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Around the World Reading Challenge!

Because basically all I do these days is read and cook, I figured I should start another reading challenge! Mostly, I'm starting the "fact-finding" phase of the challenge while I finish up my Pulitzer Prize Winner Challenge, but I think what I'd like to do next is try and read a book from every country in the world!! I've started compiling a list of countries and possible books, and I figured this would be a great place to crowd-source book recs!

Below the cut you'll see the list of countries, along with some books for the countries where a book on my TBR list seemed to easily slot into place. I'd LOVE to hear if any of you have recs for any of the countries below! Especially the empty ones (of which there are a lot!) but even if I have a book jotted down for a country, I'd love to hear alternate suggestions. If I put notes in parentheses after the book, it's probably more firm as opposed to the many possibilities that I stumbled across on various lists and don't (yet) have the same burning desire to read!

Requirements:
-Written by an author that was born/lived the majority of their life in the country in question
-Preferably majority set in that specific country
-Written in English or English translation easily available
-Prioritizing BIPOC, queer, and female-identifying writers, but if your fav was written by an old straight white dude, still rec it!
-This will probably be majority novels, but I am open to non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, etc. if they fit the criteria!


BOOKS READ: 7/208

A
Afghanistan: The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi
Albania: Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones (doesn't majority take place in Albania, but seems to have relevant focus? female author + genderqueer book?) OR Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare
Algeria: Children of the New World by Assia Djebar ([personal profile] starfishstar recced author) OR The Lovers of Algeria by Anouar Benmalek ([personal profile] aldiara receced, not available at library)
Andorra: The Teacher of Cheops by Albert Salvadó (KU, not set in Andorra, but not any other options afaik...)
Angola: Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret by Ondjaki (POC author) // read 02.2021, 3 stars
Antigua and Barbuda: A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (non-fiction essay) OR Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid ([personal profile] kedavranox recced first/author overall)
Argentina: Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges (author that's been on my TBR for ages)
Armenia: Armenian Golgotha by Grigoris Balakian (super-long non-fiction but cannot find literally anything else readily available...)
Australia: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (if you watched Late Night with Seth Meyers through quarantine, you know….) OR Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay ([personal profile] aldiara recced)
Austria: The Wall by Marlen Haushofer ([personal profile] aldiara recced, female author) // read 02.2021, 4 stars
Azerbaijan: The Orphan Sky by Ella Leya

B
Bahamas:
Bahrain:
Bangladesh:
Barbados:
Belarus:
Belgium: The Misfortunates by Dimitri Verhulst
Belize:
Benin:
Bhutan:
Bolivia:
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Botswana:
Brazil: Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho (I've wanted to read another book by this author)
Brunei: Written in Black by K.H. Lim (not at library, no info on author so can't confirm local)
Bulgaria:
Burkina Faso: Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman by Malidoma Patrice Somé (non-fiction) OR The Parachute Drop by Norbert Zongo (not at library or in ebook form anywhere...)
Burundi:

C
Côte d'Ivoire: Aya by Marguerite Abouet (graphic novel, BLWOC author) // read 02.2021, 4 stars
Cabo Verde:
Cambodia:
Cameroon:
Canada: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good ([personal profile] evening12 recced, BIWOC author)
Central African Republic:
Chad:
Chile: Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda (Poetry) // read 02.2021, 5 stars
China: China in Ten Words by Yu Hua (non-fiction, possibly read one of this author's fiction works)
*Colombia: Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez (on my TBR for years)
Comoros:
Congo (Congo-Brazzaville):
Costa Rica:
Croatia:
Cuba: Havana Year Zero by Karla Suárez (not at library)
Cyprus:
*Czechia (Czech Republic): Gerta by Kateřina Tučková ([personal profile] space_wingding recced, on KU)

D
Democratic Republic of the Congo:
Denmark: Karate Chop by Dorthe Nors ([personal profile] nerakrose recced)
Djibouti:
Dominica:
Dominican Republic: Tentacle by Rita Indiana (sci-fi but seems to have enough base in DR? + queer themes & WOC author)

E
Ecuador:
Egypt: Arabian Nights and Days by Naguib Mahfouz ([personal profile] space_wingding recced author) OR The Open Door by Latifa al-Zayyat ([personal profile] starfishstar recced, not at library)
El Salvador:
Equatorial Guinea: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono (AYORTW recced, BLWOC author + queer themes)
Eritrea:
Estonia:
Eswatini (fmr. "Swaziland"):
Ethiopia: The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (only lived there until age 4...)

F
Fiji: The River by Paulini Turagabeci (KU)
*Finland: Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo ([personal profile] nerakrose & [personal profile] starfishstar recced)
France: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (own hardcopy of book)

G
Gabon:
Gambia:
Georgia: The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischwili ([personal profile] starfishstar recced)
Germany: The Centre of My World by Andreas Steinhöfel ([personal profile] aldiara recced, queer themes)
Ghana:
Greece: The Scapegoat by Sophia Nikolaidou ([personal profile] magpie_fngrl recced)
Grenada:
Guatemala: Trout, Belly Up by Rodrigo Fuentes
Guinea:
Guinea-Bissau:
Guyana:

H
Haiti: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat ([personal profile] starfishstar recced author)
Holy See/Vatican City:
Honduras:
Hungary:

I
Iceland: Hotel Silence by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir ([personal profile] nerakrose recced) OR Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón ([personal profile] starfishstar recced, LGBTQIA+ content)
India: The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (I've been wanting to read something else by this author)
Indonesia:
Iran: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (non-fiction, GR friend & [personal profile] starfishstar recced)
Iraq:
Ireland: Ulysses by James Joyce (on my TBR for ages) OR Room by Emma Donoghue ([personal profile] aldiara recced)
Israel: A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz ([personal profile] nia_kantorka recced)
Italy: Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco ([personal profile] space_wingding recced)

J
*Jamaica: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James ([personal profile] kedavranox recced)
Japan: The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami ([personal profile] sdk recced) OR Kafka On the Shore/Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami ([personal profile] lee_bella recced)
Jordan:

K
Kazakhstan:
Kenya: A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o ([personal profile] starfishstar recced)
Kiribati:
Kuwait: The Pact We Made by Layla AlAmmar (not at library)
Kyrgyzstan:

L
Laos:
Latvia:
Lebanon: The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing by Darina Al-Joundi & Mohamed Kacimi (nonfiction, [personal profile] malenkayacherepakha recced)
Lesotho:
Liberia: The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper (non-fiction, [personal profile] pauraque recced)
Libya:
Liechtenstein:
Lithuania:
Luxembourg:

M
Madagascar:
Malawi:
Malaysia: The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng ([personal profile] magpie_fngrl recced author)
Maldives:
Mali:
Malta:
Marshall Islands:
Mauritania:
Mauritius:
Mexico: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (kind of torn if this counts...)
Micronesia:
Moldova:
Monaco:
Mongolia: The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag (AYORTW recced)
Montenegro:
Morocco: Infidels by Abdellah Taïa (queer themes) OR Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood
by Fatema Mernissi
([personal profile] starfishstar recced author, non-fiction)
Mozambique: The First Wife: A Tale of Polygamy by Paulina Chiziane (AYORTW recced, WOC author)
Myanmar (formerly Burma): Smile As They Bow by Nu Nu Yi (queer themes, WOC author) // read 02.2021, 3.5 stars

N
Namibia:
Nauru:
Nepal:
Netherlands: The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld ([personal profile] mandarijn recced, NB author)
New Zealand: Potiki by Patricia Grace ([tumblr.com profile] cathcer1984 recced, BIWOC author) // read 02.2021, 3.5 stars
Nicaragua:
Niger:
*Nigeria: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (queer themes, BLWOC author)
North Korea:
North Macedonia:
Norway: Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (NYCBFF & [personal profile] starfishstar recced)

O
Oman:

P
Pakistan: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (non-fiction) OR A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohamed Hanif ([personal profile] nerakrose recced)
Palau:
Palestine State: Baddawi by Leila Abdelrazaq ([personal profile] starfishstar recced, born/raised in USA...)
Panama:
Papua New Guinea:
Paraguay:
Peru: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
*Philippines: You, Me, U.S. by Brigitte Bautista ([personal profile] aldiara recced, queer themes & WOC author)
*Poland: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk ([personal profile] paulamcg, [personal profile] nerakrose, & [personal profile] starfishstar recced)
Portugal: Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago

Q
Qatar:

R
Romania: The Passport by Herta Müller ([personal profile] starfishstar recced author, possibly not/it's complicated)
Russia: War and Peace: by Leo Tolstoy ([personal profile] nia_kantorka recced)
Rwanda:

S
Saint Kitts and Nevis:
Saint Lucia:
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:
Samoa:
San Marino:
Sao Tome and Principe:
*Saudi Arabia: Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea ([personal profile] nerakrose recced)
Senegal: So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ ([personal profile] starfishstar recced)
Serbia:
Seychelles:
Sierra Leone: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah (non-fiction, [personal profile] starfishstar & AYORTW recced)
Singapore: Trafalgar Sunrise by Danielle Lim ([tumblr.com profile] crazybutgood recced, not at library)
Slovakia: Seeing People Off by Jana Beňová ([tumblr.com profile] talkingtravesties recced)
Slovenia:
Solomon Islands:
Somalia: When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed ([personal profile] starfishstar recced, not set in Somalia)
South Africa: This Book Betrays My Brother by Kagiso Lesego Molope ([personal profile] starfishstar recced)
South Korea: Human Acts by Han Kang
South Sudan:
Spain: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (own a hardcopy, never read)
Sri Lanka: Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai ([personal profile] starfishstar recced, queer themes)
Sudan:
Suriname:
Sweden: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman ([personal profile] nerakrose & [personal profile] starfishstar recced)
Switzerland: Heidi by Johanna Spyr ([personal profile] aldiara recced)
Syria: A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution by Samar Yazbek (non-fiction)

T
Taiwan: Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin ([personal profile] starfishstar kind of recced, queer themes)
Sudan:
Tajikistan:
Tanzania:
Thailand: Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad
Timor-Leste:
Togo:
Tonga:
Trinidad and Tobago: Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul ([personal profile] kedavranox recced, POC author) // read 02.2021, 4 stars
Tunisia:
Turkey: Snow by Orhan Pamuk (ex-roomie recced)
Turkmenistan:
Tuvalu:

U
Uganda: Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi ([personal profile] mandarijn recced)
Ukraine:
United Arab Emirates:
*United Kingdom - England: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo ([personal profile] magpie_fngrl recced, BLWOC author)
United Kingdom - Scotland: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
([personal profile] starfishstar recced)
United Kingdom - Wales: Among Others by Jo Walton
United States of America: currently thinking The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (BLWOC author)
Uruguay: Older Brother by Daniel Mella (not at library)
Uzbekistan:

V
Vanuatu:
Venezuela:
Vietnam: Paradise of the Blind by Dương Thu Hương (AYORTW recced)

Y
Yemen: The Hostage by Zayd Mutee' Dammaj (not available at library/as ebook, but not seeing other options)

Z
Zambia: The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
Zimbabwe: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (partially set in USA)

10 Bonus Territories
Greenland: Last Night in Nuuk by Niviaq Korneliussen ([personal profile] nerakrose recced, queer themes + BIPOC author)
Hong Kong: The Borrowed by Chan Ho-Kei
Puerto Rico: Sirena Selena by Mayra Santos-Febres (not available at library, queer themes + BIWOC author)
Réunion: Bourbon Island 1730 by Appollo (graphic novel)
5 TBD:
6 TBD:
7 TBD:
8 TBD:
9 TBD:
10 TBD:

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