Daily Archives: July 10, 2009

Weekly Geeks 2009-26: Where in the World Have You Been?


This week’s Weekly Geeks is brought to us by Terri who asks us about our world travels through books.

Are you a global reader? How many countries have you “visited” in your reading? What are your favorite places or cultures to read about? Can you recommend particularly good books about certain regions, countries or continents? How do you find out about books from other countries? What countries would you like to read that you haven’t yet?

I have a long term goal to read a book representing every country in the world. You can see my progress by visiting these links on my blog:

South America
North America

Here is my progress graphed from The World 66 site:

I am not sure I actually have a favorite region from which to read. So far, I have enjoyed them all! Some of my favorite reads which I can recommend are:

poisonwoodbible The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (read my review) set in the Congo.

halfyellowsun Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (read my review) set in Nigeria.

tendernessofwolves The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney (read my review) set in Canada.

cellistofsarajevo The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (read my review) set in Bosnia.

musicsilence Music and Silence by Rose Tremain (read my review) set in Denmark.

SuiteFrancaise Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (read my review) set in France.

outstealinghorses Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson (read my review) set in Norway.

guernica Guernica by Dave Boling (read my review) set in Spain.

secretriver The Secret River by Kate Grenville (read my review) set in Australia.

colour The Colour by Rose Tremain (read my review) set in New Zealand.

ThousandSplendidSuns A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (read my review) set in Afghanistan.

GodofSmallThings The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (read my review) set in India.

I still have a long way to go before I reach my goal, but I am having fun reading around the world!

Winner of The Local News


Thank you to all who entered to win this Advance Reader’s Edition of Miriam Gershow’s novel: The Local News. There were more than 50 entries and I chose one lucky winner through Random.Org. For those of you who entered but did not win the book, I hope you’ll consider purchasing this terrific novel which is available at all major bookstores, as well as on line at Amazon.

Now, on to the winner. Congratulations to:

Comment #3: Alexandrea M

I will be emailing you today. Please respond to that email with your snail mail address so I may get your book right out to you!

Friday Finds – July 10, 2009


Every Friday Jenn at Should Be Reading asks readers to share the books they’ve “found” that week. My book finds come primarily from the book blogs whom I have come to trust for recommendations. The list this week is short – one book, actually – because I got very far behind on my blog reading (at one point there were nearly 2000 unread posts!!). I am slowly catching up. At any rate, here is one book I have added to my wish list (clicking on the title takes you to Amazon for book buying information; clicking on the featured blog takes you to their review of the book):

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly as featured on Tasses’ blog Many a Quaint and Curious Volume has been one of those books I have looked at and passed over time and time again. But after reading Tasses’ review I decided I need to give this book a try.  She writes: ‘Fused with both Grimm-like fairy stories and Oz-like wonders, where David must rely on his own wits to bridge the gap between child and adulthood, The Book of Lost Things begins to shimmer much like its elegantly designed cover and website.‘ AND ‘The luminous praise, website and cover reflect the magic that lies within its pages.