Read Around the World is a reading project for the readers who want to explore the world with books. It is also a great project if you desire to broaden your horizons, just by sitting in a chair and reading. What you have to do is to read at least one book by an author from each country. Simple and fun as that! You don’t have to limit yourself to a time frame or overload your reading schedule with various countries. All you need to do is to make up your mind and open up enough shelf space for your new books.

Let’s face it; our bookshelves are full of authors from the same countries. Don’t you think this a bit boring as well? If you had the chance, would you visit the same land over and over again? I hope not! Wouldn’t it be exciting to see somewhere else? Experiencing a culture for the first time is like nothing else. So why not read the whole world? Doesn’t it sound exciting?

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.”

Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

I’ll make Read Around the World reading challenge a neverending one, and contribute to this list as long as I blog. If you want to join me, visit this blog every once in a while and share your thoughts. That’s all! I hope you can find great books and share your favourites with me as well. 

Like everyone else, I got this idea from Ann Morgan from A Year of Reading the World. Thanks to her, curious readers like me have a comprehensive reading list and a fun reading challenge to complete. She has made it possible for everyone to follow this perfect idea. What a great lady!

Looking for inspiration?

If you need inspiration, I would recommend English PEN’s World Bookshelf and The List from A Year of Reading the World. These are excellent sources for translated books and will make you want to read more! 

Read Around the world

Read Around the World Bookshelf

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

American Samoa

Andorra

Angola

Anguilla

Antigua & Barbuda

Argentina

On Heroes and Tombs – Ernesto Sabato

Armenia

Aruba

Australia

Austria

The Tobacconist – Robert Seethaler

Azerbaijan

Bahamas, The

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

British Virgin Is.

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

Central African Rep.

Chad

Chile

China

Colombia

Comoros

Congo, Dem. Rep.

Congo, Repub. of the

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Cote d’Ivoire

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

East Timor

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

France

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Gabon

Gambia, The

Gaza Strip

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Gibraltar

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guatemala

Guernsey

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Isle of Man

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

I love Japanese literature a lot, so this country has its own page here: Japanese Literature, A Literary Journey.

Jersey

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

(Kurdistan)

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macau

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia, Fed. St.

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montserrat

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Netherlands

Netherlands Antilles

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

N. Mariana Islands

North Korea

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Palau

Palestine

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Reunion

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Saint Lucia

St Pierre & Miquelon

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome & Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Swaziland

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Togo

Tonga

Trinidad & Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Turks & Caicos Is

Tuvalu

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Venezuela

Vietnam

Virgin Islands

Wallis and Futuna

West Bank

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

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