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June's Around the World Book Challenge

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It's a shame the longer anthology has gone out of print but I might have a look for this shorter version. With folktales I particularly like the way you see universal human fears and questions but portrayed uniquely depending on that culture. I suppose that the 'Round the World' challenge does the same thing really, but on a more complex level, with more modern considerations.


Do you think you could do the challenge again, picking different books for each country? 

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If I really wanted to I could - and if I didn't mind reading loads more paper as opposed to Kindle books. I think I would struggle to be honest though to find more than one book that I wanted to read from some of the countries. There are always going to be some countries like that. New countries do pop up now and then as well, as borders change and people demand their independence. 

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Another few countries completed at the close of the old year:


My Fathers Daughter by Hannah Pool for Eritrea 

Gallivanting on Guam by Dave Slagle for Guam

The Ships by Roberto Quesada for Honduras


That brings the total to another 34 countries completed this year: Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Eritrea, French Polynesia, Guam, Honduras, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Namibia, North Marianna Islands, Panama, Qatar, St Vincent, San Marino, Serbia, Sudan, Switzerland, Venezuela 



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Countries I have got through this year include a few overseas territories that are not on my original list -


So Many Islands by Thomas Laughlin for Fiji, Kiribati and Niue, 

Tropic of Violence by Natasha Appanah for Mayotte

The Old Man and the Mastiff by Patrick Chamoiseau for Martinique

The Svalbard Passage by Thomas Kirkwood for Svalbard

Silent Territory by Fredrik Louren for Western Sahara 

Edited by Talisman

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A few more countries I have completed in recent months:


The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan for Cote D'Ivoire

Patchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku for Zambia

The Blind Fisherman by Mia Couto for Mozambique

The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay for Kashmir

Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo for Madagascar

Uncertain Light by Marion Molteno for Tajikistan

My Trip to the Central African Republic by Martin Whitacker for Central African Republic

White Sand Blue Sea by Anita Hughes for St Barts

Conquered Hearts by Michael Heath for Jersey

Rivers of Babylon by Peter Pistanek for Slovakia


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I don't think I have many countries left now - I don't know what I'm going to do when its finished!  

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Countries completed so far this year:


The Undesirables by Mark Isaacs for Nauru

To the Lake by Kapka Kassabova for North Macedonia

Zeina by Nawal El Sadaawi for Egypt

Walpurgis Tide by Jogvan Isaksen for Faroe Islands

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah for South Africa

Savage Island by Basil Thomson for Nieu and Tonga

Seven Graves by Christoffer Petersen for Greenland

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum for Palestine

Under a Maltese Sky by Nicola Kearns for Malta

I am Nujood, Aged Ten and Divorced by Nujood Ali for Yemen

Colony by Hugo Wilcken for French Guiana

French Sand by Catherine Broughton for New Caledonia

Getting Stoned with the Saves by J Maarten Troost for Vanuatu

Out of Africa by Karen Blixen for Kenya

The Fish and Rice Chronicles by PG Bryan for Micronesia and Palau


I think I've only got a dozen or so countries left now.



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I really liked Born A Crime. Did you like it too?


Good luck with the remaining dozen-ish countries!

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A few more additions as the year is about to come to a close:


Lost in the Jungle by Yossi Ghinsberg for Bolivia

Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan for Taiwan

Why the Dutch are Different by Ben Coates for The Netherlands

In The Castle of My Skin by George Lamming for Barbados

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo for Nigeria

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina for Japan

The Dry by Jane Harper for Australia

Kim Jiyouong, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo for South Korea

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd for Palestine 

A Single Swallow by Zhang Ling for China

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill for Ireland

Mythos by Stephen Fry for Greece

I Am an Island by Tamsin Calidas for Scotland

The Bee Keeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefreri for Syria


and loads more from Iceland - as always!

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