Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Around the World in Books

I've been wanting to keep track of my reading by country for a while and I was inspired by CaribousMom, so I'm finally starting something similar. I don't want to include books that I've already read, I'm starting with a clean slate. I will continue adding to this list as I discover books I want to read - if I've read them there will be a link to my thoughts.

AFRICA

Botswana:
The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith

Congo:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Nigeria:
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie

Rwanda:
A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche

South Africa:
The Life and Times of Michael K. by J.M. Coetzee
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee


ASIA

Afghanistan:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

China:
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Wild Swans by Jung Chang

India:
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
The God of Small Things by Arundhai Roy

Iran:
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani (recommended by Melody)

Japan
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Pakistan:
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Turkey:
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak


AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA

Australia:
The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

New Zealand:
The Bone People by Keri Hulme
The Colour by Rose Tremain


EUROPE

Belgium:
The Sorrow of Belgium by Hugo Claus

France:
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Germany:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Ireland:
The Gathering by Anne Enright
Irish Journal by Heinrich Boll
The Speckled People by Hugo Hamilton
Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor

Norway:
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

Poland:
Poland by James Michener

Portugal:
Alentejo Blue by Monica Ali

Russia:
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Switzerland:
Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

Spain:
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Sweden:
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

United Kingdom:
Gabriel's Gift by Hanif Kureishi

NORTH AMERICA

Canada:
Alias, Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

United States:
Alabama - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Georgia - The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Iowa - The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

Mexico:
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil:
The Devil and Miss Prym by Paolo Coelho

Chile:
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

5 comments:

Muse and Views Bookclub said...

Just 'happened" on your blog and as always love to see what other people are reading. On your "Around the World in Books" list, The Poisonwood Bible" and "Half a Yellow Sun" are wonderful engrossing books I am sure you will love! Found some interesting books I will add to my list! Thanks

Esme said...

This is fun-Sheila at book journey had a 52 state challenge so I kept track of books and where they were situated-it is interesting to see where your reading tastes take you.

Ataleofthreecities said...

I just love this list - I'm certainly going to pick books from this list...

Eugenia O'Neal said...

Great list but one region is unrepresented - the Caribbean!

These are a few I'd recommend:-

The Farming of the Bones - Edwidge Danticat

In the Time of the Butterflies - Julia Alvarez

My Brother - Jamaica Kincaid

Witchbroom - Lawrence Scott

Wide Sargasson Sea - Jean Rhys

Happy reading!

Eugenia O'Neal said...

oops! that should be "Sargasso"