This week's Weekly Geeks challenge is to organize any challenges. While I'm generally afraid of getting too consumed by challenges and deadlines, The Books Around the World Challenge appeals to me tremendously. I started this back in November but haven't been terribly dedicated about keeping up with it. I needed a challenge to remind me of my challenge!
Being a huge fan of Sonlight as the main course of our homeschooling, I have developed quite a taste for learning about other cultures via literature. The premise of this challenge is to read a book for each country in the world. The book should help us learn something about that country and not just be one written by somebody who lives there. I believe there are something like 193 countries in the world, so this challenge should take a few years. That suits my lackadaisical approach to reading challenges.
And so, here is the list thus far. Obviously many countries are missing. If you have a book for a country either listed here or not listed, please let me know. The books with an asterisk are ones that were suggested didn't look particularly appealing to me, and the ones linked or in italics are ones I've read. So help!
The Bookseller of Kabul (Asne Seierstad) (review here)
*Decipher (Stel Pavlou)
THE MINISTRY OF SPECIAL CASES. By Nathan Englander.
Mutant Message from Down Under by Marlo Morgan (already read)
*I Am a Taxi (Deborah Ellis)
*Keeper (Mal Peet)
Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus
The Stones Cry Out: A Cambodian Childhood by Molyda Szymusiak
The Other Side of the Bridge (Mary Lawson)
The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
Latitude of Melt (Joan Clark)
Peony in Love
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan (review here)
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (already read but should re-read)
The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)--already read
The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andriæ
*Our Man in Havana (Graham Greene)
DANCING TO “ALMENDRA.” By Mayra Montero.
*Napoleon’s Pyramids (William Dietrich)
DOWN THE NILE: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff. By Rosemary Mahoney.
Mara, Daughter of the Nile (already read)
Black Swan Green (David Mitchell)
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Chocolat (Joanne Harris)
The Nazi Officer's Wife
BROTHER, I’M DYING. By Edwidge Danticat.
The Language of Threads (Gail Tsukiyama)
Beneath a Marble Sky (John Shors)
Great Hedge of India : The Search for the Living Barrier That Divided a Nation by Roy Moxham (already read)
THE SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ. By Dalia Sofer.
Persepolis 1 & 2 by Marjane Strapi (reviews here)
An Irish Country Doctor (Patrick Taylor)
A Thread of Grade (Mary Doria Russell)
IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN. By Hisham Matar.
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail (Malika Oufkir)
The Bone People (Keri Hulme)
Purple Hibiscus (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
OUT STEALING HORSES. By Per Petterson.
Alentejo Blue (Monical Ali)
The Madonnas of Leningrad (Debra Dean)
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
Left to Tell: One Woman's Story of Surviving the Rwandan Holocaust. (Imaclee Ilibigiza)
*My Heart’s in the Lowlands (Liz Curtis Higgs)
Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. By Ishmael Beah.
KNOTS. By Nuruddin Farah.
*The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)
Daughter of the Mountains by Louise Rankin (already read)
How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (already read)