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Books Across Borders was inspired by Ann Morgan, who set a goal to read one book from every country in the world in a year. My goal is long-term, but you can track my progress—and make suggestions!—right here.

My original post about coming across the challenge can be found here, but essentially, I am looking to read (at least) one story from each country in the world, as well as one story per region of the United States (defined as the nine circuits) and one for each of the nations within the United Kingdom.

I’m interested in native authors when possible, but would read a travelogue as a substitute for those countries where written literature is difficult to come by, or translations don’t exist. I am also interested in reading books by authors residing in territories—official and disputed—across the globe.

Why am I doing this?

Because I LOVE travel, geography, stories. I want to know the good, the bad, the ugly—what divides us, what defines us, what unites us. I’m interested in the human experience, and the universal desire to tell a tale.

Some Logistics

My native language is English, so English translations are preferred, but I would read a book in Italian, Spanish or French if English is unavailable.

I’ll make some attempt to at least write up a paragraph or two about the books I read, and I’ll also link to the book on Amazon or AbeBooks or the author’s website, as possible.

At the bottom, I’ve also listed a couple of international anthologies that I plan to read, which feature authors from several countries.

Please, please, please… feel free to chime in! I’d love to hear about your favorite writers from around the world. Comments are open, so let me know what I should read, and I’ll add it to my wish list!

Key:

WL = Wish List (I’ve added this book to my Books Across Borders list on Amazon.)

TBR = To Be Read (I’ve purchased or checked out this book, and will be reading it shortly.)

CR = Currently Reading

RB2018 = Read Before the Challenge (I enjoyed this book enough to share… it doesn’t count toward my personal challenge, but you might want to check it out.)

* = Territory (may be disputed or recognized)

Books that I’ve completed after taking up the challenge will be indicated by the month and year that I finished them (in MM/YYYY format).

Here we go… I’ll move countries up to the top list as I complete books!

Countries Read

(during the challenge)

Countries to Read

(never read, or read before the challenge)

A

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

B

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

C

Côte d’Ivoire

Cabo Verde

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China

Colombia

Comoros

Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

D

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

E

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

F

Fiji

Finland

France

G

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Grenada

Guam*

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

H

Haiti

Holy See

Honduras

Hungary

I

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

J

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

K

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

L

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

M

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Marshall Islands

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar (formerly Burma)

N

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

North Korea

Norway

O

Oman

P

Pakistan

Palau

Palestine State

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico*

Q

Qatar

R

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

S

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Swaziland

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

T

Tajikstan

Tanzania

Thailand

Tibet*

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

U

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom 

England

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Wales

United States of America

Northeast
1. New England: CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
2. Mid-Atlantic: NJ, NY, PA

Midwest
3. East North Central: IL, IN, MI, OH, WI
4. West North Central: IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD

South
5. South Atlantic: DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, DC, WV
6. East South Central: AL, KY, MS, TN
7. West South Central: AR, LA, OK, TX

West
8. Mountain: AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY
9. Pacific: AK, CA, HI, OR, WA

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

V

Vanuatu

Venezuela

Vietnam

Y

Yemen

Z

Zambia

Zimbabwe

International Anthologies

One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories by Elaine Chiew, Molara Wood, Jhumpa Lahiri, Martin A Ramos, Lauri Kubutsile, Chika Unigwe, Ravi Mangla, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Skye Brannon, Jude Dibia, Shabnam Nadiya, Petina Gappah, Ivan Gabirel Reborek, Vanessa Gebbie, Emmanual Dipita Kwa, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Lucinda Nelson Dhavan, Adetokunbo Abiola, Wadzanai Mhute, Konstantinos Tzikas, Ken Kamoche, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Ovo Adagha  (WL)

One World Two: A Second Global Anthology of Short Stories by Yewande Omotoso, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Heidi North-Bailey, Ana Menéndez, Mathew Howard, Okwiri Oduor, Desiree Bailey, Vamba Sherif, Alice Melike Ulgezer, Daniel Alarcon, Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Aminatta Forna, Nahid Rachlin, Samuel Munene, Vanessa Barbara, Ret’sepile Makamane, Fan Wu, Olufemi Terry, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Chris Brazier, and Edwidge Danticat. Edited and compiled by Ovo Adagha and Chris Brazier. (WL)