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  • Writer's pictureTerrie

Read the World: Countries O-Z (pt 3)

Earlier this year I committed and shared here that I have set the personal goal to read a book from every country in the world over the next few years. I feel like it's going to be a bit impossible to complete because some of the smaller countries aren't going to have translated works available, but I'm going to do my best. You can follow my progress in the Challenges tab at the top of the page, then click Read the World.


As I always do with a project, I started with a spreadsheet (how else am I going to keep track??). My antennae are on high alert, trying to be aware of any/all possibilities of books from anywhere in the world. As you'd imagine, some countries are VERY easy - Canada, Germany, Mexico, Spain, France, even some African countries like Nigeria and Ghana have a large representation of books from which to choose. BUT, there are oh-so-many countries that are going to be a challenge.

So, I'm asking you to keep my challenge in the back of your mind and if you come across a book either written by an author or set in a particularly unusual country, drop me a comment or email and share the book title. It will be appreciated. My current fledgling list has a variety of genres, written in different eras, and I'm eager to dive in.

Because I think just a list of titles isn't very interesting or pretty, I've added covers - but this time I didn't take the time to actually link to the books (too time consuming). I hope if you see something appealing, you'll search it yourself.

I'll break my list into 3 parts, countries starting with A-G; H-N; O-Z

Pakistan Palestine Panama Peru Philippines

Philippines (2) Poland Portugal Romania Russia

Russia (2) So Africa (read) So Korea So Korea (2) Scotland

Scotland (2) Slovenia Spain Spain (2) Sudan

Sweden (read) Switzerland Syria Tasmania Thailand

Thailand (2) Trinidad Turkey Turkey (2) Uganda

Ukraine Ukraine (2) Venezuela Viet Nam Viet Nam (2)

Zambia Zambia (2) Zimbabwe

O-Z countries that still need a book recommendation:

Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Rwanda, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Grenadine, Samoa, San Marino, Saudia Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tibet, Timore-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Yemen

So that's the last part of my starting list of books - Remember, I'll add a tracking page at the top under the Challenges tab so you can follow along and maybe even start your own Read the World.

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