This page will be a work in progress as I begin to plan and map out (pun intended) my Reading Around the World challenge inspired by Ann Morgan. I know other people are engaging in this type of challenge, but for me half the fun is in the research, and I’d really like to read different books than those who have gone before.
At this point I’m wanting to focus on modern writers, and preferably modern female writers. I’m very open to suggestions, so please feel free to leave some for me!
I’ve set up a shelf on Goodreads to also help keep track of all the amazing books I will no doubt find.
There will be no rhyme or reason to the way this list grows. But it will be alphabetical by country by the time I’m done.
Afghanistan: A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice by Malalai Joya
Albania: The Country Where No One Ever Dies by Ornela Vorpsi
Algeria: Algerian White by Assia Djebar
Andorra: The Teacher of Cheops by Albert Salvado
Angola: Sacred Hope by Agostinho Neto
Antigua and Barbudan: Unburnable by Marie-Elena John
Australia: Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss
Canada: They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School by Bev Sellars.
Congo: Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila
Cuba: A Planet for Rent by Yoss
Czech Republic: Bringing up Girls in Bohemia by Michael Viewegh, The Little Town Where Time Stood Still by Bohumil Hrabal, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Ethiopia: Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Finland: The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen (arrived)
Ghana: Beyond the Horizon by Amma Darko
Greece: The Sleepwalkers by Margarita Karapanou (ordered)
Israel: The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu (ordered)
Kuwait: Guapa by Saleem Haddad
Indonesia: Home by Leila S. Chudori
Iran: The Cypress Tree by Kamin Mohammadi (arrived)
Japan: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
Jordan: In the House of Silence by Fadia Faqir
Liberia: Bound to Secrecy by Vamba Sherif
Nepal: The Lives We Have Lost by Manjushee Thapa
New Zealand: The Bone People by Kerri Hume
Nigeria: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta, Satans and Shaitans by Obinna Udenwe
Pakistan: Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie, Blue Mimosa by Parijat
Papua New Guinea: Kiki: Ten Thousand Years in a Lifetime: A New Guinea Autobiography by Albert Maori Kiki
Russia: The Time of Women by Elena Chizhova
Rwanda: Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Senegal: God’s Bits of Wood by Ousmane Sembene
Sierra Leone: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, So the Path Does Not Die by Pede Hollist
Somalia: Maps by Nuruddin Farah, Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
South Africa: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Quiet Violence of Dreams
Sri Lanka: Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
Syria: Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Front Line by Malu Halasa; An Ishmael of Syria by Asaad Almohammad
Ukraine: The Museum of Abandoned Secrets by Oksana Zabuzhko
Zimbabwe: The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah