Reading Around the World

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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

Argentina: Fever Dream Samanta Schweblin (read), Things We Lost in the Fire by Martina Enriquez

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, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga

Congo: Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

Cuba: A Planet for Rent by Yoss (read)

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 The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu (read)

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

France: The Awkward Squad by Sophie Henaff (read)

Germany: Zen and the Art of Murder by Oliver Bottini

Ghana: Beyond the Horizon by Amma Darko

Greece: The Sleepwalkers by Margarita Karapano

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, The Fish Girl by Miranda Riwoe

Iran: The Cypress Tree by Kamin Mohammadi (arrived), Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Iraq: A Sky so Close  by Betool Khedairi, Zubaida’s Window by Iqbal al-Qazwini (read) The Baghdad Eucharist by Sinan Antoon (read), Frankenstein of Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

Ireland: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Israel: The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

Japan: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama (read)

Jordan: In the House of Silence by Fadia Faqir

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, Familiar Things by Hwang Sok-Yong (read)

Kuwait: Guapa by Saleem Haddad

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, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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, The Year of the Comet by Sergei Lebedev

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 (read), Quiet Violence of Dreams

Sri Lanka: Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

Sweden: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (read)

Syria: Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Front Line by Malu Halasa; An Ishmael of Syria by Asaad Almohammad (read)

Taiwan: Notes of a Crocodile by Qui Miaojin

Turkey: Honor or The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

Ukraine: The Museum of Abandoned Secrets by Oksana Zabuzhko

Viet Nam: The Sympathiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Zimbabwe: The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah