Just as it's comfortable to stay in one's own small world, it's comfortable to stay in one's own small book world. But, oh, what we miss when we do.
I joined a challenge several years ago to move me out of that comfort zone: Around the World in 80 Books. I'm close to my goal; I've read books from seventy-one different countries. During this challenge I've visited not only places with which I'm somewhat familiar like Canada and Mexico, but I've also traveled to places I had only the vaguest notion of, including Borneo and Iceland and Cameroon.
If you are like me and want to get out of your cultural comfort zone, here are some books I recommend:
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevich (Rwanda)
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera (New Zealand)
Independent People by Halldor Laxness (Iceland)
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry (India)
An Evening Among Headhunters by Lawrence Millman (Tonga)
Dreamers by Knut Hamsun (Norway)
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Korea)
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany (Egypt)
Place Where the Sea Remembers by Sandra Benitez (Mexico)
The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu (Ethiopia)
“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something."
---Edward Everett Hale
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