I just finished my first challenge for 2011, and man does it feel good!
The challenge was the Global Reading Challenge, which asked us to read books from the four corners of the globe, or to be more precise, books to represent Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America, South America, the Seventh Continent (Antarctica or another setting, e.g. the sea, the space, a supernatural/paranormal world, history, the future). Here’s my list:
- Africa: Eduardo Agualusa, Milagrario Pessoal – Angola
- Asia: Anita Nair, Ladies’ Coupé – India
- Oceania: Markus Zusak, The Book Thief – Australia
- Europe: Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog – France
- North America: Sue Monk Kidd, The Mermaid Chair – USA
- South America: Mario Vargas Llosa, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter – Peru
- the Seventh Continent: Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless – Space
I was lucky in my choices, because I liked them all quite a lot, except one (The Elegance of the Hedgehog), which was just not my cup of tea.
Now, because this has been interesting, I may decide to take it one level further, and read one more book for each continent… we’ll see!