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Reading Globally

"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." ---Jean Rhys

This group is for readers who, for whatever reason, endeavor to explore the world through great fiction. We don't exclude nonfiction discussion entirely, but we are primarily a fiction group. If you are a compulsive literary traveler, you've come to the right place!

Current Quarterly Theme Read
April to June 2020: "Writing from Southern Africa"

Planned theme reads for 2020:

- July to September 2020: "Travelling the TBR 2.0" — your chance to catch up with everything you meant to read for the previous 20 or 30 quarterly themes...
- October to December 2020: "Russians Write Revolutions" - fiction about the revolutionary period in Russia, roughly 1881-1922

Classics in Their Own Countries 2.0
Starting in 2019, we revived the year-long "classics in their own country" theme read which we first did in 2012. This runs in addition to the four quarterly reads. You can find discussion and suggestions for classics on the following threads.
Asia and the Middle East
Africa and the Middle East
Europe and Turkey
Latin America and the Caribbean

You are still welcome to add to these "old" quarterly threads, if you read something that you think other members might want to know about.
Jan - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa (Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Poland)
July-Sept 2019: Turning the Tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers
April - June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World
Jan - March 2019: The Mediterranean World
Oct - Dec 2018: Tradition and Change
July - September 2018:
Between Giants: Central Asian Border Regions
April - June 2018:
Japan and the Koreas
Jan - Mar 2018:
Travelling the TBR Road
Oct - Dec 2017:
The Nordic Countries
July - September 2017:
Non Majority Language Writers
April - June 2017:
Travel Writing by non European and non North American Writers
Jan - March 2017:
The Benelux Countries
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny
July - September 2016: Soviet and Post Soviet Writers
Apr - Jun 2016: Writers at Risk
Jan - Mar 2016: Literature from the Caribbean Islands
Oct - Dec 2015: Women authors who didn't write in English
July-September 2015: Nobel Laureates Writing in a Language Other than English
April-June 2015: The Iberian Peninusla
January - March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent
Oct - Dec 2014 Postwar Germany (1945-now)
July-September 2014 Mexico and Central America
April - June 2014 Travel and Travelogue Literature
January - March 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa
October - December 2013: South American literature
July - September 2013: Francophone literature (excluding Europe)
April- June, 2013: Southeast Asian literature
Jan - March 2013: 20th and 21st Century Eastern and Central European literature
October - December 2012 China and Its Neighboring Countries
There is also a a wiki with background information and reading lists for this theme read.
July - September 2012 Middle Eastern Literature
April - June 2012: Closed and Selective Societies
January - March 2012: Turkey and the Balkans
October - December 2011: Migration/Immigration
July - September 2011: The Sea
April - June 2011: War and Regions in Conflict
January - March 2011: "Journeys"

MASTER THREAD & List for the NEW regional threads is HERE. Please read this FIRST.

MASTER LIST of REGIONAL THREADS with links (abbreviated as necessary, full list on the master thread):

***1. Eastern Africa I: Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe...others.
***2. Eastern Africa II: Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda
***3. Middle Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo ...others
***4. Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco...others
***5. Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa...others
***6. Western Africa: Cote d'​​​​​​Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone...others

***7. The Caribbean: Anguilla, Antgua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands...others
***8. Central America & Mexico: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico...others
***9. South America I: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela...others
***10. South America II: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay...others

***11. Asia I: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan...others
***12. Asia II: China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Tibet.
***13. Asia III: Japan, Korea, the Phillipines.
***14. Asia IV: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia...others.
***15. Asia V: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan

***16. Middle East I: Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel
***17. Middle East II: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran...others.
***18. Oceania: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea...others.

