Reading the World

A personal challenge with no time limit. Got the ideas from several places. Personally I would count books with majority of the setting in that country or origin of the author, whichever is more prominent. I don’t generally include books that are set in fantasy world, only the ones with strong presence of the countries they represent, unless the authors are strongly associated with the country (e.g. Lewis Carroll, J. M. Barrie) or their fantasy world is strongly based on their existing countries (e.g. 100-Acre Wood, Gotham City).

Update 13 Oct 2013: Great list from A Year of Reading the World

Asia
Africa
America
Australia/Oceania
Europe

ASIA

Afghanistan

Bangladesh

China

India

Indonesia

  • my birth country, so LOTS, but not in English :). Will find one in English soon. Would like to read The Year of Living Dangerously and Jakarta Undercover.

Iran

Israel

  • Exit Wounds — Rutu Modan


Japan

Middle East (multiple countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt)

North Korea

Pakistan

  • Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie (setting also in Japan, India, and USA)

Palestine (an area in Middle East still in feud)

Saudi Arabia

Tibet

AFRICA

Botswana

Ivory Coast / Côte d’Ivoire

Nigeria

Sierra Leone

Somalia

South Africa

AMERICA

Canada

Colombia

United States (lots I’m sure)

AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA

Australia

EUROPE

Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson

Belgium

Czech Republic

France

Germany

Italy

Poland

Slovenia

United Kingdom (lots I’m sure)

World

Half the Sky — Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

13 thoughts on “Reading the World”

  1. Hey, vrey nice list. I envy you. I’m reading I am a Cat right now. It is awesome (I have 5 cats) haha. I am surprised you don’t have any books by Yukio Mishima on your list. He is a little controversial, but a very good author. I would recommend his book Confessions of a Mask or his short story Patriotism (which can be found online). He is a great author.

    1. Tyger, thanks for visiting and the recommendation! I’ve been meaning to read Mishima for a while now, as many people have recommended him. In fact, I almost read Confessions of a Mask for a book group, but somehow didn’t. Hope to get to one of his books next year. I love controversial books and author :).

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