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Old 12-27-2013, 09:01 AM   #8
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Victim of Geography: Read books from different countries

I read way too many books written by authors from the United States and the United Kingdom. The top six countries in my reading are:

United States - 189, United Kingdom - 105, Canada - 37, Japan - 9, Ireland - 8 , India - 8

As sad as that is for my home country of Canada, I'm more concerned with the having only read books from 24 countries at present. I'm about to remedy that situation and start along an epic 70 country, 143729km journey through the world by books.

Join my thread over at GoodReads for all the discussion of books and nonsense that comes with the journey.

Statistics
Spoiler:

Books Read: 73
Pages: 18,332

Countries: 70
New Countries: 53

Distinct Authors: 33
New Authors: 31

Paper Books: 60
Electronic Books: 13



Journey Books Read
Spoiler:

1. 6p Canada (38) Rez Sisters by Thomson Highway
2. 7p United States (190) The Pearl by John Steinbeck
3. 7p Mexico (1) The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
4. 7p Guatemala (1) The Beggar's Knife by Rodrigo Rey Rosa
5. 8p Belize (1) Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell
6. 5p Cuba (5) Havana Blue by Leonardo Padura Fuentes
7. 8p Dominican Republic (2) Geographies of Home by Loida Maritza Perez
8. 7p Barbados (1) Water with Berries by George Lamming
9. 5p Nicaragua (1) A Thousand Deaths Plus One by Sergio Ramírez
10. 6p El Salvador (1) One Day of Life by Manlio Argueta
11. 7p Ecuador (1) Huasipungo: The Villagers by Jorge Icaza
12. 6p Peru (1) Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón
13. 6p Chile (1) House of Mist by María Luisa Bombal
14. 6p Argentina (1) Asleep in the Sun by Adolpho Bioy-Casares
15. 8p Uruguay (1) Genesis by Eduardo Galeano
16. 8p Brazil (1) In Praise of Lies by Patrícia Melo
17. 6p Venezuela (1) Doña Barbara by Rómulo Gallegos
18. 5p Trinidad and Tobago (1) The Wine of Astonishment by Earl Lovelace
19. 8p Angola (1) The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa
20. 6p Zambia (1) Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
21. 6p Zimbabwe (1) An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah
22. 6p Mozambique (1) The Tuner of Silences by Mia Couto
23. 4p South Africa (1) Summertime by JM Coetzee
24. 9p New Zealand (1) Genesis by Bernard Beckett
25. 6p Australia (8) Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
26. 9p Indonesia (1) The Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirati
27. 5p Malaysia (1) Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta
28. 8p Vietnam (1) Novel without a Name by Duong Thu Huong
29. 7p China (6) Shifu, You'll do Anything for a Laugh by Mo Yan
30. 7p South Korea (1) Your Republic is Calling You by Young-ha Kim
31. 7p Japan (10) Audition by Ryu Murakami
32. 8p Russian Federation (3) Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky
33. 6p Kazahkstan (1) The Silent Steppe by Mukhamet Shayakmetov
34. 7p Kyrgyzstan (1) Farewell Gul'sary by Chinghiz Aitmatov
35. 4p Afghanistan (3) Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi
36. 8p Ireland (9) Two Pints by Roddy Doyle
37. 5p Uzbekistan (1) The Railway by Hamid Ismailov
38. 6p United Kingdom (106) The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross
39. 4p Egypt (1) The yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
40. Ne Lativa (1) Song to Kill a Giant by Sandra Kalniete
41. 7p Sweden (1) Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
42. 8p Pakistan (1) Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid
43. 8p India (9) The Bus Stopped by Tabish Khair
44. 6p Albania (3) Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare
45. 6p Kenya Nairobi Heat by Mukoma wa Ngugi
46. 6p Sri Lanka The Sandglass by Romesh Gunesekera
47. 5p Tanzania (1) Village in Uhuru by Gabriel Ruhumbika
48. 8p Poland (2) The Pianist by Władysław Szpilman
49. 6p Uganda (1) Tropical Fish by Doreen Baingana
50. 6p Turkey (1) Silent House by Orhan Pamuk
51. 9p Bulgaria (1) Natural Novel by Georgi Gospodinov
52. 7p Ethiopia (1) Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste
53. 7p Switzerland (1) Heidi by Johanna Spyri,
54. 4p Czech Republic (3) Gargling with Tar by Jachim Topol
55. 8p Syria (1) Damascus Nights by Rafik Schami
56. 7p Sudan (1) Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
57. 6p Libya (1) In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
58. 7p Austria (1) The Bone Man by Wolf Haas
59. 8p Finland (1) The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
60. 4p Greece (1) Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
61. 7p Germany (1) Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck
62. 7p Norway (2) The Transformation by Mette Newth
63. 6p Iceland (1) The Atom Station by Halldór Laxness
64. 2p France (1) Mythologies by Roland Barthes
65. 7p Italy (2) The Lost Girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi
66. 5p Tunisia (1) The Blue Manuscript by Sabiha al Khemir
67. 5p Morroco (1) Wedding by the Sea by Abdelkader Benali
68. 5p Ukraine (1) The Year is '42 by Nella Bielski
69. 8p Algeria (1) The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal
70. 4p Portugal (1) South of Nowhere by Anotonio Lobo Antunes
71. 4p Philippines (1) Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
72. 7p Cambodia (1) In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

Note, the number in parenthesis is the number of books I've now read from that country.



Amnesty Books
Spoiler:

Amnesty books can be declared for any previously visited country this year.
1. 6p United States (191) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. 6p Austria (2) Resurrection by Wolf Haas
3. 7p United Kingdom (109) Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
4. 6p Canada (39) Rink Burgers by Todd Devonshire
5. 6p United States (192) Schooled by Christa Charter
6. 6p United States (193) A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
7. 7p Canada (40) Kolia by Perrine Leblanc
8. 8p United States (194) Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain by Lucia Perillo
9. 7p United Kingdom (110) Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
10. 9p Japan (11) Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and is Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
11. 6p United States (195) Swan Song by Robert McCammon
12. 2p United States (196) The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen

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