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 Bookshelf
Antigua & Barbuda
- On Heroes and Tombs – Ernesto Sabato
- Mouthful of Birds – Samanta Schweblin
- Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
Bosnia & Herzegovina
British Virgin Is.
Central African Rep.
- The Noodle Maker – Ma Jian
- Love in a Fallen City – Eileen Chang
- Girl in Translation – Jean Kwok
- The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Congo, Repub. of the
Isle of Man
I love Japanese literature a lot, so this country has its own page here: Japanese Literature, A Literary Journey.
Micronesia, Fed. St.
N. Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts & Nevis
St Pierre & Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome & Principe
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Is
United Arab Emirates
- The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
- Hotel Du Lac – Anita Brookner
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander M. Smith
- Transcription – Kate Atkinson
- 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