Reading the World

booksReading is another hobby of mine, and has opened my mind to other cultures as much (or even more!) than cooking. Inspired by the A Year of Reading the World blog, I’ve decided to start cataloging the books I’ve read by authors from other countries. This is mainly meant to be my own inventory of books and countries, so I can stretch myself to read around the world! It will definitely NOT be accomplished in a year, though I do have a head start and had already read from at least 25 countries when I began this focus in December 2015. I’m continuing to add new titles below.

[ ] means they are not authors born in country, but have strong roots and the book is set in that country

Books I’ve read

last updated 25 August 2018  (58 countries total, including U.S.)

AfghanistanThe Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
Antigua & BarbudaAnnie John Jamaica Kincaid
AustraliaYear of Wonders & People of the Book & Caleb’s Crossing Geraldine Brooks; Sabriel Garth Nix; The Forgotten Garden Kate Morton
Armenia – [The Sandcastle Girls Chris Bohjalian]
Bangladesh A Golden Age Tahmima Anam
Belgium – The Angel Maker Stefan Brijs
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
BulgariaThe Capital of Latecomers Nina Nenova
Canada – short stories by Alice Munro; many by Margaret Atwood; Life of Pi, Beatrice and Virgil Yann Martel (probably others)
Chile – multiple by Isabel Allende
ChinaThe Cooked Seed Anchee Min; Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather Gao Xingjian [+ many by Amy Tan and Lisa See]
Croatia – Girl at War Sara Nović
Cuba – Waiting for Snow in Havana Carlos Eire
Denmark – The Boy in the Suitcase Lene Kaaberbøl
DominicaWide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
Dominican RepublicHow the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Julia Alvarez
EthiopiaBeneath the Lion’s Gaze Maaza Mengiste; Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
FinlandThe Year of the Hare, Arto Paasilinna
FranceSarah’s Key Tatiana de Rosnay; Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne; stories by Guy de Maupassant; French Women don’t get Fat Mireille Guiliano; The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas; Hector and the Search for Happiness Francois Lelord
Ghana – Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
Germany Household Stories Brothers Grimm; Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank; The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka; others
GreeceAntigone, Oedipus Rex Sophocles; Aegean Tales Pan Bouyoucas
GuatemalaI Rigoberta Menchu Rigoberta Menchu
HaitiBreath, Eyes, Memory AND Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat
Honduras Don’t Be Afraid Gringo Elvia Alvarado
Hungary – The Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness Emmuska Orczy
IcelandThe Greenhouse Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
India – The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy; Climbing the Mango Trees Madhur Jaffrey; multiple others
Indonesia – Of Bees and Mist Erick Setiawan; The Birdwoman’s Palate Laksmi Pamuntjak
IranPersepolis & Persepolis 2 Marjane Satrapi (graphic novels)
Ireland Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt; Dracula Bram Stoker
Japan1Q84 Haruki Murakami; Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro; The Reason I Jump Naoki Higashida; others
LiberiaThe House at Sugar Beach Helene Cooper; Mighty be our Powers Leymah Gbowee
Malawi The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind William Kamkwamba 
MaldivesDhon Hiyala aai Alifulhu Abdulla Sadiq
MexicoLike Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel
Morocco – Tales of a Severed Head Rachida Madani (poetry)
Namibia – The Purple Violet of Oshaantu Neshani Andreas
Netherlands The Dinner Herman Koch; The Hiding Place, Tramp for the Lord Corrie ten Boom; God’s Smuggler Brother Andrew
New Zealand – Mister Pip Lloyd Jones; Blessed are the Cheesemakers Sarah-Kate Lynch
Nigeria Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; [Little Bee Chris Cleeve]
Norway – Don’t Look Back & When the Devil Holds the Candle Karin Fossum
Philippines – Banana Heart Summer Merlinda Bobis
Poland – Rage Zygmunt Miloszewski
Portugal – All the Names Jose Saramago
Russia One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy; The Winter Queen Boris Akunin
Rwanda – Baking Cakes in Kigali Gaile Parkin
Scotland – Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson; Alexander McCall Smith (various)
Serbia – The Tiger’s Wife Téa Obreht
Singapore – The Oddfits Tiffany Tsao
South Africa – Cry, the Beloved Country Alan Paton; Jump and other Stories Nadine Gordimer; Born a Crime Trevor Noah
Spain The Light of the Fireflies Paul Pen
SwedenThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire Steig Larsson; Hanna’s Daughters Marianne Fredriksson; The Ice Princess Camilla Lackberg; A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman
Turkey Silent House Orhan Pamuk; Love in Exile Ayse Kulin
United Kingdom – many
United States – many
Venezuela – The Sickness Alberto Barrera Tyszka
Vietnam Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life Thich Nhat Hanh


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