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So far I have completed (25/36)

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
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 (done)
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. US: So Sure of Death By Dana Stabenow (Alaska, to make it exotic!)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662683
4. Canada: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264562

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 (26/36) Apparently at some point I couldn't count...

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 (done)
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. US: So Sure of Death By Dana Stabenow (Alaska, to make it exotic!)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662683
4. Canada: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264562

SOUTH AMERICA
1. Colombia: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157650
2. Brazil: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9713732
3. Argentina: Collected Fictions (Highlights) by Jorge Luis Borges (non BC book)

 

And I just might finish, if I stop listening to folks that I tell about this and they suggest MORE books to choose from :-)

 

And I just might finish, if I stop listening to folks that I tell about this and they suggest MORE books to choose from :-)

Good luck, I'm thinking a more realistic goal for me will be to finish two continents (probably Asia and Europe). Sigh, aim for the stars and you'll go splat into the side of a mountain...or whatever that saying is.

 

eparks4232 9 yrs ago
Number 27
So far I have completed (27/36) Apparently at some point I couldn't count...

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)
5. Pakistan: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662678/

OCEANIA (done)
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. US: So Sure of Death By Dana Stabenow (Alaska, to make it exotic!)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662683
4. Canada: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264562

SOUTH AMERICA
1. Colombia: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157650
2. Brazil: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9713732
3. Argentina: Collected Fictions (Highlights) by Jorge Luis Borges (non BC book)

 

READ another book for an underdone (for me) continent - South America. 2 down, 4 to go for this one......

 

So far I have completed (28/36) End is actually in sight!
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)
5. Pakistan: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662678

OCEANIA (done)
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 (DONE!)
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)
6. Spain: Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700530/

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. US: So Sure of Death By Dana Stabenow (Alaska, to make it exotic!)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662683
4. Canada: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264562

SOUTH AMERICA
1. Colombia: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157650
2. Brazil: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9713732
3. Argentina: Collected Fictions (Highlights) by Jorge Luis Borges (non BC book)

 

goodreads.com has a group doing "Around the world in 2012" doing 52 different books from 52 different countries in 2012. People are all posting their lists, and there is a great master list by country that someone is compiling. I'm trying to do as many as possible from the 1001 Books You Should Read... list EXCEPT that I still want to meet 666 goals re the regions, so I may have to leave the list for Oceania... Anyhow, think about joining in, since they are our kinda people (insane, in search of obscure books, etc.)

 

People are all posting their lists, and there is a great master list by country that someone is compiling.

It sort of sounds interesting, but I'm not on goodreads (and have no desire to join another book type site).

I must say I'd rather have a challenge where people discuss the different types of books they've read than continual repeating of lists.

 

The goodreads group has multiple message boards related to the challenge, so people are posting their lists, arranging reading groups, talking about the politics of what country to list a book under (say for Kashmir), discussing the books themselves, making recommendations. It is actually pretty great. So far Goodreads has turned out to be my favorite book site, although BC is near and dear to my heart for its core mission.

 

The goodreads group has multiple message boards related to the challenge, so people are posting their lists, arranging reading groups, talking about the politics of what country to list a book under (say for Kashmir), discussing the books themselves, making recommendations. It is actually pretty great. So far Goodreads has turned out to be my favorite book site, although BC is near and dear to my heart for its core mission.


I've just checked out the master list on goodreads.com and will definitely use it for inspiration with the 666. Thanks!

 

AFRICA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: Somalia AUTHOR: Nadifa Mohamed BOOK: Black Mamba Boy



NORTH AMERICA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: USA AUTHOR: Anita Shreve BOOK: Where or When

Book 2
COUNTRY: Canada AUTHOR: Gil Courtemanche's BOOK: A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali



ASIA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: China AUTHOR: Mian Mian BOOK: Candy


Book 2
COUNTRY: Vietnam AUTHOR: Le Thi Diem Thuy BOOK: Gangster We are All Looking for


Book 3:
COUNTRY: India AUTHOR: Raj Kamal Jha BOOK: The Blue Bedspread


Book 4
COUNTRY: Taiwan AUTHOR: Tash Aw BOOK: The Harmony Silk Factory


SOUTH AMERICA:

OCEANIA:

EUROPE:

Book 1
COUNTRY: England AUTHOR: Jeanette Winterson BOOK: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Book 2
COUNTRY: Germany AUTHOR: Anne Frank BOOK: The Diary of Anne Frank

 

So far I have completed (29/36) The Italo Calvino one I just listed for Cuba could also be an Italy read, and it was a lot of fun.

