Around the world in 80(+) books

I do like to challenge myself every now and then, though I’m not sure why I put the pressure on myself. This time I’ve decided I want to read a book or short story set in, or at least partly taking place in,  or written by someone from every country in the world. Now of course I have already read some books set in a few of the countries on the list, often many times. But I’d like to do some armchair travelling so I’m going to see how far I can wander from now on.

I’ll be keeping a track of at least one book that lands in the right destination on here. I don’t think I’ll get this done in a year but it will be interesting to see how far I have ‘travelled’ by the end of December.

A

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia – The Lost Man by Jane Harper
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan

B

  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • 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
  • Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
  • Ethiopia

F

  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • 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 – When All is Said by Anne Griffin
  • Israel
  • Italy – Unto Us a Son is Given by Donna Leon

J

  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan

K

  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • 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 (formerly Burma)

N

  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Norway

O

  • Oman

P

  • Pakistan
  • 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 (renamed to Eswatini)
  • 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) – Tell Me a Secret by Jane Fallon
  • United States of America (USA) – The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan

V

  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City (Holy See)
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

Y

  • Yemen

Z

  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Do let me know if you have any recommendations for any of the countries listed. I may just cheat and read this:

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. This is such an exciting project! I also try to get out of the English-countries bubble and read as much as possible books from other countries, even though it’s not an organized endeavour.

    For your “journey” to Romania I recommend reading something by Mircea Eliade (Bengal Nights) or Mircea Cartarescu (Nostalgia or Blinding).

    Good luck with your project, I am really looking forward to see what books you discover 🙂

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  2. That’s some challenge!

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  3. I’ll be cheering you on from the sidelines, Janet. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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  4. Simon T says:

    Great idea! I think I read my most countries ever last year, and it was still only about ten (though covering six continents!) Good luck 😀

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  5. Karen says:

    A great challenge Janet. If I think of something will let you know.

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  6. TripFiction says:

    That is quite a challenge! Enjoy!

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  7. Very challenging indeed! Good luck!

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  8. winstonsdad says:

    Looking forward to see what you read from where I’ve read books from most of the countries so lots on blog to look at

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  9. Can highly recommend Ismail Kadare’s Broken April for your Albanian travels – it’s short (probably helpful!) and gripping!

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  10. Kate W says:

    I’ll watch with interest Janet. I have been undertaking a similar challenge and although I haven’t been deliberately seeking books out, I’ve been surprised at my progress (19 countries in the first year and 17 in the second – I suspect it will get harder as I go along).

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  11. Sent you a few novella length recommendations on twitter, books I loved from a few countries that came to mind, some of them deserved of being modern classics, some of my absolute favourites over the years. Love that you are doing this, I try to read around the world every year, not from a list, but just having that as an intention, I think I managed 18 countries last year without trying too hard.

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  12. Interesting idea, can’t wait to see how you get on.

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  13. What a fantastic challenge! Recent reads I would recommend are Vernon Subutex (France), We That Are Young (India) and A Whole Life (Germany). Good luck!

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  14. Great challenge! Like Kate I’m doing the AW80Books challenge (at snails pace) and it’s really enjoyable. I’m sure I’ll be stealing a few of your reads to help me along 🙂

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