I’ve set out on an adventure of reading a book from every country in the world. A list of the books I’ve read so far can be found here. I’m pretty flexible about rules:
- 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 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.)
Outside of the rules, I do have some general patterns. I’m reading a variety of different kinds of books- fiction, non-fiction, and in-between. I’m not opposed to the occasional travelogue. I take a casual approach and try not to plan too far ahead what book I will read. I look for books that will tell me something new about a particular country and I don’t worry too much about whether a book is The Best/Most Famous Book From X Country. I only have reading knowledge of English, so I am limited to books which have been written in or translated into English. In general, I mostly tend towards modern/contemporary books because I’m most interested in learning the relatively recent history and culture of each country.
If you have a suggestion (particularly for countries for which it is harder to find books), please let me know.