The Read the World Project

Here’s where I’ll be keeping track of my progress for the Read the World project. I’m not reading books in any sort of country order, it’s just what I feel like reading at the time, but I will be listing the countries in alphabetical order here.

When it comes to reviewing the books, I might not give ratings to all of them as they will be books far from my own life experiences so the “review” may be more of my thoughts and feelings about the book rather than a “proper”, critical review.

Introduction to the Challenge

AfghanistanAnd the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

AlbaniaNegative Space by Luljeta Lleshanaku

AlgeriaThe Tongue’s Blood Does Not Run Dry by Assia Djebar

AndorraThe Mysterious Balloon Man by Albert Salvadó

AngolaTransparent City by Ondjaki

Antigua and BarbudaA Small Place by Jamacia Kincaid

ArgentinaDeath Going Down by María Angélica Bosco

AustraliaGould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish by Richard Flanagan

AustriaMaybe This Time by Alois Hotschnig

The BahamasWoman Take Two by Telcine Turner  

BangladeshThe Good Muslim by Tahmima Anan

BarbadosThe Polished Hoe by Austin Clark

BelarusThe Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich

BelgiumThirty Days by Annelies Verbeke

BelizeBeka Lamb by Zee Edgell

BhutanBhutanese Tales of the Yeti by Kunzang Choden

BoliviaThe Matter of Desire by Edmundo Paz Soldán

BotswanaThe Screaming of the Innocent by Unity Dow

BrazilNever Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World by Christina Rickardsson

BulgariaStreet Without a Name by Kapka Kassabova

Burkina FasoOf Water and Spirit by Malidoma Patrice Somé

BurundiBaho! by Roland Rugero

CambodiaFirst They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

CameroonBehold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

CanadaEven This Page is White by Vivek Shraya

Cape VerdeThe Madwoman of Serrano by Dina Salústio

ChadTold by Starlight in Chad by Joseph Brahim Seid

The Channel IslandsThe Book of Ebenzer le Page by G.B. Edwards

ChileIn the Distance with You by Carla Guelfenbein

ChinaThe Fat Year by Chan Koonchung

ColombiaFish Soup by Margarita García Robayo

ComorosA Girl Called Eel by Ali Zamir

Côte d’IvoireAllah is Not Obliged by Ahmadou Kourouma

CroatiaHotel Tito by Ivana Bodrožić

CubaOld Rosa by Reinaldo Arenas

CyprusSelfie and Other Stories by Nora Nadjarian

Czech RepublicHow I Came to Know Fish by Ota Pavel

Democratic Republic of the CongoBeneath the Blue Sky by Frederick Kambemba Yamusangie

DenmarkThe Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

DjiboutiPassage of Tears by Abdourahman A. Waberi

DominicaNature Island Verses by Alick Lazare

Dominican RepublicPapi by Rita Indiana

EcuadorOn Friday Night by Luz Argentina Chiriboga

EgyptA Certain Woman by Hala El Badry

El SalvadorLooking for Trouble by Roque Dalton

EnglandLet Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest

Equatorial GuineaLa Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono

EritreaAfrican Titanics by Abu Bakr Khaal

EstoniaBurning Cities by Kai Aareleid

EthiopiaThe Wife’s Tale: A Personal History by Aida Edemariam

Federated States of Micronesia (Micronesia)My Urohs by Emelihter Kihleng

FijiMemoirs of a Reluctant Traveller by Sudesh Mishra (review coming soon)

FinlandThe Howling Miller by Arto Paasilinna

FranceThe Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

French PolynesiaFrangipani by Célestine Hitiura Vaite

GeorgiaThe Eighth Life by Nino Haratischwili

GermanySirius by Jonathan Crown

GreeceThree Summers by Margarita Liberaki

GrenadaThe Ladies Are Upstairs by Merle Collins

GhanaHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi

GreenlandCrimson by Niviaq Korneliussen

GuadeloupeThe Restless by Gerty Dambury

GuatemalaTrout, Belly Up by Rodrigo Fuentes

GuyanaIn Praise of Love and Children by Beryl Gilroy

HaitiBreath, Eyes Memory by Edwidge Danticat

Honduras13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance by Melissa Cardoza

HungaryThe Door by Magda Szabó

IcelandThe Blue Fox by Sjón

IndiaThe Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

IndonesiaVengeance is Mine, All Other Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan

IranPersepolis by Marjane Satrapi

IraqFrankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

IrelandAsking For It by Louise O’Neill

IsraelThe Nimrod Flip-Out by Etgar Keret

ItalyMy Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

JamaicaAugustown by Kei Miller

JapanColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

KazakhstanThe Silent Steppe: The Story of a Kazakh Nomad under Stalin by Mukhamet Shayakhmetov

