doorstop of a book, which I largely enjoyed but felt that it could have done with a lot of editing. I'm really surprised not to have got far with this continent as I love South American authors.


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
4. Cuba
The Kingdom of this World
Alejo Carpentier

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
6 Germany
Pigeon, Patrick Suskind


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
5. Vietnam
Night, Again: Contemporary fiction from Vietnam
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6777162
6. China
Wild Swans
Jung Chang



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


CONTIENT: South America
1. Country: Brazi
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon
Jorge Amado

 

I read a Jorge Amada for this challenge as well. I liked it a lot. Like you, I'm surprised I haven't gotten further with South America. I tend to enjoy books from this region.

 

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/
3. The Bahamas, Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8591653/

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/
6. Denmark, I Am David by Anne Holm
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6572214/

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/
3. The Marshall Islands, The Bomb by Theodore Taylor
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897852/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569
3. South Africa, Instrument of thy Peace by Alan Paton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9770489/
4. Ethiopia, The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896050/
5. Egypt, Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7398071/
6. Sudan, The Whales in Lake Tanganyka by Lennart Hagerfors
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7900354/

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Colombia, Bruchko by Bruce Olson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/
3. Peru, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897789

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

 

Thanks for the list tabby-cat. You have a few from south american countries that I've struggled to match with books....may try one or two of yours.

 

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/
3. The Bahamas, Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8591653/
4. Myal by Erna Brodber
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897811/

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/
6. Denmark, I Am David by Anne Holm
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6572214/

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/
3. The Marshall Islands, The Bomb by Theodore Taylor
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897852/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569
3. South Africa, Instrument of thy Peace by Alan Paton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9770489/
4. Ethiopia, The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896050/
5. Egypt, Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7398071/
6. Sudan, The Whales in Lake Tanganyka by Lennart Hagerfors
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7900354/

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Colombia, Bruchko by Bruce Olson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/
3. Peru, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897789

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/
3. The Bahamas, Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8591653/
4. Jamaica, Myal by Erna Brodber
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897811/
5. Cuba, Finding Manana--A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus by Mirta Ojito
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9980455/

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/
6. Denmark, I Am David by Anne Holm
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6572214/

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/
3. The Marshall Islands, The Bomb by Theodore Taylor
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897852/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569
3. South Africa, Instrument of thy Peace by Alan Paton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9770489/
4. Ethiopia, The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896050/
5. Egypt, Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7398071/
6. Sudan, The Whales in Lake Tanganyka by Lennart Hagerfors
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7900354/

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Colombia, Bruchko by Bruce Olson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/
3. Peru, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897789

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/
3. The Bahamas, Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8591653/
4. Jamaica, Myal by Erna Brodber
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897811/
5. Cuba, Finding Manana--A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus by Mirta Ojito
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9980455/

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/
6. Denmark, I Am David by Anne Holm
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6572214/

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/
3. The Marshall Islands, The Bomb by Theodore Taylor
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897852/
4. Papua New Guinea, Mission Possible by Marilyn Laszlo and Luci Thomas
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10038837

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569
3. South Africa, Instrument of thy Peace by Alan Paton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9770489/
4. Ethiopia, The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896050/
5. Egypt, Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7398071/
6. Sudan, The Whales in Lake Tanganyka by Lennart Hagerfors
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7900354/

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Colombia, Bruchko by Bruce Olson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/
3. Peru, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897789

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/
3. The Bahamas, Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8591653/
4. Jamaica, Myal by Erna Brodber
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897811/
5. Cuba, Finding Manana--A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus by Mirta Ojito
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9980455/

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/
6. Denmark, I Am David by Anne Holm
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6572214/

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/
3. The Marshall Islands, The Bomb by Theodore Taylor
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897852/
4. Papua New Guinea, Mission Possible by Marilyn Laszlo and Luci Thomas
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10038837

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/
6. India, The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6094350

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569
3. South Africa, Instrument of thy Peace by Alan Paton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9770489/
4. Ethiopia, The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896050/
5. Egypt, Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7398071/
6. Sudan, The Whales in Lake Tanganyka by Lennart Hagerfors
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7900354/

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Colombia, Bruchko by Bruce Olson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/
3. Peru, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897789

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




 

Well, I think I'll definately finish two continients (Asia and Europe), but the rest I'm sort of struggling with. I'm going to aim to finish Africa also by the end of the year. Poor old Pacifica hasn't even had one book read from it on my list :(

 

Poor old Pacifica hasn't even had one book read from it on my list :(


I haven't read anything from that region either, but I have some waiting to be read. The real surprise to me was that I don't seem to have one book from South America in my entire collection!

 

I haven't read anything from that region either, but I have some waiting to be read.

I have a book set in New Zealand, and another in Australia. But none from other places...
The real surprise to me was that I don't seem to have one book from South America in my entire collection!

I have a large book set in Guatemala set aside for this challenge.

Until a few years ago I didn't really read books set in Asia, but now they seem to be a large part of my reading. Perhaps this challenge will help me introduce another continent into my reading habits. I am begining to find myself more interested in books set in Africa since starting this challenge, so that's a good thing.

 

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve. I had no idea the setting was Kenya until I started the book, which I picked up at the library because she's one of my favorite authors.

 

For New Zealand I read a murder thriller that's sort of like Dexter called The Cleaner by Paul Cleave. It's in first person from the serial killers point of view. The miscommunication's that occurred gave it humour and it was a fast, interesting read. It was set in Christchurch, where the bookcrossing convention was held a couple of years ago. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6890851/

And for Australia I read Joan Makes History by Kate Grenville, which takes aspects of Australia's history since Captain Cook arrived 200 odd years ago and placed a female character as an observer into each snippet of history. I think you'd need a knowledge of famous parts of Australian history (ie if you were educated there) to really enjoy this book. I could remember enough to find it fascinating. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7888293/

So I only need to locate four more books based on small pacific islands or Antartica and I'll have finished a continent.

How is everyone else going?

 

How is everyone else going?


Here is where I record my progress:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7147915

Doing OK for 4 of the continents/areas, but as you can see Oceania/Pacifica and South America are both looking woefully empty. I have some books lined up for the former, but NOTHING for the latter. As I've said before, I was really astounded to realise that I don't have a single book from South America in my house, neither in my personal collection nor on my BC shelves.

I've read some interesting books so far for the challenge. Top of the list would probably be The Caliph's House (Morocco), An Ordinary Man (Rwanda), Freedom (USA), Nothing to Envy (North Korea) and Gordel van Smarag (Indonesia).

 

An Ordinary Man (Rwanda),

I read that a couple of years ago, and found it very interesting. All the negotiations to try and keep people alive. And the author didn't try and paint himself as totally good, the culture of bribery and corruption was what he also used to survive.

 

And the author didn't try and paint himself as totally good, the culture of bribery and corruption was what he also used to survive.


This was one of the things I liked about the book – that he acknowledged the existence of "moral grey areas" where sometimes it is necessary to do something less than ethical for the greater good. This is connected to the conclusion, where he writes about his opinion that the "default position" of humanity is NOT evil (something else I liked).

Gordel van Smarag was also very good, such a pity that it is not available in translation. The author, Elsa Joubert, is one of my favourites, and some of her novels are available in English. I highly recommend any that you may come across.

 

The author, Elsa Joubert, is one of my favourites, and some of her novels are available in English. I highly recommend any that you may come across.

Thanks, I'll try and keep an eye out for them.

 

How is everyone else going?


I'm chugging away. I just finished North America with Nalo Hopkinson's "The Salt Roads."

My list so far is here: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7104995

Oceania is, of course, difficult. I have 3 left for that region, 3 for South America, and one for Asia. I'm making things even harder on myself because I'm only counting books that are written by authors born in the countries.

This challenge has really opened my eyes to the difficulty of getting world literature. It's a shame, because there are talented writers from all over, not just North American and Europe.

 

Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga - I totally agree with the rave reviews! It was excellent! I didn't get into it right away, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. This is set in Zimbabwe, for anyone who's been struggling with Africa.

I just updated my list and am at 16/36. My worst so far is South America - I've only read one from there. Oceania is, weirdly, keeping pace with the other continents at 3/6. However, I did feel that the one I just added, The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham, was cheating a little bit, since only about 40 pages or so, if that, were actually set in Tahiti. Then I figured since it's a personal challenge with nothing to win, it's not possible to cheat. :D

 

the last North America read from the TBR shelf to see if I can polish off another continent at least.

