Thursday, 20 January 2011

Round the World Book Challenge

Rather oddly this grew out of the British Book Challenge being run at The Bookette's blog - that rather obviously is about reading books by British authors and I thought it might be a good idea to put together a similar genre mix from round the world.

Looking round our bookshelves, mainly at the TBR pile, I discovered

Canada - Jan Markley - Dead Frog On The Porch (children)
Sweden - Jan Guillou - The Birth of the Kingdom (historical fiction)
France - Françoise Sagan - Engagements of the Heart
Nigeria - Ken Saro Wiwa - Lemona's Tale
Spain - Javier Cercas - The Speed of Light

which is a fairly good start

then saw someone talking about Arto Paasilinna - The year of the Hare - so one from Finland (and from the library)

I picked up Alice Walker's the Color Purple at Bookcrossing. I've never read this so should make a good one for USA

Gav Reads at My Favourite Books recommending Camilla Lackberg - Swedish crime writer

Nicky at Absolute Vanilla suggested Spud by John van der Ruit, from South Africa

Nayuleska at Nayu's Reading Corner is running a Manga Reading Challenge - so as I've never read ANY and after some advice from Nayuleska about where to start, I'm hoping to track some down to read.

I also intend to include Shopaholic attends un bebe - the French version of Shopaholic and baby which my elder daughter bought for me in Paris.

I'm still looking for ideas so if anyone has any offerings I'd be interested - preferably from different countries to those already covered.

Have discovered a blog holding an Argentinian reading challenge for which I've signed up Fortunately it has some suggestions of what to read.

At last have started reading my way round the world!

The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna - Finland
Please Look after Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin - Korea


  1. Don't forget the one you've got from Portugal ;-)

  2. The challenge is about author nationality EXCEPT the shopaholic which is an excerise in masochism as Maryom's french is badly neglected and now somewhat lacking.

  3. I would recommend Mr Rosenblum's List by Natasha Solomons - for English or UK (if you aren't going to do Welsh, Scottish,Irish) - link to Guardian Review from when it came out - it is fantastic reading and very British.

  4. I hadn't included any UK in this list as I've signed up for the British Books Challenge at The Bookette's blog. There's a separate blog entry for it with some of my ideas for that but I'm always willing to add another one. Thanks for the recommendation. - Maryom

  5. Have just discovered this Argentinian reading challenge
    so another place to stop off at Round The World