***19. Europe I: France, Monaco, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg
***20. Europe II: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark...others.
***21. Europe III: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania
***22. Europe IV: Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro
***23. Europe V: Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, Malta
***24. Europe VI: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia
***25. Europe VII: Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Gibraltar
***26. Europe VIII: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein

NEWS! As of May 2, 2011, ALL discussions of the literature of the UK, US, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are now on our supplemental group: READING GLOBALLY II

This group was set up in 2006 by avaland. Others who have served as group administrator since then are rebeccanyc (†) and SassyLassy.

The current admin (since January 2019) is thorold
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Where In The World Are You? May/June 2020 21hemlokgang, Yesterday 10:39amignore
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey in 2020 17hemlokgang, Yesterday 10:37amignore
April - June 2020: Writing from Southern Africa 77thorold, Monday 6:51amignore
Boekentrol's World Tour in Books 48BoekenTrol71, Saturday 2:47amignore
Rocketjk's 2020 reading 'round the world 13rocketjk, May 18ignore
2012-Classics In Their Own Country--Europe and Turkey 56rocketjk, May 18ignore
***REGION 20: Europe II 44rocketjk, May 18ignore
***REGION 23: Europe V 37thorold, May 13ignore
***REGION 5: Southern Africa 37kidzdoc, May 6ignore
April-June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World 70Dilara86, May 3ignore
Where In The World Are You? March/April 2020 30hemlokgang, May 2ignore
***REGION 9: South America I 48rocketjk, April 11ignore
***REGION 10: South America II 82rocketjk, April 5ignore
MESSAGE BOARD 2020 6SassyLassy, April 3ignore
January - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century 129LolaWalser, April 2ignore
Where In The World Are You? January/ February 2020 25hemlokgang, February 29ignore
Sarams reading around the world 45sarams, February 29ignore
***REGION 26: Europe VIII 51Nickelini, February 13ignore
Claire's Going Global At Last 39klarusu, February 3ignore
April - June 2018: Japan and the Koreas 84SqueakyChu, January 13ignore
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa 99rocketjk, January 1ignore
Rocketjk's 2019 reading 'round the world 39rocketjk, December 2019ignore
Hemlokgang's Gloval Literary Journey in 2020 2rocketjk, December 2019ignore
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 2019 26jveezer, December 2019ignore
MESSAGE BOARD 2019 56Dilara86, December 2019ignore
***REGION 24: Europe VI 52rocketjk, December 2019ignore
2020 Theme Reads Planning 18cindydavid4, December 2019ignore
April-June 2015: The Iberian Peninsula 123SassyLassy, December 2019ignore
Hemlokgang's 2019 Global Literary Journey 28hemlokgang, November 2019ignore
Where In The World Are You? September/ October 2019 38-pilgrim-, October 2019ignore
***REGION 3: Middle Africa 21rocketjk, October 2019ignore
July-September 2019: Turning the tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers 30SassyLassy, October 2019ignore
October-December 2017: The Nordic Countries 93featherbear, October 2019ignore
eairo reads from Helsinki to Helsinki, part II: The Americas 65eairo, October 2019ignore
varielle puts on her traveling shoes 19varielle, September 2019ignore
Where In The World Are You? July/August 2019 49hemlokgang, September 2019ignore
Where In The World Are You? May/June 2019 41hemlokgang, July 2019ignore
***REGION 25: Europe VII 58kidzdoc, June 2019ignore
Question about Mario Vargas Llosa 19rocketjk, May 2019ignore
October - December 2013: South American Literature 126kidzdoc, May 2019ignore
Where In The World Are You? March/April 2019 63Selliers, May 2019ignore
***REGION 19: Europe I 111lriley, April 2019ignore
Interesting articles 3SassyLassy, April 2019ignore
