I’m quite excited to have reached the totally arbitrary milestone of having read 50 books for my book-from-every-country project. More accurately, I’ve written about 50 books. I’ve actually read a few more, but I’ve gotten behind in my blogging! Anyway, I’m a bit over a quarter of the way towards reading a book from all 193 UN member nations. It’s taken about 2.5 years, so I’m more or less on track to finish in 10 years.
The List of Countries page is starting to look respectable.
Since posting a 40 books progress report, I’ve read books from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Portugal, Romania, Algeria, Malawi, North Korea, Netherlands, Nauru, and Papua New Guinea. As always, there have been some great ones. My picks for most memorable:
As I’ve read, I’ve tried to spread my reading out geographically, but I haven’t kept specific track. Wondering if my attempts at evenness were successful, I decided to do an accounting by continent/region:
- Africa- 11 of 53 read= 20%
- Asia- 13 of 44 read=30%
- Europe- 11 of 47 read= 23%
- North America- 9 of 23 read= 39%
- Oceania- 5 of 14 read= 36%
- South America- 1 of 12= 8%
It looks pretty well balanced overall. The biggest outlier is clearly South America. The good news is that there are so few countries in South America that I can be back on track with just two books. Maybe its time to face that intimidating volume of Jorge Luis Borges that has been sitting on my shelf for over a year…
I’m surprised to see Africa as having relatively low completion because I feel like I’ve read more African books. I haven’t included books #51 or #52 in this list though which are from Uganda and Kenya respectively.
Here’s to the first 50 books and the next 50 books!