Surprisingly, I didn’t try to estimate how long it would take me to read a book from every country before I started. Over the past two months I’ve read and written responses to books from my first five countries. That’s probably a reasonable estimate for my reading rate going forward. At that (possibly optimistic) rate, it will take me six and a half years to finish!
As a less-than-thirty year old, that seems like a very long time. I’m okay with that though. I’m enjoying the experience and feel like I’ve been learning a lot about the world already.
One thing that does slow me down is that I’ve given myself permission to not include every eligible book I read. Last month I read a novel set in Ireland (but written by an American) about a woman who moves to a small village and learns to make lace. I randomly came across the book and wanted to read it, since bobbin lace-making is another hobby of mine. It didn’t look like it would be that great of a book though and there are so many other good options for Ireland, so I decided in advance that I wouldn’t count it. (I’m glad I didn’t because it was in fact pretty terrible.) The same thing happened for books set in India and Kenya. Not mention several books set in the United States- it’s hard to decide on a single book to represent my own country. (I’ve come to the conclusion that for the sake of fairness I should just semi-arbitrarily pick something, like I’m doing for everything else.)