The Global Challenge

Welcome to the reenergized Global Challenge!

Founded in 2010, the Global Challenge is a place to track your reading from countries around the world and, if you wish, try to complete the original challenge of reading five books from every country (see details below). Feel free, however, to customize the challenge however you wish. It's up to you!

There are currently 193 member states of the United Nations, but 208 sovereign states are recognized. Some Global Challenge participants have added even more countries or broken some large countries into subsections. See the pinned post A New Country List for ideas.

You might also want to check out the sister group, Reading Globally. This year there is also an Asian Book Challenge.

Happy Reading!



Here is the original challenge as created by fmgee: to read a book that is set or about (at least in part) as many countries as possible. This is an ongoing challenge (not limited to a year) and you can use any books you have read in the past as your base.

The rules (and scoring) are simple.

-You can read and list up to five books per country.
-Each book is worth one point.
-All books can only be listed once! If you are reading a travel book that goes through Africa you need to choose which country you want to put it in (BUT ONLY ONE!).
-Fiction or Non-Fiction (Novels, Lonely Planet, even Children's Books if you need a fifth from Rwanda!)
-193 Countries and 5 books each is a maximum of 965 points.

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
Pinned — MESSAGE BOARD1 unread / 1labfs39, March 15
Pinned — Where in the World are You Reading Now?161 unread / 161Dilara86, Yesterday 1:07pm
Pinned — A NEW COUNTRY LIST1 unread / 1labfs39, March 15
Dilara's World Tour63 unread / 63Dilara86, Yesterday 12:29pm
labfs39 reads around the world136 unread / 136labfs39, Yesterday 9:58am
Streamsong's Global Reading121 unread / 121streamsong, Tuesday 11:56am
Willoyd's Read Around the World25 unread / 25Willoyd, November 14
Annie travels the world in books23 unread / 23AnnieMod, November 2
Jackie's global reading challenge81 unread / 81Jackie_K, October 31
RidgewayGirl Reads Around the World51 unread / 51RidgewayGirl, October 30
Cecilturtle's world tour139 unread / 139labfs39, October 28
MissBrangwen travels on the pages52 unread / 52MissBrangwen, August 21
Beth's Global Challenge41 unread / 41BLBera, August 20
starbox's attempt at 2014 challenge (to update as I go)31 unread / 31starbox, August 15
Liz_M Reads Around the World55 unread / 55labfs39, May 22
The Country List6 unread / 6ELiz_M, December 2021
Ritacate's World Tour40 unread / 40ritacate, August 2021
EllaTim reading tour43 unread / 43EllaTim, December 2018
Orbasan's Virtual Voyage Part II7 unread / 7Orbasan, December 2017
Zozette's World Tour22 unread / 22starbox, December 2017
Orbasan's Virtual Voyage52 unread / 52Orbasan, September 2017
fmgee's travels48 unread / 48fmgee, March 2017
Places Tess has read4 unread / 4Tess_W, October 2016
Cinnamon Heart's Journey So Far...9 unread / 9starbox, May 2016
Benny's Global Challenge21 unread / 21benuathanasia, February 2015
starbox's world tour2 unread / 2starbox, January 2014
Great idea!4 unread / 4bchaplin, August 2010
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