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)
5. Pakistan: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662678

OCEANIA (done)
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 (DONE!)
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)
6. Spain: Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700530

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. US: So Sure of Death By Dana Stabenow (Alaska, to make it exotic!)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662683
4. Canada: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264562
5. Cuba: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693013/

SOUTH AMERICA
1. Colombia: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157650
2. Brazil: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9713732
3. Argentina: Collected Fictions (Highlights) by Jorge Luis Borges (non BC book)

 

Gosh - I'd read and loved If on winter's night years ago, and had completely forgotten the Cuban connection. Will add it to my North America list immediately....

 

I am fed up of listing my reads so will just update by saying I have just read a beautiful book by a Sri Lanka born author: Reef by Romesh Gunesekera. Beautiful and I would never have picked it to read if I wasn't doing this challenge. Am torn at the moment whether to count 1984 as India seeing as Orwell was born there. Feels like cheating as it's such a British book - any thoughts?

 

Am torn at the moment whether to count 1984 as India seeing as Orwell was born there. Feels like cheating as it's such a British book - any thoughts?

I wouldn't count it as India, for one thing there are so many books set in India that I found it quite an easy country to tick off. And I agree that it feels like cheating. But as this is a self monitored challenge I suppose you just do what you feel comfortable with.

 

babydoll857 9 yrs ago
1984
Am torn at the moment whether to count 1984 as India seeing as Orwell was born there. Feels like cheating as it's such a British book - any thoughts?

I wouldn't count it as India, for one thing there are so many books set in India that I found it quite an easy country to tick off. And I agree that it feels like cheating. But as this is a self monitored challenge I suppose you just do what you feel comfortable with.


Thankyou - I shall not count it as India as I have Q&A waiting to be read!

 

With the year now drawing to a close I'm going to make it my personal challenge to complete Africa by the end of this year, then I'll be about halfway through the challenge! It will probably take me all of next year to complete, judging by the size of the tomes I've got lined up for South America!

Africa
Book 1: The Yacoubian Building - Alaa Al Aswany (Egypt)
Book 2: Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
Book 3: Mema – Daniel Mengara (Gabon)
Book 4: The Garbage King - Elizabeth Laird (Ethiopia)

Asia
Book 1: The Writing on my Forehead - Nafisa Haji (Pakistan)
Book 2: Reef - Romesh Gunesekera (Sri Lanka)
Book 3: Q&A - Vikas Swarup (India)

Europe (completed)
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)
Book 6: The Passport - Herta Muller (Romania)

North America
Book 1: Drown - Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic)
Book 2: Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously – Julie Powell (USA)
Book 3: Picasso, I Want My Face Back - Grace Nichols

Oceania
Book 1: The Anatomy of Wings - Karen Foxlee (Australia)

 

So far I have completed (32/36) and 4 of the 6 continents. The short stories in A Good Fall were a really easy way to do China! Finished off House of the Spirits and The Weight of All Things too, so it is on to another both at home and work.

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) (DONE)
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)
5. Pakistan: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662678
6. China: A Good Fall by Ha Jin
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700529/

OCEANIA (done)
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 (DONE!)
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)
6. Spain: Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700530

NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN) DONE
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. US: So Sure of Death By Dana Stabenow (Alaska, to make it exotic!)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662683
4. Canada: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264562
5. Cuba: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693013
6. El Salvador: The Weight of all Things by Sandra Benitez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264516/

SOUTH AMERICA
1. Colombia: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157650
2. Brazil: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9713732
3. Argentina: Collected Fictions (Highlights) by Jorge Luis Borges (non BC book)
4. Chile: The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512707/

 

The bomb by Theodore Taylor. I'm posting it on the rabck forum, so if someone is stuggling with Oceania, pick this up there!

 

I'm posting it on the rabck forum, so if someone is stuggling with Oceania, pick this up there!

*runs over as fast as possible*

 

Now I'm down (mostly) to 1-2 countries on a continent. Hmmm....what outstanding continent gets finished next???

 

klaradyn 9 yrs ago
Africa done

 

Congratulations! I've read three of the books you have read also (For Rwanda, Libya, and Botswana). I do find Africa fascinating as the culture is so different in different parts of the continent.

Good luck with the other continents.

 

I do find Africa fascinating as the culture is so different in different parts of the continent.


Very, very true!

 

So far I have completed (33/36) and 4 of the 6 continents. Loved Things Fall Apart.

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
5. Nigeria: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512757

ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA) (DONE)
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)
5. Pakistan: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662678
6. China: A Good Fall by Ha Jin
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700529

OCEANIA (done)
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 (DONE!)
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)
6. Spain: Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700530

NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN) DONE
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. US: So Sure of Death By Dana Stabenow (Alaska, to make it exotic!)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662683
4. Canada: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264562
5. Cuba: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693013
6. El Salvador: The Weight of all Things by Sandra Benitez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264516

SOUTH AMERICA
1. Colombia: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157650
2. Brazil: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9713732
3. Argentina: Collected Fictions (Highlights) by Jorge Luis Borges (non BC book)
4. Chile: The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512707

 

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/
6. Martinique, School Days by Patrick Chamoiseau
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9936621/

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

 

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/
6. Martinique, School Days by Patrick Chamoiseau
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9936621/

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/
6. Gilbert Islands: Tarawa--The Story of a Battle by Robert Sherrod
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10100513/

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

 

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/
6. Martinique, School Days by Patrick Chamoiseau
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9936621/

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/
6. Gilbert Islands: Tarawa--The Story of a Battle by Robert Sherrod
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10100513/

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/
5. Paraguay, The New from Paraguay by Lily Tuck
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896060

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/
6. Martinique, School Days by Patrick Chamoiseau
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9936621/

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/
6. Gilbert Islands: Tarawa--The Story of a Battle by Robert Sherrod
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10100513/

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 Tanganyika 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/
5. Paraguay, The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9896060
6. Venezuela, The Missionary by William Carmichael and David Lambert
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10032126

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



 

And the books are now on their way to another 666'r, so she can finish Oceania too.

That leaves 1 for Africa, 1 for North America and 4 for South America. I have all but 3 for South America, so I will be scouting up the countries and books I'm missing.

 

Death and the Compass by Jorge Luis Borges, which was part of a collection of short stories. I attempted to read several of the other ones, but if you aren't familiar with his literary sources, it's easy to get lost. Flut3girl pushed me in the direction of this story, which he wrote emulating Poe - and since I HAVE read Poe I could get through this one.

 

So far I have completed (34/36) and 4 of the 6 continents. Just finished Peru.

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
5. Nigeria: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512757

ASIA (INCL. MIDDLE EAST & S.E. ASIA) (DONE)
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)
5. Pakistan: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662678
6. China: A Good Fall by Ha Jin
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700529

OCEANIA (done)
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 (DONE!)
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)
6. Spain: Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9700530

NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN) DONE
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. US: So Sure of Death By Dana Stabenow (Alaska, to make it exotic!)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8662683
4. Canada: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264562
5. Cuba: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9693013
6. El Salvador: The Weight of all Things by Sandra Benitez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8264516

SOUTH AMERICA
1. Colombia: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8157650
2. Brazil: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9713732
3. Argentina: Collected Fictions (Highlights) by Jorge Luis Borges (non BC book)
4. Chile: The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8512707
5. Peru: The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa

 

I Am Happier to Know You by Jeanne M. Eck (borrowed book). WONDERFUL book - think Eat, Pray, Love - but set only in Cairo and Alexandria.

One more for North America (Trinidad), and 3 more for South America. I already have the books. I just need to decide which one is next!

 

Just finished an Uraguay: Genesis, which is the first in the Memory of Fire trilogy on the history of the Americas by Galeano. I was intimidated by it when I read the description, but ended up really liking it, and will use the second book for my Uruguay read for next year (there will be a next year, won't there?????).

 

Just finished an Uraguay: Genesis, which is the first in the Memory of Fire trilogy on the history of the Americas by Galeano. I was intimidated by it when I read the description, but ended up really liking it, and will use the second book for my Uruguay read for next year (there will be a next year, won't there?????).


You should definitely read the other two books! I read the whole trilogy in one volume for Uruguay this year and it was one of the books that impressed me most in 2011.

 

I still need 3 more for Africa, 4 for North America / Middle America / Caribbean, and 4 more for South America. Unless I find some very simple and short children's books, something tells me I'm not going to make it. I have got quite a few African books lined up, I've got 'Mr. Pip' (mercifully short) for the Caribbean, and various travel books about travelling round South America. Where to start?

 

wingkiwiinenglandwing 9 yrs ago
Mr Pip
I've got 'Mr. Pip' (mercifully short) for the Caribbean

If you mean Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones than that actually covers Pacifica (it's written by a New Zealander and set on Bougainville Island which is a part of Papua New Guinea.)

 

Oh, cool! For the purposes of this challenge, considering it's almost impossible to find books for Oceania, except for Oz & NZ, I shall count Bougainville Island as a separate country. I think I already had Papua New Guinea. *going to check*
EDIT: Nope, I'm OK with that. I had West Papoea, the old Irian Jaya;-)

 

How many excuses would you like? I have plenty.

I have read a mere 12 books this year which pales into insignificance when you consider the aim was 36 by the end of this month!
I will continue to tick books off the list as I go through 2012, so will be keeping this thread open for fellow 'failers' to keep me company.

I intend to complete Asia, which is currently sat on 5 books read, and also read a book from Oceania, which will end the year on a book read from each Continent...well its the least I can do.



AFRICA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: Somalia AUTHOR: Nadifa Mohamed BOOK: Black Mamba Boy



NORTH AMERICA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: USA AUTHOR: Anita Shreve BOOK: Where or When

Book 2
COUNTRY: Canada AUTHOR: Gil Courtemanche's BOOK: A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali



ASIA:
Book 1
COUNTRY: China AUTHOR: Mian Mian BOOK: Candy

Book 2
COUNTRY: Vietnam AUTHOR: Le Thi Diem Thuy BOOK: Gangster We are All Looking for

Book 3:
COUNTRY: India AUTHOR: Raj Kamal Jha BOOK: The Blue Bedspread

Book 4
COUNTRY: Taiwan AUTHOR: Tash Aw BOOK: The Harmony Silk Factory

Book 5
COUNTRY: Japan AUTHOR: Kazuo Ishiguro BOOK: A Pale View of the Hills



SOUTH AMERICA:

Book1

COUNTRY: Peru AUTHOR: Emilia Bresciani BOOK: The Raw Scent of Vanila




OCEANIA:




EUROPE:
Book 1
COUNTRY: England AUTHOR: Jeanette Winterson BOOK: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Book 2
COUNTRY: Germany AUTHOR: Anne Frank BOOK: The Diary of Anne Frank

Book 3
COUNTRY: (set in) Scotland AUTHOR: Eleanor Atkinson BOOK: Greyfriars Bobby

 

I'm just a few books off, but a ray and bookbox just arrived, so that will take care of knocking out the rest by the end of THIS year. I hope to finish up in January.

 

I'm going to start a 2012 version of this (slight rule changes), but I'm going to start it over in Book Talk, since we aren't really focused on the releasing part!

Here is the link: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/469867

 

Down to the final two for the 2011 challenge. Will probably make it with North America, South America is iffy.

 

Pretty sure I won't sneak in any more books before the end of the year - but if I do, you can be sure they will be from Kiribati or Gabon, to up my final total of 16/36..I really like world lit and travel narratives, so I would have actually thought I would have hit at least half, but it turns out I read five books which took place in India...I wasn't focusing on diversifying enough...
I was very surprised to see how few books I read that took place in Europe - it appears I'd rather read about places I haven't been, so Asia and Africa are most heavily represented. I'm dying to go to South America, though, and that barely cracked the list!

 

This challenge made me diversify - and also being included on some rabcks that were sent on helped.

One of my favorites - that got referenced in other books I read this year, was The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (Vietman). Without this challenge, I wouldn't have picked it up otherwise.

Two other surprise favorites were children's (teen) books that gave enough information, but because of the reading level, left a LOT to ponder: (Oceania - bikini atoll) - The Bomb by Theodore Taylor and (Denmark - surprise about WWII there!) in Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

I'm almost done Haiti - and may even get South America done by the end of the week!

 

That was an interesting journey through time and space. Many of the books that I read were books that I could not normally chose to read. Therefore, my reading experience and knowledge of places and history increased in ways it probably wouldn't have had I not chosen to take part in this challenge.

My favorite book is probably Miracle in the Andes. I would like to read more Barbara Pym.

 

Love in the Time of Cholera for South America.

 

My attempt at this challenge was made up of a mixture of author's nationality and/or where all or some of the action in each book takes place.

I managed to complete 3 of the continents (and a total of 29/36) but, as anticipated, failed on completing Oceania and although I had a book for my 6th African country and 5 & 6 for South America, just didn’t get around to them as other shiny things came along (some of which were books!)

