Jump to content


Photo
* * * * * 1 votes

June's Around the World Book Challenge


  • Please log in to reply
172 replies to this topic

#1 Talisman

Talisman

    Ugly bag of mostly water

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,304 posts
  • Reading now?:Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
  • Locationleafy Surrey

Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:50 PM

I have been thinking about doing this for a while, and sort of have been unofficially, but since David Cameron wants us to 'go for it' (whatever 'it' is) have decided that I will go for this.

Having looked at Janet's list, who is also undertaking this, I see that my own is a little shorter, but also a little longer than the one in the thread has been bookmarked at the top of this forum. I have spent a bit of time researching what is and isn't a country (opinions do vary) and checking various lists. The main criteria I am using is that the territory in question has to fulfil at least 2 of these:

a) have its own nationality - in some overseas territories of France for example the natives are classiifed and treated as French citizens rather than citizens of their own country.
b) have its own flag and
c) have some form of its own Government such as for example in the Isle of Man.

It has taken me a bit of time to compile the list, but I think I have got there!

Wherever possible the books will be written by authors who were either born or have spent a lot of the time in the country in question, but where this is not possible (and it will be more difficult for the more remote areas), the book will merely be set there.

Here then is my list. Books shown in bold already been read, with those shown in italics on the tbr pile. Ihave listed up to 5 books per country.

1. Afghanistan – The Kite Runner – Khalid Hussein, Born Under a Million Shadows – Andrea Busfield, A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khalid Hussein

2. Albania - Chronicle in Stone - Ismail Kadare

 

3. Algeria - What the Day Owes the Night - Yasmina Khadra

4. American Samoa - Pago Pago Tango (Jungle Beat) - John Enright


5. Andorra - Andorra: A Novel - Peter Cameron

6. Angola - Our Museque - Jose Luandino Viera


7. Antigua and Barbuda - Annie John: A Novel - Jamaica Kincaid

8. Anguilla - The Night of the Rambler - Montegue Kobbe 


9. Argentina - Fatal Tango - Wolfram Fleischhauer, The Motorcycle Diaries - Ernesto Che Guevara

10. Armenia - An Armenian Sketchbook - Vasily Grossman

 

11. Aruba

12. Australia – A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz, The Secret River – Kate Grenville, Dark Places – Kate Grenville, The Cry - Helen Fitzgerald, The Light Between Oceans - ML Stedman, The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion, Gould's Book of Fish - Richard Flanagan

 

13. Austria - The World of Yesterday - Stefan Zweig  

14. Azerbaijan - Layla and Majnun: The Classic Love Story of Persian Literature - Nizami

 

15. Bahamas

16. Bahrain - My Beautiful Bahrain - Robin Barratt

17. Bangladesh - Brick Lane - Monica Ali


18. Barbados

19. Belarus

 

20. Belgium - The Man Became I Came - Peter Verheist

21. Belize - Mango Roots Chronicles - Wanjiru Uhuru

22. Benin - Voodoo Slaves and White Man's Graves - Tim Coote, Butterfly Fish - Irenosen Okojie 

23. Bermuda

24. Bhutan – Married to Bhutan: Linda Leaming

25. Bolivia

 

26. Bosnia and Herzegovina - Nowhere Man - Aleksandar Hemon, The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway

27. Botswana

28. Brazil - All Dogs Are Blue - Rodrigo Souza Leao, The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho, If I Close My Eyes Now - Edney Silvestre 

29. British Virgin Islands

30. Brunei - Written in Black - KH Lim

31. Bulgaria - Zift: A Noir Novel - Vladislav Todorov

32. Burkina Faso - The Ring Tone and the Drum - Mark Weston , Voodoo Slaves and White Man's Graves - Tim Coote


33. Burma – The Road to Wanting: Wendy Law-Yone, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: Jan-Philip Sandker, A Well-Tempered Heart: Jan-Philip Sandker 

 

34. Burundi – Strength in What Remains – Tracy Kidder

35. Cambodia – When Broken Glass Floats – Chanrithy Him, Survival in the Killing Fields - Haing Ngor 

36. Cameroon

37. Canada – Late Nights on Air – Elizabeth Hay, The Life of Pi: Yann Martel

38. Cape Verde

39. Cayman Islands

40. Central African Republic

41. Chad

42. Chechnya - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Anthony Marra 

 

43. Chile - Ways of Going Home - Alejandro Zambra, Where the Earth Ends - John Harrison

44. China – The Vagrants – Yi Yun Li, Wild Swans - Jung Chang, A Many Splendoured Thing - Han Suyin 

45. Colombia - Delirium - Laura Restrepo, Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez  

46. Comoros

47. Congo - Drums on the Night Air - Veronica Cecil, Canoeing the Congo - Phil Harwood 

48. Cook Islands

49. Costa Rica

50. Cote d'ivoire

51. Croatia - The Hired Man - Aminatta Forna

 

52. Cuba - The Maids of Havana - Pedro Perez Sarduy, Before Night Falls - Reinaldo Arenas 

53. Curacao - The House of Six Doors - Patricia Siebert

54. Cyprus

55. Czech Republic - HHhH - Laurent Binet

56. Denmark – The Library of Shadows – Mikkel Birkegaard, The Vanishing Act - Matte Jakobsen

57. Djibouti - Transit: A Novel - Abdourahman A Waberi

58. Dominica

59. Dominican Republic - Drown - Junot Diaz

60. Ecuador - End of the Spear - Steve Saint

61. East Timor

62. Egypt - Sipping from the Nile - Jean Naggar, The Yacoubian Building - Alas al Aswany

 

63. El Salvador - A Place Where the Sea Remembers - Sandra Benitez

 

64. England – Past Imperfect – Julian Fellows, On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan, Call the Midwife – Jennifer Worth, Three Men in a Float: Dan Kieran and Ian Vince, A Rural Affair – Catherine Alliott

65. Equatorial Guinea - Cry Havoc - Simon Mann

66. Eritrea

67. Estonia - Purge - Sofi Oksanen

68. Ethiopia - Beneath the Lion's Gaze - Maaza Mengiste 

69. Falkland Islands

70. Faroe Islands - The Old Man and His Sons - Herin Bru

71. Fiji

72. Finland - The Summer Book - Tove Janssen, The Brothers - Asko Sahlberg

73. France – The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery, Rosie's War - Rosemary Say, The Presidents Hat - Antoine Laurain

74. French Polynesia

75. Gabon - Gabon - Marius Gabriel

76. Gambia - Reading the Ceiling - Dayo Forster

77. Georgia

78. Germany - Berlin: A Novel - Pierre Frei, Fatal Tango - Wolfram Fleischhauer, The Reader - Bernhard Schlink, The Berlin Wall: My Part in it's Downfall - Peter Millar, Next World Novella - Matthias Politycki, The Mussel Feast - Birgit Vanderbeke

 

79. Ghana - Voodoo Slaves and White Man's Graves - Tim Coote, Journey - Gheysika Adombire 

80. Gibraltar - The Atlantis Gene - AG Riddle


81. Greece – The Island – Victoria Hislop, The Messenger of Athens - Anne Zaroudi

82. Greenland – The Long Haul: Alex Hibbert, Graenlindinga Saga - Hermann Palsoon and Magnus Magnusson 

 

83. Grenada - Pynter Bender: Jacob Ross

84. Guam

 

85. Guadeloupe - Who Slashed Celanire's Throat - Maryse Conde, Desirada - Maryse Conde 

86. Guatemala - Tree Girl - Ben Mikaelsen

87. Guernsey - The Book of Lies: Mary Horlock, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer

88. Guinea - My Heart Will Cross the Ocean - Kadiatou Diallo

89. Guinea-Bissau - The Ring Tone and the Drum - Mark Weston

 

90. Guyana - Kiskadee Girl - Maggie Harris

91. Haiti - Love, Anger, Madness - Marie Vieux-Chauvet, In Darkness - NIck Lake

 

92. Honduras

93. Hong Kong - Girl in Translation - Jean Kwok, Temples, Whispering Shadows - Jan-Philippe Sendker 

94. Hungary - The Door - Magda Szabo, Iza's Ballad - Magda Szabo

95. Iceland – Independent People: Halldor Laxness, Jar City: Arnaldur Indridason, My Soul to Take - Yrsa Sigurdadottir, Laxdaela Saga – Herman Palsson, Burial Rites - Hannah Kent, Blackout - Ragnar Jonasson

96. India – Witness the Night: Kishwar Desai, Shantaram: David Gregory Roberts, Tiger Hills: Sarita Mandanna, Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil, Behind the Beautiful Forever's - Katharine Boo

 

