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 Post subject: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:03 pm 
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Geography Reading Challenge 2017


Read or listen to 12 books over the course of the year, each set in a DIFFERENT country. As an added twist, you can choose 12 countries that you've never been to, or perhaps choose different cultures rather than different countries, so for example, it could be Chinese culture in America in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Or try to choose 12 books translated from a language other than your primary language.
Alternatively, you can choose 12 books set in 12 different US states. Or you could always do more than one version. ;) The books can be in print, audio or digital format.



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:read: Good Luck and Happy Reading :read:


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
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Yay - I am reading a book set in Egypt so I have January covered.
ETA:

Egypt - Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
Italy - A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
England - A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Argentina - Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
Zimbabwe - We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Canada - A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
Israel - Daniel Stein, Interpreter by Ludmila Ulitskaya
Sweden - Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Mars - The Martian by Andy Weir
Kenya - West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Italy & Malta - The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
France - Devil's Cub and These Old Shades by Georgette Hayer
Germany - The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen
United States - Memory Man by David Baldacci
Singapore/China/Hong Kong - China Rich Girlfriend by Kewin Kwan


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
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I commit to reading 12 books representing 12 different regions/cultures of the world and all continents.


1. South Pacific, ship, island - The Island of Dr Moreau by H G Wells
2. W Europe - Victorian era - BOTM - Devil's Cub
3. New World - ship from Spain, Atlantic islands, Caribbean, US, Dominican Republic - Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
4. South America, Colombia - 19th C - One Hundred Years of Solitude by G Garcia Marquez (Classic Read) IP
5. Japan, nobility N 12th Century -
Goji Mogonatori by Murasaki Shikibu - CLASSIC translated from Japanese
6. Southern Europe - Ancient Italy, France, Constantinople, etc. - translated
from Italian - Baudolino by Umberto Ecco
7. W Europe - Middle Ages - France - Classic translated from French - The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
8. W Europe - 20th C Ireland - BOTM - The Secret Scripture
9. Africa - 20th C Kenya - BOTM - West with the Night
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I commit to reading 12 books from around the world!

1. Russia - The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
2. England - Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2) by Jacqueline Winspear
3. India - Prudence by Gail Carriger
4. Ireland - The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
5. Egypt - Imprudence by Gail Carriger
6. Kenya - West With the Night by Beryl Markham
7. US (Alaska) - Less Than a Treason by Dana Stabenow
8. Scotland - The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
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I commit to reading 12 books from around the world! (I'm going to make things a bit harder for myself by not counting books that take place in either England or the US)

1. Africa/Nigeria: Onitsha by J.M.G. Le Clézio
2. Western Europe/ France: Elle S'appelait Emma by Alain Thiesse
3. North America/ Mexico: The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
4. South America/ Argentina: Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton
5. Eastern Europe / Russia: The Siege by Helen Dunmore
6. East Asia / Japan: Pluie Noire (Black Rain) by Masuji Ibuse (translated from Japanese into French)
7. North Africa / Egypt: Néfertiti en Bikini by Claire Huynen
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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
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Here are my twelve books from around the world :

1. Antarctic : Devour , L A Larkin
2. America : Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
3. France : To Capture What we Cannot Keep, Beatrice Colin
4. India : Before the Rains, Dinah Jefferies
5. Scotland : The Damselfly , S J I Holliday
6. Australia : The Silent Kookaburra, Liza Perrat
7. South America : Octavio's Journey, Miguel Bonnefoy
8. New Zealand : See You in September, Charity Norman
9. Wales : Sleeper's Castle , Barbara Erskine

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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
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I commit to reading 12 books from around the world!

1. Ireland - The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
2. Canada - Still Life by Louise Penny
3. Spain - The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
4. Afghanistan - A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
5. Turkey and other places around the Mediterranean - Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett
6. Kenya - West With the Night by Beryl Markham
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[Yeesh! I've been trying to avoid listing England since I tend to read so much set there, and I try not to list books that aren't mostly set in one country, so I've only got one so far. :scared: I might have to ease my personal restrictions at some point this year. :lol:]


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:09 pm 
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audiobooklover wrote:
I've been trying to avoid listing England since I tend to read so much set there, and I try not to list books that aren't mostly set in one country, so I've only got one so far. :scared: I might have to ease my personal restrictions at some point this year. :lol:

I know what you mean; I have not listed the US yet, as I have read so many books set there, and I was hoping to be able to fill the list with other countries, but I can easily add that one in November if I am coming up short. (I will also relax my own rules to allow Devil's Cub and These Old Shades to jointly count as France as each book is 50% set in France :lol: )


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
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DLT wrote:
(I will also relax my own rules to allow Devil's Cub and These Old Shades to jointly count as France as each book is 50% set in France :lol: )
Hey! I could do that too if necessary. :bigsmile:


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
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Yay - I'm up to fourteen countries, and that is not counting Macondo (one Hundred Years of Solitude) or Fillory (The Magician series), although I did include Mars, and two books each half-set in France count as one entry; but even discounting those, I have reached the goal of twelve, so I can give myself a pat on the back!
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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
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DLT, 100 Years of Solitude happens in Colombia, so you can count it :).

Naomi: I know it sounds strange but Mexico is actually part of North America, not Central America.


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
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Ha ha, of course! Mexico is part of Nafta. You know in Europe they say the continents are: Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Oceania and America.

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