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.



Tell us the Country, State or Culture, the title of the Book and the Author

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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 😂] OR The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro, which is non-fiction about a stowaway on Byrd's expedition to fly over the south pole in the late 1920s, which spends some time in Antarctica too.
12. Scotland - The First Blast of the Trumpet by Marie MacPherson
13. China - The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
14. Vietnam - The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
15. Argentina - Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
16. Sweden - The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman (and one other novella)
17. Poland (and Illinois, but I think most is in Poland) - Karolina's Twins by Ronald H. Balson




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
13. Colorado - A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold
14. Alaska - Hunter's Moon by Dana Stabenow
15. South Carolina (and Tennessee, but I think more was SC) - Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
16. Kansas - Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
17. Massachusetts - Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
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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
5. Canada...The Brutal Telling...Louise Penny
6. Antarctica...Mrs.Chippy's Last Expedition...Caroline Alexander (more tissues)
7. Italy...Lucifer's Shadow...David Hewson
8. Caribbean...The Wide Sargasso Sea...Jeanne Rhys
9. China...Mao's Last Dancer...Li Cunxin
10. India...Kim...Rudyard Kipling
11. Istanbul...Ghost Empire...Richard Fidler
12. Spain...The Shadow of the Wind...Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Yay. I did it.
...Heather
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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
8. Nepal: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
9. Egypt: Une Soirée au Caire by Robert Solé
10. China: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See



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
5. New York: Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
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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

Denmark - The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Costa Rica - The Lost World by Michael Crichton
North Korea - The Accusation by Bandi
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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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Joined: October 12th, 2016, 1:49 am

June 24th, 2018, 5:41 am #7

Just edited and finished my 12 countries and the eclectic challenge. What a wide range of interests and marvellous books there are out there.
Heather
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Clan Fraser
Joined: July 19th, 2010, 10:09 pm

June 24th, 2018, 12:18 pm #8

Congrats Heather!  And with half the year left, you can add to your list if you want.

I'm past 12 on both countries and US States, but I continue to add to both lists as I can.  And, I'm still aiming for something in South America since I think that's the only continent I haven't hit yet.
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NigheanDubh
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 17th, 2009, 3:16 am

June 24th, 2018, 3:09 pm #9

For South America you can do Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar:  Rayuela in Spanish but Hopscotch in English.  I'm reading it at the moment.  JC is one of my favorite writers. (It's a classic of LA lit.)
Also Mario Vargas Llosa:  The City and the Dogs.  (there are lots of dogs in Peru)
Laura Esquivel is Mexico (Central America): Like Water for Chocolate, if you haven't read that one. 
An interesting one I want to read, also Argentinian, and more modern is Fever Dream.  I just got it on my kindle and might use it instead of Rayuela (but Rayuela has been on my tbr list for almost thirty years.)

My sister brought FD to my attention.  It's got a theme similar to Sixth Sense from what I can deduce.  I def want to read that one.  
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
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Clan Fraser
Joined: July 19th, 2010, 10:09 pm

July 1st, 2018, 6:50 pm #10

I just added Fever Dream set in Argentina so I've now hit all the continents.  WooHoo!  That makes me officially done with the challenge, but I will continue to add any new countries and states for the remainder of the year.
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NigheanDubh
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 17th, 2009, 3:16 am

July 21st, 2018, 2:19 am #11

1.  Italy:  In Calabria by P.S. Beagle  and St. Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset
2.  France:  Gigi by Colette (quite a short book) and Rayuela by Julio Cortázar (the first 300 pages or so take place in Paris)
3.  China:  The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
4.  Norway:  Kristen Lavransdattar: Book 1:  The Wreath by Sigrid Undset
5.  Russia:  The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
6.  Israel:  A Beggar in Jerusalem by Elie Wiesel
7.  United States:  The Underground Railroad by Colson White
8.  England:  The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan and Lord John and The Hand of Devils by Diana Gabladon
10. Argentina:  Rayuela by Julio Cortázar (the remainder of the latter 400 pages);   Distancia de Rescate by Samanta Schweblin (tbr)
11. Mexico:  La Ley del Amor by Laura Esquivel (tbr)
12. Scotland: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
13. Australia:  The Dry by Jane Harper
14. Germany: White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey  I loved this book.  
15. Nigeria: Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
16. Canada:  Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon

Completed books are in blue.  Books to be completed are in black.  
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings
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July 22nd, 2018, 9:11 pm #12

Tell us the Country, State or Culture, the title of the Book and the Author

1. England- Life After Life- Kate Atkinson
2. China- The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane- Lisa See
3. Russia- Gentleman in Moscow- Amor Towles
4. Nigeria- Stay with Me- Ayobami Adebayo
5. Switzerland- The Gustav Sonata- Rose Tremain
6. Scotland- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman
7. Canada- The Custom of the Army- Diana Gabaldon
8.  New Guinea- Euphoria by Lily King
States
1. NY- A Woman in the Window- A.J. Fnn
2. TN- Before We Were Yours- Lisa Wingate
3. ME- Shelter in Place- Nora Roberts
4. TX- The Liars Club- Mary Karr
5. OH- Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng
6. CO- Girl in Snow- Danya Kukafka
7. NC- The Fiery Cross- Diana Gabaldon

That's it so far!
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NigheanDubh
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 17th, 2009, 3:16 am

August 10th, 2018, 4:06 am #13

I've finished the geography challenge of the 12 books, actually having read over 12 books, but I'll probably get more in by the end of the year.  I have a few named in the post above that I've wanted to read. Will see what the last few months of the year bring.  I love this reading challenge.  
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings
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Clan Fraser
Joined: July 19th, 2010, 10:09 pm

August 10th, 2018, 12:53 pm #14

Congrats ND!  Glad you are enjoying this reading challenge. :-)
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