I’ve done the Orbis Terrarum Challenge for the past two years, but I always end up using English-speaking countries to fill it up, and I can never convince myself to do otherwise. But! I saw this similar challenge making the rounds, and it looks like the best chance I’ll have of breaking out of my Anglophone rut. But, because I know that I am lame, I am going to stick to the “easy” version of the challenge, and just hope I do better. 🙂
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.
I’m hoping I can handle that — if you have any good suggestions, let me have them! I’m putting, oh look, my entire pool of books from the last Orbis Terrarum back on this list, because I never read what I think I’m going to.
Asia: Death Note Vol. 7, by Tsugumi Ohba (Review) Japan
Australasia: Death of a Fool, by Ngaio Marsh (Review) New Zealand
Europe: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (Review) Sweden
North America: A Red Herring Without Mustard, by Alan Bradley (Review) Canada