97. Indonesia - Hotel K - Kathryn Bonella, Temples, The Tea Lords - Hella S Haase

98. Iran - The Cypress Tree - Kamin Mohammadi, Children of the Jacaranda Tree - Sahar Delijani 

99. Iraq - The Dove Flyer - Eli Amir, The Madman of Freedom Square - Hassan Blasim

100. Ireland – Round Ireland With a Fridge: Tony Hawks, How to Fall in Love - Cecelia Ahearn, Under the Hawthorn Tree: Maria Conlon 


101 Isle of Man - Boy Racer - Mark Cavendish

102. Israel – When I Lived in Modern Times – Linda Grant, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman - Eve Harris, Losing Israel - Jasmine Donahaye 

103. Italy – That Summer in Ischia: Penny Feeny, Last Train from Liguria: Christine Dwyer Hickey

104. Jamaica – Small Island – Andrea Levy, The Book of Night Women - Marlon James

105. Japan – Norwegian Wood: Haruki Murakami, The Reason I Jump - Naoki Higashida, Hiroshima - John Hersey, An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful - J David Simons 

106. Jersey

107. Jordan - My Name is Salma - Fadia Faqir

108. Kazakhstan - On the Trail of Genghis Khan - Tim Cope, The Dead Lake - Hamid Ismailov 

109. Kenya

110. Kiribati

111. Korea North – Nothing to Envy – Barbara Dimmock, Escape From Camp 14 - Blain Harden
 

112. Korea South – Please Look After Mother: Kyung-sook Shin, The Vegetarian - Han Kang 

113. Kosovo - Travels in Blood and Honey - Elizabeth Gowing 

114. Kuwait

115. Kyrgyzstan

 

116. Laos

 

117. Latvia

118. Lebanon - Somewhere Home - Nada Awar Jarrar

119 Lesotho

120. Liberia

121. Libya - In the Country of Men: Matar Hisham, Gaddafi's Harem - Annick Cojean

 

122. Liechtenstein

123. Lithuania – Between Shades of Grey: Ruta Sepetys

124. Luxembourg 

125. Macedonia

126. Macau - The Fan Tan Players - Julian Lees

127. Madagascar

128. Malawi

129. Malaysia - Evening is the Whole Day - Preeta Samarasan, The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng, Temples

130. Maldives

131. Mali - Monique and the Mango Rains - Kris Holloway, Voodoo Slaves and White Man's Graves - Tim Coote

132. Malta

133. Marshall Islands - Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island: Peter Rudiak-Gould  

134. Mauritania

135. Mauritius

136 Mexico - Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel, Prayers for the Stolen: Jennifer Clement

137. Micronesia

138. Moldova

139. Monaco
 

140. Mongolia - On the Trail of Genghis Khan - Tim Cope, Mogol - Uuganaa Ramsay

141. Montenegro

142 Montserat - Only God Can Make a Tree: Bertram Roach

143. Morocco - A Palace in the Old Village - Tahar Ben Jelloun

 

144 Mozambique

145. Namibia

146. Nauru

147. Nepal - Into Thin Air -  Jon Krakauer

148. Netherlands - Infidel: Aayan Hirsi Ali


149. New Caledonia
 

150. New Zealand - Wake - Elizabeth Knox

151. Nicaragua

152. Nieu

153. Niger - Harmattan - Gavin Weston 

154. Nigeria – Tiny Sunbirds Far Away: Christie Watson, The Famished Land – Ben Okri

155. North Marianna Islands

156. Norway – The Devils Star: Jo Nesbo, Out Stealing Horses: Per Petterson

157. Northern Ireland - Watching the Door – Kevin Myers, The Living - Lean Cullinam

158. Oman

159. Pakistan - Partitions - Amit Majmundar, The Wandering Falcon - Jamil Ahmad, I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai   

160. Palestine - Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life - Sari Nusseibeh

161. Palau

162. Panama

163. Papua New Guinea - Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones

164. Paraguay

165. Peru - The Blue Hour - Alonso Cueto

166. Puerto Rico - We the Animals - Justin Torres

 

167. Philippines - Banana Heart Summer - Merlinda Bobis

 

168. Pitcairn Island - The Mutineer - A Romance of Pitcairn Island: Walter Jeffrey

169. Poland - The Auschwitz Violin - Maria Angels Anglada, The Long Walk - Slavomir Rawicz, Inside the Gas Chambers: Shlomo Venesia, Giants: The Dwarfs of Auschwitz - Eilat Negev and Yehuda Koren

 

170. Portugal - Last Train to Lisbon - Pascal Mercier

171. Qatar 

172. Romania - The Appointment - Herta Muller, The Beggar and the Hare - Tuomas Kyro, The Last One Hundred Days - Patrick McGuiness

 

173. Russia - The Conductor - Sarah Quigley

174. Rwanda – Running the Rift - Naomi Benaron

175. St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha - Three Years in Tristan de Cunha - Katherine Mary Barrow 


176. St. Kitts & Nevis - A Distant Shore - Caryl Phillips, Only God Can Make a Tree: Bertram Roach

177. St. Lucia - Season of Mist - McDonald Dixon


178. St Pierre and Miquelon

179. St. Vincent & the Grenadines

180. Samoa - Sons for the Return Home - Albert Wendt

181. San Marino

182. Sao Tome & Principe - Sao Tome - A Novel: Paul D Cohn

183 Saudi Arabia – Girls of Riyadh: Rajaa Alsanea, The Consequences of Love - Addonia Sulaiman


184 Scotland –The Life and Death of St Kilda – Tom Steel, Island od Wings - Karin Altenberg, The Hills is Lonely - Lillian Beckwith

185. Senegal - Redemption in Indigo - Karen Lord

 

186. Serbia

 

187. Seychelles
 
188. Sierra Leone - Ancestor Stones: Aminata Forna, The Ring Tone and the Drum - Mark Weston


189. Sint Maarten - Gone Bamboo - Anthony Bourdain 

190. Singapore - Singapore Sling - John Malathronas

191. Slovakia

 

192. Slovenia

193. Solomon Islands - Devi, Devil - GW Kent

194. Somalia - Infidel: Aayan Hirsi Ali, Fractured - Clar Ni Chonghaile 

195. South Africa - Stones for my Father - Trilby Kent

 

196. South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

197. South Sudan - What is the What? Dave Eggers  

198. Spain – The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruis Zafon, The Angels Game - Carlos Ruis Zafon, Pilgrimage to Heresy – Tracy Saunders, Stone in a Landslide - Maria Barbal


199. Sri Lanka - Mosquito - Roma Tearne

200. Sudan

201. Suriname - The Cost of Sugar - Cynthia McLeod

202. Swaziland - When Hoopoes Go to Heaven - Gail Parkin

203. Sweden – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larson, The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest - Stieg Larson,The 100 Year Old Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

204. Switzerland

205. Syria - The Silence and the Roar - Nihad Sirees

206 Taiwan 

207 Tajikistan

208. Tanzania - Baking Cakes in Kigali - Gayle Parkin, The Last Gift - Abdulrazak Gurnah

209. Thailand - The Beach - Alex Garland

210. Togo - Do They Hear You When You Cry - Layli Miller Bashir/Fauziya Kassinga, Voodoo Slaves and White Man's Graves - Tim Coote

211. Tonga - A Farm in the South Pacific Sea - Jan Walker

2112 Trinidad & Tobago - The Ten Incarnations of Adam Avatar - Kevin Baldeosingh


213. Tunisia

214. Turkey - Ali and Ramazan - Perihan Magden, The Boat - Clara Salaman

215. Turkmenistan

216. Turks and Caicos Islands - The Unfortunate Potcake  - Julie Thompson

217. Tuvalu - Where the Hell is Tuvalu - Philip Ells


218. Uganda - Abyssinian Chronicles - Moses Isegawa 

219. Ukraine - A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka,

 

220. United Arab Emirates - Dubai Dreams - Raymond Barrett

221. US Virgin Islands - Land of Love and Drowning - Tiphanie Yanique

222. United States – The Shack – WM Paul Young, The Heretics Daughter – Kathleen Kent, The Passage – Justin Cronin, The Memory Keepers Daughter – Kim Edwards, Emissary of Light – James Twyman


223. Uruguay - The Truce - Mario Benedetti

224. Uzbekistan - A Carpet Ride to Khiva - Seven Years on the Silk Road - Christopher Aslan Alexander

 

225. Vanuatu

226. Vatican City - Secrets of the Vatican - Cyrus Shahrad 

227. Venezuela

228. Vietnam

229. Wales

230. Yemen - A Father's Betrayal - Gabriella Gillespie

 

231. Zaire

232. Zambia - Canoeing the Congo - Phil Harwood

233. Zimbabwe - Out of Shadows - Jason Wallace, The Book of Memory - Petina Gappah 


Edited by Talisman, 27 January 2017 - 06:39 PM.


#2 Janet

Janet

    Rebel Without A Clue!

  • Admin
  • 9,869 posts
  • LocationSomerset

Posted 02 January 2012 - 05:32 PM

Good luck, June - I shall be popping in for recommendations! :)

#3 Talisman

Talisman

    Ugly bag of mostly water

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,304 posts
  • Reading now?:Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
  • Locationleafy Surrey

Posted 02 January 2012 - 06:54 PM

Me too !

#4 Talisman

Talisman

    Ugly bag of mostly water

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,304 posts
  • Reading now?:Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
  • Locationleafy Surrey

Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:21 AM

I have just downloaded another 2 books each for 99p from Amazon's 12 Days of Kindle. This really is a wonderful way of getting very cheap books from some very unusual places. I got one from Equatorial Guinea last week, and today I have managed Congo and the Solomon Islands. I am guessing that the 12 days will end soon though - on 12th night whenever that is.

Edited by Talisman, 03 January 2012 - 09:21 AM.


#5 Janet

Janet

    Rebel Without A Clue!

  • Admin
  • 9,869 posts
  • LocationSomerset

Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:11 PM

I've just had a look myself but sadly they don't fit my criteria of 'author born in that country'. I'm going to try to read 10 from this challenge this year if I can - I managed 9 in 2011. :)

#6 Nollaig

Nollaig

    Nerdfighter

  • Moderators
  • 11,997 posts
  • Reading now?:Yes.
  • LocationCork, Ireland

Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:48 PM

Good luck with this, June! I've been doing it since last year or the year before - haven't progressed much though. I'm determined to read at least 5 this year from my list, and try and find ideas for countries I've no books for yet!

#7 Janet

Janet

    Rebel Without A Clue!

  • Admin
  • 9,869 posts
  • LocationSomerset

Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:57 PM

Do you have a thread in here for yours, Noll? You're welcome to look at my Amazon World Challenge Wish List if you like - it has the author's country of birth in the notes column down the right-hand side.

(Sorry to hijack your thread, June!)

#8 Nollaig

Nollaig

    Nerdfighter

  • Moderators
  • 11,997 posts
  • Reading now?:Yes.
  • LocationCork, Ireland

Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:05 PM

Ooh cheers for that Janet, that's awesome! I'd never think to use Amazon like that. I'll have a look through that list this evening.

I don't have an individual thread for my World Challenge, no, as I don't really like having multiple reading threads. I just have a post in my reading blog where I'll note any titles I read this year, and I have the full list of what I've read, own, ideas for various countries etc, all on my blogger book blog.

#9 Talisman

Talisman

    Ugly bag of mostly water

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,304 posts
  • Reading now?:Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
  • Locationleafy Surrey

Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:13 PM

Do you have a thread in here for yours, Noll? You're welcome to look at my Amazon World Challenge Wish List if you like - it has the author's country of birth in the notes column down the right-hand side.

(Sorry to hijack your thread, June!)


No problem. I can understand why you decided to do it with the authors country of birth Janet, and in many ways this does make sense, and I will try to do this when possible, but for many of the smaller countries or those more off the beaten track, it will I think be downright impossible to find anything at all, let alone from an author who was born there, so for me at least, it will work just as well if the book is just set there. I will take a look at that list though !

#10 Inver

Inver

    Reading Target....30 hopefully !....

  • Supporter
  • 6,038 posts
  • Reading now?:'The Little Paris Bookshop'~Nina George &
  • LocationAberdeen, Scotland

Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:29 PM

Oh my that is a huge challenge!

#11 Talisman

Talisman

    Ugly bag of mostly water

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,304 posts
  • Reading now?:Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
  • Locationleafy Surrey

Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:22 PM

Completed Solomon Islands - Devil, Devil by GW Kent - the author wasn't born there, but lived and worked on the islands for 8 years and his knowledge comes through very well in the book. This is definately one I would recommend - not your average detective story !

Edited by Talisman, 12 March 2012 - 02:34 PM.


#12 vodkafan

vodkafan

    TBR now out of control

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,935 posts
  • LocationDeepest England

Posted 09 January 2012 - 09:54 PM

You crazy people!! This is an insane challenge! All the best of luck. June, on your particular challenge do you have to read just one of the books you have selected for each country, or all of them?

Edited by vodkafan, 09 January 2012 - 09:54 PM.


#13 Talisman

Talisman

    Ugly bag of mostly water

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,304 posts
  • Reading now?:Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
  • Locationleafy Surrey

Posted 10 January 2012 - 04:59 PM

On my particular thread, the books shown in bold have been read already, but those shown in italics are on my tbr pile (or more accurately, my Kindle) ! You don't have to read more than one book per country, but there are some countries (like the US for example, or in my case Iceland) where you are bound to, as they publish so many interesting books that you will want to read ...

#14 Talisman

Talisman

    Ugly bag of mostly water

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,304 posts
  • Reading now?:Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
  • Locationleafy Surrey

Posted 13 January 2012 - 03:05 PM

Completed Poland - The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada - this would be classed as a Spanish book for those who are doing this by authors country of birth rather than where the book is set.

I am now reading a book set in Equatorial Guinea - Cry Havoc by Simon Mann.

Edited by Talisman, 12 March 2012 - 02:35 PM.


#15 Talisman

Talisman

    Ugly bag of mostly water

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,304 posts
  • Reading now?:Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
  • Locationleafy Surrey

Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:41 PM

I completed Simon Mann's Cry Havoc this morning for Equatorial Guinea, and have posted a review along with the other books I have read this year on my new reading blog. I am not sure what I will read next - I thought about something from Haiti, but the only book I so far like the look of costs more than £12. On the other hand, I do have an £15 Amazon voucher to spend, so I guess it wouldn't be my own money and in my experience, the more expensive books such as this are normally well worth getting.

Edited by Talisman, 12 March 2012 - 02:35 PM.


#16 Talisman

Talisman

    Ugly bag of mostly water

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,304 posts
  • Reading now?:Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
  • Locationleafy Surrey

Posted 31 January 2012 - 07:20 PM

Completed Haiti - Love Anger Madness by Marie Vieux-Chauvet. An excellent read that I would wholeheartedly recommend. My review can be seen here

Not sure what I will read next - either Sri Lanka or Italy.

Edited by Talisman, 31 January 2012 - 07:20 PM.


#17 Talisman

Talisman

    Ugly bag of mostly water

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,304 posts
  • Reading now?:Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
  • Locationleafy Surrey

Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:30 PM

Finished my 2nd book set in Italy - Last Train from Liguria by Christine Dwyer Hickey (author born in Ireland) about half an hour ago, and have just finished reviewing it on both Amazon and my own book blog (best to do it straight away). The snow kept me away from work today, so it gave me the chance to finish the book a day earlier than I otherwise would have done - see how good can come from bad !

The next book will err slightly from the Around the World Challenge in that I have already read a multitude of American books, but it will give me the chance to review one as well, since the blog was set up after I had read these other ones. It has a somewhat unusual title - The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating and is written by an author who was also born in the States - Elizabeth Tova Bailey. It is not a large book, so shouldn't take more than a few days ...

Edited by Talisman, 12 March 2012 - 02:36 PM.


#18 Talisman

Talisman

    Ugly bag of mostly water

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,304 posts
  • Reading now?:Before Night Falls: Reinaldo Arenas
  • Locationleafy Surrey

Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:45 AM

Completed Sri Lanka - Mosquito by Roma Tearne, on 14th, but I was so tired last night, I did not round to writing the review until this morning.

This was a beautifully written book, written by an author born in Sri Lanka, but now living in Oxford, and working as both an author and an artist (and this really shows in her work - the lead characters in this, her first novel are an artist and a writer respectively). This book which was published in 2010, was justifably imo nominated for the Costa Prize, although I don't think it won it.

Edited by Talisman, 12 March 2012 - 02:37 PM.


#19 Janet

Janet

    Rebel Without A Clue!

  • Admin
  • 9,869 posts
  • LocationSomerset

Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:04 AM

Well done on another country, June. :)

#20 vodkafan

vodkafan

    TBR now out of control

  • Advanced Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,935 posts
  • LocationDeepest England

Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:49 AM

Completed Haiti - Love Anger Madness by Marie Vieux-Chauvet. An excellent read that I would wholeheartedly recommend. My review can be seen here

Not sure what I will read next - either Sri Lanka or Italy.


Hi June I read your review and liked it. I tried to comment on your blog but couldn't remember my google account. I read a lot about the sad history of Haiti in a book called The Black Diaspora. I will read this one thanks.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users