This challenge was devised by FictionFan in 2021 and I have been filling in the squares at a snail’s pace since then.
Any type of book counts – crime, fiction, science fiction, non-fiction and a country can only appear once. I think this is why I have found it the hardest reading challenge of all – so far only completing 16 of the 25 squares and I’ve been thinking about giving up on it. But after looking through my unread books I have come up with books to fill 8 of the remaining 9 squares.
Books shown in italics are ones I’m thinking of reading or am currently reading.
North America – Inland by Téa Obreht – USA
Small Town – A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson – Canada
Island – The Island by Victoria Hislop – Greece
Train – Stamboul Train by Graham Greene – on the Orient Express travelling from Ostend to Constantinople (Instanbul or Stamboul), via Cologne, Vienna and Belgrade.
Far East – The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré – Hong Kong, Cambodia etc
Indian Sub-Continent – The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai – India
Village – Extra Virgin by Annie Hawes – Italy – I have just started reading this
Oceania – A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville – Australia
Forest – White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey – Germany read not yet reviewed
Space – The [Widget], The [Wadget], and Boff, by Theodore Sturgeon
Mountain – The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley – Spain and other countries
South America – Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Colombia
Free Square – The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien – read not yet reviewed – Middle Earth
River – State of Wonder by Ann Patchett – Rio Negro in Brazil – read not yet reviewed
Polar Regions – Ice Bound by Jerri Nielsen – The South Pole, Antarctica
Desert – The Night of the Mi’raj by Zoë Ferraris – Saudi Arabia
Walk – A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute – Malaya – currently reading
Southeast Asia – The Quiet American by Graham Greene – Vietnam
Africa – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – Belgian Congo
Beach – The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths – Norfolk, England – read not yet reviewed
Road – Coffin Road by Peter May – Scotland
Europe – Ashes by Christopher de Vinck – Belgium
Sea – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba.
Middle East – Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie – present-day Iraq, Kuwait, and parts of Iran, Syria, and Turkey
City – The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles – France
This leaves me with just one book to find to fill the Desert square – any suggestions, please!