This challenge definitely expanded my horizons and I will do it again in 2012 - with a self-imposed rule of trying to include different countries to those read in 2011 (where practicable) and will try harder with S-America, Africa and 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]

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 - 6 out of 6
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/journal/ - To Have and Have Not [some of action set on Cuba]
Book 5: Bermuda - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9675687 - if nobody speaks of remarkable things [author born in Bermuda)
Book 6: Dominican Republic - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10162801 - Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (action & author)

Africa - 5 out of 6 as at end of year
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:

Oceania - 2 out of 6 as at end of year
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 end of year
Book 1: Brazil - 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:

Cheers and thanks for organising,

garibaldisghost

 

Asia (6), Africa (3), Oceania (3), N America (2), S. America (0), Europe (5).

Oh dear, not as good as I had hoped. I really struggled with the America's, once you have USA and Canada out of the way I found it hard to find books for North America.

And finding six books set in different European countries was a stretch too. In fact this entire challenge stretched my reading tastes, which is a good thing.

The list of books I read can be seen here
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7091819

I enjoyed most of the books I read for this challenge a lot, but if I had to pick two as my favourites I'd chose
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway and
Joan Makes History by Kate Grenville

 

Favorite books: Finding Manana by Mirta Ojito, Martinique School Days by Patrick Chamoiseau, Quartet by Barbara Pym, Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy, Seven Little Austratlians by Ethel Turner, Mission Possible by Marilyn Laszlo, Bruchko by Bruce Olson

Worst books: The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck, Myal by Erna Brodber, The Whales in Lake Tanganyika by Lennart Hagerfors Sherrod

Continent that was hardest to find books for: South America

Books I would not read if it were not for this challenge: The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck, Myal by Erna Brodber, Tarawa by Robert Sherrod, The Bomb by Theodore Taylor

 

I have never had such a great reading experience as I did with this challenge. I tackled books that were recommended but had sat unread on my shelves for years as I opted for the "safe" and the familiar. As a result of this challenge, I have become a fan of Calvino, Borges, Grass, and the authors of Nervous Conditions and Devil on a Cross (whose names I will not even try to get right typing on my phone!) Other favorites from the year: Death of Artemio Cruz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Things Fall Apart and The Sex Lives of Cannibals! A few that came highly recommended were a little disappointing: Zorba the Greek, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and The Death of Ivan Illyich. I think that is because they were hyped so much that I expected an unreasonable amount of them. Really, other than Shalom, Japan, I have no regrets. Oh, and my Egypt book, which I enjoyed enough that I will read the other two in the series, was Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz. Finished it today when a patient didn't show...

 

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7096333
My actual goal was to read at least 33 out of 36 - I managed to read 30 which isn't too bad. The trouble was that the last three books I meant to read (my last book for Africa and another 2 for Oceania) were only available in a library I no longer have access to - I should have asked a friend of mine earlier to get them for me but I'm hoping to read them next year instead.

The easiest continents for me to complete were South America and Europe, and they were also the continents I enjoyed most, followed by North and Central America. I especially enjoyed the books by Eduardo Galeano (Uruguay), Augusto Roa Bastos (Paraguay), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Martin Mosebach (Germany) and Paul Auster (USA).

I definitely struggled most with Oceania. I found some authors and books on the internet but apart from Australian (and some NZ) books they were really difficult to get hold of. As I said above, there are two books from NZ and Samoa waiting for me next year and maybe I'll find some more along the way.

Looking back, the great majority of the books I read for this challenge were well worth reading. The one I enjoyed least was the book by Rachid Mimouni (Algeria) - it wasn't bad and it was an interesting read but somehow left me unimpressed. And I definitely liked other books by Peter Carey (Australia) better than the one I read for this challenge.

My two general reading goals for 2011 were to read more (2010 was really bad) and to read more TBR books. While this challenge was great for the first goal, I ended up borrowing and buying a great number of books while the size of my TBR pile remained the same. So I guess for 2012 I'll set myself a personal challenge regarding my TBR books instead. ;-)

Thanks for this great challenge and Happy New Year everyone! :-)

 

I just read through this challenge & think that it's a mammoth task you have all undertaken. Well done, even if you didn't make it. I'm not going to try it myself, not this year, anyway, but you all have my admiration for making the attempt.

 

I just read through this challenge & think that it's a mammoth task you have all undertaken. Well done, even if you didn't make it. I'm not going to try it myself, not this year, anyway, but you all have my admiration for making the attempt.


Follow us this year on the 666 in 2012 threads in the book talk forum!

 

You can see the books I read for this challenge here:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7147915

I made it to 27 out of 36. Hopefully in 2012 I can make more progress. I chose books by setting, and tried to go for things that are set in mainly one country (cheated a bit on that one for Oceania).

