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Marjea reads around the world -challenge

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Nov 17, 2007, 4:39pm Top

I found this group yesterday and it sounds like a great idea to travel around the world through books (can't afford to travel as much as I would like to in real world). Inspired by a couple of group members, I decided to challenge myself to read a book from every member state of UN. I have no idea how long this is going to take from me, probably years because I am not going to hurry with this thing, but I try at least widen my reading. I will report my progress in this thread. Feel free to comment my progress and make some suggestions. :)

Let the challenge begin!

Nov 17, 2007, 11:59pm Top

An interesting topic within this group that you might like to look at is "World Maps" http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=18609
Some people have mapped every country they've read a book from.

Nov 18, 2007, 1:01pm Top

Thanks for the tip vpfluke! I might end up putting my own map to that thread one day but until then I just have to read couple of books to get some red colour on my map.

Nov 18, 2007, 5:44pm Top

Welcome! I find these threads fascinating, and have gotten most of my recent readings from recommendations on them.

Nov 18, 2007, 10:06pm Top

yes, welcome, marjea. We look forward to your posts!

Nov 19, 2007, 1:00pm Top

Thanks A_musing and avaland! Nice to have a warm welcome to the group.

Nov 20, 2007, 3:32am Top

Just adding my voice to those welcoming you to the group. I know you said in #3 that you hadn't got vey far yet, but could you give us some idea where you have been (a list if not a map?). Its a great way to get recommendations from other people, and it would be good to find out what you are reading.

Nov 23, 2007, 9:32am Top

To all of you interested in my travel, I sort of decided to start my travel around the world when I joined this group and I'm currently in Chile with Isabel Allende's The house of the spirits. However I'm so busy with my studies that I should probably say I'm mostly in the world of biochemistry at the moment. I'm going to France after I managed to finish my travel around the Chile and after that it's Finland's turn. I will add a map later on. Be patient, please. :)

Edited: Dec 8, 2007, 11:17am Top

I finally managed to finish my first book in the challenge. I'm so happy that Christmas is coming so that I have more time to read...

Chile: The house of the spirits by Isabel Allende

Very good book to start a challenge because this really puts some pressure to the following books... Really enchanting story. In my opinion Isabel Allende has such an unique writing style. I am probably going to buy this to my own library.

Dec 8, 2007, 11:59pm Top

I'm so glad you enjoyed The House of the Spirits. I just read that in my world literature class and absolutely loved it.

Dec 9, 2007, 12:30am Top

Ditto, House of the Spirits -- it's one of my all-time favorites. Allende is a remarkable writer.

Hope you enjoy your winter break, Marjea!

Dec 10, 2007, 12:36pm Top

France: Someone I loved by Anna Gavalda

Really quick read. I'm very fond of Anna Gavalda's style. Her collection of short stories made also an impression on me when I read it a couple of years ago.

Dec 18, 2007, 2:01pm Top

Finland: Kuutamolla by Katja Kallio

Much better than I expected. I'm not quite sure where to head at next...

Jan 1, 2008, 1:55pm Top

Sweden: Sun storm and The blood spilt by Åsa Larsson

If you like good thrillers and haven't been in Sweden yet, let me recommend you these two books. These were really amazing. Beautiful language, real characters and a story that doesn't give in. Highly recommended. The writer manages to paint so breathtaking picture about Northern Sweden that I want to experience it myself. (Actually, I was in Northern Sweden about ten years ago.)

Jan 7, 2008, 9:35am Top

Marjea, I read the The Blood Spilt and enjoyed it very much. She had an interesting 'animal' undercurrent, if I remember correctly. Wolves, and various characters' relationships with their pets. I thought that unusually interesting . . .

Jan 22, 2008, 6:27pm Top

Avaland I agree with you. I am myself a huge animal lover and I originally come from a small town in Eastern Finland where there's a constant debate about wolves and whether there's too many of them in there. Anyway, I found this 'animal' undercurrent very interesting too.

Jan 27, 2008, 12:22pm Top

Very interesting recommendations-- I have yet to explore Sweden so you've given me some ideas for my wish list. Thanks! Look forward to seeing where you go next.

Feb 7, 2008, 5:46pm Top

Well, Liftan it's very nice to hear that I have given you some ideas. Thanks. :)

Anyway, I have been travelling in UK and Ireland lately.

UK: Wide open by Nicola Barker

So peculiar and strange story about people searching for real connection to other people. Odd but vivid. I can't really describe it. I liked though.

Ireland: In my sister's shoes by Sinead Moriarty

Very basic chick lit. Predictable but good entertainment.

Feb 18, 2008, 2:40pm Top

Wow, this sounds like so much fun! I'm currently reading Glass Voices which I'll review on my blog in a few days, and I've also currently read Yalo, a book written by a Lebanese author. I'll enjoy keeping track here. I'm new to LibraryThing and can't wait to jump into some of this! The World Maps that vpfluke mentioned sounds very interesting as well.

Feb 18, 2008, 7:16pm Top


Welcome to LT.

Who is the author of Glass voices? The Touchstone I've chosen brings up the one by Carol Bruneau. Touchstones are done by putting single brackets around titles and double ones around authors. The author ones can be very wonky at times.

Feb 19, 2008, 2:33pm Top

Ah, thank you vpfluke! I was wondering how those were done - and now with my keen eyesight, I see it actually tells me how in the Post a Message screen. Ha! Thanks for helping me figure it all out! Yes, it is a Carol Bruneau book. I've not read her before, and so far it's quite interesting. I think I'll put a World Map on my site to keep track of what's reviewed. Looks like you guys have some great suggestions too!

Mar 10, 2008, 7:16pm Top


Yes, welcome to LT carpelibrisreviews!

Last month I spent in South Africa with a wonderful book by Linzi Glass, The year the gypsies came. A beautifully written story about a dysfunctional family, friendship and tragedy. A novel full of wisdom. Very delicate and touching. One very fine novel.

Mar 10, 2008, 7:26pm Top

By the way, here's a map of countries I have visited so far.

create your own visited country map
or check our Venice travel guide

Edited: Feb 6, 2009, 10:44am Top

Hey there!

I haven't been travelling through books too much lately. I have mostly been in same old countries and I should really try to expand my readings... Anyway here's two more countries to my map.

United States: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Norway: Muleum by Erlend Loe

I liked both very much. I'm not sure if Muleum really qualifies to my challenge because a big part of the story was situated outside Norway... I think there's a few books from Norvegian authors I'd like to read so I'll probably return to Norway with some other books some day.

create your own visited country map
or check our Venice travel guide

Nov 29, 2009, 9:57am Top

I actually read this in June but I didn't remember to recommend it then. Anyway, Anne B. Ragde's Berlin Poplars was a pleasant acquaintance from Norway. It's the first part of a trilogy I'm planning to read entirely... Some day.

Another book I could recommend is Arto Paasilinna's The Year of the Hare from my dear homeland Finland. It's not a new book and probably many of the people in this group knows it already but just in case... It's good and it's Finnish.

Dec 20, 2009, 8:20am Top

I just remembered that I read Klaus Rifbjerg's Operaelskeren in June. I have no idea if it has been translated to English, I read a Finnish translation. I didn't enjoy it at all so maybe I wouldn't recommend it. At least Denmark is off my list.

Come to think of it, I also read Uncle's Dream by Fjodor Dostoevsky in October so Russia is also off the list. I actually enjoyed it quite a lot.

Dec 20, 2009, 8:32am Top

Here's the updated map.

create your own visited country map
or check our Venice travel guide

Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 4:16pm Top

Not much going on in this challenge, but I did read The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk.

Turkey is off the list!

create your own visited country map

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