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Abecedarian 11 yrs ago
I think I'll join in too, but I'm looking at the Sochi Games 2014. That allows me more time. I just sent an ILL request for “Axis of Evil:” Writing from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Other Enemy Nations..which is an anth…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago | 1 replies
I don't think the question came up! I personally don't care for audiobooks, but it has more to do with my hearing loss and my noisy environment. I just can't concentrate on the audios like someone with better hearing mi…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago | 1 replies
What did you find for Oman? All I found was a travel guide! > I've also got books for: > Albania Uzbekistan Oman Japan > Uzbekistan in particular was fiendishly > difficult to find something for! …

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago | 2 replies
If I do take up the Challenge again, it will be under my own terms, not necessarily slavishly following the list of countries. I may skip a number of hard-to-find places, and revisit others repeatedly. I definately want …

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
It really is like a treasure hunt! I have a 3-ring binder stuffed full of lists and notes for different countries. I also printed out some resources I found online. Pick through the archives here in this thread, as there…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
I read a book, poem, or short story for each country. While I doubt I'll do the same exact challenge for the next olympics, I plan to take a more scenic or leisurely route around the globe in the future..

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
I totally understand you here! I had a strange block, particulary towards Russian writers. I felt intimidated for some reason, and an online friend encouraged me to go ahead and give Aleksandr Solzhenystn and whirl, bu…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
Yayness!!! I'm happy for you too! I totally agree with your assessment of A Stranger's Supper. I too thought it would be dry and dull, and was pleasantly suprised. I also read it right at the end of the challenge..wh…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago | 1 replies
You finished all but 10 in 12 months??? That's utterly amazing and spectacular!!!Good for you!Do you think you'll keep reading around the world(perhaps at your own pace) after you complete the first round? This challenge…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago | 5 replies
Yay, you did it Sheepseeker!!!

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
Be sure to check out the Reading Globally group at library thing. Talk about a diamond mine! Also, www.worldliteratureforum.com is turning into a very lovely place. Several of the group members are friends from several o…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago | 2 replies
> Sounds like you're doing great! I've thought about going back to the countries I couldn't find 'good' reads for and trying again..in some cases what I found was all I could get. Another side 'perk' to this c…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
You haven't failed!!! You're still reading globally and that's the real point of this whole challenge. I don't know about the other participants, but I'm going to carry on with my litary world tour. This time I'll do it …

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
WaaaHooo! Good for you! Feels like you've run a marathon, doesn't it?

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
Did you notice too the absence of Scotland from the official list? I thought is was just wrong to exclude one of the most literature-rich soveriegn nations in the world just because they didn't have their own Olympic Co…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago | 4 replies
also contains a list of OC participants. Check the profiles of all of us to get some ideas. Be prepared to do some reasearch as you hunt for books, but don't worry, it's well worth the effort! I covered some countries in…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
And the friends who see them are amazed...they're readers too. I wouldn't show the list to nonreaders unless specifically asked. Just the other day I showed my lists to my oldest dd's boyfriend because she told me he'd a…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
> there are some that I have very little > recollection of the plot. It does not > bother me, though, as there are some I > remember vividly through the years as if I > just read them yesterday. I think there >…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
I participated in the Olympic Challenge too..I highly recommend The Rice Mother-Rani Manecka( Malaysia), Broken Verses-Kamilla Shamsie(Pakhistan), I, The Divine, Rabih Alameddine (Lebanon), Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago | 2 replies
Forgeting what I read when young is not nearly as annoying as forgetting details from books I read last year...or even last month! From what I've read on the power-surge site, that is very common for premenopaual ladies …

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago | 1 replies
I don't know if there's an updated version of that book or not. As with any such list, I think half the fun is seeing how many one has read, and which ones we'd argue right off that old list anyhow. I've sort of started…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago | 6 replies
Now What? What should we do next?

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
I started The Fire of Origins by Emmanuel Dongala (Democratic Republic of Con) last night. I nearly overlooked the DRC too...which would have been a shame, as I might have missed this promising novel.

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago
I'm reading Hong Kong now.. a collection of short stories and essays, and I just ordered a book for Democratic Republic of Congo :http://www.africanreviewofbooks.com/Review.asp?book_id=78. Then I think I'm done! As I was…

Abecedarian 14 yrs ago | 1 replies
> I just did a double check with > http://www.olympic.org/---/index_uk.asp > and they have only 205 chartered so my > list is updated and the most current > (yeah!). Because the games are so close I > doubt …

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