Weekly Geeks – Reading Globally

weekly-geeksThis week’s Weekly Geeks is brought to us by Terri who asks us about our world travels through books.

Are you a global reader? How many countries have you “visited” in your reading? What are your favorite places or cultures to read about? Can you recommend particularly good books about certain regions, countries or continents? How do you find out about books from other countries? What countries would you like to read that you haven’t yet?

I’ve included books both set  in the country and by a native or resident of the country. I don’t have favourite places or cultures to read about – my choice of books is purely haphazard as far as location is concerned. Looking at the map there are large “white” areas indicating countries I’ve yet to visit. Brazil is the only country I’ve “visited” in South America through reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, who is Brazilian. I’ll be reading more from South America with Isabel Allende’s City of the Beasts and The House of Spirits.

Create Your Own Map at The World 66 site

Some of my favourites are:

7 thoughts on “Weekly Geeks – Reading Globally

  1. I imagine my map will show me to be an armchair traveller with a one-way ticket to Britain. I really haven’t read much outside of the U.S. and UK/Ireland. When I was a teenager, my brother had me read a few Japanese novels (I remember Spring Snow) and I’ve had an Isabel Allende on the TBR list for the longest time. Everything I know about Botswana I learned from reading Alexander McCall Smith. Interesting post.


  2. You and I have similar likes, Margaret 🙂 Half of a Yellow Sun, Angle of Repose, The God of Small Things, and War and Peace are all right up there on my “favorites” lists. I also really enjoyed the Cazalet series when I read it years ago (I love series books like those!). I have yet to read Lawson’s and Carey’s books…but they are sitting on my TBR pile!

    Looks like you are making some good progress in your reading around the world!


  3. I’m not sure that’s how I would do it. “The Alchemist” takes place in Spain, Morocco and across North Africa, not Brazil. While the author may be Brazilian, it seems very inaccurate as the book is not at all about Brazil or South America at all. Just a thought…


  4. Thanks for your comments.
    Margot making the map was fun – the link is here.
    Maree & JaneGS, most of my reading is the UK and USA, but I was quite surprised to see the map covered in so much red .
    Wendy, I’ve just checked your list and we do have similar likes – I also enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible, am reading Suite Francaise and have A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Tenderness of Wolves in my tbr piles.
    Biblibio, I see your point, but I have should explained that the Weekly Geeks’ post specified that you could use your own criteria about what you consider to be “visiting” — whether a book is written about the country or by a native or resident of the country.


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