The Global Callenge run by Dorte, is divided into different levels:
The Easy Challenge
Read one novel from each of these continents in the course of 2011:
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)
The Seventh Continent (here you can either choose Antarctica or your own ´seventh´ setting, eg the sea, the space, a supernatural/paranormal world, history, the future €“ you name it).
From your own continent: try to find a country, state or author that is new to you.
The Medium Challenge is to read two novels from each of these continents in the course of 2011 and the Expert Challenge to read three.
To start off I’ve decided to go for the Easy Challenge and see how I get on and then move on to the other challenges if I can. My reason for aiming low is that I like to read as the fancy takes me. I don’t like to plan too far ahead with my reading as usually other books push their way to the top of my reading piles.
I’ll be trying to reduce my to-be-read lists as I’m sure they’ll fit into this challenge fairly well. Some of the titles I’m aiming to read are:
- No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe – set in Africa
- The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende – set in Chile
- The Secret River by Kate Grenville – set in Australia
- Bad Land by Jonathan Raban – set in the American West
- The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch – set at sea (the ‘Seventh Continent’)
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Marcia Marquez – set in South America
- Sashenka by Simon Montefiore – set in Russia
But knowing the way my mind works I’ll probably be reading some other books, but whatever they are I’m sure they will be set in some of these countries.