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. Barbados: How the One-Armed Woman Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones
  6. British Columbia: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  7. Bulgaria: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
  8. Canada: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
  9. Chile: In the Distance with You by Carla Guelfenbein
  10. China: What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
  11. Colombia: The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  12. Congo, Democratic Republic of: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
  13. Czech Republic: When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann
  14. England: The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  15. France: Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon
  16. Germany: Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
  17. Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  18. Greece: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  19. Haiti: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  20. India: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
  21. Iran: The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
  22. Ireland: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  23. Jamaica: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  24. Japan: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  25. Malaysia: The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  26. Mexico: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  27. Nigeria: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  28. Pakistan: Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
  29. Poland: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
  30. Russia: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  31. Serbia: Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic
  32. Scotland: The Long Drop by Denise Mina
  33. Singapore: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
  34. South Africa: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  35. Switzerland: Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  36. Uganda: The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
  37. United Kingdom: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  38. Vietnam: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

There's always room for one more...

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