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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!

-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 cis straight white dude that doesn't disqualify it, so still rec it!
-Prioritizing books that somebody recced to me or that have been on my list for ages (which I'll make a note of) so even if you see a book listed for a specific country, go ahead and rec your fav!
-This will probably be majority novels, but I am open to non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, etc. if they fit the criteria!

BOOKS READ: 44/208

Afghanistan: The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi // read 04.2021, 4 stars
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: The Stranger by Albert Camus // read 10.2021, 4 stars
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, BLWOC author, [personal profile] kedavranox recced) // read 03.2021, 5 stars
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

Bahamas: Guanahani, My Love by Marion Bethel (poetry, BLWOC, UW library online)
Bangladesh: Revenge by Taslima Nasrin
Barbados: How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones (BLWOC author) // read 06.2021, 4 stars
Belgium: The Misfortunates by Dimitri Verhulst
Benin: Why Goats Smell Bad and Other Stories from Benin by Raouf Mama (BLPOC author) // read 06.2021, 4 stars
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Brazil: Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho (I've wanted to read another book by this author)
Brunei: Written in Black by K.H. Lim // read 09.2021, 1.5 stars
Burkina Faso: Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman by Malidoma Patrice Somé (non-fiction, BLPOC author) // read 10.2021, 3.5 stars

Côte d'Ivoire: Aya by Marguerite Abouet (graphic novel, BLWOC author) // read 02.2021, 4 stars
Cabo Verde:
Canada: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good ([personal profile] evening12 recced, BIWOC author)
Central African Republic:
Chad: Told by Starlight by Joseph Brahim Seid (BLPOC author, short story, UW library online)
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 // read 07.2021, 4 stars
Congo (Congo-Brazzaville):
Costa Rica:
Cuba: Havana Year Zero by Karla Suárez (not at library)
Czechia (Czech Republic): Gerta by Kateřina Tučková ([personal profile] space_wingding recced, on KU) // read 09.2021, 2.5 stars

Democratic Republic of the Congo:
Denmark: Karate Chop by Dorthe Nors ([personal profile] nerakrose recced, female author, short stories) // read 03.2021, 4 stars
Djibouti: something by Abdourahman A. Waberi?
Dominica: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (not entirely set on Dominica)
Dominican Republic: Tentacle by Rita Indiana (queer themes & WOC author) // read 09.2021, 1.5 stars

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, UW library online)
El Salvador:
Equatorial Guinea: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono (AYORTW recced, BLWOC author + queer themes) // read 05.2021, 2.5 stars
Eswatini (fmr. "Swaziland"):
Ethiopia: The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (only lived there until age 4...)

Fiji: The River by Paulini Turagabeci (KU)
Finland: Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo ([personal profile] nerakrose & [personal profile] starfishstar recced, queer themes) // read 08.2021, 2 stars
France: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (own hardcopy of book)

Gabon: The Fury and Cries of Women by Angele Rawiri (BLWOC author, queer themes) // read 08.2021, 3 stars
Gambia: Satellites by Lenrie Peters (poetry, UW library online, not many options...)
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: The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah ([personal profile] lokifan recced, UW library online)
Greece: The Scapegoat by Sophia Nikolaidou ([personal profile] magpie_fngrl recced)
Grenada: Under the Silk Cotton Tree by Jean Buffong
Guatemala: Trout, Belly Up by Rodrigo Fuentes // read 04.2021, 3.5 stars
Guyana: I Have Crossed an Ocean: Selected Poem by Grace Nichols (poetry, BLWOC author) // read 07.2021, 5 stars

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

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
Iran: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (non-fiction, GR friend & [personal profile] starfishstar recced)
Iraq: The Baghdad Clock by Shahad Al Rawi
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)

*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: Pillars of Salt by Fadia Faqir (WOC author) // read 05.2021, 4 stars

Kenya: A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o ([personal profile] starfishstar recced) OR Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (GR friend recced, BLWOC author)
Kuwait: The Pact We Made by Layla AlAmmar (not at library)

Lebanon: The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing by Darina Al-Joundi & Mohamed Kacimi (nonfiction, [personal profile] malenkayacherepakha recced) OR Limbo Beirut by Hilal Chouman
Liberia: The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper (non-fiction, [personal profile] pauraque recced, BLWOC author) // read 03.2021, 4 stars

Madagascar: Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo
Malaysia: Black Water Sister by Zen Cho (queer themes, BIWOC author) // read 08.2021, 3.5 stars
Marshall Islands:
Mauritius: The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
Mexico: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (BIWOC author) // read 04.2021, 4 stars
Mongolia: The Blue Sky by Galsan Tschinag (AYORTW recced) // read 03.2021, 3.5 stars
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

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: The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War by Gioconda Belli (memoir, female author)
Nigeria: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (queer themes, BLWOC author) // read 03.2021, 4 stars
North Korea: The Accusation by Bandi (short story collection)
North Macedonia:
Norway: Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (NYCBFF & [personal profile] starfishstar recced)

Oman: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (WOC author)

Pakistan: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (non-fiction) OR A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohamed Hanif ([personal profile] nerakrose recced)
Palestine State: Baddawi by Leila Abdelrazaq ([personal profile] starfishstar recced, born/raised in USA...)
Papua New Guinea:
Peru: Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jiménez
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) // read 05.2021, 3.5 stars
Portugal: Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago

Qatar: The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria (WOC author, not entirely set in Qatar but options are slim)

Romania: The Passport by Herta Müller ([personal profile] starfishstar recced author, possibly not/it's complicated)
Russia: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky // read 07.2021, 3 stars
Rwanda: Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga

Saint Kitts and Nevis:
Saint Lucia:
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:
San Marino:
Sao Tome and Principe:
Saudi Arabia: Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea ([personal profile] nerakrose recced, female author) // read 03.2021, 4.5 stars
Senegal: So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ ([personal profile] starfishstar recced) // read 06.2021, 5 stars
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) - UW library has non-fiction book by author
Slovakia: Seeing People Off by Jana Beňová ([tumblr.com profile] talkingtravesties recced)
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 // read 04.2021, 4 stars
Sri Lanka: Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai ([personal profile] starfishstar recced, queer themes)
Sudan: Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
Sweden: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman ([personal profile] nerakrose & [personal profile] starfishstar recced) // read 08.2021, 4.5 stars
Switzerland: Heidi by Johanna Spyri ([personal profile] aldiara recced) // read 06.2021, 4 stars
Syria: A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution by Samar Yazbek (non-fiction)

Taiwan: Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin ([personal profile] starfishstar kind of recced, queer themes)
Thailand: Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad
Trinidad and Tobago: Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul ([personal profile] kedavranox recced, POC author) // read 02.2021, 4 stars
Turkey: Snow by Orhan Pamuk (BFF recced)

Uganda: Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi ([personal profile] mandarijn recced)
Ukraine: Hardly Ever Otherwise by Maria Matios (female author) // read 09.2021, 2.5 stars
United Arab Emirates:
United Kingdom - England: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo ([personal profile] magpie_fngrl recced, BLWOC author, queer themes) // read 03.2021, 4.5 stars
United Kingdom - Scotland: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman ([personal profile] starfishstar recced) // read 09.2021, 4.5 stars
United Kingdom - Wales: Among Others by Jo Walton
United States of America: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (BLWOC author, queer themes) // read 04.2021, 5 stars
Uruguay: Older Brother by Daniel Mella (not at library)
Uzbekistan: The Railway by Hamid Ismailov (UW library online)

Vanuatu: Black stone : poems by Grace Mera Molisa (not at library, BLWOC)
Venezuela: Doña Barbara by Rómulo Gallegos(UW library, BIPOC author)
Vietnam: Paradise of the Blind by Dương Thu Hương (AYORTW recced, WOC author) // read 07.2021, 4 stars

Yemen: The Hostage by Zayd Mutee' Dammaj (UW library online)

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) // read 05.2021, 4 stars
Hong Kong: The Borrowed by Chan Ho-Kei
Puerto Rico: Sirena Selena by Mayra Santos-Febres (queer themes + BLWOC author) // read 06.2021, 4 stars
Guadeloupe: Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Condé (BLWOC author)
U.S. Virgin Islands: Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender ([personal profile] starfishstar recced author, BLPOC & queer author) // read 08.2021, 2.5 stars
Réunion: Bourbon Island 1730 by Appollo (graphic novel, on the fence with this territory)
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