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 African Novel 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 — Where in the World are You Reading Now? pt 2108 unread / 108labfs39, March 14
Pinned — MESSAGE BOARD21 unread / 21chlorine, March 29
Pinned — A NEW COUNTRY LIST1 unread / 1labfs39, March 2022
MissBrangwen travels on the pages93 unread / 93MissBrangwen, Today 2:59pm
rocketjk's goes forward and back27 unread / 27rocketjk, Tuesday 1:14pm
Cecilturtle's world tour160 unread / 160Cecilturtle, Monday 10:07am
Dilara's World Tour142 unread / 142labfs39, April 12
chlorine's world reads41 unread / 41chlorine, March 27
Places Tess has read70 unread / 70labfs39, March 27
Willoyd's Read Around the World72 unread / 72Willoyd, March 23
labfs39 reads around the world243 unread / 243labfs39, March 14
Liz_M Reads Around the World95 unread / 95ELiz_M, March 2
RidgewayGirl Reads Around the World68 unread / 68RidgewayGirl, February 1
starbox's attempt at 2014 challenge (to update as I go)36 unread / 36starbox, January 15
Beth's Global Challenge51 unread / 51BLBera, January 11
Annie travels the world in books45 unread / 45kjuliff, January 3
labfs39 reads around the world - 2024 edition8 unread / 8labfs39, December 2023
2024 Bookish Travels (L-Anne)10 unread / 10MissBrangwen, December 2023
Streamsong's Global Reading189 unread / 189streamsong, December 2023
BooksandMovies World Tour19 unread / 19BooksandMovies, December 2023
Jackie's global reading challenge94 unread / 94Jackie_K, November 2023
rachbxl reads around the world22 unread / 22JellyBelly1213, October 2023
Where in the World are You Reading Now?224 unread / 224Tess_W, April 2023
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
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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