Louise Marie over at A Novel Haul has decided to do something pretty cool. She wants to try and read a book from every country in the world before her 30th birthday in 2021. You can read her post about this project here. It got me thinking, I always want to try and read more diverse books, stories and voices, so maybe I should give this a go as well?
So I’m going to and I’m going to have a very similar time-frame as Louise Marie. My 30th birthday is in September 2021 and by then, I want to have read a book from every country in the world. That gives me nearly five years.
I’ve started listing countries with the help of the internet and I currently have 172 countries on my list. I must be missing some as when you google, “How many countries are in the world?” it says there are 195 but I have five years to figure out which ones I’m missing.
I’ve had a look through my bookshelves and I currently have seven unread books that are set in various countries around the world. This is the thing about this challenge, I’ve yet to decide if I want to work it out so it’s just that the book is set in a country, or if I should go by the author’s nationality as well. This might make things a bit interesting as you’d have some books like And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini which is set in Afghanistan and is written by an Afghan author, but then there’s a book like Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon which is set in Germany but is written by an American author. I suppose I’ll have to see how I do with finding books for different countries, but it’s something I’m thinking about at the moment.
If you have any suggestions for books by international authors or are set in countries that aren’t England or the USA that would be much appreciated. And if anyone else would like to join in with the Read the World Project, then just go ahead. You can set whatever time-frame you’d like and the hashtag that’s being used on Twitter and Instagram is #readtheworldproject.