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 (2022 entries in bold).

  1. Afghanistan: A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
  2. Argentina: Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht
  3. Armenia: Three Apples Fell From the Sky by Narine Abgaryan
  4. Australia: The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
  5. Bangladesh: The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
  6. Barbados: How the One-Armed Woman Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones
  7. Bolivia: The Puma Years by Laura Coleman
  8. British Columbia: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  9. Bulgaria: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
  10. Canada: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
  11. Chile: In the Distance with You by Carla Guelfenbein
  12. China: What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
  13. Colombia: The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  14. Congo, Democratic Republic of: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
  15. Cuba: The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
  16. Czech Republic: When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann
  17. Ecuador: The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Cordova
  18. England: The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  19. France: Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon
  20. Germany: Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
  21. Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  22. Greece: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  23. Haiti: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  24. India: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
  25. Iran: The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
  26. Ireland: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  27. Jamaica: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  28. Japan: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  29. Malaysia: The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  30. Mexico: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  31. Nigeria: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  32. Pakistan: Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
  33. Palestine: Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa
  34. Poland: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
  35. Russia: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  36. Serbia: Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic
  37. Scotland: The Long Drop by Denise Mina
  38. Singapore: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
  39. South Africa: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  40. South Korea: The Island of Sea Woman by Lisa See
  41. Sweden: An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
  42. Switzerland: Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  43. Uganda: The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
  44. United Kingdom: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  45. Vietnam: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
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