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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.



Tell us the Country, State or Culture, the title of the Book and the Author

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:read: Good Luck and Happy Reading :read:


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:33 pm 
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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


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:32 pm 
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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 - IP
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
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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:54 am 
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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
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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. Europe/ France: Elle S'appelait Emma by Alain Thiesse
3. Central 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. Middle East/ Turkey - Syria, France: Assia, Mama est Là by Meriam Rhaiem
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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:17 pm 
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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 by Miguel Bonnefoy
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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:55 pm 
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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
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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
PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:27 am 
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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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