Tag: Reading Around the World

Reading Challenges in 2020

I had to think this year about how many challenges to take on.  Too many and you make reading too stressful.  And yet there are so many I’d like to participate in.  My husband “challenged” me to limit myself to three, which I’m not…

2019 Reading Challenges

This year I’m going to avoid signing up for any new challenges, but will continue with the ones I enjoyed most last year. The TBR Pile Challenge, hosted by Roof Beam Reader, asks you to take 12 books, plus two alternates, that have been…

Top Ten Books Set in Other Countries

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about favorite books set in another country.  I’ve been reading a lot of books set outside the U.S., so this was a perfect topic to think about.  The books I’ve listed here…

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer is a first novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen, which won last year’s Pulitzer Prize for literature.  It’s a fascinating look at the Vietnam War and its aftermath from the perspective of the Vietnamese.  Right away it makes you realize how much Americans…

The Long Drop by Denise Mina

This was a really interesting novel about a real-life serial killer in Scotland in the 1950’s.  I say interesting because it wasn’t quite like anything else I’ve read.  It’s not a mystery or a thriller, or a true crime novel.  It’s a little closer…

Reading the Bailey’s Longlist: The Lonely Hearts Hotel and The Gustav Sonata

Both of these books were on this year’s Bailey’s Prize for Women longlist, although neither made it to the shortlist (in addition to Hag-Seed). The winner of the Bailey’s Prize will be announced June 7. Though quite different, these two books had several things in…

Reading Diversely: Around the World Reads

This year, I’m focusing on reading more diverse books, which includes reading books about other countries.  And so far this year I’ve made a good effort.  Of the 30 books I’ve read this year, 8 are by authors of color.  That may not sound like…

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah’s memoir of his childhood in South Africa is compelling reading for anyone who wants to know more about South Africa and apartheid.  At times humorous, and at times devastating, Noah brings his unique voice to this story.  He writes like he speaks,…

My Blogging Goals for 2017

I’m hoping 2017 will be the year I immerse myself in this blog and see where it can go.  I’ve been puttering along for a little while now, keeping it up but taking the time for other (needed) things.  In 2017 I want to…

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