Reading Around the World

The Reading All Around the World challenge, hosted by Howling Frog: choose at least 50 countries and read books set in those countries and written by people who live there. The book must take place primarily in that country. This is a multi-year challenge I started in 2017.  My goal is to reach 50 countries by 2021, or 10 new countries a year.

  1. Afghanistan: A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
  2. Argentina: Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht
  3. Australia: The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
  4. Bangladesh: The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
  5. British Columbia: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  6. Bulgaria: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
  7. Canada: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
  8. Chile: In the Distance with You by Carla Guelfenbein
  9. China: What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
  10. Colombia: The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  11. Congo, Democratic Republic of: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
  12. Czech Republic: When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann
  13. England: The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  14. France: Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon
  15. Germany: Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
  16. Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  17. Greece: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  18. Haiti: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  19. India: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
  20. Iran: The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
  21. Ireland: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  22. Jamaica: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  23. Japan: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  24. Malaysia: The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  25. Mexico: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  26. Nigeria: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  27. Pakistan: Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
  28. Poland: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
  29. Russia: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  30. Serbia: Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic
  31. Scotland: The Long Drop by Denise Mina
  32. Singapore: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
  33. South Africa: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  34. Switzerland: Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  35. Uganda: The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
  36. United Kingdom: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  37. Vietnam: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
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