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SOUTH AMERICA – Reading The Wor...

SOUTH AMERICA – Reading The World

SOUTH AMERICAN Countries
(Bolded Blue Indicates Books Read)

Potential books to be read for each country are identified in red script.
Asterisk (*) indicates books I already own, but have yet to read.

1.   Argentina (Buenos Aires)
2.   Bolivia (Sucre)
3.   Brazil (Brasilia)

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo (finished  15 June 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
War of the End of the World, by Mario Vargas Llosa

4.   Chile (Santiago)

Memoirs, by Pablo Neruda

5.   Colombia (Bogota)

One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez*

6.   Ecuador (Quito)

The Amnesia Clinic, by James Scudamore

7.   Guyana (Georgetown)
8.   Parguay (Asuncion)
9.   Peru (Lima)

Conversation in the Cathedral, by Mario Vargas Llosa
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder (finished 23 December 2007; rated 3/5; read my review)

10. Suriname (Paramaribo)
11. Uruguay (Montevideo)
12. Venezuela (Caracas)

The Lady, The Chef and The Courtesan, by Marisol

NORTH AMERICA – Reading The Wor...

NORTH AMERICA – Reading The World

NORTH AMERICAN Countries
(Bolded Blue Indicates Books Read)

1.   Antigua and Barbuda (St. Johns)
2.   Bahamas (Nassau)
3.   Barbados (Bridgetown)
4.   Belize (Belmopan)
5.   Canada (Ottawa)

Fall On Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald (finished 26 April 2007; rated 4/5; read my review)
Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood (finished 13 May 2007; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
The Outlander, by Gil Adamson (finished 27 December 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
The Way The Crow Flies, by Ann-Marie MacDonald*
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, by Wayne Johnston (Newfoundland)
Mercy Among the Children, by David Adams Richards (New Brunswick)

6.   Costa Rica (San Jose)
7.   Cuba (Havana)

Dreaming in Cuba, by Christina Garcia

8.   Dominica (Roseau)
9.   Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo)

Feast of the Goat, by Mario Vargas Llosa*

10. El Salvador (San Salvador)
11. Grenada (St. George’s)
12. Guatemala (Guatemala City)
13. Haiti (Port-au-Prince)

The Dew Breaker, by Edwidge Danticat
Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

14. Honduras (Tegucigaipa)
15. Jamaica (Kingston)
16. Mexico (Mexico City)

Mexico, by James Michener*
Frida: A Biography  of Frida Kahlo, by Hayden Herrera
Consider This, Senora, by Harriet Doerr

17. Nicaragua (Managua)
18. Panama (Panama City)
19. Saint Kitts and Nevis (Basseterre)
20. Saint Lucia (Castries)
21. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Kingstown)
22. Trinidad and Tobago (Port-of-Spain)

Chutney Power, by Willi Chen
The Lonely Londoners, by Sam Selvon

23. United States (Washington D.C.)

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (finished 18 January 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (finished 21 March 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
Travels With Charley in Search of America, by John Steinbeck (finished 29 March 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
Summer Crossing, by Truman Capote (finished 21 July 2007; rated 4.5/5; read my review)


AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA – Reading The...

AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA – Reading The World

Australia – Oceania Countries
(Bolded Blue Indicates Books Read)

1.   Australia (Canberra)

The True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey*
The Idea of Perfection, by Kate Grenville*
The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

2.   Fiji (Suva)
3.   Kiribati (Bairiki)
4.   Marshall Islands (Majuro)
5.   Micronesia (Palikir)
6.   Nauru (no official capital)
7.   New Zealand (Wellington)

The Bone People, by Keri Hulme (finished 12 July 2007; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
The Colour, by Rose Tremain

8.   Palau (Koror)
9.   Paua new Guinea (Port Moresby)
10. Samoa (Apia)
11. Solomon Islands (Honiara)
12. Tonga (Nuku’alofa)
13. Tuvalu (Funafuti)
14. Vanuatu (Port-Vila)

ASIA – Reading The World

ASIA – Reading The World

Asian Countries
(Bolded Blue Indicates Books Read)

Potential books to be read for each country are indicated by red script.
Asterisk (*) indicates books I already own but have yet to read.

