World Of Literature Reading List


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This is a list of authors I’ve read as part of my World Of Literature project to read books by authors from 50 different countries, including those linked by the Equator and the Prime Meridian. Links are added when I’ve posted the review.

Target 50 countries

Current progress: 41 countries visited. You can find a map of my destinations on my reading travels here

  • AustraliaThe Snow Kimono  by Mark Henshaw. Read August 2014
  • Afghanistan: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Read May 2013
  • Algeria: 

           Memory in the Flesh by Ahlam Mosteghanemi Read August 2013
           The Swallows of Kabul
by Yasmina Khadra Read February 2017

Kinder than Solitude by Yiyun Li. Read March 2018

The Chilli Bean Past Clan by Yan Ge Read June 2018

Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartery. Read September 2013
by Yaa Gyasi  Read December 2017

           A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar Read 2015
           Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-goshen Read 2017

         Please Look After Mom by Shin Kyong-sook
         The Vegetarian by Hang Kang

          Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton Read April 201
          The Whale Caller by Zakes Mda Read June 2018

How are your reading travels going?


If you also are trying to broaden your reading this year, do share your experience. Perhaps you found some other gems for the countries I’ve mentioned. If you need inspiration take a look at the recommendations of bloggers who have written guest posts about the literature from their country – you’ll find them all on the View from Here page.


  1. This is a great idea. I may take some inspiration from this down the line and read some of the ones you recommend.

  2. I see from your comment on my blog, and your list here, that you are perhaps in want of a Portuguese author. Jose Saramago’s book Blindness, and Skylight, are both books I enjoyed immensely.

    You have many countries from which I’ve not read. Thanks for the title suggestions here!

  3. momssmallvictories

    Thanks for sharing your list. This will help on my travel around the world through books. I wish I could visit some of these in person but books will have to suffice for now.

  4. I just read and reviewed Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s short stories, ‘The Professor and the Siren’, which was really good! I have bookmarked this post, definitely going to come back for some inspiration!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  5. Thanks for this review. I just read my first Alice Munro story last week and am interested in reading more from her this year.

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