Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Books: Passports to the World 2013 Challenge #BP2W


It's finally here!  I came up with the idea for this challenge last September and I've been patiently waiting for 2013 to roll around.  Unsure of what the Books: Passports to the World challenge is? If you've always wanted to travel, but it's just not in the budget, this challenge is for you. The goal of the challenge is to read a  book a week set in a different country.
 
There are just under 200 recognized countries in the world today, my plan is to come up with books set in 52 of those places. Why 52? There are 52 weeks in a year, so each Friday I'll be posting a review of a book from one of the countries.

The challenge will run from January through December 2013. Read as many or as few books from the group bookshelf.  Suggest books from countries around the world.  Start discussions about books you've really liked or really disliked.  Engage!  The group will pick one book each quarter to discuss in a Google Hangout.  If you're on Goodreads, feel free to join the group.  Prefer Facebook instead?  By all means, join that group.

If you're looking for books to add to your list, please feel free to check out the challenge bookshelf, where I'm tracking what I'm reading, as well as alternative books for those that want to read from a particular country, but may not want to read the book I've picked.  

Books have been suggested for several countries, and they're already on the shelves, but feel free to add books for the countries already listed and for any not mentioned.  A complete list of countries can be found here. If you don't see a particular country on the Goodreads shelf, it's because I haven't found a book set in that country and no one has recommended one yet.  If you're looking for a book from a specific country, simply click on the country name and books tagged with that name will pop up.  As you add books, please make sure to tag them with the name of the country so that others can find books by country easily.



 I've picked the following books so far from the list of suggestions submitted: 

Afghanistan: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 
China: Snow Flower and Secret Fan by Lisa See 
India: Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 
Iran: A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri 
Japan: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto 
North Korea: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson 
Peru: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa 
Zimbabwe: Zenzele: Letter for My Daughter by J. Nozipo Maraire

Ready to sign up for the challenge and start creating your own list? Join the Goodreads group or Facebook page.  If you follow me on Twitter, tweets related to this challenge will include the hashtag #BP2W.  Though the comment thread is always open on posts, in depth discussions will be held on the Facebook and Goodreads pages, so please remember to like or join the page/group.

Planning to blog about the challenge and the books you read? Leave a link to your blog in the comments so fellow readers can check out your reviews.

Who's in?


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