1.   Afganaistan (Kabul)

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini (finished 8 December 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini*

2.   Azerbaijan (Baku)

Ali and Nino, by Kurban Said

3.   Bahrain (Manama)
4.   Bangladesh (Dhaka)
5.   Bhutan (Thimphu)
6.   Brune (Bander Seri Begawan)
7.   Burma/Myanmar (Yangon)

The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly
The Glass Palace, by Amitav Ghosh

8.   Cambodia (Phnom Penh)

Highways To A War, by Christopher J. Koch
First They Killed My Father, by Loung Ung

9.   China (Beijin)

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie (finished 8 January 2007; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
Peony in Love, by Lisa See (finished 18 June 2007; rated 3.75/5; read my review)
The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck (finished 28 November 2007; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
Wild Swans, by Jung Chang
Oracle Bones, by Peter Hessler

10. Cyprus (Nicosia)
11. East Timor (Dili)
12. India (New Delhi)

The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (finished 16 March 2007; rated 4.25/5; read my review)
The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar (finished 21 April 2007; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
The God of Small Things, by Arundhai Roy (finished 29 September 207; rated 5/5; read my review)
Hullabaloo In The Guava Orchard (finished 21 December 2007; rated 3/5; read my review)
Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts*

13. Indonesia (Jakarta)

This Earth of Mankind, by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

14. Iran (Tehran)

Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi*
My Father’s Notebook, by Kader Abdolah
Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora, by Persis M. Karim
The Blood of Flowers, by Anita Amirrezvani

15. Iraq (Baghdad)
16. Israel (Jerusalem)

A Woman in Jerusalem, A.B. Yehoshua*

17. Japan (Tokyo)

The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard (finished 8 August 2007; rated 4/5; read my review)
Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden*
Shipwrecks, by Akira Yoshimura

18. Jordan (Amman)

A Beggar at Damascus Gate, by Yasmine Zahran
Pillars of Salt, by Fadia Faqir

19. Kazakstan (Astana)
20. Korea, North (Pyongyang)

The Guest, by Hwang Sok-Yong

21. Korea, South (Seoul)
22. Kuwait (Kuwait City)
23. Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek)
24. Laos (Vientiane)

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman

25. Lebanon (Beirut)

Gate of the Sun, by Elias Khoury*

26. Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
27. Maldivs (Male)
28. Mongolia (Ulan Bator)
29. Nepal (Kathmandu)
30. Oman (Muscat)
31. Pakistan (Islamabad)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid (finished 11 January 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
Maps For Lost Lovers, by Nadeem Aslam

32. Philippines (Manila)

When The Rainbow Goddess Wept, by Cecilia Manquerra Brainard

33. Qatar (Doha)
34. Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)
35. Singapore (Singapore City)
36. Sri Lanka (Colombo)
37. Syria (Damascus)

A Lake Beyond the Wind, by Yahya Yakhlif

38. Tajikistan (Dushanbe)
39. Tibet (Lhasa)

The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiesson

40. Thailand (Bangkok)
41. Turkey (Ankara)

The Flea Palace, by Eilf Shafak (finished 15 June 2007; rated 2.5/5; read my review)
Birds Without Wings, by Louis De Bernieres (finished 28 July 2007; rated 4/5; read my review)
Bliss, by O.Z. Livaneli*

42. Turkmenistan (Ashgabat)
43. United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)
44. Uzbekistan (Tashkent)
45. Vietnam (Hanoi)

The Sorrow of War, by Bao Ninh

46. Yeman (Sana)

EUROPE – Reading The World

EUROPE – Reading The World

EUROPEAN Countries
(Bolded Blue Indicates Books Read)

Potential books to be read for each country are indicated in red type.
Asterisk (*) indicates books I already own, but have not read yet.

