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#21 frankie

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:13 AM

I realised in bed last night that John Banville is Irish and that The Sea is set in Ireland - and I've read it! :)

That takes my grand total to 3! :D


I noticed your review on The Sea , now at least something good came out of reading it :lol:

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:16 AM

Hehe yes! I feel bad about not enjoying it because I really wanted to. :lol: Still, I can't change my feelings for it, but as you said, it did me this favour. :D

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:29 PM

Finished The Flower Boy by Karen Roberts which is set in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), where the author was also born. 8/10

ETA: Snagging the map idea from Tracy in the hope that it might spur me on seeing it visually. :)

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 08:08 PM

Finished Black Rock by Amanda Smyth - set in Trinidad and Togago, which are so tiny they hardly show up on the map! :lol:

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ETA: Having revised my 'rules' (i.e author's place of birth qualifies, not where the book is set), I've removed this from my list. :blush:

Edited by Janet, 05 October 2009 - 09:31 AM.


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Posted 28 March 2009 - 12:50 AM

Janet, for someone who was reluctant, you're doing better at your challenge than I am!!!

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 05:35 AM

:lol: Well, I recently did that Book Spa thing and I mentioned to the guy discussing books with me that I'd like to read some set in countries other than the UK or the USA so he recommended two on the strength of that.

I've just started the other one, set in Pakistan (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), so I'll be adding another to my map shortly - but then I guess I'll have a lull again after that!

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 07:42 AM

What did Nic think of your book challenge? I think he would have liked that idea!

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 01:43 PM

He did -and I he also liked the fact that I was open to suggestion. He really was spot-on with what he picked for me - even picking several I've already read or got on my 'to read' pile!

Slightly o/t, but on the day of my visit, I'd just started What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn and told me that he was on the Costa panel that voted it the winner so he was pleased I was enjoying it! :irked:

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 02:11 PM

He did -and I he also liked the fact that I was open to suggestion. He really was spot-on with what he picked for me - even picking several I've already read or got on my 'to read' pile!

Slightly o/t, but on the day of my visit, I'd just started What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn and told me that he was on the Costa panel that voted it the winner so he was pleased I was enjoying it! :irked:


How odd, What Was Lost was also on my list of recent reads that I sent him, and he told me the same thing!

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 03:37 PM

The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mahsin Hamid - Pakistan

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 07:49 AM

Just about to start The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. :mrgreen:

ETA: Which I did - but then I remembered I'd already done Germany. D'oh!

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 08:51 AM

After some dithering, and some sending of PMs, I have revised this slightly.

Unless otherwise stated, the books read relate to the country in which the author was born. So, for example, Brazil is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, because that's where he was born, even though the book isn't based in Brazil.

I still can't see me ever getting to the end of this! :lol:

Edited by Janet, 05 October 2009 - 09:11 AM.


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Posted 05 October 2009 - 09:52 AM

Okay, I've had a sort out and here is my updated map:

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Afghanistan - A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini (10/10)
Austria - The Dragonfly Pool - Eva Ibbotson (7/10)
Brazil - The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho (8/10)
Canada - No Time For Goodbye - Linwood Barclay (8/10)
Germany - All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque (8/10)
India - Coram Boy - Jamila Gavin - (6�/10)
Ireland - The Sea - John Banville (3/10)
New Zealand - Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones (9�/10)
Pakistan - The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid (8/10)
Sri Lanka - The Flower Boy - Karen Roberts
United States of America - The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks (7/10)

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 12:23 PM

Ooh, where did you get the map and how do you go about adding the colour to the bits you've covered?!

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 12:44 PM

I can't take the credit for it - I snagged the idea from Tracy (everydayxangels)!

It comes from here - it's meant to show the counties you've visited but doubles up for this quite nicely, although obviously it contains non-Olympic countries too.

I do it, paste it into word and then load it on Photobucket to get a full picture rather than uploading it directly from the computer.

It's lovely to see one's progress this way. :lol:

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 08:04 AM

Note for future reference - Girls Of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea - Saudi Arabia

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:08 AM

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Afghanistan - A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini - 10/10
Austria - The Dragonfly Pool - Eva Ibbotson - 7/10
Brazil - The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho - 8/10
Canada - No Time for Goodbye - Linwood Barclay - 8/10
Germany - All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque - 9/10
India - Coram Boy - Jamila Gavin - 6�/10
Ireland - The Sea - John Banville - 3/10
New Zealand - Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones - 9�/10
Norway - The Christmas Mystery - Jostein Gaarder - 7�/10
Pakistan - The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid - 8/10
Sri Lanka - The Flower Boy - Karen Roberts - 8/10
Sweden - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson - 10/10
United States - The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks - 7/10

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:03 PM

Wow, good luck with this, must be hard to find books to read from some countries, I know my country doesn't have many books I'd like to read. Unless it's children's books, like Crusade in Jeans, used to love that one when I was a kid.
Amazed you haven't read anything from the UK yet! Not for your list anyway...

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:21 PM

I'm going to take up this challenge. I'll have to trawl through my books and see which ones fit the challenge. I'm being strict so the author has to be born in the country. Can see that could be a bit tricky for several countries :)

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:25 PM

:smile2: I've read lots of UK books - I don't know why I haven't selected one for the list! :) I shall add my next UK read!

I am intending to include some children's books in my choices (my Indian choice was one) - I'm doing this based on where the author was born rather than it being where the book is set.

I don't see myself ever completing it, but it's another list and I like lists - and it makes me think about things I might not otherwise read - or at least, that's the plan. :)




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