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June's Around the World Book Challenge

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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, Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: by Thomas M Eccardt

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, A Town Like Alice - Neville Shute


13. Austria - The World of Yesterday - Stefan Zweig, 3096 Days - Natascha Kampuch  

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 - Caribbeee - Thomas Hoover

19. Belarus - Diary of a Peresroika Kid: Vladimir Kozlov


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

21. Belize - Mango Roots Chronicles - Wanjiru Uhuru, Belizean Nail Soup by Felene M Cayatano

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

23. Bermuda - Outposts - Simon Winchester

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 - A Question of Power - Bessie Head

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 - Behold the Dreamers - Imbolo Mbue

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

38. Cape Verde - Cape Verde Blues - CW Childs

39. Cayman Islands - Outposts - Simon Winchester

40. Central African Republic

41. Chad - Impossible Journey - Michael Asher

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, Do Not Say we Have Nothing - Madeline Thien  

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 - My Year on a South Sea Island: Kathy Giuffre

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 - The Cypriot - Andreas Koumi

55. Czech Republic - HHhH - Laurent Binet, Helga's Diary - Helga Weiss

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

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

58. Dominica - The Orchid House: Phyllis Shand Allfrey

59. Dominican Republic - Drown - Junot Diaz

60. Ecuador - End of the Spear - Steve Saint

61. East Timor - Beloved Land - Gordon Peake 

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


63. El Salvador - A Place Where the Sea Remembers - Sandra Benitez, Senselessness - Horacio Castellanos Moya


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, By Night the Mountain Burns - Juan Tomas Avita Laurel

66. Eritrea

67. Estonia - Purge - Sofi Oksanen

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

69. Falkland Islands - Outposts - Simon Winchester

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 - Call it Courage - Armstrong Sperry

75. Gabon - Gabon - Marius Gabriel

76. Gambia - Reading the Ceiling - Dayo Forster

77. Georgia - A Man Was Going Down the Road - Otar Chiladze 

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
, Outposts - Simon Winchester

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, Eskimo Folk Tales, Crimson by Niviaq Komeliusen 


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, The Gril Who beat Isis - Farida Khalaf

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

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 - Weep Not, Child: Ngugi wa Thiong'o

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 - Jamila - Chingiz Aitmatov


116. Laos - The Opposite of Hate; Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar


117. Latvia - The Betrayers - David Bezmorgis, Eagle in the Fridge: Zenta Brice 

118. Lebanon - Somewhere Home - Nada Awar Jarrar

119 Lesotho - Folklore and Tales from Lesotho by Various

120. Liberia - A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik

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


122. Liechtenstein - Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: by Thomas M Eccardt

123. Lithuania – Between Shades of Grey: Ruta Sepetys, No Men, No Cry - Ligne Barauskaite

124. Luxembourg - Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: by Thomas M Eccardt

125. Macedonia - Damages: BK Bazhe

126. Macau - The Fan Tan Players - Julian Lees

127. Madagascar

128. Malawi - The Jive Talker - Samson Kambalu

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


130. Maldives - Gate crashing Paradise - Misadventure in the Real Maldives byTom Chesshyre

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

132. Malta - Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: by Thomas M Eccardt

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

134. Mauritania - Impossible Journey - Michael Asher

135. Mauritius - The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah

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

137. Micronesia

138. Moldova - From Tajkstan to the Moon: Robert Frimtzis

139. Monaco - Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: by Thomas M Eccardt


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

141. Montenegro - A Lullaby for No One`s Vuk - Ksenija Popovich

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 - The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs by Damon Galgut

146. Nauru

147. Nepal - Into Thin Air -  Jon Krakauer

148. Netherlands - Infidel: Aayan Hirsi Ali, The Twin - Gerbrand Bakker

149. New Caledonia


150. New Zealand - Wake - Elizabeth Knox

151. Nicaragua - The Scroll of Seduction - Gionconda Belli 

152. Nieu

153. Niger - Harmattan - Gavin Weston, Impossible Journey - Michael Asher  

154. Nigeria – Tiny Sunbirds Far Away: Christie Watson, The Famished Land – Ben Okri, Under the Udala Trees - Chinelo Okparanta

155. North Marianna Islands - Pu'ukani's Song - Hannah Steenbock

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 - Earth Weeps, Saturn Laughs - Abdulaziz Al Farsi

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 - Silver People - Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engel

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, Outposts - Simon Winchester

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 - From Dunes to Dior - Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

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, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev 

174. Rwanda – Running the Rift - Naomi Benaron

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

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 - The Sea Around Them - Norman G Gautreau

179. St. Vincent & the Grenadines - The Moon is Following Me: Cecil Browne

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

181. San Marino - Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: by Thomas M Eccardt

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
, The Doves Necklace - Raja Alem

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 - The Five Wonders of the Danube: Zoran Zivkovic


187. Seychelles - Voices - Glynn Burridge
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, The Moonlight Palace - Liz Rosenburg

191. Slovakia


192. Slovenia - The Golden Shower: Or What Men Want - Luka Novak 

193. Solomon Islands - Devi, Devil - GW Kent

194. Somalia - Infidel: Aayan Hirsi Ali, Fractured - Clar Ni Chonghaile, Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohammed 

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


196. South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands - Outposts - Simon Winchester

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 - Impossible Journey - Michael AsherTears of the Desert by Halima Bashir

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 - Beauty on Earth: Charles Ferdinand Ramuz

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 - A Tunisian Tale - Hassouna Mosbahi

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

215. Turkmenistan

216. Turks and Caicos Islands - The Unfortunate Potcake  - Julie Thompson, Outposts - Simon Winchester

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, Secrets of the Seven Smallest States of Europe: by Thomas M Eccardt 

227. Venezuela - The Sickness by Alberto Barrero Tyszka

228. Vietnam

229. Wales - The Earth Hums in B Flat Major - Mari Strachan

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


231. Zaire - Broken Glass - Alain Mabanckou, The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver 

232. Zambia - Canoeing the Congo - Phil Harwood

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

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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.

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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. :)

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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!

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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.

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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 !

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Oh my that is a huge challenge!

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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 !

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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?

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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Just back back from a weeks holiday on Lundy, where I slept, walked, read and ate, pretty much in that order. All four were quite prolific - at a rough estimate I walked around 40 miles during the week, and managed to get through 4 books. Two have been added to this list - Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare for Albania, and Drums on the Night Air by Veronica Cecil for Congo. Ismail Kadare was born in Albania, but Veronica Cecil was not born in the Congo. The book is about her experiences of living there, with her husband during the 1960's.


I have needless to say fot a bit behind with the reviews, but I will try and bring them up to date in the next day or so.

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Completed another country last night - Algeria. What the Day Owes the Night by Yasmina Khadra. The author despite the female name, is actually man, a former Officer in the Algerian Army, who used a pseudonym in order to avoid military censorship. He now lives in France. This though really was a good book, one of the best I have been so far this year, reading it was almost like listening to a beautiful song, as the way that he writes is almost poetic, with a lyrical quality to the words, and the way thet he describes what is happening to the lead character. I wish more of his books were converted to Kindle so that I could read them too.

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Thanks for the recommendation, June - I will add it to my suggestions list! :)


ETA: I see I have one by this author, The Attack, on my list already, but this one sounds excellent, so I guess it depends which I come across first! :)

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Indeed. I think where possible it is good to read a book that is not only written by someone born in that country, but one that is also set there, and from what I have seen, most of his other books are set in other countries. They do look good as well though !

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Finished Zimbabwe - Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace. Another excellent book by a British born author who has lived in Zimbabwe since 1983.

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