Friday, December 14, 2007

Reading Across Borders - 2007 Progress

I am participating in quite a few long-term challenges. Some I have made fair progress on. Others, progress consisted of buying books that fit the challenge, but not having a chance to read them. :) I am quite happy with the number of books I read for this challenge.

Here is a summary of new country's I visited this year. In addition, I also read books from the UK, Canada, India, Japan, and Colombia.

Reading Across Borders
Goal: To read a book by an author from every country (and a few "regions" or territories, such as Tibet)
Total Countries Visited in Challenge to date: 22
Total new countries read in 2007: 8

Nigeria: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe; Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

China: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Israel: A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua

New Zealand: The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Austria: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Italy: Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco

North America:
Guatemala: I, Rigoberta Menchu, as told to Elizabeth Burgos-Debray
Mexico: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival

Countries I would like to visit in 2008:
Turkey: Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
Egypt: The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
Iceland: Independent People by Haldor Laxness
Somalia: Links by Nuruddin Farah
Sierra Leone: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
Tibet: Red Poppies by Alai
Lebanon: Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury
Samoa: Where We Once Belonged by Sia Fielgel

1 comment:

Laura said...

Funny, I'm working on my own "year in review" for this challenge as well! This has been really fun and widened my horizons enormously.