Reading All Around the World


I spend so much time in the 19th and early 20th centuries (oh for a time machine that would take me to the Chicago of 1893, late spring or early summer and to the World’s Fair!), that when I saw this challenge I thought it would be a good way to read more contemporary books.

Hosted by Jean of Howling Frog Books, the gist of the challenge is either to read a book from all 200 countries of the world or from a smaller list of countries of your choice. This is not a challenge to be done in a year and I will take my time, probably one book a month for several years. For more information and to sign up go here.

I am starting with the 50 countries I would most like to visit or in some cases, have visited already, but have not read a book about/from it that would qualify for this challenge.

My countries of choice (and suggestions for titles are welcome):

  1. Antarctica-Penguins and Golden Calves, Madeleine L’Engle
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Canada
  5. Croatia
  6. Cuba
  7. Cyprus
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Denmark
  10. Egypt
  11. Estonia
  12. Finland
  13. France
  14. Georgia
  15. Germany
  16. Greece
  17. Hungary
  18. Iceland
  19. India
  20. Ireland-The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue
  21. Israel
  22. Italy
  23. Japan
  24. Latvia
  25. Liechtenstein
  26. Lithuania
  27. Luxembourg
  28. Macedonia
  29. Malta
  30. Nepal
  31. Netherlands
  32. New Zealand
  33. Norway
  34. Pakistan
  35. Poland
  36. Portugal
  37. Romania
  38. Saudi Arabia
  39. Scotland
  40. Slovakia
  41. Slovenia
  42. South Africa
  43. Spain
  44. Sweden
  45. Switzerland
  46. Syria
  47. Tanzania
  48. Turkey
  49. Wales
  50. Ukraine

8 thoughts on “Reading All Around the World

  1. I take it your Antarctic read will be nonfiction! 🙂 Best of luck to you. I’m hoping to link this with my regular reading in the middle east and Europe, plus my “Discovery of Asia” theme I’m doing this year.


    1. “I take it your Antarctic read will be nonfiction! 🙂”

      haha!! I guess so lol

      Madeleine L’Engle wrote about her trip there toward the end of her life, so I hope that qualifies.

      Sounds like you’ve got this all covered!


    1. That’s because, except for one book on Antarctica, I can’t think of any current books I have on my shelves from other countries! And because I read so many older classics as a matter of personal taste, I have decided that for this challenge I am going to read more contemporary titles. It will be so good for me! But very out of my element 🙂

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