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.
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!
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!
(during the challenge)
Countries to Read
(never read, or read before the challenge)
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Myanmar (formerly Burma)
- The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee, with David John (CR)
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
1. New England: CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
2. Mid-Atlantic: NJ, NY, PA
3. East North Central: IL, IN, MI, OH, WI
4. West North Central: IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD
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
8. Mountain: AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY
9. Pacific: AK, CA, HI, OR, WA
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)