All the Books Around the World

Sometimes we can’t get somewhere physically, so we have to find another way to experience. Because, lets be honest –  experiences are the best kind of collection to have! Or maybe I’m totally biased, and beer cans create an existential harmony not seen in anything else on Earth.

I don’t know, you tell me.

*BUT*! If  I can’t get somewhere, I can read about it!  And so, while it’s always been my goal to go everywhere in the world, it is now also my goal to read about everywhere in the world.  I started my list last year, and I’m still working on it – because there’s a big world out there!  I’m not limiting myself to books about places I haven’t read about yet, though, so if you have a suggestion that isn’t on my list, I WANT TO KNOW!



Current Country Total: 138

Afghanistan: The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

Albania: The Glorious Flight of Perdita Tree, Olivia Fane
Algeria: Dirty War, Lisa Lieberman
Andorra: Andorra, Peter Cameron
Angola: Before Ebola: Dispatches From a Deadly Outbreak, Peter Apps
Antigua and Barbuda: Dancing in the Dining Room, Donna Goring
Argentina: Disappeared, Colin Falconer
Armenia: The Burning Tigris, Peter Balakian
Australia: The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough
Austria: The Painted Kiss, Elizabeth Hickey
Azerbaijan: The Orientalist, Tom Reiss
The Bahamas: Thunderball, Ian Fleming
Bahrain: One Day in Bahrain, Rohini Sunderam
Bangladesh: Going Home, Shabnam Nadiya
Barbados: Pearl, Michelle Athy
Belarus: Defiance, Nechama Tec
Belgium: The Professor, Charlotte Bronte
Belize: Healing Belize, S.R. Hawkins
Benin: Murder in Benin, Aaron Kase
Bhutan: Crane Boy, Diana Cohn
Bolivia: Come See the Mountain, Tom Zoellner
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Rose of Sarajevo, Ayse Kulin
Botswana: The Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
Brazil: The Lost City of Z, David Grann
Brunei: Written in Black, KH Lim
Bulgaria: The Making of June, Annie Ward
Burkina Faso: Dry Season, Gabriela Babnik
Burundi: The Red Clay of Burundi, Barbara Emrys
Cambodia: The Death and Life of Dith Pran, Sydney Schanberg, Ghosts in the Forest, Corrinne Purtill
Cameroon: How to Cook Your Husband the African Way, Calixthe Beyala
Canada: I Am Hutterite, Mary Anne Kirkby
Cape Verde: The Trade, Chris Thrall
Central African Republic: The Road Through War, Anjan Sundaram
Chad: Living by the Gun in Chad, Marielle Debos
Chile: Portrait in Sepia, Isabelle Allende
China: The Good Earth, A House Divided, Sons Pearl S. Buck   Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo   Peony, Pearl S Buck   Midnight in Peking: Paul French   The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan
Columbia: The Devil Underground, Nadja Drost
Congo, Kinshasa The Witch Doctor’s Wife, Tamar Myers   Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, Jason Stearns  SEE ALSO CONGO, BRAZZAVILLE
Congo, Brazzaville: The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver  SEE ALSO CONGO, KINSHASA
Costa Rica: Monkeys are Made of Chocolate, Jack Ewing
Cote d’Ivoire: Hunger: A Novel, Erica Simone Turnipseed, Who Slashed Celanire’s Throat, Maryse Conde
Croatia:  The Hired Man, Aminatta Fora
Cuba: The Last Honest Man in Havana, Melanie Furlong-Riesgo
Cyprus: Small Wars, Sadie Jones
Czech Republic: The Hangman’s Daughter, Oliver Potzsch   Daughter
of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
Denmark: The Boy in the Suitcase, Lene Kaaberbol
Dominican Republic: Blue Water, Adam Matson
East Timor
Ecuador: Up the Down Volcano, Sloane Crosley
Egypt: The Memoirs of Cleopatra, Margaret George    The Mummy Awakens, Naguib Mahfouz
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea: I Didn’t Do It For You, Michela Wrong
Estonia: The Girls Alone, Bonnie J. Rough
Ethiopia: The Barefoot Emperor – An Ethiopian Tragedy, Philip Marsden
Finland: Death Spiral, Leena Lehtolainen
France: Mademoiselle Chanel, CW Cortner    Paris, Edward Rutherford
The Gambia
Georgia: My Dear Son, Keke Jughashvili
Germany: The Ludwig Conspiracy, Oliver Potsch
Ghana: Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi
Greece: The Day Democracy Died, Anselm Audley
Guatemala: Finding Oscar, Sebastian Rotella / Ana Arana    Tree Girl, Ben Mikaelson
Guinea: The King of Kahel, Tierno Monenembo
Haiti: Because We Are, Ted Oswald
Honduras: Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City and A True Story of Deadly Adventure, Christopher Stewart
Hungary: Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America, Kati Marton
Iceland: Certain Dark Things, Yrsa Siggurdsdottir
India: City of Djinns, William Dalrymple    Indian Summer, Alex von Tunzelmann    The Age of Kali, William Dalrymple
Indonesia: Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art, Carl Hoffman
Iran: A Bitter Veil, Libby Fischer Hellman
Iraq: The Silence of Our Friends, Ed West
Ireland: The Ghosts of Belfast, Stuart Neville
