Around the world

Around the world in 52 weeks!

I am going globetrotting, no really. I am tired of my boring life and since 2012 is supposed to be the end of the world, I would better see it before I die. Ah, OK, you got me. I don’t have the money. So what’s the cheapest way to tour the world? To read books about it. Ha! 🙂

Have you read Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Meyes? It’s a wonderful way to tour Italy. In fact, the book made me want to go settle there. May be someday I will.

But for now, 2012 is knocking on the door and I have got quite a few books lined up. What’s new, you ask? That I have lined up books from all over the globe, even from countries whose name I can’t pronounce. So what’s in it for you? Hmm, I will be reading and reviewing the books. So you have the advantage of picking and choosing which one you want read. Sounds great, huh? I think so too. Now if only I can decide which one book from each country- because there are 52 weeks in the year and I can only read as many books.

See the group on Goodreads here

Check out My Reading List.

Afghanistan
A Thousand Splendid Suns 11/11/2011 (What a day, huh! :D)

Albania
Spring Flowers, Spring Frost

Algeria
The Lovers of Algeria: A Novel

Andorra
On the Line

Angola
The Book of Chameleons: A Novel

Antarctica
The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic

Antigua
Lucy

Argentina
Tropical Night Falling
The Witness

Armenia
Family of Shadows

Australia
Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction by Luke Davies l Summary & Study Guide
The Idea of Perfection

Austria
The Piano Teacher

Azerbaijan
Ali and Nino: A Love Story

Balkans
The Bridge on the Drina

Bangladesh
The Hungry Tide

Barbados
The Man Who Loved Attending Funerals and Other Stories

Belarus
Burning Lights

Belgium
The Train

Belize
In Times Like These

Benin
Un piege sans fin: Roman

Bermuda
The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Narrative

Bhutan
Married to Bhutan

Bolivia
Tania: Undercover with Che Guevara in Bolivia

Bosnia
Twice Born

Botswana
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency 2/01/2012

Brazil
The Seamstress

Brunei
Some Girls

Bulgaria
The Making of June

Burma / Myanmar
Undaunted

Burundi
Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness

Cambodia
When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge

Cameroon
Houseboy

Canada
Life of Pi 

Chechnya
The Angel of Grozny: Orphans of a Forgotten War

Chile
The Postman

China
The Black Rose
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 30/12/2011

Colombia
Love in the Time of Cholera
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Congo
Broken Glass

Costa Rica
The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide

Cote d’Ivoire
Aya Aya

Croatia
April Fool’s Day

Cuba
The Lost Steps
The Old Man and the Sea

Cyprus
Place of Refuge: A History of the Jews in Cyprus

Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic
The Lost Wife
Too Loud a Solitude
The Trial
Daughter of Smoke and Bone 07/01/2012

Denmark
Music and Silence
The Winter s Tale: Shakespeare s Fairy Tales

Ecuador
The Queen of Water

Egypt
The Harafish

El Salvador
Bitter Grounds

England/UK/GB
A Field Full of Butterflies
A Room of One’s Own

Eritrea
My Father’s Daughter

Estonia
The Same Sea in Us All

Ethiopia
Sweetness in the Belly

Faroe Islands
Far Afield

Fiji
Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu

Finland
The True Deceiver

France
The Crimson Rivers
The Unknown Masterpiece
Père Goriot
My Life in France 31/01/2012

French Polynesia
Tahiti: The Other Side

Gabon
Tropic Moon

Georgia
Sandro of Chegem

Germany
The Book Thief
Midsummer Night

Ghana
An Ice-Cream War

Greece
Everything Beautiful Began After

Greenland
The Greenlanders

Guam
A Taste of Guam

Guatemala
Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

Guinea-Bissau
The Radiance of the King

Guyana
The Sly Company of People Who Care: A Novel

Haiti
Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy

Honduras
Senselessness

Hong Kong
The Piano Teacher

Hungary
The Door
Fatelessness
Sunflower

Iceland
Hypothermia

India
Sea of Poppies
A Suitable Boy

Indonesia
The Ten Thousand Things

Iran
The Saffron Kitchen

Iraq
The Long Way Back: A Modern Arabic Novel
Scattered Crumbs: A Novel

Ireland
Circle of Friends
Troubles
Room

Israel
If You Awaken Love
A Tale of Love and Darkness

Italy
The Enchanted April
The Name of the Rose
A Room With a View

Jamaica
The Long Song

Japan
Silence
Winter Sleep

Jordan
Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life

Kashmir
Chef: A Novel 18/01/2012

Kazakhstan
The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred YearsNight Watch

Kenya
Unbowed: A Memoir

Korea (North or South)
This is Paradise!

Kosovo
The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo

Kyrgyzstan
Jamilia

Kuwait
Kuwait Diary: Email from the Desert Camps

Lebanon
A Girl Made of Dust
The Story of Zahra: A Novel

Lesotho
She Plays with the Darkness

Liberia
The House at Sugar Beach

Libya
In the Country of Men

Lithuani
Between Shades of Gray 

Madagascar
Muddling through in Madagascar

Malawi

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

Malaysia
The Harmony Silk Factory

Malta
The Information Officer

Martinique
Solibo Magnificent

Mauritania
Travels in Mauritania

Maritius
The Last Brother

Mexico
Like Water for Chocolate

Monaco
Monaco

Mongolia
All This Belongs to Me: A Novel

Morocco
Secret Son
The Sheltering Sky

Mozambique
The Word Tree

Nepal
Buddha’s Orphans

Netherlands/HollandT
Girl with the Pearl Earring JournalThe Bride of Dreams

New Zealand
The Colour

Nicaragua
The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War

Niger
In Sorcery’s Shadow: A Memoir of Apprenticeship among the Songhay of Niger

Nigeria
The Famished Road
Purple Hibiscus

Norway
In the Wake

Palestine
Wild Thorns

Pakistan
A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Panama
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

Papua New Guinea
The Wandering Falcon

Paraguay
The News from ParaguayOutcast But Not Forsaken: True Stories from a Paraguayan Leper Colony

Peru
The Storyteller

Philippines
Before Ever After
Dusk: A Novel

Pitcairn Islands
Pitcairn’s Island

Poland
The Pianist

Portugal
Blindness

Qatar
My Life in Doha: Between Dream and Reality

Rhodesia
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Romania
The Appointment: A Novel
Vlad: The Last Confession

Russia
Crime and Punishment 16/12/2011
Lolita
Doctor Zhivago

Rwanda
Baking Cakes in Kigali

St. Lucia
Omeros

St. Maarten
The Making of an Island: St. Martin

Samoa
Leaves of the Banyan Tree

Sardinia
From the Land of the Moon

Saudi Arabia
Unspeakable Journey

Scotland
Outlander

Senegal
So Long a Letter Classic Edition

Serbia
Hourglass

Siberia
Travels in Siberia

Sierra Leone
The Memory of Love

Singapore
The Singapore Grip

Slovakia
YEAR OF THE FROG: A Novel

Slovenia
Guarding Hanna

Solomon Islands
Two times resurrection

Somalia
Desert Dawn

South Africa
Forgive Me

Spain
The Shadow of the Wind

Sri Lanka
A Disobedient Girl: A Novel

Sudan
What is the What

Suriname
The Riverbones: Stumbling After Eden in the Jungles of Suriname

Sweden
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Switzerland
On a Day Like This

Syria
The Dark Side of Love

Tahiti
Breadfruit: A Novel

Taiwan
Bamboo Shoots After the Rain: Contemporary Stories by Women Writers of Taiwan
The Butcher’s Wife and Other Stories

Tanzania
Paradise

Thailand
Sightseeing

Tibet
My Journey to Lhasa: The Classic Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City

Togo
An African in Greenland

Tonga
Kisses in the Nederends

Trinidad/Tobago
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle: A Novel

Turkey
My Name is Red
The Museum of Innocence

Uganda
A Bend in the River

Ukraine
Katerina: A Novel

United States
The Catcher in the Rye
Nonsense by William Faulkner

Uruquay
The Invisible Mountain
The Ship of Fools

Uzbekistan
The Railway

Vatican City
Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and Succession

Vietnam
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in VietnamThe Things They Carried

Wales
Monica
Sixpence House

Yemen
The Hostage: A Novel

Zambia
Patchwork

Zanzibar
The Zanzibar Chest

Zimbabwe
Nervous Conditions
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Here’s my Travel Map as I go reading.

I will be adding the above image to my reviews to differentiate my usual reads from this one.

In addition, I will be updating the review links below. Click on them to see my review.

A Thousand Splendid Suns (Afghanistan) (No review)

Crime and Punishment (Russia)

Snow Flower and the secret fan (China)

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Botswana)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Czech Republic (Prague)

Chef: A Novel (Kashmir)

My Life in France (France)

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22 thoughts on “Around the world

  1. This is such a great idea! I travel for work and am lucky enough to go many places but I love the idea of reading about them too. I’m going to look into it more when I am not last minute packing for a trip and possibly start reading around the world as well.

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