BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2018

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BOOKS: Geography Reading Challenge 2018

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Clan Fraser
Joined: July 19th, 2010, 10:09 pm

December 31st, 2017, 4:15 pm #1



Geography Reading Challenge 2018


Read or listen to 12 books over the course of the year, each set in a DIFFERENT country.  As an added twist, you can choose 12 countries that you've never been to, or perhaps choose different cultures rather than different countries, so for example, it could be Chinese culture in America in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.  Or try to choose 12 books translated from a language other than your primary language.
Alternatively, you can choose 12 books set in 12 different US states. Or you could always do more than one version. ;)  The books can be in print, audio or digital format.



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📕 Good Luck and Happy Reading 📘
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Clan Fraser
Joined: July 19th, 2010, 10:09 pm

January 4th, 2018, 9:51 pm #2

Since I've done both countries and US states for the past couple of years (adding US states later), I decided I'll just go ahead and start both lists this year.  

Different Countries
0. England - Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh (and lots more, which is why I listed this as 0 so it's not one of the 12 I'm counting)
1. Jamaica - Lord John and the Plague of Zombies by Diana Gabaldon
2. Mali - Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
3. Australia - Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
4. Germany (and Poland) - Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler
5. Russia - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 
6. Japan - The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
7. Italy - Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
8. Turkey/Constantinople - The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich
9. Jordan - Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor
10. Canada - The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
11. France - The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon
      11a. Antarctica - Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple [It's mostly in WA, but I decided I should put it here to hit the 7th continent 😂]



U. S. States
1. New York - Naked in Death by J. D. Robb
2. Minnesota - The Uffda Trial by Gerald Anderson
3. New Jersey - Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich 
4. New Mexico - Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
5. North Carolina - Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
6. Nebraska/Dakota Territory (mostly what is now South Dakota) - The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin
7. Pennsylvania - Fences by August Wilson
8. Ohio - Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
9. California - The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs
10. Indiana - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
11. Montana - Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
12. Washington - Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
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Joined: October 12th, 2016, 1:49 am

January 5th, 2018, 5:19 am #3

This sounds fun. I might give it a try...
Tell us the Country, State or Culture, the title of the Book and the Author

1. Japan...  The Travelling Cat Chronicles...Hiro Arikawa (Need tissues for the last chapter & Epilogue)
2. England France & Europe... A Legacy of Spies ...John leCarre
3. Australia... Extinctions...Josephine Wilson
4. New Zealand...The Luminaries...Eleanor Catton
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...Heather
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Joined: October 21st, 2014, 12:07 pm

January 5th, 2018, 6:08 pm #4

I will attempt to do the Countries and States challenge. I tried the cultures one a few years ago but it was too complicated.

Countries:
1. England: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
2. France: Un été chez Voltaire by Jacques-Pierre Amette
3. India: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowdi
4. Cambodia: First They Killed my Father by Loung Ung
5. Chile: The Postman by Antonio Skarmeta
6. Jamaica: Lord John and the Plague of Zombies by DG
7. Japan: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami



States:
1. Vermont: After They Killed Our Father by Loung Ung
2. New Mexico: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
3. California: Buried Onions by Gary Soto
4. North Dakota: LaRose by Louise Erdrich
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Da mi basia mille, deinde centum, dein mille altera, dein secunda centum, deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.

Donne-moi mille baisers, et puis cent, et puis mille autres, puis une seconde fois cent, puis encore mille autres, puis cent.
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Clan Fraser
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Clan Fraser
Joined: May 26th, 2012, 7:06 am

April 26th, 2018, 6:06 am #5

This is what I have so far:

Canada - The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
US - LaRose by Louise Erdrich
England - Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
China - Egg on Mao by Denise Chong 
France - A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
Ethiopia - In Ethiopia with a Mule by Dervla Murphy
Russia - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Ireland - A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
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Clan Fraser
Joined: July 19th, 2010, 10:09 pm

May 14th, 2018, 6:40 pm #6

I just got to my 12th US state, so I'm done with that part (though I'll continue to add throughout the year).  

And, I'm at 12 countries if I were to include England, which I tend not to do since I read so much set there.  I'm missing South America in terms of continents, too, so I'll be trying to get one for that at some point.
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