Earlier today I chatted with a friend about how important reading is for learning about the world around us and outside of our immediate neighbourhood, city, country, continent, etc. What better kickstart to this new project!

I am taking inspiration for this project from another friend’s blog – Lioness at Large – who set up her Around the World reading challenge some time ago, and whose literary travels have also given me the virtual travel bug, especially now that real travel is still somewhat restricted.

So, this what I am looking to do for this project:

Read one book by an author from every country (I’m going by country of birth rather than residence.) OR set in each country. If a book is set in a country other than that of the author’s place of birth, I will count it towards either but not both.
There is no time limit.
I will not include re-reads in the count. I.e. each book will be new to me.
I will include books that I have read since the start of 2021.

Countries for which I have read a book will appear in green.

CountryAuthorTitle
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
AustriaIda PfeifferDie Reise einer Wienerin in das Heilige Land*
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Botswana
BrazilPatricia Galvao (“Pagu”)Industrial Park
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
ChinaCixin LiuThe Three-Body Problem
Colombia
Comoros
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czechia
DenmarkTove DitlevsenChildhood, Youth, Dependency: The Copenhagen Trilogy
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
EthiopiaMaaza MengisteThe Shadow King
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
GermanyChristine BruecknerWenn Du Geredet Haettest, Desdemona*
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
JapanYoko OgawaThe Memory Police
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
NetherlandsMarieke Lucas RijneveldThe Discomfort of Evening
New ZealandNgaio MarshEnter a Murderer
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
North Macedonia
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
PolandOlga TokarczukFlights
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
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
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United KingdomVirginia WoolfThe Waves
USAMary Doria RussellThe Sparrow
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

*Titles originally written in German and read in their original.