Israel: Exodus, Leon Uris    The Source, James Michener    The Israelis, Donna Rosenthal    Army of Roses, Barbara Victor    The Haj, Leon Uris Three Daughters, Consuelo Saah Baehr
Italy: The Secret Dead, S.J. Parris;    Juliet’s Nurse, Lois Leveen
Jamaica: The Book of Night Women, Marlon James
Japan: Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
Jordan: Married to a Bedouin, Margarete van Geldermalsen
Kenya: Out of Africa, Karen Blixen
Lebanon: The Locust and the Bird, Hanan al-Shaykh
Liberia: The House at Sugar Beach, Helene Cooper
Libya: Benghazi: The Definitive Report, Brandon Webb
Lithuania: A Guest At the Shooter’s Gallery, Rita Gabis
Madagascar: Oliver Strange and the Ghosts of Madagascar, Dianne Hofmeyr
Malawi: Weaving a Malawi Sunrise, Roberta Laurie
Malaysia: The White Pearl, Kate Furnivall
Mali: The Blasphemous Manuscript of Timbuktu, Maurizio Pianaro
Malta: The Last English Crusader, Shawn T Shallow
Marshall Islands
Mauritius: The Prisoner of Paradise, Romesch Gunesekera
Mexico: Mexico, James Michener
Monaco: Mr Dodge, Mr Hitchcock, and the French Riviera, Jean Buchanan
Mongolia: The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel, Maureen Lindley
Morocco: Skeletons on the Zahara, Dean King
Mozambique: Monkeys in my Garden, Valerie Pixley
Myanmar: The Lady and the Peacock, Peter Popham
Namibia: The Scattering, Lauri Kubuitsile
Netherlands: A Murder in Amsterdam, Ian Buruma    The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam, ChrisEwan
New Zealand: Maori, Alan Dean Foster
Niger: To The Moon and Timbuktu, Nina Sovich
Nigeria: Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie    The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, Lola Shoneyin
North Korea: The Last POW, Mike Chinoy
Norway: Dreamers, Knut Hamsun
Pakistan: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid    The Prophet’s Hair, Salman Rushdie
Papua New Guinea: Island of Secrets, Matthew Power
Paraguay: The News From Paraguay, Lily Tuck
Peru: Red April, Santiago Roncagliolo
Poland: Poland, James Michener    Mila 18, Leon Uris
Portugal: The Slave House, Charles Lambert
Romania: Dracula, Bram Stoker
Russia: Nicholas and Alexandra, Robert Massey    Tatiana, Martin Cruz Breaking Stalin’s Nose, Eugene Yelchin    Once Upon a Time in Russia, Ben Mezrich
Rwanda: Into the Quick of Life; The Rwandan Genocide, Jean Hatzfield
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia: The Ruins of Us, Keija Parssinen    City of Veils, Zoe Ferraris    Lawrence in Arabia, Scott Anderson     Inside the Kingdom, Robert Lacey
Senegal: Squirting Milk at Chameleons, Simon Fenton
Serbia: The Assassination of the Archduke, Greg King
Seychelles: Where the Clocks Chime Twice, Alec Waugh
Sierra Leone: Ancestor Stones, Aminatta Forna
Singapore: The Moonlight Palace, Liz Rosenberg
Slovakia: House of Bathory, Linda Lafferty
Solomon Islands: Solomon’s Island:  The Hunt For the Ruins of Solomon’s Temple, Matthew Fishbane
Somalia: The Orchard of Lost Souls, Nadifa Mohamed
South Africa: Cry the Beloved Country, Alan Paton    The Covenant, James Michener     Burger’s Daughter, Nadine Gordimer      A World Unseen, Shamim Sarif
South Korea: Daughters of the Dragon, William Anderson
South Sudan: The Doctor, James Verini
Spain: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, Tariq Ali
Sri Lanka: Mosquito, Roma Tearne
Sudan: The Third Gate, Lincoln Child
Sweden: Eaters of the Dead, Micheal Crichton     Vikings: A History, Neil Oliver
Switzerland: A Drop of Ink, Megan Chance
Syria: The Morning They Came For Us, Janine Di Giovanni
Tanzania: The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Ernest Hemingway
Trinidad and Tobago: The Calypso Killing, Tom Zoellner
Turkey: Ali and Ramazan, Perigean Magden     The Drowning Guard, Linda Lafferty
Uganda: The Teeth May Smile, But the Heart Does Not Forget, Andrew Rice
Ukraine: The Boy from Reactor 4, Orest Stelmach     The Fixer, Bernard Malamud
United Arab Emirates: The Sand Fish, Maha Gargash
United Kingdom: Tudor Women, Alison Plowden     A Skull and the Nightingale, Micheal Irwin     When Christ and His Saints Slept, Sharon Kay Penman     A Spy Among Friends, Ben Macintyre     Alan Turing: The Enigma, Andrew Hodges     The Great Stink, Clare Clark     Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon
USA: American Gods, Neil Gaiman     Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder     Mornings on Horseback, David McCullough     Alas, Babylon, Pat Frank
Uzbekistan: Pleased to be Otherwise, Gina Ochsner
Vatican City: Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich
Venezuela: The Dolphin People, Torsten Krol
Vietnam: The Lotus Eaters, Tatjana Soli     Daughters of the River Huong, Uyen Nicole Duong
Yemen: The Henna House, Nomi Eve
Zimbabwe: When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, Peter Godwin     See You in November, Peter Stiff

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