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!


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)

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    • Anonymous on January 24, 2007 at 14:08

    You have some good-sounding books on your list. It looks like we will both be reading a Paulo Coelho book for this challenge, I’ll be working on ‘Veronika Decides to Die’. My verdict is still out on him overall, I really enjoyed ‘The Alchemist’ but did not like ‘By the River Piedro I Sat Down & Wept’.

    • Anonymous on January 24, 2007 at 17:49

    I’m looking forward to the books on this challenge. Paulo Coelho is one of those authors I’ve heard so much about…some people seem to love his work, others have a more negative view of them. I figured the Alchemist is a short enough book that if I don’t like his stuff, I won’t suffer for too long *grin*

    • Anonymous on February 18, 2007 at 16:35

    This sounds like a neat challenge. I’ve read two of your books: Silver Wedding, (Binchy is one of my favourite authors) and the Shadow of the Wind, which I loved. Great story, and I was in Barcelona this past summer, so I loved the setting. Enjoy. (I think I’ll do an unofficial list too. )

    • Anonymous on February 18, 2007 at 16:57

    I’m excited about this challenge! I look forward to seeing what you will be reading 🙂

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