Jan - March 2019: The Mediterranean World 200LolaWalser, April 2019ignore
Where In The World Are You? January/February 2019 38hemlokgang, March 2019ignore
Jan-March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent 95jigarpatel, March 2019ignore
April-June Theme Read: War and Regions in Conflict 111rocketjk, February 2019ignore
2012: Classics in Their Own Country--Africa and the Middle East 15thorold, February 2019ignore
***REGION 7: The Caribbean 27varielle, January 2019ignore
Jan.-March 2016: Literature from the Caribbean Islands 127SassyLassy, January 2019ignore
Notable books soon to be released 3jveezer, January 2019ignore
2012: Classics in Their Own Country: Asia and the Middle East 23arubabookwoman, January 2019ignore
2012: Classics in Their Own Country--Latin America and the Caribbean 15arubabookwoman, January 2019ignore
***REGION 17: Middle East II 21rocketjk, January 2019ignore
2019 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS 18thorold, January 2019ignore
rocketjk's 2018 reading around the world 22rocketjk, January 2019ignore
Hemlokgang's 20019 Literay Journey 1hemlokgang, January 2019ignore
Where In The World Are You? November/December 2018 26mnleona, December 2018ignore
2019 Theme Reads Planning 21cindydavid4, December 2018ignore
Message Board 2018 18SassyLassy, December 2018ignore
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny 51SassyLassy, December 2018ignore
***REGION 21: Europe III 50rocketjk, December 2018ignore
Hemlokgang's Literary Journey 2018 25hemlokgang, December 2018ignore
***REGION 4: Northern Africa 33thorold, December 2018ignore
***REGION 13: Asia III 50thorold, December 2018ignore
***REGION 6: Western Africa 28thorold, December 2018ignore
***REGION 1: Eastern Africa I 27thorold, December 2018ignore
***REGION 22: Europe IV 28thorold, December 2018ignore
October - December 2018: Tradition and Change 17thorold, December 2018ignore
Original Language Stats 8alvaret, December 2018ignore
Where In The World Are You? September/October 2018 28hemlokgang, November 2018ignore
***REGION 12: Asia II 27rocketjk, September 2018ignore
July-Sept 2018: Between Giants - Central Asian border regions 47spiphany, September 2018ignore
Where In The World Are You? July/August 2018 74Tid, September 2018ignore
Where In The World Are You? May/June 2018 45hemlokgang, June 2018ignore
si: world fiction 28si, May 2018ignore
Books set in and around Brussels 9Dilara86, May 2018ignore
***REGION 14: Asia IV 15Tess_W, May 2018ignore
Where In The World Are You? March/April 2018 41hemlokgang, May 2018ignore
***REGION 15: Asia V 37rocketjk, May 2018ignore
Found a Fantastic Resource for Finding Translated Books 2-Eva-, April 2018ignore
Rhea Reads around the World Take Two 8Settings, April 2018ignore
Jan - March 2018: Travelling the TBR Road 52SassyLassy, April 2018ignore
January to March 2014 -- Literature from Sub-Saharan Africa 101thorold, March 2018ignore
Where In The World Are You? January/ February 2018 46hemlokgang, February 2018ignore
July-September 2015: Nobel Laureates Writing in a Language Other Than English 121SassyLassy, February 2018ignore
Jul-Sept 2017: non-majority language writers 59Dilara86, January 2018ignore
***Message Board 2018 2SassyLassy, January 2018ignore
rocketjk's 2017 around the world 25rocketjk, January 2018ignore
Message Board 2017 27SassyLassy, January 2018ignore
Reading globally and the sublime 4librorumamans, December 2017ignore
Somalia: the literature of a nation in ruins 1MichaelWynn, December 2017ignore
2018 Theme Reads Planning 13spiphany, December 2017ignore
VOTE HERE for 2018 Quarterly Reads 13SassyLassy, December 2017ignore
Anyone here from Iceland? 13Guanhumara, October 2017ignore
Where In The World Are You? September/October 2017 16nrmay, October 2017ignore
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey 2017 33hemlokgang, September 2017ignore
Soviet and Post Soviet Writers 42LovingLit, September 2017ignore
Oct - Dec 2015: Women authors who didn't write in English 98Dilara86, September 2017ignore

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