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This is similar to the 5 books-5 countries-5 continents challenge, with a twist. The goal for this one is to read books set in a different country. (I will do travel narratives, but it can be any type of book) So you are reading a total of 36 books. From each continent below, pick 6 countries and then pick a book set in that country.

Continents are:
Asia (this does include the Middle East and Southeast Asia)
Australia (and South Pacific)
North America (including Central America and the Caribbean)
South America

*Since Russia is in both Europe and Asia, it can go in either continent*

Anyone interested?

Joining me on this challenge are:


the Release Challenge forums too.


I'll try this, although I can tell already that it's going to take me a while.


I think it will take me awhile too... which is why it is a challenge for all of 2009, not just a few months!


Do we have to post our list of countries straight away, or can it be a work in progress?


No, you don't have to pick them now... pick them as you find books for them! That is what I'm planning to do....


I'd been thinking that a book *set in* a country is often easier to come by than a book *from* that country.

Do we need to choose our countries ahead of time?

Being slightly geographically challenged, I have questions:

* Where would the Middle East/Near East/Southwest Asia fall? Are you calling that simply Asia? (For instance, I have a book set in Syria...)

* For this challenge, would Russia be considered part Europe? I'm not sure they'd go for that, but I have a book set there!

I live in the US...but also at one of the corners of the so-called Polynesian triangle, so geographical ambiguity is not exactly new to me. ;)


Countries do not have to be chosen ahead of time. So pick them as you find books for them.

The Middle East and Southeast Asia are part of Asia. (Earlier I'd looked up the Middle East). So that Syria book is part of Asia.

Now for Russia, that can go either way. Technically West of the Urals is Europe and East of the Urals (in Siberia) is Asia. You can put it down for either section. I think I'm going to pick that one based on where in Russia the book is set. (It is the only country in two continents... and is rather fun to cross an entire continent by land (train), staying mainly in Russia)

Hope that helps to answer your questions!



36 out of 36 read, 12/09/09

An asterisk means I've read more than one book read for that country.

I still have some books from other countries floating around so I may keep going for a while. :)


Africa = DONE!

1. Botswana
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith

2. Kenya
Weep Not, Child by Ngugi

3. Mali
Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali by D.T. Niane

4. Zimbabwe
Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter by J. Nozipo Maraire

5. South Africa
Crocodile Burning by Michael Williams

6. Nigeria
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


Asia / Middle East / Southeast Asia = DONE!

1. Pakistan
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

2. Syria
A Hand Full of Stars by Rafik Schami

3. China
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

*4. Japan
NP by Banana Yoshimoto

5. Thailand
Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett

6. Turkey
A Chemical Prison by Barbara Nadel

7. India
Q & A by Vikas Swarup


Europe = DONE!

*1. UK (England)
Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell

2. Spain
Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska

3. Poland
The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

4. France
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

5. Germany
Daniel Half Human by David Chotjewitz

6. Iceland
Voices by Arnaldur Indridason

7. Denmark
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry


Australia / Oceania / Antarctica = DONE!

1. Tahiti/French Polynesia
Frangipani by Celestine Hitiura Vaite

2. New Zealand
Sons for the Return Home by Albert Wendt

3. Australia
Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice

4. Palau
A Special Piece of Hell by Bill D. Ross

5. Kiribati
The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost

6. Antarctica
Ice Bound by Jerri Nielsen & Maryanne Vollers


North America / Central America / Caribbean = DONE!

*1. USA
Gone by Jonathan Kellerman

2. Cuba
Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana by Isadora Tattlin

* 3. Canada
End of an Era by Robert J. Sawyer (Alberta)

4. Haiti
Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

5. Antigua
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

6. Greenland
Underland by Mick Farren

7. The Bahamas
Green Boy by Susan Cooper


South America = DONE!

1. Paraguay
The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck

* 2. Argentina
Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton

3. Brazil
Night of the Bat by Paul Zindel

4. Guyana
Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo

5. Peru
Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark

6. Chile
Inés of My Soul by Isabel Allende


Rather than my just flailing around looking for anything at all, if you've read and recommend something, please let me know. :)


I book set in the Pacific, which is covered in the definination of Oceania for this challenge, would be Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones. It is set on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville during a brutal civil war there in the 1990s

It was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2007, and won the 2007 Commonwealth prize.

