Country Book Challenge

A few years ago, Mary and Jessica decided to read one book from every country (where possible). Would you like to join in?

Note: Disputed areas that are recognized by large numbers of UN States are in (parentheses). Titles I (Jessica) have read are bolded. Ideas for specific authors and titles are left alone.

North America

Antigua and Barbuda – A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (Jessica)
The Bahamas
Barbados – Karen Lord
Belize
Canada
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United States – Mare’s War by Tanita Davis

South America

Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile – Isabel Allende
Colombia – 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Jessica)
Ecuador
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Suriname
Uruguay
Venezuela

Europe

Albania
Andorra
Armenia, see Asia
Austria
Azerbaijan, see Asia
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland – Sofi Oksanen
France
Georgia, see Asia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Kazakhstan, see Asia
(Kosovo)
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Sweden
Switzerland
Russia, also in Asia
Turkey, also in Asia
Ukraine
United Kingdom – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (Jessica)
Vatican City

Africa

Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic, CAR
Chad
Comoros
Congo, Republic of the
Cote D’Ivoire – Aya and sequels by Marguerite Abouet (Jessica)
Djibouti
Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe – A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer (Jessica)

Asia

Afghanistan
Armenia, also in Europe
Azerbaijan, also in Europe – Ali and Nino by Kurban Said
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
China
Georgia, also in Europe
India – Gita Mehta
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Japan – Murakami or Ishiguro
Jordan
Kazakhstan, also in Europe
Korea, North (DPRK)
Korea, South
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
(Palestine)
Philippines
Qatar
Russia, see Europe
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Sri Lanka – Shyam Selvadurai, Michael Ondaatje
Syria
(Taiwan)
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Turkey, see Europe
Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates, UAE
Uzbekistan
Vietnam – Kim Thuy
Yemen

Australia/Pacific/Oceania

Australia
Fiji
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Nauru
New Zealand
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tongo
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

7 thoughts on “Country Book Challenge

  1. Did you want ideas? I’m gonna give you ideas anyway:
    “Daughter of Fortune” or something else by Isabel Allende (Chile)
    “Funny Boy” by Shyam Selvandurai (Sri Lanka)
    “Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Spain)
    “Ali and Nino” by Kurban Said (written about Azerbaijan by a native-born author, but published in Vienna)

    • Happy to have you! I’m planning on doing a weekly or biweekly look at countries’ literatures to start a “possibles” list for myself – hope you tune in for that. Honestly, I’m not even sure there are works for every country that are translated into English (or other major language), but I’m going to do my best!

  2. I really recommend anything written by Sofi Oksanen (Finland/Estonia). I’ve read a book of hers called “Stalin’s cows” which was a raw and realistic depiction of a bulimic’s life. Among other she has written “Purge” (2008) which has been celebrated not only in Finland but all over the world. Recently, a film-adaption of it was made. Even though I haven’t read “Purge”, I have only heard good reviews of it, so if you want to read anything written by a Finn check out “Purge”! :)

  3. Hello! I suggest Running in the Family by Michael Ondatje for Sri Lanka, Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord for Barbados, A River Sutra by Gita Mehta for India, and Ru by Kim Thuy for Vietnam. Enjoy!

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