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Posted 30 May 2016 - 05:05 PM

All the ones that are not highlighted. As for the best read - far too many to mention.



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Posted 22 July 2016 - 08:02 PM

Countries read so far this year:

 

Butterfly Fish by Irenosen Okojie for Benin

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Everest Conquest by Jon Krakauer for Nepal 

Abyssian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa for Uganda

The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara for Argentina

Fractured by Clar Ni Chonghaile for Somalia

HHhH by Laurent Binet for Czech Republic

Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste for Ethiopia

The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov for Kazakhstan

Journey by Gheysika Adombire for Ghana

The Truce by Mario Benedetti for Uruguay 

Our Musseque by Jose Luandino Vieira for Angola

The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig for Austria

A Father's Betrayal by Gabriella GIllespie for Yemen


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Posted 07 September 2016 - 06:37 PM

A few more countries to add to the list that I have completed in the last month or so:

 

Written in Black by KH Lim for Brunei

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique for US Virgin Islands

Secrets of the Vatican by Cyrus Shahrad for Vatican City 

 

I am currently reading My Heart Will Cross the Ocean by Kadiatou Diallo for Guinea



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Posted 03 December 2016 - 05:01 PM

It is almost the end of the year and I have managed to get through a few more countries since September:

 

Gone Bamboo by Anthony Bourdain for Sint Maarten

Who Slashed Celanire's Throat by Maryse Conde (a brilliant book) for Guadeloupe

My Beautiful Bahrain by Robin Barratt for Bahrain

When Hoopoes Go to Heaven by Gaile Parkin for Swaziland

End of the Spear by Steve Saint (a really interesting book) for Ecuador

My Heart Will Cross the Ocean by Kadiatou Diallo for Guinea  



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Posted 01 January 2017 - 09:23 AM

I managed then to get through a total of 94 books last year, which is a record for me and a fantastic result. I was aiming for 90 which had been my previous record.

 

I didn't get through as many countries as in previous years, but that is bound to happen as I start getting towards the end of this challenge.

 

The last country that I completed for the year was The Man Became I Came by Peter Verheist for Belgium.

 

​The new countries that I managed to complete in 2016 were then ​Belgium, Sint Maarten, Guadeloupe, Bahrain, Swaziland, Ecuador, Guinea, Vatican City, US Virgin Islands, Brunei, Benin, Nepal, Ethiopia, Argentina, Czech Republic, Tanzania, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Uruguay, Angola, Austria and Yemen.

 

I also managed books from Iceland, Colombia, Guernsey, Australia, Indonesia, Sweden, Somalia, South Korea, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Germany, Cuba, Israel and of course England and the United States, ​all of which are countries I had already covered.  



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Posted 01 January 2017 - 11:05 AM

You've made great progress on your challenge again, June. :)

I can't remember if you've mentioned it, but have you heard of Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer by Ann Morgan? It's about a woman who completed an around the world reading challenge. I've had my eye on it for a while, but waiting for the paperback to come out and hope that the Kindle version will drop in price. I don't think it's a challenge I could do myself, but I do like to read translated fiction and thought the book would be interesting.


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 11:21 AM

I don't think I have heard of that one, but will go and have a look and if there is a Kindle version, add to my ever increasing wish list.



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Posted 14 January 2017 - 09:54 PM

I completed my first new country of 2017 about half an hour ago from Azerbaijan, a country that is difficult to find books from, especially on Kindle. I get the feeling this is one that will stay with me for a while. Layla and Majnun is billed a classic tale of Persian literature, adpated from a late 12th Century poem penned by Nizami, a Sufi mystic born in what is now Azerbaijan. This is a beautifully crafted epic tale filled with passion and longing - a Persian Romeo and Juliet of star crossed lovers forced to be apart due to tribal feuding. The two characters Layla (the woman) and Majnun (the man - the word means madman in the ancient Persian language) are a Sufi representation of the soul's yearning to return to God. The son Layla by Eric Clapton was apparently inspired by this tale. This is the sort of book that anyone who is interested in mysticism or indeed ancient Persia needs to read.



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 05:28 PM

Just looking through your list of countries etc and see Wales has a gap. Not sure if you have heard of this one

'The Welsh Girl' ....I read it a good few years back and enjoyed it. The author is half Welsh, if that counts.



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Posted Yesterday, 04:50 PM

I don't see why not - as long as the book is set in Wales. I will take a look and see if it's available on Kindle.



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Posted Yesterday, 05:23 PM

If you want another choice for Wales, I'd also recommend The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan, which I read years ago and absolutely loved :)



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Posted Today, 04:32 PM

I will bear it in mind. The title sounds interesting.






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