Reading the World

For the moment this is not so much a challenge or a goal, but a way of keeping a record of the countries that I “visit” through my reading.  It may turn into a personal challenge of some kind later on.

If I had started keeping a list earlier in life, I could check off quite a lot of countries, but heck, I didn’t, so… it begins now. 🙂

The list of geographical areas below is taken from this United Nations Statistics Division webpage.



Eastern Africa

Ethiopia: A Good Solider (Maaza Mengiste) [short story]
Kenya: An Ex-mas Feast (Uwem Akpan) [short story]
Kenya: Ships in High Transit (Binyavanga Wainaina) [short story]
Somalia: Sardines (Nuruddin Farah)
Zimbabwe: Dancing to the Jazz Goblin and His Rhythm (Brian Chikwava) [short story]
Zimbabwe: Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals (Yvonne Vera) [short story]

Central Africa

Democratic Republic of Congo: Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

North Africa

Morocco: Homecoming (Laila Lalami) [short story]
Egypt: Mme Zitta Mendès, a Last Image (Alaa Al Aswany) [short story]
Egypt: The Yacoubian Building (Alaa Al Aswany)
Sudan: Acts of Faith (Philip Caputo)

Southern Africa

South Africa: Rainbow Diary: A Journey in the New South Africa (John Malathronas)

Western Africa

Gambia: The Gambia Diaries (Enuma Chigbo)

Nigeria: Pepper (Sinmisola Ogunyinka)



Jamaica: Just Perfect! (Teisha Mott)

Central America

Costa Rica: South of Normal: My year in paradise (Norm Schriver)

Guatemala: Mission Log, Star Date 11-1-1995 – Memoirs of an LDS Missionary Straight from Guatemala (Derek Jackson)

South America

Northern America

Canada: Ravenscraig (Sandi Krawchenko Altner)

United States: see separate page, here.


Central Asia

Eastern Asia

China: Shipromatum, I Grew my Boobs in China (Savannah Grace) (part – about 50%)

Mongolia: Shipromatum, I Grew my Boobs in China (Savannah Grace) (part – about 40%)

South Asia

South-East Asia

Thailand: Achan: A Year of Teaching in Thailand (Elayne Clift)

Western Asia

Iraq: Red Zone Baghdad: My War in Iraq (Marcus Fielding)


Eastern Europe

Russia: Gooseberries (Anton Chekhov) [short story]

Northern Europe

England: The Murder at Sissingham Hall (Clara Benson)

Ireland: see separate page, here.

Scotland: A Darker Domain (Val McDermid)

Sweden: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Jonas Jonasson)

Southern Europe

Italy: A Year in Tuscany (Barbara Athanassiadis)
Italy: The Italian Mission (Alan Champorcher)

Serbia: A Different Lifetime: stepping back in time in the former Yugoslavia (Martin Radford)

Spain: A Million Steps (Kurt Koontz)
Spain: The Best Way: El Camino de Santiago (Bill Walker)

Western Europe


Australia and New Zealand

Australia: Going Upside Down (Elise Williams)

New Zealand: The Garden Party and Other Stories (Katherine Mansfield)

New Zealand: New Zealand’s Greatest Doctor: Ulric Williams of Wanganui – a Surgeon who became a Naturopath (Brenda Sampson)




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