Reading the World

I was inspired by Ann Morgan’s TED Talk on how she spent a year reading 196 books from all 196 countries in the world. Ann traveled around the world in her mind, getting a glimpse of each and every country’s culture and customs. I want to do that too. I want to live inside the minds of those who have different values to me, who see the world in a completely different way than I do. I’m aware that I might not be able to get hold of some books as easily, so I’ll go through my list with the ones that I can get first and see how I do with the rest. (Read original post)

So, as of May 2017, I shall *consciously* begin this challenge. There are already several books that I’ve read that are from various countries already, and I have made note on them accordingly on the list below.

Note: Book recommendations are very much welcome here!

A
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan

B
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil: The Alchemist
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi

C
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Central African Republic (CAR)
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic

D
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic

E
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia

F
Fiji
Finland: The Year of the Hare
France

G
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana

H
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary

I
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy

J
Jamaica
Japan: 1Q84,
Jordan

K
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan

L
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg

M
Macedonia (FYROM)
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)

N
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands: The Diary of a Young Girl
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea: Escape from Camp 14
Norway

O
Oman

P
Pakistan: I Am Malala
Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal

Q
Qatar

R
Romania
Russia
Rwanda

S
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria

T
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu

U
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
United Kingdom (UK): The Picture of Dorian Gray
United States of America (USA)
Uruguay
Uzbekistan

V
Vanuatu
Vatican City (Holy See)
Venezuela
Vietnam

Y
Yemen

Z
Zambia
Zimbabwe

12 Comments

  1. Can I give you recommendation for the book from Finland? One of my all time favourite novels, My Cat Jugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci has just got an English translation a while ago. It is an incredibly beautiful debut novel. Although, even if I haven’t still read The Year of the Hare which was Ann Morgan’s choice (has been on my to read list for ages), I bet it is a sound choice – very valued part of Finnish literature. My Cat Jugoslavia is fresher, though, and tells a lot about the society right now.

    Good luck with this adventure, it will be exciting!

    • Oh wow, thank you for your recommendation, I’ll probably start with Finland! I like that your book recommendation “tells a lot about the society right now”. What I’ll probably do is read the samples (I have a kindle) of both books, and continue reading the one that I think I’ll like best. They both sound intriguing, tbh. Thanks!!

  2. Daniela Flores Reply

    Hi!!! I have two recommendations. The first is “The Little Prince” (France) and the other is “My Sweet Orange Tree”(Brazil). These books are very special to me because they change my life. Who knows if they change yours! 🙂

    • I’ve read the little prince already!! but that was a while ago when I was in middle/high school (can’t remember) – I’ll probably re-read it! And my sweet orange tree sounds interesting, though I couldn’t find it on the Kindle store D: Hopefully I’ll get to it sometime in the future. Thanks Daniela <3

  3. Esha Sharma Reply

    Hi!!! I am a little girl reading in in class 7. i have many recommendation for you but will give you a few….
    1. DORK DIARIES ( my favourite)
    2. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
    3. MATILDA(must read)
    4. CHARLIE AND A CHOCOLATE FACTORY
    5. 20000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
    6. THE BLUE UMBRELLA
    If you have any books recommendation for me please give…
    these books are my best friend may your be one of them

    • aww thank you for all the suggestions! I’ve actually read a 2 of them before! Matilda’s definitely my fave of the bunch 🙂

  4. For Afganistan zou might like any of the Khaled Hosseini books ( And the Mountains Echoed, The Kate Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns).
    For Spain I would suggest you The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
    For Bosnia and Herzegovina I have so many, and I love so many of them, but most of them are not translated into english 🙁 so I have to go with The Fortress by Meša Selimović or any of his books thant you might find, they are all great, or even I am from Srebrenica by Fikret Hodžić if you can put your hands on it.
    For Croatia U Registraturi, deffinitely. It’s a bit difficult, but still very good book.
    Also, not sure to whome he “belongs” but 7000 days in Siberia by Karlo Štajner is sooo good. My favourite out of all.
    For Russia is so easy, any Dostoevsky will work. I litteraly mean any of them.

    I really, really hope I helped 🙂 And good luck of course <3

      • Esha Sharma Reply

        Don’t worry about English . I am from India and it a foreigner language for me to but i have realize that mother tongue is more important

    • Oh wow, thank you Amina!! I will definitely check those books out.
      Don’t worry about your English – it’s great and very much understandable 🙂

  5. Hy ! From Romania i have some recommendation for you:
    1. “Bengal Nights” by Mircea Eliade
    2. “Procust’s’ Bed” by Camil Petrescu
    3. Any poem by George Bacovia, he is my favorite poet

    Here is a link with Bacovia’s poems : http://www.aboutromania.com/bacovia.html
    Hope you enjoy.

    P.S. Sorry for my English, it’s not really one of my strengths.

    • Thanks Margalo! (Your English is good!) I couldn’t find Procust’s Bed, but Bengal Nights and Bacovia’s poems seem intriguing, thank you!!

Leave a comment!

%d bloggers like this: