¡Hola everyone! Reading Challenge 2020 is ready! I have dedicated this year to the Spanish language, which I love to learn. But when I started learning Spanish, I realized that I hardly know all the countries where this beautiful language is spoken. I think it is impossible to learn a language without knowing the people and nations that speak it.
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world after Chinese. It is also the official language of twenty countries. I wanted to dedicate each item of the project to a country, as these twenty countries hold the dynamics of Spanish. But I also realized that in 2020 I want to do more than just reading books.
- I’m going to find at least one artist from every country; learn all about them and examine their work.
- If I can find any, I’m going to watch a film from every country.
- I will make one of the traditional dishes from each country.
- I will listen to at least one song from each country.
I’d be really happy if you can join me on this exciting adventure and share the things you love on the way!
While searching for authors from Spanish speaking countries, I came across Charco Press. They are a small press from Edinburgh, focusing on Latin American literature. You’ll see that many of the books on my list are from their authors and I cannot tell you how happy I am to read their books.
Charco Press focuses on finding outstanding contemporary Latin American literature and bringing it to new readers in the English-speaking world. We aim to act as a cultural and linguistic bridge for you to be able to access a brand new world of fiction that has, until now, been missing from your reading list.Charco Press
Reading Challenge 2020
The Year of Reading the Spanish Language
Book: American Visa – Juan De Recacoechea
Artist: Roberto Mamani Mamani
5. Costa Rica
Book: The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas – Paul Theroux.
Film: The Awakening of the Ants – Antonella Sudasassi
Book: Before Night Falls – Reinaldo Arenas
7. Dominican Republic
Book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Díaz
Book: Poso Wells – Gabriela Alemán
9. El Salvador
Book: Senselessness – Horacio Castellanos Moya
Film: La Palabra de Pablo
10. Equatorial Guinea
Book: The Lost City of the Monkey God – Douglas Preston
Book: I, the Supreme – Augusto Roa Bastos
Artist: Sebastián Boesmi
You can download the high-resolution version of the image HERE. Please do not forget to share your choices with me. I’m curious about the writers you’ve chosen for this project. Enjoy!
Note: If you cannot find a book from a country, you can do as I did. Just find a book that takes place in that country and enjoy.