1.   Albania (Tirane)
2.   Andorra (Andorra la Vella)
3.   Armenia (Yerevan)
4.   Austria (Vienna)

The Fig Eater, by Jody Shield*
The Terror of Ice and Darkness, by Christoph Ransmayr

5.   Belarus (Minsk)
6.   Belgium (Brussels)

Summer in Termuren, by Louis Paul Boon

7.   Bosnia andHerzegovina (Sarajevo)
8.   Bulgaria (Sofia)
9.   Cape Verde (Praia)
10. Coatia (Zagreb)
11.  Czech Republic (Prague)

Giraffe, by J.M. Ledgard

12. Denmark (Copenhagen)

Leeway Cottage, by Beth Gutcheon*
The Royal Physician’s Visit, by Per Olov Enquist

13. Estonia (Tallinn)

The Czar’s Madman, by Jaan Kross

14. Finland (Helsinki)

Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name, by Vendela Vida (Lapland)

15. France (Paris)

Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky (finished 17 February 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)

16. Georgia (Tbilisi)

Ali and Nino, by Kurban Said

17. Germany (Berlin)

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (finished 28 January 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
The Reader, by Berhard Schlink*
Stones From The River, by Ursula Hegi*
Paper Kisses: A True Love Story, by Reinhard Kaiser

18. Greece (Athens)

Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis De Bernieres

19. Hungary (Budapest)

Embers, by Sandor Marai*

20. Iceland (Reykjavik)

Independent People, by Halldor Laxness
The Fish Can Sing, by Halldor Laxness

21. Ireland (Dublin)

Silver Wedding, by Maeve Binchy*
The Blackwater Lightship, by Colm Toibin (finished 09 November 2007; read my review)
The Law of Dreams, by Peter Behrens

22. Italy (Rome)

A Thousand Days in Tuscany, by Marlena De Blasi*
The Almond Picker, by Simonetta Agnello Hornby

23. Latvia (Riga)
24. Liechtenstein (Vaduz)
25. Lithuania (Vilnius)
26. Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
27. Macedonia (Skopje)
28. Malta (Valletta)
29. Moldova (Chisinau)
30. Monaco (Monaco)
31. Montenegro (Podgorica)
32. Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague)
33. Norway (Oslo)

Giants in the Earth, O.E. Rolvaag*
In the Wake, by Per Peterson
Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset

34. Poland (Warsaw)

Anything by the author Ryszard Kapuscinski
Nine
, by Andrezej Stasiuk

35. Portugal (Lisbon)

Alentejo Blue, by Monica Ali (finished 22 February 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

36. Romania (Bucharest)

Land of Green Plums, by Herta Muller

37. Russia (Moscow)

The Madonnas Of Leningrad, by Debra Dean (finished 7 May 2007; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
The Brothers Karmazov, by Fyodor Doestoevsky*
Dr. Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak (finished 24 November 2007; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
A Russian Journal, by John Steinbeck

38. San Marino (San Marino)
39. Serbia (Belgrade)
40. Slovakia (Bratislava)

Zoli, by Colum McCann

41. Slovenia (Ljubljana)

Veronika Decides to Die, by Paulo Coelho (finished 2 November 2007; rated 3.5/5; read my review)

42. Spain (Madrid)

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (finished 7 July 2007; rated 4.75/5; read my review)
For Whom The Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway (finished 7 April 2007; rated 2.5/5; read my review)

43. Sweden (Stockholm)

Hanna’s Daughters, by Marianne Fredriksson*
April Witch, by Majqull Axelsson
Doctor Glas, by Hjalmar Soderberg
The Princess of Burundi, by Kjell Eriksson*

44. Switzerland (Bern)

Hotel Du Lac, by Anita Brookner

45. Ukraine (Kiev)
46. United Kingdom (London)

Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell (finished 26 March 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
Arthur and George, by Julian Barnes (finished 30 April 2007; rated 4/5; read my review)
Old Filth, by Jane Gardam (finished 29 May 2007; rated 3.75/5; read my review)
How Green Was My Valley, by Richard Llewelln – South Wales (finished August 15, 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
47. Vatican City (na)


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