2024 Bookish Travels (L-Anne)

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2024 Bookish Travels (L-Anne)

Edited: Dec 30, 2023, 10:15 am

Countries/Regions read 2009 - 2024:

This is my map of countries I've visited (in a bookish way) since I started keeping track in 2009. I will continue to read my way around the globe adding new destinations every year.
For me, a book won't count if it's only a passing mention of a particular country -- most of the book needs to be set in that country, enough that I learn a little something about the nation, history, culture, people etc.

Create Your Own Visited Countries Map

Edited: Dec 30, 2023, 10:42 am

Summary of recent years:

Travels to "new" places in 2020:

Malawi - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Rwanda - Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin

Libya - In The Country of Men by Hisham Matar

Mongolia - Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer

Yemen - The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

Laos - Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon

Jordan - The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon

Trinidad & Tobago - The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey

Dominican Republic - Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Mexico - American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Denmark - The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

Iceland - The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson

Czech Republic - Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Edited: Dec 30, 2023, 10:42 am

Summary of recent years:

Travels to "new" places in 2021:

Greenland - Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Ghana - His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

Colombia - Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

New Caledonia - Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce

Belize - The Layover by Lacie Waldon

Zimbabwe - This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Algeria - The Stranger by Albert Camus

Madagascar - The Red Island House by Andrea Lee
*touchstone doesn't work - correct link to the book work here. Included because this was an amazing book revealing the history/culture of Madagascar, and it became a favourite for me!

Edited: Dec 30, 2023, 10:40 am

Summary of recent years:

Travels to "new" places in 2022:

Oman - Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

Myanmar - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Finland - The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

Kazakhstan - The Zahir by Paulo Coelho

Thailand - Bangkok Wakes To Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

Edited: Dec 30, 2023, 10:41 am

Summary of recent years:

Travels to "new" places in 2023:

Qatar - Love, From A to Z by S.K. Ali

Papua New Guinea - Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

Lithuania - Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Mali - The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

Ecuador - The Queen of Water by Laura Resau & Virginia Farinango

Argentina - The Penguin Lessons: What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird by Tom Michell

Singapore - The Sun Sets in Singapore by Kehinde Fadipe

Edited: Dec 30, 2023, 7:54 pm

Books that I'm considering in 2024 that will take me to new locations around the globe:

Panama - The Great Divide by Cristina Henriquez
---about the building of the Panama Canal; this one sounds really good

Cyprus - The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

Angola, Mozambique, Namibia - My Father's Wives by Jose Eduardo Agualusa

Uganda - We Are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan

North Korea - Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee
OR The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

Turkmenistan, Tajikstan, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan - Sovietistan by Erika Fatland
---this book would check off 4 countries at once, lol

Haiti - What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam Chancy

North Macedonia & Albania - To The Lake: A Balkan Journey of War and Peace by Kapka Kassabova

In 2023, books took me to:

South Africa
Papua New Guinea

Edited: Dec 30, 2023, 11:06 am

I'm hoping to read at least 10 new countries this year.

Travels to "new" places in 2024:

Dec 30, 2023, 1:48 pm

Welcome to the global challenge group, Anne. I just read (and enjoyed) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind this year. Some great ideas here for countries that I am still missing.

Dec 30, 2023, 8:00 pm

>8 labfs39: Thank you! I'm excited to get recommendations from members of this group. I agree - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was an enjoyable read for me too.

Dec 31, 2023, 5:22 am

Welcome to the group! Your map looks impressive!
Sovietistan is on my shelf as well, but I don't know when I will get to it.