I greatly enjoyed reading it, and went on to purchase the other four books written by Lloyd Jones.


Thanks for the suggestion!

Melal by Robert Barclay (set on Kwajalein) was an interesting read too if you can find it.

I do have some books set on non-specific (or non-existent) islands, both Caribbean and Pacific, but I was trying for identifiable countries for this challenge. :)


These are non-fiction

Oceania (you should be able to find an Australian book easily enough):

"The Shark God" by Charles Montgomery (covers two obscure countries for you!)

"The Happy Isles of Oceania" by Paul Theroux

"A Land of Two Halves" by Joe Bennett (New Zealand)

North America (inc Carribean - you should be able to find books set in US/Canda/Mexico easily enough)):

"Last Dance in Havana" by Eugene Robinson

"The Queen of Whale Cay" by Esther Summerscale (biography - Bahamas)

South America --


"Gabriela, Clove, and Cinnamon" by Jorge Amado (Brazil)

"Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter" by Mario Vargas-Llosa (Peru)


"At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig" by John Gimlette (Paraguay)

"In Bolivia" by Eric Lawlor




Two more are:
The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost (Kiribati)
Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu by J. Maarten Troost


winghyphen8wing 12 yrs ago
More Oceania
(Edited to add a book)

I've already read & released these so I can't use for this challenge, but maybe someone else will be interested:

Melal by Robert Barclay
- Kwajalein, Marshall Islands

The Divine Wind: A Love Story by Garry Disher
- Australia

The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks
- Guam

The Shark Callers by Eric Campbell
- Papua New Guinea

Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
- not sure if there's a specific island/group mentioned by name but it's definitely Polynesia. If you can figure it out, maybe it will work for this challenge?
- Newbery book



If I can keep it up that should get me through all 36 by the end of the year. :)


wingJ4Shawwing 12 yrs ago
For Australia how about Billy's Tree by Nicholas Kyriacos.
There is currently a book ring for it hosted by bookseekerAT and I have just finished it and sent it over to Canada.

I also really enjoyed Debra Adelaide's book The Household Guide to Dying. I have this and its over in the UK at the moment. Let me know if you would like to borrow it.


Sheepseeker 12 yrs ago
I'm in :)
I like the 6-6-6 idea and since I already did the 5-5-5 and Olympic Challenges it's also a new goal for me.



I would like to participate but have never done so before. Could you explain what one is supposed to do after reading a book? Or just point me to a link if the explanation is already provided elsewhere. Sorry for my ignorance!


I'm guessing we post the country, title and author here - using this forum thread to keep track of how we're doing with the reading challenge.

If you look at the A to Z challenge thread you might get the general idea...


Just found this great website today - listing good Australian books for the past few years
Have fun!


Count me in - sounds like a great way to broaden my reading!

My added resolutions re this - try to source books from within my TBR shelf, or pick-up second hand, and draw from 1001 books list for ideas.



I spent the whole day reading and read my first book for Europe

The story mostly revolves around the area I live in, so my first country ist Germany.


This sounds interesting. I'm in.



plz PM me


Can the rest of us try to help answer your questions?


CollegeLady 12 yrs ago
I made
a list of all the countries involved, broken by continents. If you'd like a copy, please PM me with an e-mail address.


Can you suggest a good book set in Yemen - one that will help me get to know your country? Thanks!


"Yemen: travels in dictionary land" by Tim Mackintosh-Smith



I will made my preliminary country list possibly later.. I'm bit busy at the moment. So see you soon!


Glad to see you here! I don't have much of a list set yet...


Here is my list, I will update it as I go along..
1. ZAMBIA: Miika Neulaniemi: Sähköpostia Sambiasta
2. SOUTH AFRICA: Mark Behr: The Smell of Apples
3. KENYA: Masha Hamilton: The Camel Bookmobile
4. MOROCCO: Tahar Ben Jelloun: Tuhat ja yksi taikaa
5. SOMALIA: Faarax M. J. Cawl: Ignorance is the Enemy of Love
6. MOZAMBIQUE: Henning Mankell: Kennedyn aivot

1. CHINA: Aimee E.Liu: Pilvivuori
2. JAPAN: Amelie Nothombe: The Character pf Rain
3. VIETNAM:Marguerite Duras: Rakastaja
4. MYANMAR: Amy Tan: Rouva Chenin henki
5. PAKISTAN: Greg Mortensen: Three Cups of Tea
6. RUSSIA: Mark Netsajev: Minun Pietarini

Australia and South Pacific:

1. FINLAND: Anna-Leena Härkönen: Ei kiitos
2. UK: Alan Bennett: The Uncommon Reader
3. SPAIN: A.J. Cronin: The Spanish Gardener
4. ITALY: Annie Hawes: Extra Virgin
5. FRANCE: Ludovic Roubaudi:112 -Palomiesromaani
6. NORWAY: Erlend Loe: Supernaiivi

North America (including Central America and the Caribbean):
1. USA: Anita Diamant: The Last Days of Dogtown
2. JAMAICA: Graham Greene: May We Borrow Your Husband?
3. TRINIDAD AND TOBACO: V.S. Naipaul: Saapumisen arvoitus
4. CANADA: Margaret Atwood: Life before Man

South America:
1. BRAZIL: Eva Ibbotson: Virta vie viidakkoon
2. CHILE: Marcela Serrano: Näkemiin, pikku naiset


wingChaniawing 12 yrs ago


wingChaniawing 12 yrs ago





are either set in Europe (which I've finished), or an imaginary place.

I have some aside to help me complete Asia though, then I'll start working on the Americas and the Pacific.


The day before you posted this, my husband borrowed this book from his mother. I guess I'm meant to read it!


I don't have internet at my new home (and with the 3+ feet on the ground it will be awhile until anyone will come out)... so I'm not on very much. Sorry!


Okay then, I think I'll try this out for 2009.

Now, away I go to think of some books to read.


Alexander McCall Smith - The Sunday Philosophy Club

set in Edinburgh, so I read it for Great Britain.

The books AVL by the way, if anyone's interested...


1. Morocco: A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco by Suzanna Clarke
2. Burkina Faso: My Mercedes is Not for Sale: From Amsterdam to Ouagadougou...An Auto-Misadventure Across the Sahara by Jeroen Van Bergeijk
3. Egypt: Libyan Sands: Travel in a Dead World by R.A. Bagnold
4. Zambia: Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier by Alexandra Fuller
5. Ethiopia: Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks
6. Zaire: Africa Solo: A Journey Across the Sahara, Sahel and Congo by Kevin Kertscher

1. Nepal: Shopping for Buddhas by Jeff Greenwald
2. China: Fried Eggs with Chopsticks: One Woman's Hilarious Adventure into a Country and a Culture Not Her Own by Polly Evans
3. Afghanistan: Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez
4. Bhutan: Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa
5. Japan: The Road Through Miyama by Leila Philip
6. India: City of Djinns by William Dalrymple

Australia and South Pacific:
1. Antartica: Travelers Tales Antartica: Life on the Ice Edited by Susan Rodgers
2. Australia: One For The Road by Tony Horwitz
3. New Zealand: Kiwi Tracks: A New Zealand Journey by Andrew Stevenson
4. Fiji: On Fiji Islands by Ronald Wright
5. Solomon Islands: Solomon Time: Adventures in the South Pacific by Will Randall
6. Marshall Islands: Melal: A Novel of the Pacific by Robert Barclay

1. France: Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle
2. England: England for All Seasons by Susan Allen Toth
3. Sweden: The Palace of the Snow Queen: Winter Travels in Lapland by Barbara Sjoholm
4. Russia: Wall to Wall: From Beijing to Berlin by Rail by Mary Morris
5. Ireland: McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland by Pete McCarthy
6. Spain: Horseshoes and Holy Water by Mefo Phillips

North America (including Central America and the Caribbean):
1. Mexico: On Mexican Time: A New Life in San Miguel by Tony Cohan
2. US: If you Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name by Heather Lende (Alaska)
3. Nicaragua: Savage Shore: Life and Death with Nicaragua's Last Shark Hunters by Edward Marriott
4. Grenada: An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude by Ann Vanderhoof
5. Canada: Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman: Travels with Sled Dogs in Canada's Frozen North by Polly Evans
6. Belize: Parrots' Wood by Erma J. Fisk

South America:
1. Argentina: On a Hoof and a Prayer: Around Argentina at a Gallop by Polly Evans
2. Chile: Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile by Sara Wheeler
3. Paraguay: Paradise with Serpents: Travels in the Lost World of Paraguay by Robert Carver
4. Ecuador: The Panama Hat Trail by Tom Miller
5. Venezuela: In Trouble Again: A Journey Between Orinoco and the Amazon by Redmond O'Hanlon
6. Bolivia: In Bolivia by Eric Lawlor


Here's hoping I can find enough books for the others!


I'm slowly getting there.


I am down to 1 book! I've started it already... just need one for the South Pacific... I may actually finish by the end of the year!


winghyphen8wing 11 yrs ago
Re: 1 to go...
Good for you!


> I am down to 1 book! I've started it
> already... just need one for the South
> Pacific... I may actually finish by the
> end of the year!
I just noticed you said that this challenge can last more than a year. I'm really glad about that. Now I can go and refine my list;-D


What do we reckon about Antarctica? A continent of its own, but not with any countries(?). Could a book set here count towards Australia/Oceania?


> What do we reckon about Antarctica? A
> continent of its own, but not with any
> countries(?). Could a book set here count
> towards Australia/Oceania?

I would. While the Austrialia/Oceania is a good size list, Austrialia is only counting as one, like the United States for North America. In fact, the North America list only has three countries before one starts into the Caribbean and Central American countries. The Austrailia/Oceania list has Austrailia, then a space, then the rest of the countries. I would include Antartica with A/O group.

Now for the important question: is your book about Antartica written by, about or for penguins???


I have at least 3 books set in Antarctica, so I should be able to get through one of them... :)


Now for the important question: is your book about Antartica written by, about or for penguins???

sorry to disappoint CollegeLady - don't think many penguins feature. My neighbour has taken on the role of support team for the challenge and provided the book. He tells me that it is science fiction. I'll let you know after I read it!


Just finished A Fraction of the Whole - Steve Toltz. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008, set in Australia. From the book website:

"Meet the Deans.

The Father is Martin Dean.
He taught his son always to make up his mind, and then change it. An impossible, brilliant, restless man, he just wanted the world to listen to him – and the trouble started when the world did.

The Uncle is Terry Dean.
As a boy, Terry was the local sporting hero. As a man, he became Australia's favourite criminal, making up for injustice on the field with this own version of justice off it.

The Son is Jasper Dean.
Now that his father is dead, Jasper can try making some sense of his outrageous schemes to make the world a better place. Haunted by his own mysteriously missing mother and a strange recurring vision, Jasper has one abiding question: Is he doomed to become the lunatic who raised him, or a different kind of lunatic entirely?

From the New South Wales bush to bohemian Paris, from sports fields to strip clubs, from the jungles of Thailand to a leaky boat in the Pacific, Steve Toltz's A Fraction of the Whole follows the Deans on their freewheeling, scathingly funny and finally deeply moving quest to leave their mark on the world."

One of the best books I have ever read - truly amazing. I highly recommend it to everyone - over 700 pages of pathos, black humour and scathing observations in human nature and society.


> From the New South Wales bush to bohemian
> Paris, from sports fields to strip clubs,
> from the jungles of Thailand to a leaky
> boat in the Pacific,

I am reading a book at the moment that is set in Ireland for half of it and then follows the Irish character to Liverpool and onto America. However I don't think it would qualify for this challenge as it is not wholly set in one country so I shall not be counting it.

Are we meant to count books set in various countries for this challenge, and this one seems to cover at three continents (OZ, Europe and Asia). Just trying to clarify.


> I am reading a book at the moment that is
> set in Ireland for half of it and then
> follows the Irish character to Liverpool
> and onto America. However I don't think it
> would qualify for this challenge as it is
> not wholly set in one country so I shall
> not be counting it.

You could count it for the country it is based most in (Ireland, England or US). I have one book whose characters are in two different countries but 3/4 of the book takes place in one country so that's the country I'm counting it for.

> Are we meant to count books set in various
> countries for this challenge, and this one
> seems to cover at three continents (OZ,
> Europe and Asia). Just trying to clarify.

I think the idea is to read 36 books - six from each continent.


If the book is set in many locations, you can pick which one you put it down under...


