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ASIA – Reading The World

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Asia

Countries read are in bold blue

Potential books to be read are listed below each country. Books read are in red. An asterisk (*) indicates books I own but have not read yet.

1. Afghanistan (Kabul)

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini (finished 8 December 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (finished 13 June 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • Earth and Ashes, Atiq Rahimi (finished 18 August 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear, by Atiq Rahimi (finished 14 January 2011; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

2. Azerbaijan (Baku)

  • Ali and Nino, by Kurban Said

3. Bahrain (Manama)

4. Bangladesh (Dhaka)

5. Bhutan (Thimphu)

6. Brunei (Bander Seri Begawan)

7. Burma/Myanmar (Yangon)

  • The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly (finished 12 May 2010; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Everything is Broken, by Emma Larkin (finished 04 June 2010; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Bamboo People, by
  • 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 S. 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)

  • Small Wars, by Sadie Jones (finished 6 February 2011, rated 4.5/5; read my review)

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 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, by Kiran Desai (finished 21 December 2007; rated 3/5; read my review)
  • The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga (finished 03 January 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts*

13. Indonesia (Jakarta)

  • The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman – set in Bali (finished 5 April 2013, rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • This Earth of Mankind, by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

14. Iran (Tehran)

  • Laughing Without An Accent, by Firoozeh Dumas (finished 17 May 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi (finished 27 December 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, by Marjane Satrapi (finished 28 December 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • 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)

  • A Thousand Veils, by D.J. Murphy (finished 13 June 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)

16. Israel (Jerusalem)

  • Wherever You Go, by Joan Leegant (finished 21 January 2011; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • A Woman in Jerusalem, by A.B. Yehoshua*

17. Japan (Tokyo)

  • The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard (finished 8 August 2007; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Hiroshima in the Morning, by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto (finished 05 October 2010; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Picking Bones From Ash, by Marie Mutsuki Mockett (finished 18 March 2011; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Schoolgirl, by Osamu Dazai (finished 31 October 2011; 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)

  • The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (finished 31 March 2012; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

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)
  • When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, by Cecilia Manquerra Brainard
  • Maps For Lost Lovers, by Nadeem Aslam32. Philippines (Manila)

33. Quatar (Doha)

34. Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)

  • Finding Nouf, by Zoe Ferraris (finished 24 July 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • City of Veils, by Zoe Ferraris (finished 24 August 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

35. Singapore (Singapore City)

36. Sri Lanka (Colombo)

  • A Disobedient Girl, by Ru Freeman (finished 28 September 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)

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 Elif 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. Livaeli*

42. Turkmenistan (Ashgabat)

43. United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)

44. Uzbekistan (Tashkent)

45. Vietnam (Hanoi)

  • The Lotus Eaters, by Tatjana Soli (finished 19 March 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • The Sorrow of War, by Bao Ninh

46. Yeman (Sana)

10 Comments

  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 9, 2007    

    So I just quickly browsed through this list. About a year ago my then 12yo brother in law stayed with hubby and I for a week or two and we put up maps of the US and world as we were “teaching” him. Anyway, I was reading a lot of world literature then and really wanted to put pins into the cities where I was “visiting.” I never did, but this challenge makes me think of that. It would be great to keep track, but I’m not sure if I would call mine a challenge (maybe just an endeavor).
    Anyway, great book for India is “Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie.
    Good luck!

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 9, 2007    

    Whether you want to call it an endeavor or a challenge, it is definitely fun to do, Trish! Thanks for the recommendation on an Indian read 🙂

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 11, 2007    

    Terrific challenge, Wendy. Many of those titles sound
    so intriguing. I look forward to reading your thoughts about the ones you choose to read.

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 12, 2007    

    Thanks for stopping by! I’m excited to read from this list 🙂

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    October 13, 2007    

    I can suggest one for the Philippines:
    Tess Uriza Holthe, _When the Elephants Dance_ (Penguin 2003)
    Oh, and Sri Lanka:
    Karen Roberts, _The Flower Boy_ (Random House 2000).
    I read the Holthe and liked it very much. The Roberts is on my TBR shelf–it’s pretty though!

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    October 13, 2007    

    Penny, Thank you for your wonderful suggestions! I will add them to the list of possibles 🙂

  7. Mome Rath Mome Rath
    January 7, 2010    

    Awesome Asia list! I can highly, highly recommend Toer’s This Earth of Mankind. I just finished it, and am ready to hunt down Child of All Nations. Since you’ve read Midnight’s Children, I guess you can add Rushdie to India. Thoughts for other books would be Colin Cotterill’s The Coroner’s Lunch, an odd but fun mystery set in 1970’s Laos; Orhan Pamuk’s Snow or My Name is Red for Turkey; and Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore for Japan. Your list has given me ideas for other books I need to be getting to this year!

  8. January 27, 2010    

    Mome Rath: You have some interesting recommendations – thank you so much!

  9. May 15, 2011    

    Nice… oh btw. I need to correct you. it’s Brunei not brune =^_^=

  10. May 16, 2011    

    Thanks for catching my typo, Lisa! All fixed now 🙂

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