Yes, Oceania is tough. I kept coming up with Tahiti, Guam and other islands that are NOT part of Oceania. South America is another one that I will sneak a peek at the lists of others and order from the library :-)

 

I don't really know how to decide whether something is or is not "Oceania." I mean, is Oceania supposed to be a continent? Or a region? I'm counting it as a region, because in my American educational upbringing, there is no Oceania continent. Plus, I can play a little looser with what qualifies. I'm working of a list for the 2012 Olympic Challenge, and it includes Guam.

Okay, now I've checked the always reliable (ha) wikipedia, which, as I thought, explains that there are different conceptions of Oceania. This is not to say that anyone is "wrong" for deciding whether or not to count a country as part of any particular continent. Just the opposite, in fact. http://en.wikipedia.org/---/Oceania

 

Mine are a mixture of author's nationality and/or where (all or some of) the action takes place. I've completed 2 of the continents, but need to do better with North America and, as anticipated I still have grave concerns about completing Oceania.

Europe 6 out of 6

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 - 5 out of 6 as at 8th September

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: Rhodesia(Zimbabwe) - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4239738 - The White Giraffe - [author]
Book 5: South Africa - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10102262 - The Quarry - [action & author]
Book 6:

Asia - 6 out of 6

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 [author & action]
Book 4: Indonesia - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7867528 - Cargo Fever [all of book set in Indonesia]
Book 5:India - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6067907 - A Fine Balance - [all of book set in India]
Book 6:Japan - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10013532 - Silk - [plenty of the book's action set in Japan]


North America - 4 out of 6 as at 8th September

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/---/5741660 - The Stone Diaries [some of action set in Canada]
Book 4: Cuba http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/0 - To Have and Have Not[some of action set on Cuba]
Book 5:
Book 6:

Oceania - 2 out of 6 as at 8th September
Book 1: New Zealand - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8109830
-the book of fame [author]
Book 2: Australia Vodka Doesn't Freeze - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9818476
[action & author]
Book 3:
Book 4:
Book 5:
Book 6:

South America 4 out of 6 as at 8th September

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 - The Oxford Murders [author]
Book 3: Chile - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9671097 - The Agony & the Ecstasy [some action occurs in Chile]
Book 4: Guyana- - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9870002 - Buxton Spice [action & author]
Book 5:
Book 6:

 

I know that nobody needs recommendations or ideas for Europe for the challenge but I'm going to recommend one anyway. Read the Orange Prizewinner 'The Tiger's Wife'! I was very surprised at the shall we say slightly supernatural aspect of this novel. I have given it to my husband to read and told him that he had to read to p.80 before giving up on it - needless to say once he'd reached that point he saw what I meant. She does have a very annoying habit of introducing new characters all the way through the book and giving you their backstories when you just want her to get on with the plot, but I forgive her. It's a very original novel.

Here's my progress:

Africa
Book 1: The Yacoubian Building - Alaa Al Aswany (Egypt)
Book 2: Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
Book 3: Mema – Daniel Mengara (Gabon)

Asia
Book 1: The Writing on my Forehead - Nafisa Haji (Pakistan)

Europe
Book 1: The Buddha of Suburbia - Hanif Kureishi (UK)
Book 2: Dreamers - Knut Hamsun (Norway)
Book 3: The Library of Shadows – Mikkel Birkegaard (Denmark)
Book 4: The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht (Former Yugoslavia)
Book 5: Fair Play - Tove Jansson (Finland)

North America
Book 1: Drown - Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic)
Book 2: Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously – Julie Powell (USA)

 

Read the Orange Prizewinner 'The Tiger's Wife'! I was very surprised at the shall we say slightly supernatural aspect of this novel.

I nearly bought that book yesterday when I was at the airport trying to find something to read on the plane...but the back of it sounded a bit too weird for me, and a little like Life of Pi (which I loathed and gave up on).

Do you think I should reconsider. I too normally operate a 100 page rule, if a story doesn't grasp me by page 100 then the book's not for me.

 

Read the Orange Prizewinner 'The Tiger's Wife'! I was very surprised at the shall we say slightly supernatural aspect of this novel.