1. South Africa - TsoTsi
2. Nigeria - The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
3. Rwanda - An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina
4. Egypt - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
5. Congo - The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Asia (including the Middle East and Southeast Asia) <font color="red"><b>Completed!</font color="red"></b>
1. China - The Kite Flyer by Geraldine McGaughrean
2. Yemen - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
3. Afgahnistan - The Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
4. Iran - Embroderies by Marjane Satrapi
5. Pakistan - Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
6. USSR/Mongolia - Leave your Tears in Moscow

Australia, New Zealand, Pacific
1. Australia - Rabbit Proof Fence By Doris Pilkington
2. New Zealand - The Six Pack: Winning writers from New Zealand book month by various


Europe <font color="red"><b>Completed!</font color="red"></b>
1. Ireland - Safe Harbour
2. England - Pigtopia by Kitty Fitzgerald
3. France - Wash This Blood from My Hand by Fred Vargas
4. Spain - Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart
5. Finland - House of Orphans by Helen Dunmore
6. Scotland - 44 Scotland St by Alexander McCall Smith

North America (including Central America and the Caribbean)
1. Mexico - The Poison That Fascinates by Jennifer Clement
2. USA - All American Girl by Meg Cabot
3. Canada - Murder in the Dark by Margaret Atwood

South America
1. General - The Lost World By Arthur Conan Doyle


wingkiwiinenglandwing 12 yrs ago
Oh dear
This challenge has really highlighted how I read books from the same sort of area, namely Europe and American.

Will have to work on the diversity of my reading quickly before I fall too far behind.


I am getting a lot of book rings at the moment, and very few of them are set in countries that would be useful to this challenge.

I'll have to make a real effort in the second half of the year if I'm going to finish this challenge. It's good to have a reason to hunt out the books though.


As for me, I'm having a hard time with Africa & South America at the moment.


I must make a concerted effort to read some books from south american countries, and also the pacific region.


I don't see why not. Even thought it is a continent, it has only the 1 country. I was thinking the same thing earlier too... but then decided to wait on that book and go with another one...


I will update my list here.

1. The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John (South Africa)
2. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (Kenya)
3. Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud (Morocco)

Asia (including the Middle East and Southeast Asia)
1. Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah (China)
2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Indonesia)
3. Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup (India)
4. Leave Your Tears in Moscow by Barbara Armonas (Russia)
5. A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh)
6. The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw (Malaysia)

Australia (and Oceania)

1. Driving over Lemons by Chris Stewart (Spain)
2. A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke (France)
3. Crooked House by Agatha Christie (England)
4. Hanna’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson (Sweden)
5. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham (Italy)

North America (including Central America and the Caribbean)
1. Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers by Lois-Ann Yamanaka (U.S.)
2. The Red Mass by Rosemary Aubert (Canada)

South America
1. Rescuing the Spectacled Bear: A Peruvian Diary by Stephen Fry (Peru)


Update: This book has been claimed by bookseekerAT to read for this challenge.

I have just read Driving Over Lemons (, about an Englishman and his wife who buy a farm in rural Spain. I got this book as a "Ray It Forward" book from the very generous JennyC1230. I'll be looking for another reader as soon as my husband has read it, and I thought I'd offer it here first.

Here are Jenny's Ray It Forward rules. If you take this book, that means you agree to play by these rules:

"If you have this book then please look for another BookCrosser to pass it to. Check the wish lists, leave a message on the forums, a yahoo group, the BookRelay, or offer it at a meeting...whatever way you choose to pass it on is up to you. If no other BookCrossers want it then send it along its way as a wild release but this should be a last resort.

"What are the advantages of Ray it Forward? Time frame – I ask that you pass the book along in a couple months or so, but because there is not a “waiting list” the time is a little more relaxed than a standard BookRay.

"Shipping Preferences – Choose your own. If you need to post within your own country then do so. If you choose to send international that is great too. If postal costs are a problem right now then hand it to another BookCrosser at a meeting, ask for postage from the receiver or find some other way to get the book in the hands of another BookCrosser.

"***Please note that it would be polite to let the next person know that this is a Ray It Forward book before you pass it along to them so that they will know that they will be expected to pass it on in a couple months."



