Reading around the world…

This is a challenge inspired by this video. To see Ann Morgan’s blog head over here.

My main guide is going to be Ann Morgan’s list, however, I received many recommendations, and any new ones are more than welcome.

– For the countries I have already read many books from I will put my favourite. Favourites will be marked with a ( * ).
– For the countries I have read just one book from, I will just put that book.

May the odds be ever in my favor.

The List


1. Afghanistan: “The Kite Runner” (Khaled Hosseini)*
2. Albania: [recommendation: “Broken April” (Ismail Kadare)]
3. Algeria:
4. Andorra: [recommendation: “Wild Card” (Margenat Assumpta)]
5. Angola: “The Book of Chameleons” (José Eduardo Agualusa)
6. Antigua and Barbuda:
7. Argentina: “Let Me Tell You” (Jorge Bucay) [recommendations: “The Aleph and Other Stories” (Jorge Luis Borges), “The Oxford Murders” (Guillermo Martínez)]
8. Armenia: [recommendation: “Daughter of War” (Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch)]
9. Australia: “The Book Thief” (Markus Zusak)*
10. Austria:
11. Azerbaijan: “Evakuasiya” (Qaraqan)
12. The Bahamas:
13. Bahrain:
14. Bangladesh:
15. Barbados: “The Woman Next Door” (Yewande Omotoso)
16. Belarus:
17. Belgium: [recommendations: “The Lion of Flanders” (Hendrik Conscience), “The Misfortunates” (Dimitri Verhulst), “When the Gods Were Sleeping” (Erwin Mortier)]
18. Belize:
19. Benin:
20. Bhutan:
21. Bolivia:
22. Bosnia and Herzegovina: [recommendation: “People of the Book” (Geraldine Brooks), “Death and the Dervish” (Misa Selimovic)]
23. Botswana:
24. Brazil: “The Alchemist” (Paulo Coelho)* [recommendation: “Mi planta de naranja-lima” (José Mauro de Vasconcelos)]
26. Brunei:
27. Bulgaria: “18% Gray” (Zachary Karabashliev)*
28. Burkina Faso
29. Burundi
30. Cambodia
31. Cameroon
32. Canada [recommendations: “Tarragon Island” (Nikki Tate), “A Tap on the Window” (Linwood Barclay), “Three Day Road” (Joseph Boyden), “Alias Grace” (Margaret Atwood)]
33. Cape Verde
34. Central African Republic
35. Chad
36. Chile [recommendation: “The House of the Spirits” (Isabel Allende)]
37. China: “Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations Against Chinese Rule” (Tsering Woeser) – if China insists on assimilating the Tibetan people, no need to bother reading any actual Chinese authors then.
38. Colombia [recommendations: “Just Lather That’s All” (Hernando Tellez), “The Armies” (Evelio Rosero), “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” (Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez)]
39. Comoros
40. Congo, Republic of
41. Costa Rica
42. Côte d’Ivoire
43. Croatia
44. Cuba
45. Cyprus
46. Czech Republic: “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” (Milan Kundera)*
47. Denmark [recommendations: “Number the Stars” (Lois Lowry), “The Lilly Theater” (Lulu Wang), “The Keeper of Lost Causes” (Jussi Adler-Olsen), “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” (Peter Høeg)]
48. Djibouti
49. Dominica
50. Dominican Republic [recommendation: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” (Junot Díaz)]
51. Ecuador
52. Egypt [recommendation: “Distant View of a Minaret and Other Stories” (Alifa Rifaat)]
53. El Salvador: “A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America” (Oscar Martinez)
54. Equatorial Guinea
55. Eritrea
56. Estonia [recommendation: “Purge” (Sofi Oksanen)]
57. Ethiopia [recommendation: “Cutting for Stone” (Abraham Verghese)]
58. Fiji
59. Finland [recommendation: “Unknown Soldiers” (Väinö Linna)]
60. France: “The Red and the Black” (Stendhal)*
61. Gabon
62. The Gambia
63. Georgia
64. Germany: “Faust” (Goethe)* [recommendation: “Noah” (Sebastian Fitzek)]
65. Ghana
66. Greece: “Zorba the Greek” (Nikos Kazantzakis)
67. Grenada
68. Guatemala [recommendation: “I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala” {Rigoberta Menchú)]
69. Guinea
70. Guinea-Bissau
71. Guyana
72. Haiti [recommendation: “Brother, I’m Dying” {Edwidge Danticat)]
73. Honduras
74. Hungary: “The Paul Street Boys” by Ferenc Molnar [recommendation: “Faithlessness” (Imre Kertész)]
75. Iceland
76. India: “The Colour of Our Sky” (Amita Trasi) [recommendation: “Shadow of the Moon” (M.M. Kaye)]
77. Indonesia
78. Iran: “Persepolis” (Marjane Satrapi)
79. Iraq [recommendation: “Zabiba and the King” (Saddam Hussein)]
80. Ireland: “Dracula” (Bram Stoker) [recommendations: “An Irish Country Doctor” (Patrick Taylor), “Six of Hearts” (L.H. Coswayr), “Wolfking” (Bridget Wood)]
81. Israel [recommendation: “The Book of Trees” (Leanne Lieberman)]
82. Italy: “Tre metri sopra il cielo” (Frederico Moccia)
