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#41 Kylie

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 03:26 AM

I've been tempted to try this challenge for a while now because, as you say Janet, it's a list, and I think I've made it pretty clear recently how much I like lists. :mrgreen:

I should confess that I also like it because it comes with the cool map which I can 'colour in' as I go along, just like ticking something off a list! It's such a daunting challenge though that I would have to cheat and include the books I've read in the last few years. :D

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 08:48 AM

The map is rather lovely, isn't it?!

I don't think that's cheating, Kylie.

I've deviated from the original 'Olympic' challenge to make it a 'World' one and I haven't set any time limit - unlike the original one which was to be completed in four years.

I added The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder yesterday, even though I read it in 2007 because I remembered he'd been born in Norway.

Unless it's part of a challenge that others are completing in as a competition then I don't think it matters. :mrgreen:

I need to update my list at the front, actually, as there are more 'World' countries than Olympic ones (gulp!).

Lists ftw! :D

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 11:14 AM

OK, I've gone ahead and used my 1 reserved post for this challenge. It took me a while to get the map right, but I followed your directions (mostly) and I think I've got it now. Now comes the fun part of going through my reading lists and updating the map. :mrgreen:

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:15 PM

Excellent! :mrgreen:

What country list did you go for? I'm going to use the one on this site, although I think 'Akrotiri' might prove impossible!

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:23 PM

I haven't even thought that far ahead! Because I'm lazy, I'll go with the same list you have (thanks for saving me the work :mrgreen:)

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:27 PM

:mrgreen: No worries - you're welcome. :D

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 12:17 PM

Just discovered this gem 'Best European Fiction 2010'. Edited by the acclaimed Bosnian writer,Aleksandar Hemon, this is a volume of contemporary modern short stories, translated into English. Drawn from 35 countries in Europe, including Iceland, Liechtensten, Estonia. Published this month - could prove rather useful;):blush:

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 12:43 PM

Ooh yes - I've just looked at the contents list on Google books and it contains lots of potentially difficult countries. As you say, could prove useful!

Thanks. :blush:

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:32 PM

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Added The UK (Univerze :D ) A Christmas Carol by Dickens, and Japan - The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (thanks to Sinrob for reminding me that I've read it!).

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 05:13 PM

Another resource that is very useful, is African Writing Online - google to find it:). I managed to bag about 6 African countries through reading short stories on that site.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 05:55 PM

Thanks, Rob. :D

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 04:54 PM

I know this is a repost but I've managed to nail Greenland, Falkland Islands and Belarus - have a peek at my ongoing snail post :)

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 04:58 PM

Thanks - will do. :)

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 06:09 PM

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 07:17 PM

I like your rating system. I do the same thing :)

Good Luck with the around the world challenge.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 11:07 AM

Thank you. :lol:

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 07:22 PM

Sinrob reminded me that I've done Australia, as I've already read The Book Thief by Markus Zusac.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:12 PM

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Today I finished Candide or Optimism by Voltaire for France. 7/10. :smile2:

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 05:29 PM

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I read this a while ago, but haven't looked before to see where the authors were born! :lol:

Trinidad and Tobago - In A Free State - V S Naipaul - 4�/10

Ghana - Any Human Heart - William Boyd - 8�/10

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Posted 19 March 2010 - 06:54 PM

Hey Janet, you're doing really well with your challenge :lol: I was just wondering how you've been finding the books for this challenge?




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