Some time ago, I read something somewhere about someone who decided to read a book from every country in the world. That seemed like a fun idea and it percolated in the back of my head for a while until I happened to be reading the book Apples are from Kazakhstan. I realized that I wasn’t that likely to read that many books set in Kazakhstan and decided that if I was going to try this project, now was probably a good time to start.
I initially had no intention whatsoever of writing a blog about it. After all, a quick Google search tells me that plenty of other people have blogged about this exact same project. However, enough family and friends have told me “Oh, you should make a blog about this!” with enough insistence, that I have been persuaded. Hopefully some of them will actually read this.
I plan to post responses to the books that I read and also assorted thoughts about the project as a whole. So far, I’ve read books for Kazakhstan, Iran, Morocco, and Azerbaijan. Posts for those should be coming shortly.
- A book can count for a particular country if it is either set in that country or written by an author from that country (or preferably both).
- Only books that I’ve read in December 2011 or later will count. No retroactive countries! (Though I may make an exception for Kiribati. I’ve read a pretty good book set in Kiribati and it claimed that all the other books written about Kiribati were quite boring.)