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Posted 09 January 2009 - 11:39 PM

Can I ask, what you used as a source for the list of countries?

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 01:36 AM

Sure, we all researched seperately so I can't speak for others. I looked through blogs which did similar challenges and looked through wikipedia for more information and things. Having said that I think Lexiepiper was the biggest contributer.

The list is a rough outline, personally I've chosen to also include books ABOUT countries because I really want a complete list. (Thats in my own blog list, not on here, this is strictly country by author.) So really its an aid for people to develop their version of the challange, or as Lexipiper suggested at one point 'not something anyone will actually complete but will encourage us to read outside our comfort zone.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 02:04 PM

So you got the list of countries (not the titles) from other challenges like this? The reason I'm curious is that it's a different list I would have compiled, that's all. So I was wondering what you based your list of "countries of the world" on.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 02:12 PM

Ohhhh sorry!! I totally misunderstood.

The list actually came from another challenge on this forum which someone was doing. We ended up discussing it on another thread, and then created this one (several of us, not just me.)

I think it matches Wikipedia's list of countries though.

Why, how would you have done it?

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 02:36 PM

No worries, happens all the time.

Well, I wouldn't have had Scotland and all those separately, for starters. After all, they're not independent countries. That's practically the same as listing all the states of US separately. So my criteria would have been the UN. And I would have started with the list of UN member nations and then added the few missing ones to that.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 02:43 PM

Ah right. I didn't even think about it tbh, I just took the list someone else had already used. Although, considering its easy to get books from scotland, wales and england seperately, I don't mind reading books for each of those. I'm not really concerned with the politics, its really only a guideline to get me reading differents kinds of books, and the whole challenge is open to interpretation anyway.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 02:48 PM

Oh absolutely. And as it's your challenge, you can do it any way you like. It just caught my eye, maybe because I'm not British, and I'm more used to thinking of the Great Britain as a whole, not England and Scotland and Wales separately. On the other hand, I'm a bit like Lance Armstrong was when he first joined a biking team and every one was asked to introduce themselves at dinner and say where they were from. People went "I'm namename and I'm from France" and "... from Spain" and whatnot, until it was Armstrong's turn. "Lance Armstrong, Texas." So I separate the states, at least to a decree, you people England and Scotland.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 02:53 PM

I think of them as very different countries. Regardless of political technicalities, Wales has its own language, culture and so on. Scotland is very celtic like Ireland. England is England as we all know it. The Republic Of Ireland is I suppose the only distinctly seperate one since we've a president and all, but I don't know. I guess its because I live here that I think of them as such, like you say with dividing states.

Although, theres a new challenge in itself. One book from each of every United State! :D

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 02:57 PM

The Republic Of Ireland is I suppose the only distinctly seperate one since we've a president and all, but I don't know.


I'm sorry, what???

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 03:03 PM

O.o

Did I say something wrong? o.o
Well, tbh I don't even know the political dealy with that..... I think we're the UK but not Great Britain (GB = Scotland, england, wales and Northern ireland) and United Kingdom is actually 'United Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland', (or something, I'm really not certain) but what I meant was, because the monarchy doesn't have anything to do with us, we've our President/Taoiseach and so on.

Edited by Nollaig, 10 January 2009 - 03:10 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2009 - 03:14 PM

Oh dear God.

It's not politics. It's basic fundamental knowledge that anyone above the age of five should know about their own country! I'm sorry to sound harsh, but...

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 03:25 PM

What the hell has this got to do with this thread anyway?

Additionally - I know what MY country is, its the relation between the others that I'm not entirely sure about, I know they're governed by the monarchy/prime minister, but I don't know exactly how them being seperate countries works.

As for the Great Britain/United Kingdom thing, I wasn't sure because I never think about it because its pretty much irrelevant to me. Apparently however, I knew exactly what it was, because I was right essentially in what I said when I thought about it. I didn't want to state what I wasn't entirely sure of at the exact time I was posting.

So no, you don't need to sound harsh, and until you start posting about books from various countries, you can get out of this thread and all.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 03:49 PM

Well, I'm sorry if my frankness hurt your feelings, but I only reacted to what you yourself said.

The Republic Of Ireland is I suppose the only distinctly seperate one since we've a president and all, but I don't know.


So it seems your high horse on you knowing your own country isn't quite in line with your own words. Ireland is an independent republic (since 1921) that has nothing to do with Great Britain (that'd be England, Wales and Scotland) nor UK (that'd be the United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). It hasn't even been in the Commonwealth since the late 40's. Just to fill you in.

As for the topic, as the challenge was and is about titles from all the countries in the world, this still fits the topic in my view. After all, it was all part of the discussion what's the definition of 'a country' used.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 03:53 PM

Fine, whatever, I'm a retard then.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 04:39 PM

Although, theres a new challenge in itself. One book from each of every United State! :D

That's a good idea. :D

Actually, I'd like to do one for each county of England (either author from... or novel about...) but I've no idea how I'd go about that or if it would even be possible!

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 04:42 PM

That's a good idea. :D

Actually, I'd like to do one for each county of England (either author from... or novel about...) but I've no idea how I'd go about that or if it would even be possible!


Thank you for putting this back on topic.

I agree, its a nice idea. I think it probably would bemore difficult with England though, because its much smaller :D

It would be impossible with Ireland, and even if it wasn't, I wouldn't want to read what came out of half the counties here.
'How to grow the perfect spuds' or something about farming would inevitably come from my county. :D

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 04:47 PM

I agree, its a nice idea. I think it probably would bemore difficult with England though, because its much smaller :)

There are around 45 counties in England, I think and as I only managed 40 books in 2008 it would be quite a challenge for me. :D Maybe one day...

'How to grow the perfect spuds' or something about farming would inevitably come from my county. :D

:D And make Guinness! :)

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 04:48 PM

I think I remember once seeing where someone was doing a States challenge where each State was represented either by an author from there or a book set there - it looked interesting! A similar challenge with British Counties might be interesting. As for the global challenge, there are varoious similar ones with different "rules", for example, I'm doing the Olympic Challenge where each country that's represented in the summer Olympics is covered by an author from there. It's a long-term challenge as there are over 200! So far I've only covered 28 countries - LOL!

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 04:49 PM

There are around 45 counties in England, I think and as I only managed 40 books in 2008 it would be quite a challenge for me. :D Maybe one day...


Oh well I meant I didn't think there would be one book for every county! It'd be fun to find out though.


And make Guinness! :D


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Posted 10 January 2009 - 04:52 PM

Yeah, I think it would be tricky. I'd love to read one 'about' each county but it would be difficult finding books set in each one, I think.

Some would be easy e.g The Darling Buds of May by H E Bates is set in Kent, Year of Wonders is about the plague village Eyam (I've already read that though) so I'm sure there would be books for each county, but it would be hard tracking some down, methinks.

Still, I might consider it when I've finished my 'Decades' challenge. :D




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