THAILAND Siam: Or the Woman Who Shot A Man
INDIA: Family Matters, Mistry
NORTH KOREA: Pyongyang, Delise
TIBET: Sky Burial, Xinran
IRAN: The Blood of Flowers, Amirrezvani
CAMBODIA: First They Killed My Father, Ung

GERMANY: Inkheart, Funke
FRANCE: Silk, Baricco
UK: So Many Ways To Begin, McGregor
SPAIN: The Hive, Cela
RUSSIA: One Day in the Life of Iavan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
PORTUGAL: Blindness, Saramago

CENTRAL AMERICA: Fun Home, Brecdel
CANADA: Fugitive Pieces, Micheals
PERU: House of Spirits Allende
CUBA: The Aguero Sisters, Garcia
COLUMBIA: Love in the Time of Cholera, Garcia Marquez
DOMINICA: The Farming of Bones

Australia and the South Pacific:
AUSTRALIA: Gould's Book of Fish
NEW ZEALAND: The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimeara

ZIMBABWE: An Elegy for Easterly, Gappah
IVORY COAST: Aya, Abouet
RWANDA: Deogratis: A Tale of Rwanda
SOUTH AFRICA: Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton


This book was great and quite a quick read. The novel centers on a Chinese woman's search for the truth about her husbands mysterious death. Sounds like it will be a rubbish detective novel but it isn't, it looks closely at the Tibetan culture and the contrasts with China


katrinat 12 yrs ago


katrinat 11 yrs ago
Asia finished
THAILAND Siam: Or the Woman Who Shot A Man
INDIA: Family Matters, Mistry
NORTH KOREA: Pyongyang, Delise
TIBET: Sky Burial, Xinran
IRAN: The Blood of Flowers, Amirrezvani
CAMBODIA: First They Killed My Father, Ung

I have one more book to read for Americas then need as massive catch up on Austrilasia and Africa


the list of nations has changed considerably since I was in school-
so a couple of my books will be broader than just one nation. (for ex, John Reader's Afica, biography of a continent.) If it's a problem, I'll just read 7 for the continents I'm rusty on.


If the book is set in several countries, pick one country for that book to count in. That is what I'm doing.


..and checked the atlas to make sure I'd located them correctly.

South America: Paraguay
Oceania: Tahiti


I recommend it highly to anyone looking for an African title.




This challenge is influencing not only my reading choices, but also my (mostly used) book buying choices.



so I've decided to add maps to my journal entries. :)


Great idea!


Bit slow on the uptake here, but I'd like to join in too. Can I count books read from January 1st? I will update my list here.
EDIT (13th April): I'm also going to keep going for Europe, as I'm reading far more for that than other continents (so far). At the end, I'll choose my favourites, and try to pick out books which really describe the country, rather than books which could have been set just about anywhere.
EDIT (31st August): Added a couple more.

1. The Tears of the Giraffe - Alexander McCall Smith (Botswana)
2. Black Mischief - Evelyn Waugh (Azania, fictional mix of Daar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar - Ethiopa and Tanzania)
3. Refugee Boy - Benjamin Zephaniah (Ethiopia/Eritrea/UK)
4. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver (Congo)
5. Garang - Marc Vandenberghe (Sudan)

Asia (including the Middle East and Southeast Asia)
1. Gesluierd door Afghanistan, (Afghanistan & Pakistan).
2. De vrouw uit 1001 nacht. (Saudi Arabia).
3. The Donkey Cart - Barbara Walker, (China).
4. East of the Sun - Julia Grigson (India)
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Husseini. (Afghanistan)

Australia (and Oceania)
1. Pobby en Dingan - Ben Rice, (Australia).
2. The Spare ROOM - Helen Garner, (Australia).
3. Tim - Colleen McCullough, (Australia).
4. Dochter van de jungle: een meisje uit de steentijd [Daughter of the Jungle: A Girl From the Stone Age] - Sabine Kuegler. Library book. (New Guinea / Irian Jaya - geographically part of Oceania, although politically part of Indonesia).
5. The Life of Pi - Yann Martel. (Pacific Ocean).
6. The Battle for Room Service: Journeys to All the Safe Places - Mark Lawson. (New Zealand, but also Australia, USA, Canada, Luxembourg, Brussels, Milton Keynes (!), Disneyland & Eurodisney).