Best books: A Millimetre of Dust by Julia Martin (South Africa), The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (Italy), A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (India), The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas (Australia). I also enjoyed the two books by J. Maarten Troost, and Solomon Time by Will Randall.

Worst books: Maru by Bessie Head (Botswana), Me Myself & Prague by Rachael Weiss (Czech Republic), Weeping Waters by Anne Maria Nicholson (New Zealand).

Most difficult continent: South America! I found that I don't even own any books from there.

 

Just added the last two for 2011:
VENEZUELA: Tussen Orinoco en Amazone - Redmond O'Hanlon
- Account of a journey into the rainforest to visit the Yanomami indians. The journey itself was rather tiring, but the part about the indians was interesting.
CUBA: The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
- Short, fishy story.

So I ended up reading books about 30 different countries (and some countries more than once):
7 Asia - (India, China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Japan)
3 Africa - (Mozambique, Cape Verde, Libya)
11 Europe - (Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, UK, Vatican City, Turkey, France, Poland, Romania)
3 Oceania - (Tasmania, New Guinea, New Zealand)
3 North America & Caribbean - (USA, Canada, Cuba)
3 South America - (Brazil, Peru, Venezuela)

 

I just read through this challenge & think that it's a mammoth task you have all undertaken. Well done, even if you didn't make it. I'm not going to try it myself, not this year, anyway, but you all have my admiration for making the attempt.


Follow us this year on the 666 in 2012 threads in the book talk forum!

 

Just finished book #36 today - last South America one that straggled from 2011 into 2012.

Phew! Now for the 2012 challenges.

 

After a lengthy Skype session with my sister Babydoll857 I was gung-ho to continue with this and slowly tick them off into 2012.

However, after thinking about it - for me - a fail is a fail, and I have therefore decided to scrap 2011 and start again with eparks4232's 2012 666 challenge that can be found in the BookTalk forum.

I made many mistakes with the 2011 challenge, getting bogged down with books that I really didn't want to read, but slogging along with them to be able to tick them off. This resulted in me only enjoying 2 maybe 3 of the books I read during the year. I also embarked on 400 pagers of a topic that bores me to tears!!

I'd like to complete this challenge, but I'd like to do it with books that I enjoy.

 

Well this was tougher than I thought it was going to be. My main issue was picking books that I thought I wanted to read from each continent and then finding out I really hated them, i.e. Things Fall Apart, Q&A, and feeling like I had to slog on with reading it to complete it and name it on the challenge list.

The best part of the challenge was picking up books to read simply because they were thin (!) and from a country I hadn't covered yet, and discovering an amazing read that I never would have read if it hadn't been for this challenge, i.e. Reef (Sri Lanka).

After speaking to my sister the organizer j4shaw the oter day about continuing with the challenge into 2012 I made one last effort and picked up a book I've had languishing on my bookshelf for at least two years: The Bookseller of Kabul. Great - it's from Afghanistan which I haven't covered yet and I have been wanting to read it for a while. After reading 25 pages I realised that it was crap and that I didn't want to read something just to tick it off on a list. So with that final effort I am withdrawing from the 666 challenge and won't be joining you eparks4232 on your new one for this year - although I will follow the thread out of nosiness!

I have developed two new reading interests which I want to expand more than my international reading this year: all things steampunk including the literature, and I have joined the Post Apocalyptic Book Club so my reading this year will lie mainly in these genres I think. I will however keep my first Isabel Allende book on the shelf to read as the 666 encouraged me to read something by this much admired author so I will get around to that soon hopefully.

And here is my final tally: 17/36 - not quite halfway.

Africa
Book 1: The Yacoubian Building - Alaa Al Aswany (Egypt)
Book 2: Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
Book 3: Mema – Daniel Mengara (Gabon)
Book 4: The Garbage King - Elizabeth Laird (Ethiopia)

Asia
Book 1: The Writing on my Forehead - Nafisa Haji (Pakistan)
Book 2: Reef - Romesh Gunesekera (Sri Lanka)
Book 3: Q&A - Vikas Swarup (India)

Europe (completed)
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)
Book 6: The Passport - Herta Muller (Romania)

North America
Book 1: Drown - Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic)
Book 2: Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously – Julie Powell (USA)
Book 3: Picasso, I Want My Face Back - Grace Nichols (Guyana)

Oceania
Book 1: The Anatomy of Wings - Karen Foxlee (Australia)

 

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