Reading Around the World


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 (read)

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

China: Chronicle of a Blood Merchant by Yu Hua, Everlasting Regret by Wang Anyi

Ecuador: ???

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)

Kenya: Petals of Blood or A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Unbowed by Wangari Maathai, Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owour

Korea: I’ll be Right There or Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Kim,

Kuwait: Guapa by Saleem Haddad

India: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (read), A Life Misspent Suryakant Tripathi Nirala

Indonesia: Home by Leila S. Chudori

Iran: The Cypress Tree by Kamin Mohammadi (arrived)

Iraq: A Sky so Close  by Betool Khedairi, Zubaida’s Window by Iqbal al-Qazwini (read)

Japan: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

Jordan: In the House of Silence by Fadia Faqir

Leichtenstein: ???

Liberia: Bound to Secrecy by Vamba Sherif

Mongolia: ???

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 (read)  Satans and Shaitans by Obinna Udenwe

North Korea: The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

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 (read)

Turkey: Honor or The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak (Honor – arrived)

Ukraine: The Museum of Abandoned Secrets by Oksana Zabuzhko

Zimbabwe: The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah