Here are my answers to some of the questions I get asked most often about A Year of Reading the World. If you don’t find find what you’re looking for here, please feel free to drop me a line (ann’at’annmorgan.me) and I’ll do my best to help.
How can I follow this project?
Although my Year of Reading the World is finished, I still write about books and related things on this site. If you’d like to have these posts emailed to you when I publish them, click the ‘follow’ tab in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen or in the sidebar.
Alternatively, if you want to keep up with post-world developments, including my book, Reading the World or The World Between Two Covers, as it’s known in the US, you can follow me on Twitter (@A_B_Morgan) by clicking the Twitter button in the sidebar. For Facebook users, there’s a dedicated A Year of Reading the World page (like it and you’ll make my day). If you’re a visual sort, there’s the A Year of Reading the World Instagram account, where I’m recording snapshots from the adventure of publishing my book this year.
And if you want to get in touch directly just leave a comment or drop me a line at ann’at’annmorgan.me
How did you read 196 (plus one extra) books in one year?
With difficulty is the short answer! I had to be very organised. I worked out the amount I needed to get through every day (around 150 pages to keep on track to read four books a week) and made sure I stuck to it. This meant reading for two hours on my commute (I was working full-time for most of the year) and an hour or two in the evening. I sometimes read in my lunch break too.
In actual fact, the reading was only half the battle – writing the blog posts and doing all the research took as much time, so I got up early to spend an hour or two on this before I left for work. I was very grateful to the many readers who helped me out with information and suggestions along the way, and to my friends, family and now-husband Steve for putting up with me being quite boring that year! For all the hard work, though, it was a lot of fun.
How did you choose what to read?
This varied from country to country (you can find out the reasons for each choice by clicking on the country names on the list). Sometimes a book caught my imagination or just sounded so tempting I had to give it a try. At other times, visitors to the blog made very convincing arguments as to why I had to go for certain titles. A few books got so many recommendations that they were obviously national favourites. And in the cases of countries with very little work in translation, I was often lucky to find even one option.
How can I see what book you chose for each country?
You can find details of the books that were recommended for each country on the list. Click on the country name to see the review of the title I chose in each case.
How can I buy the books you read for each country?
That very much depends on the book. Many of the titles I read are widely available through the usual commercial channels. Others have to be obtained through specialist, local retailers – where this is the case I have usually given the details in the blog post about each book. Some of the titles may have gone out of print since my project and others are still not commercially available. I am hopeful that English-language publishers will be inspired to acquire these books in time.
Can you give me pdfs of the books you read?
No. I do not own the rights to the books I read and it would be illegal and unfair for me to share authors’ work in this way. The authors deserve to be paid for their writing. In a few cases, authors and translators have chosen to make the books freely available online. Where this is the case, I have usually included this information in the blog post about the book.
Why is my country not on the list?
The list of countries I read books from is made up of the 195 UN-recognised sovereign states plus former UN member Taiwan. You can find out more about this here. In addition to works from the 196 states, I also read a book from one extra territory chosen by blog visitors to represent the territories not on my list. This was Jalal Barzanji’s The Man in Blue Pyjamas from Kurdistan. You can find out more about the Rest of the World contenders here.
What was your favourite book?
This is almost impossible to answer. I read so many excellent things during the project that it’s very hard to pick one out – my response tends to vary depending on what day of the week you catch me. Some of the books were wonderful simply because of the stories they told and the way they were written. Others were special because of the lengths people went to to get them to me.
However, I have drawn up a list of my ten favourite commercially available reads, which you can find below. Unlike some of the other books on the list, you should be able to buy copies of these:
- Albania – Ismail Kadare Broken April
- Canada – Nicole Brossard Mauve Desert
- Czech Republic – Bohumil Hrabal Too Loud a Solitude
- Mongolia – Galsan Tschinag The Blue Sky
- Myanmar – Nu Nu Yi Smile as they Bow
- Pakistan – Jamil Ahmad The Wandering Falcon
- Serbia – Srdjan Valjarevic Lake Como (limited availability)
- Sierra Leone – Ismael Beah A Long Way Gone
- Tajikistan – Andrei Volos Hurramabad
- Togo – Tete-Michel Kpomassie An African in Greenland
Will you review my book?
Although my Year of Reading the World finished at the end of 2012, I have recently introduced a ‘Book of the month’ slot on this blog, where I write about one book I have particularly enjoyed each month. These books are usually suggested to me by other readers, publishers and experts, rather than the writers themselves. However, if you think your book might be of particular interest to me, you are welcome to leave a comment telling me about it.
I’m afraid I can’t provide feedback on unpublished works not featured on this blog. That said, I am always keen to hear about initiatives and events to do with reading, writing, literature and the world. If you have something you think I might be interested in, please feel free to get in touch (ann’at’annmorgan.me).
blog tres interessant
Merci Thierry. Votre blog est aussi tres interessant.
Hey,Ann,I am QI, a Chinese student. I’ve been following you for a long time, and reading your list book. It is great! Thank you help me to open a new door, this is my first time talking with you. Actually, I need you help, I want to read ,but this book I can not buy it in China,Whether it’s paper or electronic. So if possible, please contact with me! Thank you!
Hi Qi. Thanks for your comment. I can’t help source individual books I’m afraid, but I wish you all the best with your reading.
I recommend here to let my teacher see it
You are welcome.
I am a student from China.And our English teacher asked us to browse the web site.In addition,I also want to make a communication with you.If you will,make a reply to me please.
Thanks and greetings from London
Fab blog, I was at the Literature in translation talk at the LBF and I couldn’t wait to check it out. I work for Europa Editons here in the UK, I see you have several of our authors on your list, that’s great! Maybe I can suggest some more and/or provide you with books? Do get in touch. All best, Daniela
Excellent blog. Mine is similar, although admittedly less scholarly.
Good stuff – I like your UN rating system.
Hi! Like the project!Just to ask,so on an average day you read for about 3 hours?
During my year of reading the world in 2012, that was roughly right.
great idea for a blog, wish I had discovered it sooner! I’ll definitely be reading some of your past posts as well. Happy reading!
Love your idea for your blog! A literary trip around the world, congrats, this is very unusual and welcome!
Thanks Claude. Very nice of you to stop by and take the time to comment.
It’s a fantastic idea, love it! And of course I follow you 🙂
Hello Ann- I found your blog while doing some searches. What an amazing idea! Just so you know, I’m not particularly representative of Armenia. I grew up in Los Angeles and now reside in Boston. My collection is more or a less a meditation on immigration and family. I can’t write in Armenian and “Bringing Ararat” has not been translated into Armenian. I’m not trying to be a downer or anything, just being honest here. If you still would like to read it at some point, and you can’t find it in the UK, just shoot me an email, and I can send you a PDF version. Oddly, my newest book, which is a thriller (and pretty much the complete opposite of “Bringing Ararat”), is being published by a small UK-based press. Small world. Anyway, I wish you the best!
Thanks Armand. Great to hear from you and thanks for being honest. Your book is on the list because someone recommended it – I haven’t yet chosen my Armenian book. I’d be very interested to know if there are any more representative Armenian writers that you know of that you would recommend…
let me see if I can dig anything up
Great – thanks. I’ll check this out
What an awesome project!
You’re absolutely right about India! Impossible to grasp easily. I was fortunate to spend 3 weeks there in 2011, mostly in the south, far northeast, and north central. Every state and region is distinctive and amazing. A very complex system. Thanks for the book suggestion!
Thanks Kathleen. It is a great country. Glad you enjoyed your trip.
Wow! Great Work and an amazing idea…I’ll follow you 🙂 Good Luck!
Great – thanks!
Your blog is simply amazing…
and yes i definitely follow it… 🙂
Thanks – great to have you along for the ride.
Woop, I just made your day! 😉 Just wanted to say I’m really loving this and looking forwards to going back and reading all your posts when I have some more time 🙂 How quickly do you usually read these books? It seems like you manage to update so often!
Thanks Rebecca. Reading 196 books in a year works out to something like one book every 1.87 days. But some books are long and some are short. I aim to read four a week. Thanks for stopping by.
Wow, that’s great. I used to read loads but got distracted by college/uni (required reading gets annoying!!). I think I need to get my game on and get at least a book a week in.
I can’t wait to hear how your year went. I just found your list on the web and that alone is worth gold. Thanks for sharing it, Shelly
You’re very welcome. Thanks for the comment
I just reblogged your page on India through the wordpress platform.
Thank you once more for this pilgrimage in books.
Thanks Suneetha. That’s really kind.
All the best
Hi Ann, I love reading World literature, particularly novels, so I’m planning to read your all your blogs. I don’t know if you’ve read a novel about Sri Lanka yet? If not, I can recommend Brixton Beach.
Thanks very much. The project ends on 31 December, so I have finished all my reading for the year – just two last posts to go – but I’ll add Brixton Beach to the list when I next update it so other readers can check it out.
Thanks Ann, it could go under UK too as it’s a very good example of 1st generation immagrant experience, but it also gives a huge amount of insight into the civil war in Sri Lanka. I’ve looked at your list and look forward to reading many of the titles listed – I’ve read some but there are plently there for me to enjoy. Thank you for getting back to me and please keep blogging. All the best from Anna.
Very interesting, I am a blogger as well on African Lit. keep it up. I have added some of the novels you mentioned in my TBR. http://www.maryokekereviews.blogspot.com
Keep it up!
Thanks – best of luck with your blog
I keep wondering how to encourage little kids to read. You showed me the way!
It’s so inspiring.
Thanks very much. Glad it’s helpful.
I am writing from kerala.felt great reading you.
All the best for you.
Thanks so much for your comment. It made me smile.
I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I love your posts, and I hope you will accept this gesture from my end. My follow-up nominations post is http://awarmplacewithin.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/nominations/.
Have a lovely rest of your day! 🙂
Visit http://awarmplacewithin.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/award/ for the rules of accepting this award. I hope you will. 🙂
Thanks very much.
I have just found out about “A year of reading the world”.Your project was amazing.
Well guess what? I am going to copy you but I won’t do it in a year. I’ll take my time so it should take a few years. But who cares as long as I can travel too. However my concern is I am not too sure whether or not I’ll be able to reach all 196 books from all over the world as it might be difficult to find some but I have your list and I’ll follow that one.
I’ll do my very best to read as much as I can. It is a challenge is it is good for the soul to have some!
I am planning to start next year, when? not sure yet as I have plenty of pending books to read 🙂
Once again, well done! You should be in the Guinness book though.
All the best!
Thanks. All the best for your adventure
I just found your blog after reading a British newspaper online. I am hoping to read as many of your recommended books as I can find. I am a retired teacher living in Las Vegas who has lots of time to read. Several years ago I started to read books from outside the English-speaking world but it is definitely difficult to find many that have been translated.
Congratulations on your accomplishments!
Thanks Kathy. I hope you enjoy them.
It’s an amazing idea, I’ve been trying to expand my knowledge about differents cultures of the world, my native language is spanish so my collection is mainly in spanish, but I started reading in English, so I´m a little slow 😦
The big question is, how can I get those volumes?? because you said that several books are unpublished
Congratulatios you’re the best!!!
Thanks – yes, that’s the big challenge. Although a lot of authors are self-publishing translations of their books to ebook nowadays. Best of luck with your reading adventures.
Just came across your blog and the list of books….I’m here in Houston, TX, US and was looking for a project that I could take on and be a part of the World….and here it is. Thank you for the great posts and taking on/completing such an inspirational project! I am part of a group you might enjoy checking out: Global Women’s Leadership Network. http://www.globalwomenln.org/ They are based in San Jose, CA, US
Thanks Dawn. I will certainly check your project out when I’m back working on If Women Ruled in the New Year. Enjoy your reading!
Ooh, an experiment that really excites us. You will so many fabulous things from reading novels ‘set in’ location and find so many new books. SUCH a great idea!
Ooh, an experiment that really excites us. You will learn so many fabulous things from reading novels ‘set in’ location and find so many new books. SUCH a great idea!
Thanks very much. I was reading books by writers from different countries rather than set in them (although many of the books were set in the writers’ homelands). I certainly learnt a huge amount!
Loved your idea, and looking forward to your next book and whatever cool project follows!
Thanks very much. It’s been a lot of fun
I was curious if it would be possible to share any resources. I am trying to explore literature and Cuisine through Africa and your blog has been a great resource for the former. As you can imagine I am having/will have trouble with some countries (for instance Comoros, South Sudan, São Tomé and Príncipe, etc.). If perhaps you could ask your providers if they would be willing to share some of their hard work, I would be very appreciative. Thank you and thank you for your blog!
Thanks Aaron. I get a lot of requests like this and I am hopeful that this will persuade publishers to take on the manuscripts I read so that those behind them can be properly rewarded for their work rather than simply sharing them for free. I’ll keep the blog updated as this takes shape. Best of luck with your own projects and thanks for stopping by.
Hi, I’m an English teacher and with the Football World Cup coming up, I was thinking of ways of challenging my very high ability Year 10 class. I would like them to attempt to read something written from a country participating in the World Cup. I was just wondering if you would say that all of your books listed are suitable subject matter for 15/16 year olds to read? Can I point them in the direction of this blog, or do I need to be more circumspect? Thanks,
Thanks for your comment. What a great idea for your class. The books listed are varied – most would be suitable but a few are quite explicit. Probably the best thing to do would be to go to ‘The List’ and click on the country names of the relevant nations – these will take you to my reviews of the books I read for each nation and will give you an idea of each book. In terms of the other recommendations on the list, I can’t vouch for all of them – I’m still catching up myself! Hope that helps. Best of luck with it.
Thanks – very helpful 🙂
Hello Ann! I stumbled upon your blog after randomly clicking on your Filipino book review – it’s a wonderfully intriguing book, I agree! I am an avid reader and placed this journey of yours on my bucket list – I would love to extend my readings (both genre-wise and location-based) and was wondering about tips on reading close to 200 books in a year while balancing out real life, since this will be my final year in college. Could you also give some tips on book review writing? I love how your reviews seem to flow and are both easy to understand yet so different from usual book analyses – definitely not the generic ones you find on the back of paperbacks!
Thanks. Great to hear you want to read more widely. Your last year of college may not be the best time to try to read 200 books in a year – it took me three-four hours a day – but you can certainly always read more adventurously. The trick is to set aside time for it. When it comes to writing book reviews, there is no real secret other than practice and trying to be honest, I think. Good luck!
How do you acquire all the books you read? Did you buy all of them? How can you get so many people to send your translations and manuscripts? I know you have a website, but how to make a project like this successful? I am tempted to start a plan like this. I also sent this interesting challenge to my friends.
Hi Lee. I did buy most of them (it was a pretty expensive year). Some people kindly sent me books too, which helped. I was amazed by people’s generosity in sharing their work during the project. I can’t really explain how it took off, other than people said it captured their imaginations and wanted to help me achieve my goal. Best of luck with your own reading adventures.
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Hi, I’ve only just found this delightful story from yesterday’s Independent article (http://tinyurl.com/kvlsfnc) and want to work my way through your quest. However, the WordPress theme you’ve got going on doesn’t really lend it’s self to reading from the past forward. Is there any chance you could amend the theme so it at least has a next/prev link on each article? Otherwise all of us recently acquired completists end up zig-zagging up and down the monthly archives.
Thanks for your time, and all the best with the book!
Thanks – I’ll have a look into this when I have a moment and see if there’s anything I can do
Hello again. Just to say I’ve looked into this and my theme doesn’t have that option (as you might have realised it’s a bit of an old one). It’s due for an upgrade, so when I have a bit of time, I’ll get on the case. In the meantime, you can use this link to see the posts in chronological order https://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/?order=asc Best wishes Ann
Well, that works just as easily, many thanks! 🙂
my copy of the book came today! Yeah!
Yeah! Thanks for letting me know Don – hope you enjoy it!
Let me just say, “WOW!” Thanks so much for sharing your story and for doing this project! I’m looking forward to reading more!
Your blog has inspired me to be a better teacher and model…and reader. And to beef up the variety of selections in my all too anglocentric classroom library. Change in my students starts with me.
Thank you. Please keep writing and blogging about books.
Ah, thanks Brian – and for the lovely mention in your post.
Hello Ms. Morgan
Your reading book project is an amazing idea, of you’d like to read more book from other countries still, I’d like to introduce some to you.
Would you please give me your email addresse?
Thanks for your comment. My project is finished now, although I do still choose one book a month to review and add to the list on this site. You can leave suggestions here or send a message to ann’at’annmorgan.me.
Hi Again Ms. Morgan
Thanks for your response
I sent you an email but if you received that.
I’m from Persia.
persia has a rich literature and culture, there are great writers and poet and masterpieses in the history of persia that are worthful to read.
I email you some websites introducing persian literature and books,ofcourse if you are interested in.
besides it I studied English literature and translation at university adn writing article is my favorite job.
I write about it in my email to you aslo.
thank you very much and I proud of you for your nice project
I wish you the best.
Thanks Mahsa. I will reply to your email when I can.
Saw your Ted Talk and I’m fascinated by your project. I hope you enjoyed your worldwide journey!
Thanks Joey – yes indeed!
I have watch your ted talk , and i find amazing what you did, I hope you dont mind but i must recommend Haruki Murakami books. If you don´t have already read it. It is one of the world best writers ( in my opinon) and i have almost certain that you can find all of his books in Inglish. Kafka on the Shore is one of te best books ever ( again in my opinion ). Sorry my poor English 🙂
Thanks António. Yes, Murakami is great, isn’t he? (And don’t apologise – your English is very good)
I was so happy to find your blog through twitter! 🙂 We are attempting to read a children’s book from every country in 2016. My kids and I are excited and would love any tips to find more difficult translations. My daughter is also wondering if the books should always be in print, or if we can read them on a tablet. We have found some translations on-line, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include those?
Great. The lovely thing about reading the world is that you can set your own rules and do it your way. You decide what to include – no one reads the same world. Finding translations isn’t always easy as you’ll see in the different country posts on this blog (you can view them by clicking the country names on the list https://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/thelist/). It can involve some creative approaches and asking advice from cultural organisations/libraries/local bookshops and others. But lots has changed since I did my project and there are lots pf fabulous new translations out there for you to discover. For children’s books resources you can also check out the recent post I did (and the comments belowhttps://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/2015/12/18/tell-me-about-childrens-books-and-i-might-give-you-a-free-book/). Good luck!
It is so exciting to see that there are so many people love reading these days! I love reading, I do have favourite books and I have read some of those 2-3 times (as an example, Herman Hesse’s book ‘Narcissus and Goldmund’, I read it three times, and each time I get something new out of it). Also, I like traveling, and every time I go to a new place, I try to get to know local culture, and as literature is a huge part of a country’s culture, I try to find some locally famous books before I go to the country or after. Thus, I came to an idea (just for myself) to buy a book from a country where I travel. (Instead of bringing some souvenirs what I rarely do.) Right after I got this idea, I saw your TED talk on my FB news feed and I really loved what you did! I will certainly use your list in the future.
At the moment I’m reading an Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’ (by Krishna Dharma) recommended by my Indian friend.
I have only one question to you. During the year of such intensive reading, how did you manage not to mix the stories and impressions made by different books as you were switching from one book to another quite quickly (as I can imagine)?
Hi Alina. The blogging really helped keep the books clear in my mind. When you are recording your impressions of books you remember them for much longer. Even now I can remember the books I read much more clearly than many things I have read since but have not reviewed. Good luck with your reading.
Hello Alina, I am an upcoming author and my first book (fiction general/contemporary) is 3 weeks away from being released. The book is called “Coast to Coast” — It’s the story of a young Indian who travels coast to coast before finding the place he truly connects with and makes it his home.
If you’d be interested in seeing the cover page, I’m more than thrilled to send that to you, and if that is something you like, I can send you my manuscript.
You will not be disappointed. It will be worth your time. I am confident of that. Look forward to hearing from you.
Interesting, thanks Kamlesh. My to-read pile is a bit too big at the moment, but I wish you every success with your book!
I’m not sure whether you were asking me or Ann but I’d like to see the cover of your book 🙂 my email a_link (at) list.ru
Thank You Alina. I initially meant to say Alina / Ann 🙂
Hello again Ms. Morgan
Sorry to delay
I’d like to know, in which genre are you more interested to read the books, history, culture, literature, novel, etc.
Hi Mahsa. I mostly read fiction (novels and short stories), but I also read some memoirs too.
Just found your blog today. Am a great lover if books and reading lists. I have a suggestion for your list, Hannah Kent’s book ‘Burial rites’ a novel bases on the true story of the last woman hanged in Iceland.
Thanks. Funnily enough, I’ve had this book for a long time but have not got round to reading it yet. I will have to give it a try.
Dear Ms. Morgan
Hello, I’m a student of Gimfl Foreign Language High School from South Korea, and I speak on behalf of Ti Time. a school club specializing in interpretation and/or translation of which I am club president. We, my club members and I, were all inspired by your brilliant TED speech, and we would be honored if we could contribute to your lovely plan. After searching your website, we realized you had already read works of literature from South Korea, and we wondered if we could send you some of Korea’s famous short stories as well(translated by ourselves.) Although we lack the skill and time to translate a long-length novel, we would be most eager to participate in your project, only if you would agree. If you did, we would translate short stories of Kim Yu-Jeong, who is one of the most famous authors of Korea, and whose works every South Korean students learn about at school. You wouldn’t have to worry about violating copyright laws, as he was already dead back in 1937. We would review and check any possible mis-translation with our many English teachers(a few of them are Americans). We were also thinking of sending the document in a Word file format via E-Mail or any other convenient digital form, as it would cause less hindrance for both parties.
It would be a meaningful experience for all of us if you would grant permission for us to take part in such a widely-spread and inspiring project.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I, with my club members, hope to hear from you soon.
Hi Eun Jung Lee, Thanks very much for your message. What a lovely suggestion from you and your club members. I would be delighted to read your translations of Kim Yu-Jeong’s stories. It would be fine to email them when they are all ready as a single Word document to ann[at]annmorgan.me ([at]=@). Thanks very much for your interest and generous offer and I look forward to hearing from you in due course. With best wishes for your studies, Ann
Thank you so much for your approval! I’m sure all my club members would be thrilled to hear the good news as much as I am right now! I, all of us, promise to translate as best as we can, as fast as possible. We won’t let you down. Once again, thank you very much! 🙂
This blog is very inspiring! I’ve been thinking of doing something similar in French (but probably not 196 books in a year) because I’m from Montreal, Canada, and French books are slowly getting harder to get!
Congratulations again on your project!
Thanks Marie-Eve. Fantastic that you’re thinking of reading the world in French. Let me know how you get on.
Hi. Am a big fan and enjoying working through your great blog. One question – I like to really immerse myself in longer books – and I notice that a lot of your choices seem quite short – perhaps out of necessity to hit your goal? Is there say, a top ten list of longer books that you would love to have read, or that are perhaps in your personal “to read” pile?
Thanks. Actually length wasn’t a big factor in my choices for the project – although I would occasionally opt for the shorter title if I had two equally valid suggestions, I found that many of the books from many parts of the globe tended to be on the shorter side of things. A few people have suggested that shorter books may have a slightly better chance of being translated because they cost less to translate. I’m not sure if this is true. However, I did read some longer titles (I read ‘Ulysses’ for Ireland!),. In terms of longer reads, a few I’ve enjoyed during and since the project are ‘Abyssinian Chronicles’ (Moses Isegawa – post here https://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/2012/06/02/uganda-tough-choices/), ‘Alamut’ by the Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol and ‘I, the Supreme’ (post here https://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/2012/12/14/paraguay-remembrance-of-things-past/).
Hi. Thanks for recommendations – will check them out!
I am going off message a little with Ireland on the insistence of my son who demanded I read Artemis Fowl instead of Ulysses!
Great stuff – enjoy!
Acabei de assistir a uma palestra sua no Youtube sobre a saga de ler um livro de cada país do mundo. Achei incrível! Estou escrevendo em português pois não domino o idioma inglês. Sou brasileiro e moro no Brasil desde sempre. Pegarei a sua lista como referência e ver quantos deles tem tradução no meu idioma, sei que devem ser bem poucos, mas já é um começo, não é mesmo? Eu adoro ler, mas confesso que estou no mesmo patamar em que você se encontrava: livros de origem norte-americana ou inglesa. Preciso ampliar os meus horizontes!
Tenho um blog de corridas, onde relato as minhas experiências. Mas penso em criar uma outra página, com o intuito de dividir com as pessoas as minhas experiências nas leituras. Também está em meus planos abrir uma conta no Twitter, visto que só tenho Instagram.
Um forte abraço!
Graças Daniel. Boa leitura e boa sorte!
I’m a teacher trying to meet a learning standard that requires students to read and understand stories from around the world. Can you recommend short stories to have my students read?
Hi John. Great. Have a look at my entries for Marshall Islands, Gambia and Nepal.
Dear Ann, I would like to inform you that I went through the same project, mine called Reading Around the World and had a public presentation of it same days ago- https://www.facebook.com/events/1850370148537527/?active_tab=discussion. I know it’s in Croatian, however I just wanted to thank you for insipiring me to go through the best experience of my life (I mentioned you as my inspiration)!!!
That’s great to hear – thanks Barbara. I’m delighted. Happy reading!
I came across one person in Croatia to do the same. Here is a link to the presentation.
Thanks – yes! She has written a comment just above yours. Great.
Hi Ann, I’m a Chinese student i watched your TED speech a few days ago ,i know you’ve already finished your reading list and your amazing idea actually surprised me , but it’s so sad that i know you idea so late.Otherwise i would be very happy to send you some books,but still hope you enjoy your reading and writing😃
Hello, this is Kirsty from China. I am trying to
send you some of the ancient classical folk stories .
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I have just learned of this project! I love it .What a great thing to do. I am trying to encourage students in my school to read more diverse books and through it explore global citizenship, internationalism etc Do you have or can you recommend me to a teen list of books that would be good for kids to read. Thanks very much.
Thanks Sally. I’m afraid I don’t have a list of teen books, but as a starting point I can recommend the book I read from Samoa, which is a YA title (https://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/2012/04/22/samoa-myth-fits/). All the best to you and your students.
Just stumbled across your blog whilst trying to find authors from Burundi…and found what I was looking for in your article about Baho!
Your challenge to read a book from every country in a year sounds epic! Like other commenters, I am here as I have recently started my own challenge to learn more about the world through books…Jan/Feb is Austria and March/April is Burundi – which was proving difficult!! So thank you for sharing the knowledge about what’s out there.
All the best,
My pleasure. Enjoy your reading journey!
Here is an AMAZING book written by a Rwandan genocide survivor. As horrific as it is beautiful, you won’t be able to put it down. Very easy read too, I completed it in about 5 hours total. “A Voice in The Darkness” https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0692336869/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Dear Ann, love the project and your dedication to reading! I have a somewhat similar ongoing project which is to read a book by a female non-western author every month, which has taken me to a lot of places so far. I was wondering if you reflected upon the gender balance when you chose what to read? In some cases clearly there’s not a lot of options (as in Madagascar), but would be interesting to hear your thoughts.
Thanks Alex. That sounds great. I wrote a post about this a while ago. You might also be interested in this recent project to read a female-authored book from every country. Good luck!
oh wow , china shanghai also an amazing asia city with romantic atmostphere, you should come and visit ~
how do we send you books??
Hi Neha. That sort of depends (these days, I don’t tend to accept too many books as I’m pretty swamped). What were you thinking of sending?
I relly like this block, good bocks. Greetings from Poland alert(“YEET”)
I found your blog because I’m studying English. You can see below a short review about a book that a read and I love. This book isn’t in your list and a hope that you like.
“Capitães da Areia”, this is a rare book that I read again. It was written in the thirties of the last century, by Jorge Amado, and he tells the life of a group of abandoned children on the streets of Salvador. in the middle of the story he describes the social difference, crimes, prejudices, unionism, and the freedom that these boys had there.
it’s a beautiful story that takes me back to the city where I was born.
Thanks Maheus. It sounds very interesting. Good luck with your studies!
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I really liked the blog and it looks very interesting
Hi Ann Morgan, I will show you a review of a book that I did, I would like you to read it.
Book: Como agua para chocolate (like water for Chocolate)
Author: Laura Esquivel.
Genre: fantastic novel
Review: Tita was born in the kitchen of her home and this is her refuge from the outside world. In the novel, Tita tells us her best twelve recipes, applied to the twelve most important moments of her life. We will see how he falls madly in love with Pedro, a boy from the town, but how his mother Mama Elena forbids him to marry.
In particular, it seems to me that it has a very good plot and a very entertaining theme.
Thanks Bryant – that’s a good review. Funnily enough ,this book was my original choice for Mexico back in 2012!
Hi, Ann Morgan, I’m a high school student and I live in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
I want to recommend you a book that I found very interesting.
Her name is a The Diary of Anne Frank, a book that tells the story of a Jewish girl who escapes the Nazis. She, her family and her neighbors hide in a bunker so as not to be found by the Nazis and not to be taken to the concentration camps. One reason to read it is that he talks about the story and I could know a little more about it. Another reason is that she does not just talk about the Jews and the Nazis, but a romance story also unfolds in this book.
Thanks Kenya – yes. Isn’t this a marvellous book? Thanks for taking the time to send me your thoughts on it.
Hi Anna, you are great, I admire you, I will recommend a book that I read and this cool one is called Don Quixote de La Mancha. It is a novel and the car is: Miguel de Cervantes, take care of yourself and success
Thank you – ah yes. A great book!
This super interesting your blog. I really like that passion you have to express and do what you like
Greetings Ann Morgan! I’m a Junior student in high school and I would like to recommend you the book “Como agua para chocolate” from the Mexican autor Laura Esquivel, i think you will love it, it’s about Tita, being the younger of her sisters, she’s the one that gets all the hard work with the family tradition of taking care of her mother until dead, not being able to get married with Pedro, the love of her life
Thanks Michelle. Funnily enough, this was the book I read for Mexico. You can find out what I thought of it by going to The List page and clicking Mexico. Good luck with your studies!
Wow, This idea is really great. Yesterday, I learned your story through a TED video. I also want to finish this thing, maybe I need several years…But why not?
Finally, I am really happy to find here, haha
I remember coming across your site several years ago and quickly reviewing what books you have chosen for Bolivia (being Bolivian myself). I know you found great examples with Giovanna Rivero and Liliana Colanzi through Edmundo Paz Soldan. I remember you mentioned of the few Bolivian literature translated into English. I have to confess that is when I decided I was going to write in English (I was already writing some short stories in Spanish) but your blog definitely influenced my decision to write in the most read language, as you said. And here I am several years later (more than 5) with a published fantasy book, The Last Families, https://thelastfamilies.com/ . It would be an honor ir you can consider reading and reviewing my book. You were definitely a great influence in my decision to write in this language. I want Bolivian literature to be known, and I am big fan of your project.
Hi Carla. Thanks so much for your message and many congratulations on your novel. What an achievement. It’s lovely to know that this blog played a small part in it. My reading list is pretty crazy, I’m afraid and I’m only able to follow up a small number of the recommendations I get, but I wish you great success with your writing.
Ann: Can’t remember if I sent you a note before . . . or only thought about it. Anyway, greetings from Tacoma, WA. I’ve been tracking your lists for several years. I’ve subscribed to & Other Stories and Archipelago for a while, but very lately I’ve been examining the offerings from Charco Press, which I’m sure you’re familiar with. ELENA KNOWS is my top pick at the moment, also BRICKMAKERS. I’ve been woefully unfamiliar with South American fiction (especially Argentinian) and Charco is really helping with that. Keep up your championing of works in translation!
Thanks David. Great to hear from you. Yes, I’m a big Charco fan. Currently reading Never Did the Fire in fact. I agree with you about Brickmakers. Hope the rest of the year brings you some excellent reads.
I love your project so much. It has inspired me to do something similar! I have a goal to read a book from every country before I turn 30! I was wondering how you classified a book as “from a country” is it where the author is born? Where they grew up? Where the story takes place? What about dual nationality authors? Thank you for inspiring me to open my mind. I’ve already read some of my new favourite books that I never would have found before starting this project!
Ah, thanks Lindsay. That sounds like a great goal. You’re quite right: ‘from’ is a tricky question. Different people have different ideas about it – in fact I spend a chapter of my book talking about this. For me, it was mostly, although not strictly, about author voice and perspective – where they identified as being from. So dual could count as either in theory. Setting doesn’t feature for me – British authors write books that go all over the world, so I don’t see why others should have to stick to their nations. But you might have other ideas! Happy reading.