1. No! I Don't Want to Join a Bookclub - Virginia Ironside, (England).
2. De zwarte dood - Norman Cantor, (Europe, esp. England).
3. The Liar - Stephen Fry, (England).
4. Little Cabbages - George Mikes, (France).
5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows,
6. Mijn vriend Henry [A Friend Like Henry] - Nuala Gardner, (Scotland).
7. Gardens of Delight - Erica James, (UK & Italy).
8. Coventry - Helen Humphries, (England).
9. Bread and Ashes: a Walk Through the Mountains of Georgia. (Georgia).
10. De ongewone lezer (The Uncommon Reader) - Alan Bennett. (UK).
11. Driving Over Lemons - Chris Stewart. (Spain / Andalusia).
12. Naar Nebraska - Veronica Haselhoff. (Netherlands, and not Nebraska, as I'd expected!)
13. Nee heb je - Renate Rubinstein. (Netherlands. About being ill.)
14. De bijenkoning [King Bee] (Five Boys) - Mick Jackson (UK in WWII)
15. Losers - Machteld Bouma (Netherlands)
16. De faun - Anna-Karin Palm (Stockholm, Sweden & London, UK)
17. Cat Tales by Friends of a Roman Sanctuary - Barbara Palmer (ed.) (Rome, Italy)
18. The Last World - Christoph Ransmayr. (Romania)
19. De dochter van de beeldhouwer (Daughter of the Sculptor) - Tove Jansson's autobiography. (Finland)
20. De magische bibliotheek (The Magical Library) - Jostein Gaarder, Klaus Hagerup. (Norway)
21. The Gathering - Anne Enright. (Eire)
22. Het gouden ei (filmed as The Vanishing) - Tim Krabbé. (Netherlands/France)
23. De woorden van zijn vingers (The Words of his Fingers) - Marian de Smet. (Netherlands/Belgium)
24. De Rembrandtcode - Heuvel & de Waal. (Netherlands).

North America (including Central America and the Caribbean)
1. The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood, (Canada).
2. The Other Side - Mary Gordon, (USA)
3. Vlucht uit het land van de vrijheid (Flight From the Land of the Free) - Anna Meijerink. (USA)
4. De vuurpony (The Fire Pony) - Rodman Philbrick (USA).
5. Borderliner - Caroline Kraus (USA - California).
6. De jeugd van Little Tree (The Education of Little Tree) - Forrest Carter. (USA, native American).
7. Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer. (USA, Alaska).
8. One Red Paperclip - Kyle MacDonald. (Canada - Montreal).

South America
1. The Lost World – Arthur Conan Doyle, (Brazil?).
2. Spoorloos (Without Trace) - Fleur Bourgonje. (Chile, Argenina, Venezuela).
3. The Continuum Concept - Jean Liedloff. (Venezuela).

Letters Home - Feargal Keane, Reports from all over the world, but particularly impressed by those from Albania, Macedonia (Europe) and Afghanistan (Asia).


Any book read in 09 counts...


and rays, but some of these count here. Also I'm deliberately on the lookout for books set in different countries, and I've got several already lined up (see my profile). The ones I've read already are listed elsewhere in this thread:


it's "often considered a transcontinental country in Western Asia and Eastern Europe", so I guess I have the choice!
At this point, I've read way too many books about Europe, and I hadn't realised before how few of my books are set in the USA. I've got lots of books lurking on my bookshelves about or set in all sorts of other countries. I just have to find time to read them in between all the ring books which are often irritatingly irrelevant to this challenge!


So far I've got 17 listed for Europe - don't worry I'll edit it near the end of the year. I expected to have more for the USA, and at the moment I've got 3 USA & one Canada, so I'll have to try harder there, and I anticipate the antipodes being a bit of a problem. I've already got two Australia, but I assume only one will count, so then there's New Zealand, and after that my geography is a bit fuzzy. This month's Ultimate Challenge theme is non-fiction, so I've been saving up (auto)biographies, travel, etc, so I'm hoping to get about a bit more this month! I also have a book about Georgia (the country) listed as Europe at the moment, but as it straddles the Caucasus, I shall probably move it to Asia, as I'm behind on that too. I thought this challenge would be easy, but it's turning out to be, well, a challenge! Fun ;-)


That sure mirrors my reading habits, so I'm off to 'new' grounds now... ;-)


but so far they've all been set in Europe and North America, just as a coincidence of the books I've been reading for rings, etc. I have several more "exotic" locations lined up, ready for reading.


winghyphen8wing 12 yrs ago
8 done...
I guess I'd better read my Paraguay book next so I'll have at least one for each continent done! :)


but the books have been good!

Australia and South Pacific
1. Australia - A fraction of the whole

1. Nigeria - Half of a Yellow Sun


> but the books have been good!

> Australia and South Pacific 1. Australia-
> A fraction of the whole
> Africa 1. Nigeria- Half of a Yellow Sun

and now #3 - North America - Towelhead


that's even better, right? :)



katrinat 12 yrs ago


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