Booktrotting: The List

After having my eyes opened by Wordery’s ‘Around the World in 80 Books’ blog to the narrowly white and Western scope of my reading taste, I’ve decided to go on an around the world reading trip of my own. I’ve gone for forty books from across all six inhabited continents:


  1. Algeria — What the Day Owes the Night, Yasmina Khadra
  2. Egypt — The Map of Love, Ahdaf Soueif
  3. Ethiopia — Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
  4. Ghana — Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi
  5. Kenya — Who Will Catch Us as We Fall, Iman Verjee
  6. Libya — In the Country of Men, Hisham Matar
  7. Morocco — Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Laila Lalami
  8. Republic of the Congo — Broken Glass, Alain Mabanckou
  9. South Africa — Bitter Fruit, Achmat Dangor
  10. South Sudan — Beneath the Darkening Sky, Majok Tulba
  11. Zimbabwe — We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo

The Americas:

  1. Argentina — Betrayed by Rita Hayworth, Manuel Puig
  2. Brazil — Crow Blue, Adriana Lisboa
  3. Canada — Etta and Otto and Russell and James, Emma Hooper
  4. Colombia — The Armies, Evelio Rosero
  5. Jamaica — A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James
  6. Mexico —  Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel
  7. USA — Winter’s Bone, David Woodrell


  1. Afghanistan — The Bookseller of Kabul, Åsne Seierstad
  2. China — A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Yiyun Li
  3. India — A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
  4. Japan — Snow Country, Yasunari Kawabata
  5. Malaysia The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twang En
  6. Pakistan — The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid
  7. Korea — Drifting House, Krys Lee
  8. Turkey — The Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamuk


  1. Bulgaria — The Physics of Sorrow, Georgi Gospodinov
  2. Estonia — When the Doves Disappeared, Sofi Oksanen
  3. France — Pétronille, Amélie Nothomb
  4. Germany — Berlin Blues, Sven Regener
  5. Greece — Why I Killed My Best Friend, Amanda Michalopoulou
  6. Hungary — War and War, László Krasznakhorkai
  7. Italy — Morning Sea, Margaret Mazzantini
  8. Norway — Hunger, Knut Hamsun
  9. Russia — The Light and the Dark, Mikhail Shishkin
  10. Sweden — Wolf Winter, Cecilia Eckbåck
  11. Ukraine — Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex, Oksana Zabuzhko


  1. Australia Breath, Tim Winton
  2. Kiribati The Sex Lives of Cannibals, J. Maarten Troost
  3. New Zealand The Luminaries, Eleanor Catten

I’ll be posting my reviews for each book when I finish them, check back here for the links.


6 thoughts on “Booktrotting: The List

  1. Kudos to you for embarking on this and for recognising the limitations on yiur reading in past years. I had the same epiphany a few years ago and started a World in Literature project. Where my approach differs is that I am choosing books written by indigenous authors rather than books set in a country. I have a link on my site with what I’ve written and there ar guest blogs from bloggers around the world that might give you some new ideas. It’s challenging to find some counties whose authors have works in English however. I wish you good luck and will keep an eye on your progress.


    1. Thank you very much! My original plan was to read, if not solely then at least mostly, indigenous authors. But like you said, it’s hard to find English translations for a lot of them, and often when you can they’re rather expensive discontinued runs. Nevertheless, this first Booktrotting trip is still rather broad in scope, and I plan to do many more focalised ones in future, so my reading can only expand from that!


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