I nearly bought that book yesterday when I was at the airport trying to find something to read on the plane...but the back of it sounded a bit too weird for me, and a little like Life of Pi (which I loathed and gave up on).

Do you think I should reconsider. I too normally operate a 100 page rule, if a story doesn't grasp me by page 100 then the book's not for me.


To be honest - if you didn't like Life of Pi you should probably avoid The Tiger's Wife as I loved it and they do have a similar feel to them.

 

So far I have completed (18/36) I think I'd better get a moveon! I totally stalled out with Zorba and have some serious catching up to do in the next 3.5 months!


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
4. Australia: March by Geraldine Brooks
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512758
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
4. Greece: Zorba the Greek by Kazantzakis http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264563/

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

 

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?


 

There seems to be a common theame between us that people are struggling with Oceana.

I don't think it's a problem with locating books that count for Australia or New Zealand. It's finding books that would count for other locations in Pacifica.

Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones works for Bougainville Island (geographically part of the Solomon Islands but politically an autonomous Region of Papua New Guinea).

 

Hmmm 7/36


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


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

Book 2
COUNTRY: Canada AUTHOR: Gil Courtemanche's BOOK: A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali
YEAR : 2003 PAGES: 347
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8426509/


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

Book 3:
COUNTRY: India AUTHOR: Raj Kamal Jha BOOK: The Blue Bedspread
YEAR: 2000 PAGES: 209
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9888594

Book 4
COUNTRY: Taiwan AUTHOR: Tash Aw BOOK: The Harmony Silk Factory
YEAR: 2005 PAGES: 362
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7251216


SOUTH AMERICA:

OCEANIA:

EUROPE:

 

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/
3. The Bahamas, Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8591653/
4. Jamaica, Myal by Erna Brodber
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897811/
5. Cuba, Finding Manana--A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus by Mirta Ojito
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9980455/

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/
6. Denmark, I Am David by Anne Holm
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6572214/

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/
3. The Marshall Islands, The Bomb by Theodore Taylor
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897852/
4. Papua New Guinea, Mission Possible by Marilyn Laszlo and Luci Thomas
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10038837
5. New Zealand, Faces in the Water by Janet Frame
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7583828/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/
6. India, The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6094350

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569
3. South Africa, Instrument of thy Peace by Alan Paton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9770489/
4. Ethiopia, The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896050/
5. Egypt, Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7398071/
6. Sudan, The Whales in Lake Tanganyka by Lennart Hagerfors
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7900354/

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Colombia, Bruchko by Bruce Olson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/
3. Peru, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897789

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 (19/36)

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
4. Australia: March by Geraldine Brooks
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512758
5. Tonga: Tales of the Tikongs by Epeli Hau'ofa
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693003/

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
4. Greece: Zorba the Greek by Kazantzakis http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264563

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

 

So far I have completed (20/36)

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
4. India: A Passage to India by E.M. Forster (non BC book)

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
4. Australia: March by Geraldine Brooks
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512758
5. Tonga: Tales of the Tikongs by Epeli Hau'ofa
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693003

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
4. Greece: Zorba the Greek by Kazantzakis http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264563

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

 

Have got Europe and Asia done (was astonished at how much I read set in Asia, far more than I expected). Africa has just got one to go - I'm going to read In the Country of Men set in Libya and previously mentioned on here. Just 2 to go in N. America (was equally astonished to discover how little I normally read set in N. America, I would have expected this to be much easier), but S. America and Oceania are proving to be complete nightmares. Any suggestions anyone? I'm looking for settings rather than place of author's birth.

Think I'm not going to finish by the end of the year, but am going to keep the challenge going into next year.

 

but S. America and Oceania are proving to be complete nightmares. Any suggestions anyone? I'm looking for settings rather than place of author's birth.


I have three Oceania's that aren't very big (remember kid's books count!) with the right settings. I'll be glad to rabck them to you when I'm done. They are:
Call It Courage (Polynesia); Zaibatsu (Papau New Guinea) and The Bomb (Marshall Islands). PM me with your addy if interested. They were rabck'd to me for this challenge, so I don't mind keeping the karma going.....

 

but S. America and Oceania are proving to be complete nightmares. Any suggestions anyone? I'm looking for settings rather than place of author's birth.


