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Around the World in 52 Books: Book List

Posted by gck Thursday, December 29, 2011

This is my book list for the Around the World in 52 Books challenge. It’s a work in progress, and I’ll update my status and changes in the list here as I go.

Status
I am currently thinking about what to read next.

Reading Order
I decided to have themed months so it was easier to compare and contrast books. I’m aiming for 3-4 books per month, though I think that will be a pretty hard goal to reach. Bold means I have read the book.
Note: the links are broken, I know. My style is eating the anchors for some reason. I’ll go back and fix it later.

January – Countries that are new/unfamiliar to me
Cuba, Myanmar, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia
February – Countries that are considered “romantic”
France, Italy, Russia
March – Countries that have been recently affected by war
Afghanistan, Ireland (unplanned stop), Lebanon, North Korea, Sri Lanka
April – Asian countries
China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan
May – South American countries
Brazil, Chile, Uruguay
June – Native English-speaking countries
England, India, Ireland
July – Scandinavian countries
Denmark, Finland, Norway
August – Southeast Asian countries
Bhutan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam
September – Eastern European countries
Albania, Bosnia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Hungary?
October – Central American countries (and a little beyond)
Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico,
November – African countries
Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
December – Whatever I feel like
Germany? Austria? New Zealand? Ukraine?

The List

Afghanistan
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Albania
Chronicle in Stone by Ismael Kadare

Austria
The Bells by Richard Harvell
OR Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees

Bhutan
Married to Bhutan by Linda Leaming

Bosnia
Shards by Ismet Prcic

Brazil
The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Cambodia
The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam

Chile
Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende

China
Wild Swans by Jung Chang

Colombia
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
OR Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Cuba
Havana Real by Yoani Sanchez
Finished on March 16, 2012. (Review)

Czechoslovakia
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Denmark
We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen

Ecuador
The Queen of Water by Laura Resau

Egypt
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
OR Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

England
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Ethiopia
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

Finland
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

France
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Germany
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Hungary
The Door by Szabo Magdan

India
Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie

Ireland
The Whipping Club by Deborah Henry
Finished on March 19, 2012. (Review)
Ireland by Frank Delaney

Italy
Keeping the Feast by Paula Butturini

Japan
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Lebanon
Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love and War by Annia Ciezadlo

Malaysia
Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan

Mexico
The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

Myanmar
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

New Zealand
The Bone People by Keri Hulme

North Korea
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

Norway
The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

Nigeria
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Finished on January 14, 2012. (Review)

Poland
Anya by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

Romania
Smuggled by Christina Shea

Russia
The Jewel of St. Petersburg by Kate Furnivall
OR Anna Kareninaby by Leo Tolstoy

Saudi Arabia
The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen
Finished on January 10, 2012. (Review)

South Africa
Spud by John van de Ruit

South Korea
The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim

Sri Lanka
A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman

Taiwan
Taiwan Folktales by Fred Lobb

Ukraine
The Silence of Trees by Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Uruguay
The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis

Vietnam
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

Zimbabwe
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

1 Responses to Around the World in 52 Books: Book List

  1. Jenny Says:
  2. I love the monthly theme idea!

     

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