This Reading Challenge in 2012-2013 was probably the most exciting reading experiences I have ever had.

Here is the recap of the 52 countries I read about. Usually the book is set in that country, but sometimes it was also the country of origin of the author.

And I will add to the list whenever I read another book in a new country not listed here in 2012-2013, so it will actually be more than 52

READ IN 2012

You can also see all my countries and some books already listed on this Google sheet – it contains actually all my 2012 reading Challenges!

1. France: Le Grand Meaulnes, by Alain-Fournier

2. England: Charles Dickens: A Life, by Claire Tomalin

3. Nigeria: Half of A Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

4. Egypt: Cleopatra’s Daughter, by Michelle Moran

5. Australia: Remembering Babylon, by David Malouf

6. South Africa: The Man in the Brown Suit, by Agatha Christie

7. Bangladesh: A Golden Age, by Tahmima Anam

8. Morocco: Mrs Pollifax and The Whirling Dervish, by Dorothy Gilman

9. Romania: Exploring the Inner Universe, by Roman Braga

10. Greece: Saint Gregory Palamas as a Hagiorite, by Ierotheos of Nafpaktos

11. India: Gandhi: A Manga Biography, by Kazuki Ebine

12. Belgium: The Adventures of Hergé, by José-Louis Bocquet

13. Syria: The Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman

14. The Maldives: The Maldive Mystery, by Thor Heyerdahl

15. Denmark: The Boy in the Suitcase, by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis

16. Italy: If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler, by Italo Calvino

17. Guatemala: Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among The People of The Rainforest, by Mary Jo McConahay

18. North Korea: The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson

19. Tanzania: Tanzania, The Land And Its People, by John Ndembwike

20. Cuba: The Harp And The Shadow, by Alejo Carpentier

21. Germany: In The Garden Of Beasts, by Erik Larson

22. Japan: The Devotion of Suspect X, by Keigo Higashino

23. Algeria: The Lovers of Algeria, by Anouar Benmalek

24. Iraq: Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle, by Slavoj Zizek

25: Israel: To The End Of The Land, by David Grossman

26: Iran: Equal of the Sun, by Anita Amirrezvani

27: China: A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, by Suzanne Joinson

28. Nepal: Little Princes, by Conor Grennan

29. Pakistan: American Dervish, by Ayad Akhtar

30. Russia: The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov

31. Bhutan: Beyond The Sky And The Earth, by Jamie Zeppa

32. Switzerland: A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman

33. Iceland: The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman, by Nancy Marie Brown

34. Mexico: Itinerary, by Octavio Paz

35. The Philippines: Dusk, by Sionil José

36. Lebanon: House of Stone: a Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East, by Anthony Shadid

37. Jordan: Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist, by Dorothy Gilman

38. Albania: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman

39. Peru: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder

40. Sri Lanka: Running in the Family, by Michale Ondaatje


READ IN 2013

See my Google sheet

41. Turkey: The Dervish, by Frances Kazan

42. The Netherlands: House of Rocamora, by Donald Michael Platt

43. Portugal: Blindness, by José Saramago

44. Hungary: Skylark, by Dezső Kosztolányi

45. Bulgaria: The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman

46. Zambia: Mrs. Pollifax on Safari, by Dorothy Gilman

47. Thailand: Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle

48. Sicily: Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief 

49. Botswana: The No.1 Ladies’s Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith

50. Wales: The Cuckoos of Batch Magna, by Peter Maughan

51. Greenland: The Greenland Breach, by Bernard Besson

52. Austria: Mozart’s Last Aria, by Matt Rees


53. Tibet: Race to Tibet, by Sophie Schiller

54. South Korea: The Vegetarian, by Han Kang