Check out my Oceania ones. I'll be posting another in a couple days. I've already offered my most recently completed one and the one I'm working on now as a RABCK, but if Nancy doesn't want them, I'm happy to send them to you (and she's also offering to send hers to you, so I'm sure she'd pass on whichever of mine she does take, when she's done). I have some S. America in the queue, so if you would like them when I am done, that could work too.

 

go for that continent.

Room by Emma Donoghue (Irish author). Easy read, but hard subject matter.

 

So far I have completed (20/36)

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
3. S. Africa: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8653390/

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
4. India: A Passage to India by E. M. Forester (non BC book)

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
4. Australia: March by Geraldine Brooks
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512758
5. Tonga: Tales of the Tikongs by Epeli Hau'ofa
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693003

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
4. Greece: Zorba the Greek by Kazantzakis http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264563

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/---/9713732http

 

So far I have completed (21/36)

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
3. S. Africa: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8653390

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
4. India: A Passage to India by E. M. Forester (non BC book)

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
4. Australia: March by Geraldine Brooks
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512758
5. Tonga: Tales of the Tikongs by Epeli Hau'ofa
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693003

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
4. Greece: Zorba the Greek by Kazantzakis http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264563
5. Russia: The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Tolstoy (e-book, non-BC)

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

 

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/
3. The Bahamas, Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8591653/
4. Jamaica, Myal by Erna Brodber
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897811/
5. Cuba, Finding Manana--A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus by Mirta Ojito
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9980455/

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/
4. Switzerland, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8351702/
5. Czech Republic, The Joke by Milan Kundera
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6626994/
6. Denmark, I Am David by Anne Holm
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6572214/

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/
3. The Marshall Islands, The Bomb by Theodore Taylor
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897852/
4. Papua New Guinea, Mission Possible by Marilyn Laszlo and Luci Thomas
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10038837
5. New Zealand, Faces in the Water by Janet Frame
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7583828/

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/
4. Japan, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3529413/
5. China, A Boy's War by David Michell
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7894610/
6. India, The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6094350

Africa
1. French Guinea, The Dark Child by Camara Laye
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4630097/
2. Morocco, The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817569
3. South Africa, Instrument of thy Peace by Alan Paton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9770489/
4. Ethiopia, The Storyteller's Beads by Jane Kurtz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896050/
5. Egypt, Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7398071/
6. Sudan, The Whales in Lake Tanganyka by Lennart Hagerfors
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7900354/

South America
1. Brazil, 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
2. Colombia, Bruchko by Bruce Olson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8597779/
3. Peru, The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897789
4. Uruguay, Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado and Vince Rause
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10038836/

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 (22/36) Feeling more confident of making it to the finish line now, and even thinking about doing challenge again next year, since I'm loving some of the authors I'm discovering.

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
3. S. Africa: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8653390
4. Kenya: Devil on the Cross by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512709

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
4. India: A Passage to India by E. M. Forester (non BC book)

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
4. Australia: March by Geraldine Brooks
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512758
5. Tonga: Tales of the Tikongs by Epeli Hau'ofa
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693003

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
4. Greece: Zorba the Greek by Kazantzakis http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264563
5. Russia: The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Tolstoy (e-book, non-BC)

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

 

Europe done!

Now reading an Allende book that could go for Chile, Peru or Haiti....decisions....decisions......

 

So far I have completed (23/36) Starting a shelf of books for next year, since someone just RABCKed me one for Kirbati... If I'm getting Oceania ones again, the rest is easy!

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
3. S. Africa: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8653390
4. Kenya: Devil on the Cross by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512709

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
4. India: A Passage to India by E. M. Forester (non BC book)

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
4. Australia: March by Geraldine Brooks
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512758
5. Tonga: Tales of the Tikongs by Epeli Hau'ofa
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693003
6. Vanuatu: Getting Stoned with Savages
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693001/

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
4. Greece: Zorba the Greek by Kazantzakis http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264563
5. Russia: The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Tolstoy (e-book, non-BC)

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

 

I've read a lot since last time, but though I seem to be reading books about lots of different countries, too many of them are about Europe and Asia, and nowhere near enough about Oceania and South America.

 

Woo-hoo! It's definitely pure camp, but it IS set in Brazil :-)

 

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