KenyaOne Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina

KosovoSummer Is My Favorite Season: A Memoir of Childhood and War in Kosovo by Ilir Berisha

KyrgyzstanJamila by Chingiz Aitmatov

LaosMother’s Beloved: Stories from Laos by Outhine Bounyavong

LatviaSoviet Milk by Nora Ikstena

LebanonDe Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage

LiberiaShe Would Be King by Wayétu Moore

LibyaUnder the Tripoli Sky by Kamal Ben Hameda

LithuaniaShadows of the Tundra by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė

MalawiThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

MalaysiaGardens of the Evening Mist by Tan Twan Eng

MaltaIn the Name of the Father (and of the Son) by Immanuel Mifsud

The Marshall IslandsIep Jāltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter by Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner

MauritiusThe Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah

MexicoMexico 20: New Voices, Old Traditions by Multiple authors

MoldovaThe Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov

MongoliaThe End of the Dark Era by Tseveendorjin Oidov

MoroccoSecret Son by Laila Lalami

MozambiqueEveryman is a Race by Mia Couto

MyanmarLetters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi

NepalGurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas by Colour-Sergeant Kailash Limbu

NetherlandsSafe as House by Simone van der Vlugt

New ZealandAll Day at the Movies by Fiona Kidman

NicaraguaLife for Each: Poems by Daisy Zamora

NigeriaLagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

North KoreaThe Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea by Bandi

Northern IrelandMultitudes by Lucy Caldwell

NorwayOne of Us: The Story of a Massacre and its Aftermath by Åsne Seierstad

OmanCelestial Bodies by Johka Alharthi

PakistanKartography by Kamila Shamsie

Papua New GuineaCultural Refugees: Anthology of Poems by Julie Mota

PeruCity of Clowns by Daniel Alarcón by Sheila Alvarado

PhilippinesSmaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

PolandLala by Jacek Dehnel

PortugalRaised from the Ground by José Saramago

Puerto RicoUnited States of Banana by Giannina Braschi

QatarThe Girl Who Fell to Earth: A Memoir by Sophia Al-Maria (review coming soon)

Republic of the CongoBlack Moses by Alain Mabanckou

RomaniaThe Fox was Ever the Hunter by Herta Müller

RussiaMetro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

RwandaThe Girl Who Smiled Beadsby Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

Saint Kitts and NevisOnly God Can Make a Tree by Bertram Roach

SamoaFree Love by Sia Figiel

Saudi ArabiaGirls of Riyadh by Rajaa al-Sanea

ScotlandThe Open Door, and the Portrait: Stories of the Seen and the Unseen by Margaret Oliphant

SenegalSo Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ

SerbiaFear and His Servant by Mirjana Novaković

Sierra LeoneThe Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

SingaporeCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Solvakia –  The Equestrienne by Uršuľa Kovalyk

SloveniaMere Chances by Veronika Simoniti

SomaliaHiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah

South AfricaNineveh by Henrietta Rose-Innes

South KoreaPachinko by Min Jin Lee

SpainThe Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Sri LankaMarriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu

SudanThirteen Months of Sunrise by Rania Mamoun

SwedenA Fortune Foretold by Agneta Pleijel

SwitzerlandHeidi by Johanna Spyri

SyriaButterfly: From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph by Yusra Mardini

TaiwanNotes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin

TanzaniaThe Last Gift by Abdulrazak Gurnah

ThailandThe Sad Part Was by Prabda Yoon

The GambiaReading the Ceiling by Dayo Forster

TibetLove in No Man’s Land by Duo Ji Zhuo Ga

TongaWe Are the Ocean by Epeli Hau’ofa

Trinidad and TobagoDifficult Fruit by Lauren K. Alleyne

TurkeyThe Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak

TurkmenistanThe Tale of Aypi by Ak Welsapar

UkraineFieldwork in Ukrainian Sex by Oksana Zabuzhko

United Arab EmiratesDubai Tales by Mohammad Al-Murr

United States of AmericaMarch by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

UruguayThe Naked Woman by Armonía Somers

UzbekistanThe Devil’s Dance by Hamid Ismailov

VenezuelaThe Conspiracy by Israel Centeno

VietnamNight, Again edited by Linh Dinh

WalesBoy by Roald Dahl

YemenA Land Without Jasmine by Wajdi al-Ahdal

ZambiaThe Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

ZimbabweThe Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

A visual representation of the countries I’ve read so far: