Around the World in 80 Books


Stacey at Have Books, Will Travel is hosting a challenge called Around the World in 80 Books.  The goal of this challenge is to read books from 80 different countries in a five year period.  The rules are fluid which I love about a challenge, you can set the rules for how they best apply to your reading habits.  Here are mine:

1.  I have 5 years to complete this challenge.  Starting on October 22, 2012 and finishing September 30, 2017.  This pace seems reasonable and most likely easy to complete considering I read 100 books a year.

2.  I'm choosing books from particular countries, not the country the author is from.  If a book takes place in multiple countries, then I will count it toward the country that it is set in the most.  I will not be counting books from Canada, the United States or England as these are the countries I read from the most and my goal in this challenge is to explore the world I'm not familiar with.

3.  I will not be preselecting books or countries in advance, I want to see where this challenge will take me!

I will be posting links to my reviews here as I blog them.

 1.   FRANCE - The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
 2.   NETHERLANDS - The Dinner by Herman Koch
 3.   SUDAN - A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
 4.   CUBA - The Poisoned Pawn by Peggy Blair
 5.   WALES - The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker
 6.   GHANA - Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
 7.   JAPAN - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
 8.   NIGERIA - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
 9.   GERMANY - The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
10.  BELGIUM - On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe
11.  SINGAPORE - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
12.  CHECHNYA - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
13.  ITALY - The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
14.  UGANDA - All Our Names - Dinaw Mengestu
15.  SIERRA LEONE - The Radiance of Tomorrow - Ishmael Beah
16.  TRINIDAD - Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab - Shani Mootoo
17.  AUSTRALIA - Amnesia - Peter Carey
18.  PAKISTAN - She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal
19.  EGYPT - Intolerable - Kamal al-Solaylee
20.  SCOTLAND - At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
21.  CONGO - Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou
22.  JAMAICA - A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
23.  GREECE - Outline by Rachel Cusk
24.  COTE D'IVOIRE - Aya by Marguerite About
25.  KENYA - City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence
26.  IRAN - Until We Are Free by Shirin Ebadi


  1. That sounds like an amazing challenge, Shan! I'll definitely be following your journey.

    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to expanding my world reading!

  2. This is so great, I was looking for a challenge just like this to start in 2013! If I have 5 years to complete it, that might just be doable, thanks for the tip and I look forward to following along and seeing what you read.

  3. I like this! It's a great and fun way to diversify your reading. That's actually the reason I'm in several book clubs. So that I don't continue to read the same types of books in the same genres over and over again. So far its working!

    Great list of books you've been reading. I'll check back periodically to see what I need to add to my list.


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