Orbis Terrarum Challenge


Orbis Terrarum! I did it last year with awesome results, so here I go again!

The rules, if you want to play along at home:
*For the challenge each reader is to choose 8 books (for the 8 months of the challenge).
*Each book must from a different country, I have decided to go by the country of origin of the author, or the country he/she lives in is fine as well-meaning NOT the country the book is set in!!
*You don’t have to have a list, that means you can change your mind at any time. As long as there are 8 books you have completed the challenge.

So between 1 April and 31 November, I will be reading delightful books from around the world! I think this is a good idea. I didn’t do too well with last year’s list, though I did read a lot of good non-list books, so I’m going to put the ones I missed back in the pot for this year:
Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones (New Zealand)
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia)
The Story of the Cannibal Woman, by Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe)
The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco (Italy)
One More Year, by Sana Krasikov (Ukraine)
Let Me In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Sweden)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera (Czech Republic)
From Sleep Unbound, by Andree Chedid (Egypt)

If you’ve got any other recommendations, let me know!

The list, as I read them:
1. The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, by Alan Bradley (Canada) (Review)
2. Tender Morsels, by Margo Lanagan (Australia) (Review)
3. Death Note, Vol. 1, by Tsugumi Ohba (Japan) (Review)
4. Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers (England) (Review)
5. The Chalk Circle Man, by Fred Vargas (France) (Review)
6. The Black Minutes, by Martín Solares (Mexico) (Review)
7. The Unit, by Ninni Holmqvist (Sweden) (Review)
8. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho (Brazil) (Review)

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One thought on “Orbis Terrarum Challenge

  1. steven says:

    I recently read Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), and would be interested in talking with you after you've read it.

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera (Czech Republic), is on my to-read list (aka on my nightstand) presently. Perhaps you'll recommend/encourage it?

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