As great as it would be to read a book from every single country, I don’t think I would be able to do it in one year. I mean, I would be setting up myself for failure from the start.
If you don’t know what I am talking about, refer back to this post.
So instead, I picked a country for every single letter of the alphabet and chose a writer.
I did use Anna Morgan’s list as a base and most books are from her list.
How did I pick the books? I generally pick a book from the title or images on the front cover. Probably not the best way to pick a book. Are they always good? Of course not! But it works for me.
And this is how I picked some of the books on my list. I googled them, read the plot and looked at the cover.
I still have some countries missing. This to me is more of a “draft list” than a definite list. I might decide to change the country as I go along, or the writer, or the book, or jump from B to V and back to C.
I am giving myself no rules about this challenge.
Afghanistan: Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner
Albania: Ismail Kadare – Doruntine
Australia: Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
Bahrain: Sarah A. Al Shafei – Yummah
Chile: Isabel Allende – The Japanese Lover
France: Abnousse Shalmani – Khomeini, Sade and me
Gambia: Dembo Fanta Bojang & Sukai Mbye Bojang – Folk Tales and Fables from The Gambia
Hungary: Ferenc Karinthy – Metropole
Israel: Aharon Appelfeld – Blooms of Darkness India: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – Mistress of Spices
Japan: Yoko Ogawa – Hotel Iris
Lebanon: Hanan al-Shaykh – One Thousand and One Nights
Mexico: Laura Esquivel – Like Water for Chocolate
Norway: Gerd Brantenberg – Egalia’s Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes
Pakistan: Kamila Shamsie – Salt and Saffron
Russia: Oleg Zaionchkovski – Happiness is possible
South Africa: Kgebetti Moele – The book of the dead
South Africa: Wilbur Smith
Trinidad and Tobago: Monique Roffey – The white woman on the Green Bicycle
United Arab Emirates: Ameera Al Hakawati – Desperate in Dubai
United States of America: Hannah Tinti – The Good Thief
Zambia: Gaile Parkin – Baking cakes in Kingali
AudioBook: Mythos narrated by Stephen Fry
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (ongoing)
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey