Daily Archives: January 21, 2007

The Reading Across Borders Challenge

December 17, 2007 – Throwing in the Towel

With the days of 2007 winding down, it has become obvious to me that I will not complete this challenge. I read 8 of 13 books on my original list – not bad! I will eventually read the remaining 5 books, but it won’t be in 2007! My favorite read of the group was (hands down) The Book Thief, followed closely by Suite Francaise and Purple Hibiscus.

Thank you, Kate, for motivating me to read outside my boundaries. It is a habit I will keep as I move into 2008!

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I’ve decided to take up
Kate’s Book Blog challenge: Reading Across Borders.

The idea is to determine which countries or regions tend to dominate your reading and to commit to reading a number of books over the course of 2007 which take you beyond those countries or regions.

I realized that I already had many books on my shelf waiting to be read which fit nicely into this challenge; and also there are a few on my list of books I want to read this year that I have yet to acquire. Here they are in no particular order:

The Translator, by Leila Aboulela (Khartoum, Sudan) – Finished 3/23/2007 and reviewed here.
Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky (France) – Finished 2/17/2007 and reviewed here.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Australia) -Finished 1/28/2007 and reviewed here.
Old Filth, by Jane Gardam (England)
Finished 5/29/2007 and reviewed here.
The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Spain) Finished 7/7/2007 and reviewed here.
Silver Wedding, by Maeve Binchy (Ireland)
Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts (Bombay, India)
The Alchemist, by Paula Coelho (Brazil) – Finished 6/15/2007 and reviewed here.
A Woman in Jerusalem, by A.B. Yehoshua (Jerusalem)
The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (New Delhi, India) – Finished 3/16/2007 and reviewed here.
Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Aichie (Africa) – Finished 1/24/2007 and reviewed here.
The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink (Germany)
Hanna’s Daughters: A Novel of Three Generations, by Marianne Fredriksson (Sweden)