read around the world project

THE LIST

My “Read Around the World” project is essentially my wish to read more than just typically published American authors. I want to read books by people from different parts of the world, who have emigrated from other nations, or who have heritage from other countries in the world. Originally, the project was only going to include books in translation, but due to inadequate funds and resources, I’ve opened criteria and focused more on the concept “read more diversely”. While maybe not entirely accurate in name, I’m very excited to start my Read Around the World project, which focuses on 80 recognized UN nations! 

So, without further ado, for anyone with an interest in what I’ll be reading or looking for some recommendations, my list: 

  1.  Afghanistan: The Pearl that Broke it’s Shell by Nadia Hashimi
  2. Algeria: The Lovers of Algeria by Anouar Benmalek
  3. Argentina: Purgatory by Tomás Eloy Martínez
  4. Australia: Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
  5. Austria: The Reluctant Empress by Brigitte Hamann
  6. Bangladesh: A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
  7. Belarus: A Factory of Tears by Valzhyna Mort
  8. Belgium: The Life of Hunger by Amélie Nothomb
  9. Brazil: Don Casmurro by Machado de Assis
  10. Bulgaria: Bai Ganyo: Incredible Tales of a Modern Bulgarian by Aleko Konstantinov
  11. Cambodia: Never Fall Down by Patricia Cormack
  12. Canada: Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
  13. Chile: The House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende
  14. China: The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
  15. Colombia: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
  16. Costa Rica: Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion by Barbara Ras
  17. Croatia: The Ministry of Pain by Dubravka Ugrešić
  18. Cuba: Before Night Falls: A Memoir by Reinaldo Arenas
  19. Czech Republic: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  20. Denmark: The Exception by Christian Jungersen
  21. Dominican Republic: In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  22. Ecuador: The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango
  23. Egypt: The Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
  24. Finland: The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
  25. France: The Confidant by Hélène Grémillon
  26. Georgia: One More Year by Sana Krasikov
  27. Germany: Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
  28. Ghana: Changes: A Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo
  29. Greece: Freedom or Death by Nikos Kazantzakis
  30. Haiti: The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
  31. Hungary: Metropole by Ferenc Karinthy
  32. Iceland: Independent People by Halldór Laxness
  33. India: A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  34. Indonesia: The Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata
  35. Iran: The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
  36. Iraq: Nostalgia, My Enemy by Saadi Youssef
  37. Ireland: The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
  38. Israel: A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
  39. Italy: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  40. Jamaica: The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
  41. Japan: The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama
  42. Kenya: Petals of Blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  43. Latvia: The Earth is Singing by Vaness Curtis
  44. Lebanon: June Rain by Jabbour Douaihy
  45. Lithuania: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  46. Libya: In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  47. Malaysia: The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
  48. Malta: Death in Malta by Rosanne Dingli
  49. Mexico: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  50. Morocco: Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatema Mernissi
  51. Mozambique: Sleepwalking Land by Mia Couto
  52. Nepal: Arresting God in Kathmandu by Samrat Upadhyay
  53. Netherlands: In Lucia’s Eyes by Arthur Japin
  54. New Zealand: The Bone People by Keri Hulme
  55. Nigeria: Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  56. North Korea: The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
  57. Norway: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  58. Pakistan: I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  59. Peru: The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa
  60. Philippines: Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
  61. Poland: This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
  62. Portugal: Blindness by José Saramago
  63. Romania: The Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller
  64. Russia: Queen of Spades and Other Stories by Alexander Pushkin
  65. Rwanda: We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow  We Will Be Killed with Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
  66. Saudi Arabia: Cities of Salt by Abdul Raman Munif
  67. Slovakia: The House of the Deaf Man by Peter Krištúfek
  68. South Africa: The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  69. South Korea: Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
  70. Spain: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  71. Sri Lanka: Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
  72. Sweden: The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  73. Switzerland: Small World by Martin Suter
  74. Syria: In Praise of Hatred by Khaled Khalifa
  75. Turkey: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
  76. Uganda: Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana
  77. Ukraine: Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex by Oksana Zabuzhko
  78. Uruguay: Open Veins in Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano
  79. Vietnam: The Sorrow of War by Bảo Ninh
  80. Zimbabwe: When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin

||January BPC: Just One Word|| 1. Goal. Here are my bookish 2017 goals! I’ve got a zillion books on my TBR, and I already own (according to a count I did like twenty minutes ago) 66.5 of them. So I’m going to try to read as many of those as possible this year, so I can make space for new acquisitions.

Speaking of new acquisitions, last year I had great success buying mostly books by authors of color, so I’m going to keep that in mind this year. Plus I’d like to have more poetry, graphic novels, and memoirs in my library, and I’d also like to start my personal read around the world project–I’ve got a spreadsheet started for that one.

Oh, and also I’d like to get Faultlines to a publishable stage and start querying. That’ll get rolling in February. Super stoked.

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Waldo Nell’s photographs show peacock feathers magnified up to 500 times. Every line and curve appears in luminous definition, the colors shifting from green to blue to gold. The project grew from his fascination with the unseen world around us.

Check out more photos and read about Neil’s project.

anonymous asked:

Hi there! books-and-cookies suggested I try you for recs of books translated to english from other languages! I'm not that picky about genre, but I do enjoy a good fantasy ;) (I've already read Inkheart and The Little Prince :P)

Well, I am doing a Read Around the World project where I’m reading books that have been translated and/or are by authors from that specific country. Most of my picks are more historical fiction or general fiction, but I do have some magical realism in there and such, if you want to check the list!. 

Books I’ll mention in particular because I read them or due to their popularity include:

Also, have some fun links to recommendations: 

There’s so much excellent writing out there by authors who don’t use English and I’ve loved discovering a lot of wonderful and interesting books from around the world! I hope this helps and feel free to message me! :D

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