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Reading International Books

I’ve talked about reading books from around the world before. You can go ahead and suggest more books from various countries. However, I discussed on YouTube about international books that I have read. It’s part of a new tag I started called the International Book Tag. Take a look.

So, I’d like to know about you. What books from various countries have you read? Let me know in the comments below.

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Talking to Every Country

CIA_WorldFactBook-Political_world.pdfHave you ever wanted to visit every country in the world? That’s a very difficult thing to do, considering travel restrictions to some countries, but also the amount of money it would take to do so. It’s unlikely I would ever be able to do it.

One person tried reading the world, and succeeded. I have a bit of a challenge for myself to read a book from every country, as well. That’s not an easy thing to do, though.

But what about talking to someone from each country? I would have to wonder how to go about doing that. How do you contact people from every country? For many, it would be easy to just email someone. But for some, access to the internet is limited, and mail may be more feasible. But you know what? There’s a young boy in England named Toby who’s doing just that. For the past three years, since he was five years old, he’s been sending letters to people in as many countries as possible, and it seems he gets replies from nearly half of them. That’s pretty good!

It has me thinking. I’ve tried in the past getting comments from people from as many countries as I could, but it’s not easy getting the word out. So, knowing what kind of person and my interest in countries and geography, I don’t give up easily. I’d like to find blogs of people who live in as many countries as possible and compile a list. Searching will find many, but I’d like to focus on those that talk about books and writing or life and travel in those countries. And I won’t just stick to countries. For some countries, I’ll even include states, provinces, and territories.

So, if you’re reading this, I’d like your help in getting this started. Please leave a comment below with your blog’s address and where you’re from. If possible, please include your state, province, territory, prefecture, or another division within your country. And another favour to ask of you: Please share this post on social media or with your friends. I wonder how far we can go. And maybe you’ll find some interesting blogs, as well.

The Global Community of Blogging

I love to connect with people from all around the world. I’m curious about different cultures and enjoy speaking to people who are from different backgrounds than I am. It’s fascinating. And I feel that the better we know each other, and the more we understand that many of us have the same feelings and thoughts, the better the world will be.

Blogging has allowed me to talk to people from different countries. Of course, I live in Japan, and most of the visitors to this blog are American, Canadian, British, and Australian, but there are many representatives of India, Singapore, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Russia, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Nigeria. But there are more from many other countries who drop by here.

So, I’d like to ask you where you’re from. Which country are you from, and where do you live now? Also, where have you been and made friends? Let’s see how global we are. Answer in the comments below.

A List of International Books – The Beginning

The first month of my international book project is coming to an end, so it’s time to compile the list of books so far. The list below is complete up until now. But it doesn’t represent the world yet. So, I need your help in filling in this list. Go to the original post and make your recommendation. And please share the post (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Reddit, StumbleUpon, reblog, or just write a post about it).

So, here is the list so far:

Canada

  • Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
  • Fifth Business, by Robertson Davies
  • Alice Munro

Finland

  • The Egyptian, by Mika Waltari
  • Seven Brothers, by Aleksis Kivi
  • Under the North Star, by Väinö Linna
  • Unknown Soldiers, by Väinö Linna

Ireland

  • The Closet of Savage Mementos, by Nuala NiChonchuir
  • The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry
  • A Star Called Henry, by Roddy Doyle
  • Star of the Sea, by Joseph O’Connor

Japan

  • Oshin, by Sugako Hashida

Nigeria

  • Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

Norway

  • Kameleonmenneskene, by Hans Olav Lahlum

Spain

  • Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Sweden

  • The Emigrants, by Vilhelm Moberg

The United Kingdom

  • Bird Song, by Sebastian Faulks (suggested 2 times)

The United States

  • Mark Twain
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Louis L’Amore
  • Stephen King

I will keep a list on a separate post or page and update regularly. But for now, when sharing this project with other people, please share the original post. Thank you!

A Book for Every Country

It’s been four weeks since I posted a request for the best books from your countries. I’ve received some good responses, and have covered the expected countries, but some surprising ones, too.

I now have recommendations from the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Japan, and Nigeria. Nigeria? Yes! I know a lot of my readers are from India, Germany, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Australia. I know some of you from New Zealand, Malaysia, France, and Russia. I’d love to hear your recommendations, too. So, please go to my original post and give me a recommendation. That would be wonderful.

Also, please share the original post. If you have Facebook, you can share this Facebook post.

In the near future, I’m going to begin keeping a list of the books and authors that have been recommended to me, and updating frequently. I think I’ll have a map showing the countries that have been included so far.

Without you, this project can’t go forward. So, please do what you can to let others know about it, and I’ll be able to make a great list of books. Eventually, I’ll narrow them down to the ones I’m most interested in, and I’ll attempt to read them.

Any comments? Leave them below. However, if you have a book suggestion, please leave them in the original post.

What Is Your Country’s Best Literature?

The Iliad, Greece
The Iliad, Greece

One of my challenges is to read a book from every country. But I have no idea where to start. What books are good to read? I’ve mostly read books from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and a handful from other countries like Japan and Greece. I want to know what is out there. It’s difficult to choose. So, I need your help. I need a lot of people’s help.

Here’s what I propose. It’s very simple. All you need to do is leave a comment stating which country you’re from and which book you’d recommend from your country. It could be a book that defines literature in your country, or it could be a book that’s your favourite. Anything is fine, as long as you’d recommend it.

Second, and this is important, I’m asking you to share this post with your friends and family. Do it on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, Reddit, WordPress, StumbleUpon, anything. I want to see how far this goes. I want to see which countries this reaches, and what books everyone recommends. If you can do that, it would be wonderful, and I would appreciate it very much.

Once this is done, I’ll compile a reading list that I’ll attempt. I’m hoping to have a great list of books. Thank you very much. I’m excited to see where this goes.

Let the recommendations begin!