83. Jamaica
84. Japan: “1Q84” (Haruki Murakami)*
85. Jordan
86. Kazakhstan
87. Kenya [recommendation: “Alexandria of Africa” (Eric Walters)]
88. Kiribati
89. Kurdistan*
90. Kuwait
91. Kyrgyzstan
92. Laos
93. Latvia
94. Lebanon: “Footprints in the Desert” (Maha Akhtar)
95. Lesotho
96. Liberia
97. Libya
98. Lithuania [recommendation: “Underground” (Antanas Sileika)]
99. Luxembourg [recommendation: “Dr. Mabuse, Der Spieler” (Norbert Jacques)]
100. Macedonia
101. Madagascar
102. Malawi
103. Malaysia
104. Maldives
105. Mali
106. Malta [recommendation: “Let Fair Weather Bring Me Home” (Oliver Friggieri)]
107. Marshall Islands
108. Mauritania
109. Mauritius
110. Mexico: “Like Water for Chocolate” (Laura Esquivel) [recommendation: “The Strain” (Guillermo del Toro)]
111. Micronesia, Federated States of
112. Moldova
113. Monaco [recommendation: “White Truffles in Winter” (N.M. Kelby)]
114. Montenegro
115. Morocco
116. Mozambique
117. Myanmar
118. Namibia
119. Nauru
120. Nepal
121. Netherlands: “This is Where It Ends” (Marieke Nijkamp) [recommendation: “I.M. Ischa Meijer – In Margine. In Memoriam” (Connie Palmen)]
122. New Zealand: “The Whale Rider” (Witi Ihimaera)
123. Nicaragua
124. Niger
125. Nigeria [recommendation: “Things Fall Apart” (Chinua Achebe)]
126. North Korea: “The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story” (Hyeonseo Lee)
127. Norway [recommendations: “Kristin Lavransdatter” (Sigrid Undset), “Out Stealing Horses” (Per Petterson)]
128. Oman
129. Pakistan
130. Palau
131. Palestine
132. Panama [recommendation: “America’s Prisoner: The Memoirs of Manuel Noriega” (Manuel Noriega)]
133. Papua New Guinea
134. Paraguay
135. Peru
136. Philippines [recommendation: “Imelda Marcos: The Rise and Fall of One of the World’s Most Powerful Women” (Carmen Navarro Pedrosa)]
137. Poland: “Ostatnie historie” (Olga Tokarczuk)
138. Portugal: “Baltasar and Blimunda” (Jose Saramago)
139. Qatar
140. Romania: “Transylvanian Sunrise” (Radu Cinamar)
141. Russia: “The Master and Margarita” (Mikhail Bulgakov)*
142. Rwanda
143. Saint Kitts and Nevis
144. Saint Lucia
145. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
146. Samoa
147. San Marino [recommendation: “The Republic of San Marino” (Charles de Bruc)]
148. Sao Tome and Principe
149. Saudi Arabia
150. Senegal
151. Serbia [recommendation: “Autobiography” (Branislav Nušić)]
152. Seychelles
153. Sierra Leone
154. Singapore: “Crazy Rich Asians” (Kevin Kwan)
155. Slovakia
156. Slovenia
157. Solomon Islands
158. Somalia
159. South Africa [recommendations: “We Are All the Same: A Story of a Boy’s Courage and a Mother’s Love” (Jim Wooten), “Makeba: My Story” (Miriam Makeba), “Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa” (Mark Mathabane)]
160. South Korea: “The Vegetarian” (Han Kang)
161. South Sudan
162. Spain: [recommendation: “The Shadow of the Wind” (Carlos Ruiz Zafón), “Room 702” (Paloma Aínsa)]
163. Sri Lanka: “The English Patient” (Michael Ondaatje)
164. Suriname
165. Swaziland
166. Sweden:  “Let the Right One In” (John Ajvide Lindqvist)*
167. Switzerland
168. Syria
169. Taiwan
170. Tajikistan
171. Tanzania
172. Thailand
173. Togo [recommendation: “An African in Greenland” (Tété-Michel Kpomassie)]
174. Tonga
175. Trinidad and Tobago [recommendation: “A Bend in the River” (V.S. Naipaul)]
176. Tunisia
177. Turkey: “The Black Book” (Orhan Pamuk)*
178. Turkmenistan
179. Tuvalu
180. Uganda [recommendation: “Child of Dandelions” (Shenaaz Nanji)]
181. Ukraine: “Roksolana” (Pavlo Zahrebelnyi)
182. United Arab Emirates
183. United Kingdom: Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling)*
184. United States of America:  “The Green Mile” (Stephen King)*
185. Uruguay [recommendation: “Cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte” (Horacio Quiroga)]
186. Uzbekistan
187. Vanuatu
188. Vatican [recommendation: “Conclave” (Roberto Pazzi)]
189. Venezuela
190. Vietnam: “The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen [recommendation: “The Lover” (Marguerite Duras)]
191. Yemen
192. Zambia [recommendation: “The Burning Shore (Courtney #4)” (Wilbur Smith)]
193. Zimbabwe [recommendation: “We Need New Names” (NoViolet Bulawayo)]



5 thoughts on “Reading around the world…

  1. Калин М. Ненов says:

    Off the top of my head: Gulliver’s Travels for Ireland, Andersen’s fairy tales for Denmark, and Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen for Canada. (I’m not kidding about the last one. It’s big but there’s a reason for that. Multiple reasons, in fact. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s