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!
In the meantime, you don’t have to limit yourself to a time frame. And since I’m sure you have lots of books to read, you don’t have to overload your reading schedule with various countries. All you need to do is to make up your mind and also open up enough shelf space for your new books.
Let’s face it; our bookshelves are full of authors from the same countries thus they are boring. Don’t you think? After all, 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? Given these points, 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! In short, 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 thus 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 also The List from A Year of Reading the World. These are excellent sources for translated books and thus will make you want to read more!
Read Around the World Bookshelf
Bosnia & Herzegovina
- That Mad Ache – Françoise Sagan
- The President’s Hat – Antoine Laurain
- Vintage 1954 – Antoine Laurain
- The Man Who Risked It All – Laurent Gounelle
- If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller – Italo Calvino
- Morning Sea – Margaret Mazzantini
- The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati
- The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
- Hotel Du Lac – Anita Brookner
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander M. Smith
- Transcription – Kate Atkinson
- The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
- Letters from Father Christmas – J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
- Lord of the Flies – William Golding
- The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder – J. Ironmonger
- Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
- The Noodle Maker – Ma Jian
- Love in a Fallen City – Eileen Chang
- Girl in Translation – Jean Kwok
- The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
- American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang
I love Japanese literature a lot, so this country has its own page here: Japanese Literature, A Literary Journey.
- The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly – Sun-mi Hwang
- Yeoyu – New Voices from Korea
- I Have the Right to Destroy Myself – Kim Young-Ha
United Arab Emirates
Central African Rep.
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Congo, Repub. of the
Sao Tome & Principe
Antigua & Barbuda
- Room – Emma Donoghue
- Last Night in Montreal – Emily St. John Mandel
- Life of Pi – Yann Martel
- The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
- American Wife – Curtis Sittenfeld
- Invisible – Paul Auster
- Ragtime – E. L. Doctorow
- The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
- Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
- Shibumi – Trevanian
- A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
- The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
- Shopgirl – Steve Martin
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
- The Accidental Tourist – Anne Tyler
- A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
- The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
- Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
- A Walk Across the Sun – Corban Addison
- The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
- Getting Even – Woody Allen
- What Is the What – Dave Eggers
- Say Her Name – Francisco Goldman
- The Family Fang – Kevin Wilson
- The Manual of Detection – Jedediah Berry
- On Heroes and Tombs – Ernesto Sabato
- Mouthful of Birds – Samanta Schweblin
- Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges