Thursday, January 10, 2013

Around the World in 80 Books Challenge

  Around the World in 80 Books Challenge (73)

Africa (15)
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith (Botswana)
Mango Elephants in the Sun by Susana Herrera (Cameroon)
Angry Wind by Jeffrey Tayler (Chad)
A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul (Congo)
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany (Egypt)
The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu (Ethiopia)
Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman (The Gambia)
The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton (Kenya)
Glory in a Camel’s Eye by Jeffrey Tayler (Morocco)
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevich (Rwanda)
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (Saudi Arabia)
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee (South Africa)
Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux (Sudan)
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin (Zimbabwe) 

Antarctica (1)
Surviving Antarctica by Andrea White (Antarctica)

Asia (16)
The Places in Between by Rory Stewart (Afghanistan)
Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler (China)
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry (India)
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Indonesia)
The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer (Iran)
Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel (Israel)
Japanland by Karin Muller (Japan)
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Korea)
The Vast Unknown: America's First Ascent of Everest (Nepal)
My Freedom Trip (North Korea)
Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat (Palestine)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan)
Madonnas of Leningrad (Russia)
Zaatar Days, Henna Nights by Maliha Masood (Syria)
Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron (Uzbekistan)
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (Vietnam)

Australia/South Pacific (6)
Tracks by Robyn Davidson (Australia)
Shooting the Boh by Tracy Johnson (Borneo)
Getting Stoned with Savages by J. Maarten Troost (Fuji)
The Naked Tourist by Lawrence Osborne (New Guinea) 
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera (New Zealand)
An Evening Among Headhunters by Lawrence Millman (Tonga)

Europe (22)
Andorra by Peter Cameron (Andorra)
Dobry by Monica Shannon (Bulgaria)
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Denmark)
Small Island by Andrea Levy (England)
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida (Finland)
Words in a French Life by Kristin Espinasse (France)
The Keep by Jennifer Egan (Germany)
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (Greece)
The White Stag by Kate Seredy (Hungary)
Independent People by Halldor Laxness (Iceland)
The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy (Ireland)
Lost Hearts in Italy by Andrea Lee (Italy)
The Greatest Skating Race by Louise Borden (Netherlands)
The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom (Northern Ireland)
Dreamers by Knut Hamsun (Norway)
The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly (Poland)
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson (Scotland)
The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley (Serbia)
Spanish Lessons by Derek Lambert (Spain)
Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson (Sweden)
Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (Switzerland)
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas (Wales)
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka (Ukraine)

North America (7)
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat (Canada) 
The Cay by Theodore Taylor (Curaçao)
A Gift of Gracias: The Legend of Altagracia (Dominican Republic)
Madam Dread by Kathie Klarreich (Haiti)
Place Where the Sea Remembers by Sandra Benitez (Mexico)
A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul (Trinidad)
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok (United States)

South America (5)
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (Brazil)
Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende (Chile)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Columbia)
Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World (Falkland Islands)
Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (Peru)

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  1. This looks like an interesting challenge.

  2. Are you going to read all 80 of these this year? Or is it a longer running challenge? Some of them I thought you had read already. I was surprised to see Tracks as your Australian selection, it seemed rather obscure, then I saw a two page feature on it in the weekend papers yesterday, and I realise that a movie is coming, and how you're so much more up on this than I am.

  3. This is a perpetual challenge. I started it in 2007 and posted this on my old Edublogs blog in 2008. I decided to repost some of my old perpetual challenges here.

  4. Oh that's a great idea. Makes it much more doable.

  5. Wouldn't it be fun to try an Around the World in 80 Children's Books? Sigh. In my next life, I suppose.


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