World of Literature Project

World of Literature Project

50 countries. 5 years

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Goal: Read books by authors from 50 different countries of the world within five years.

Why World Literature?

We live in an increasingly global world. We’re connected by phone, Internet, snail mail, newspapers, magazines, television. Technology has enabled me to ‘meet’ many fellow book enthusiasts from all parts of the world, sharing our love of literature through blogs, Library Thing and GoodReads. I’ve read hundreds of books in my lifetime and yet I feel my reading has been somewhat limited. I know little about the literature of South America for example, have barely touched the surface with China and Africa.

Completion Date: January 2018 (now postponed to January 2020)

Progress update: September  2019: 41 countries completed.

I kicked off this project in 2013 with a focus on reading books from countries along the Equator and countries along the Prime Meridian.  Together these give me 21 countries with an appealing mix of cultures, from Asia to Africa and Western Europe. I’m also keeping track of books read by authors from other countries

The Rules

  • Books set in a particular country will not count towards this challenge. The book has to be written by an indigenous author.
  • Authors have to have been born or lived in the particular country to count but could be living elsewhere
  • Clock starts Jan 1, 2013. Finishes Dec 31, 2018

For the reading list click here 


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