Reading Around the World

I was cruising the web one day and came across this brilliant idea of reading a book from every country in the world. (I’d like to credit the person who inspired me, but I haven’t been able to find this same site. The person who inspired me got the idea from Ann Morgan, who read from every country in one year). I was blown away. There’s no way I can accomplish this same feat in one year, but if I make it a life goal to do this, I will be content.

Following is a list of countries. Next to them, I’ll list books I’ve read from that nation. Where I’ve read several, I’ll list up to three or four. Maybe five. Deciding which countries should be on the list is tricky, as some states not recognized by one organization or country are recognized by others. Also, with time, states split, grow out of others, whatever. I’m just not going to overthink it, because then I’ll fail.

Determining author’s nationality can sometimes be tricky as well. An author born in such and such country may have spent little time there. An author who wrote about another county may have never actually lived there. If you notice an author associated with a nation that you think deserves correcting, let me know. I do make mistakes.

If you’re participating in a similar project, I’d love to know. Have ideas for great reads from some obscure nation, feel free to share.

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Albert Camus The Plague
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Richard Flanagan The Narrow Road to the Deep North / M.L. Stedman The Light Between Oceans
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas, The
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aleksandar Hemon / Adnan Mahmutovic Refuge[e]
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Alice Munro / Margaret Atwood / Yann Martel
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
Isabel Allende Daughter of Fortune
China
Colombia
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez One Hundred Years of Solitude
Comoros
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Carsten Jensen We, the Drowned
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Junot Díaz
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
Naguib Mahfouz Arabian Nights and Days
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Victor Hugo Les Misérables / André Maurois Climates / Tatiana de Rosnay Sarah’s Key / Jacques Ellul
Gabon
The Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Thomas Mann Buddenbrooks / Karl Marx
Ghana Yaa Gyasi Homegoing
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
Kristín Ómarsdóttir Children in Reindeer Woods
India Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children / Rishi Reddi Karma
Indonesia
Iran
Zarah Ghahramani My Life as a Traitor
Iraq
Ireland
Colm Tóibín Brooklyn / Emma Donoghue Room
Israel
Italy
Fabio Geda In the Sea There are Crocodiles
Jamaica Marlon James A Brief History of Seven Killings
Japan Yukio Mishima / Haruki Murakami / Minae Mizumura A True Novel
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kurdistan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Chingiz Aitmatov Jamilia
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Luis Alberto Urrea Into the Beautiful North
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Michel Faber The Book of Strange New Things / Charles de Lint The Onion Girl
Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
Eleanor Catton The Luminaries / Janet Frame Yellow Flowers in the Antipodean Room
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Half of a Yellow Sun / Chigozie Obioma The Fisherman / Chinua Achebe
North Korea
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Kamila Shamsie Home Fire / Mohsin Hamid Exit West
Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Daniel Alarcón At Night We Walk In Circles
Philippines Lysley Tenorio Monstress
Poland Bruno Schulz The Street of Crocodiles / Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness
Portugal José Saramago Cain
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Leo Tolstoy War and Peace / Kseniya Melnik Snow in May / Valentin Rasputin Farewell to Matyora / Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Aminatta Forna The Memory of Love
Singapore
Sint Maarten
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
Nuruddin Farah – Maps
South Africa J.M. Coetzee Disgrace
South Korea Han Kang
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
David Mitchell / Ian McEwan / Ali Smith / Kazuo Ishiguro / Bronte sisters
United States of America
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
NoViolet Bulawayo We Need New Names / Doris Lessing