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

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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:

Africa
South America
North America
Europe
Australia/Oceania
Asia

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!

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  1. Wow, you’re fast!! I like the way you presented this Wendy.

    • Kim on July 10, 2009 at 21:37

    Nicely arranged post! I have several of the ones you spotlighted on my tbr pile so it is always fun to see them as being thought of as worthy reads by others before I dig into them.
    *smiles*
    Kim

    • Maree on July 11, 2009 at 03:01

    Great post! You’re far more widely read than me.
    Happy Weekly Geeks 🙂

  2. I’ve read a couple of those, and really enjoyed them. Half of a Yellow Sun was incredible, as was Secret River. I want to read Cellist of Sarajevo, but just not gotten down to it yet, and I’m not the biggest fan of Khalid Hosseini – just didn’t like Kite Runner!

    Best of luck 🙂

    • Wendy on July 11, 2009 at 06:53
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    Terri: I happened to be on line when you posted 🙂 And I was inspired!!

    Kim: Thanks – glad to see you have some of my favorites on your TBR piles 🙂

    Maree: There are some readers far more widely read than me!! But it is the process I enjoy 🙂

    Another Cookie: I agree – Adichie’s book was amazing. You should really read the Cellist of Sarajevo…that was a stunning book. I didn’t like The Kite Runner as much as A Thousand Splendid Suns…but they are both a little “tough” in terms of subject matter.

  3. I also recommended The Secret River. It’s a personal favorite since I’ve had the pleasure of hiking along the river that features so prominently in the novel. My post is here.

    • Rikki on July 12, 2009 at 00:16

    I’m also recommending A thousand splendid suns. An awesome book.

  4. You really set this post up nicely. I loved Splendid Suns, Suite Francaise and Poisenwood Bible (forgot to add that one to my Africa list). I still haven’t read Stealing Horses and I need to remember to add Guernica to my list.

    • Sandy on July 12, 2009 at 11:47

    Interesting post! I need to get my thoughts together and see what I come up with!

  5. You have a lot of great books here, many I’ve never seen before.

    • Wendy on July 13, 2009 at 14:49
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    Pusserboots: How cool that you hike that river trail!! I will pop over and read your review!

    Rikki: It was a stunning book, wasn’t it? Disturbing, but such a well written novel.

    Icedream: Looks like we have a lot of reading in common!

    Sandy: I’ll look forward to your post!

    Kristen: Oh, glad I could steer you towards some new books!

    • Kerrie on July 16, 2009 at 01:44

    You’ve done well Wendy

    • Care on July 17, 2009 at 04:04

    My map keeps changing! I didn’t think I could count India because I had given up on Midnight’s Children but I forgot that I DID read The God of Small Things! but it’s been awhile ago.
    I applaud your goals!

    • susan on July 17, 2009 at 16:45

    Really appreciate you listing titles. Impressive map. Thanks.

  6. Wow, that’s a great goal to have! Many of the books that you have read are on my TBR list. Do you have an all-time favorite book from your list above?

    • Wendy on July 18, 2009 at 08:48
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    Kerrie: Thanks!

    Care: Thank you! This is a fun project, isn’t it? I’ve read a lot of books from India…I stopped adding them to my list after a while!

    Susan: You’re welcome…hope I can steer you to some good books you haven’t heard of before.

    Dreamybee: Oh, it is so hard to pick just one favorite. I really love Rose Tremain’s writing…and you can’t go wrong with Adichie (she is incredibly talented). And Kingsolver is just fantastic…No, I don’t have an all-time favorite! I actually could re-read each of the books I’ve listed!!!

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