Reading the World

This page keeps track of my Reading the World project, based on the UN countries list. I started this project several years back but I have not been pursuing new countries for a while, so I feel like the project needs to be refreshed and I need to refocus.

The rules are similar. I would categorize based on either the majority of the settings of the book, or the origin of the author, whichever is more prominent. For countries I read a huge amount of books from (i.e. UK, US, Japan), I’m listing books that I think best represent the country. To keep the list neat, I’ll only include one book per author, and maximum three books per country – all the while making sure that the list is varied per country, in terms of place and time the books are set in.

Update 14 May 2014

I’m giving credit to Biblioglobal for the renewal of my project. We also seem to share a lot of books in our list! For record purposes, on 14 May 2014 I have read books from 30 countries (out of 193 countries), and at this point I’m going to make a priority to read countries that I have visited in real life, but have not read anything from: Spain, Austria, Turkey, and Morocco (I also need to fill in Greece and Switzerland, but am finding these two to be difficult). I will also try to read more of European countries.

New countries read in 2016: Sudan, Finland, Egypt, South Korea, Angola
New countries read in 2015: Ukraine, Austria, Malaysia, Indonesia
New countries read in 2014: Algeria, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Norway, Brazil

Countries read: 42 / 193 countries

Visited countries (in person / real life) in Royal Blue: 31 / 193 countries

Afghanistan – The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Albania
AlgeriaThe Outsider – Albert CamusThe Meursault Investigation – Kamel Daoud
Andorra
AngolaThe Book of Chameleons – José Eduardo Agualusa
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina – Fictions (Ficciones) – Jorge Luis Borges, The Invention of Morel — Adolfo Bioy Casares
Armenia
AustraliaThe Arrival – Shaun Tan, The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas, The Book Thief — Markus Zusak
AustriaChess – Stefan Zweig
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh – Banker to the Poor – Muhammad Yunus
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium I Choose to Live – Sabine Dardenne
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil – Daytripper — Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood, The Stone Diaries — Carol Shields
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China Waiting – Ha Jin, The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck, Love in a Fallen City – Eileen Chang (Hong Kong)
Colombia – One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
Comoros
Congo (Republic of the)
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) – Aya – Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, Aya of Yop City – Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera, Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt Palace Walk – Naguib Mahfouz
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland – The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
France The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Manon Lescaut – Abbé Prévost
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany The Reader – Bernhard Schlink, Nutcracker — E.T.A. Hoffmann
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India – A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Indonesia – The Ten Thousand Things – Maria Dermoût
Iran – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Iraq
Ireland
Israel – Exit Wounds – Rutu Modan
Italy Silk – Alessandro Baricco, If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino, My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante
Jamaica
Japan – Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami, Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata, The Waiting Years – Fumiko Enchi
Jordan
Kazakhstan – The Dead Lake – Hamid Ismailov
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia – The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Moldova (Republic of)
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands Vincent – Barbara Stok (much of the setting is in France)
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria – Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe, Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Death and the King’s Horseman – Wole Soyinka
North Korea – Nothing to Envy – Barbara Demick, Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea – Guy Delisle
NorwayThe Ice Palace – Tarjei Vesaas, The Blue Room — Hanne Ørstavik
Oman
Pakistan – Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie (setting also in Japan, India, and USA)
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
PolandThe Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman (author is American of Polish descent)
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Korea (South Korea) The Vegetarian – Han Kang
Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia – Princess – Jane Sasson
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone – A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia – Desert Flower – Waris Dirie
South Africa – Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
SudanSeason of Migration to the North – Tayeb Salih
Suriname
Swaziland
Switzerland
Sweden – The Sibyl – Pär Lagerkvist (but not set in Sweden)
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine – Everything Is Illuminated — Jonathan Safran Foer
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom Great Expectations – Charles Dickens, The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro, Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
United States To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee, East of Eden – John Steinbeck, The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

 

6 Responses

  1. biblioglobal
    biblioglobal · May 28, 2014 at 13:13:41 · →

    Looks like you’ve got a good start! I really like your idea of including up to three books from a country. Nice way to include extras without getting overwhelming.

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