12 August 2015
Around The World In 80 Books Challenge
You might remember the crazy A to Z Blogging Challenge I did back in April where I had to blog every day during the month (with the exception of Sundays). That was a huge challenge for me and probably tedious for our blog followers, but I managed to accomplish it, much to my own surprise.
Well, now it's time for another challenge - Around the World in 80 Books. And it would be so much fun if you participate too! You like to read, don't you? After all, you're sitting here reading this blog just now. Why not join in and read 80 different books? Come on - it will be fun!
There's only one rule:
1 - Each book has to be set in a different country.
Wait, Sorry, Here's Some More Rules
I like rules when I'm the one making them up. When it comes to following rules, well that's a whole different story. So here are a few more rules. Feel free to ignore them.
2 - Read books that you wouldn't normally pick up.
Try different genres. For example, did you know that there is a whole raft of "bonnet lit" books out there? Chaste romance novels set in Amish country. If you don't normally read romance novels, maybe you want to try one to tick the States off of your country list. I read one once. It was a pretty interesting way to learn more about Amish culture. I found it oddly compelling.
3 - If you start a book and end up hating it, finish it anyways.
Then think about why you didn't like it. Do a little critical reflection. Sometimes it's good to stretch yourself by doing things you don't enjoy. At least that's what my mother used to say about lima beans. By the way, I still don't like them.
4 - Don't set any time limits.
Just enjoy reading. There's enough pressure in the world without worrying about completing a silly book challenge by a particular deadline.
So, who's in?
If you want to join in, leave a comment here or on Facebook and let me know. I would love to have some reading companions!
If you're looking for a book to get started on, I just finished When Red is Black by Qiu Xiaolong. It's a fun little murder mystery set in China. Now, I'm in the middle of On the Cold Coasts by Vilborg Davidsdottir. I picked it because it is set in Iceland, a place I know little about but which fascinates me. Sadly, I'm not finding the book too fascinating, but I'm going to finish it (refer to rule #3).
Any recommendations on books you think I should read? Especially something set in Azerbaijan that's written in English?
You can find more information about the challenge, book ideas, resources and a more structured approach (some people read all 80 books in a calendar year) on Good Reads.
National Geographic has a list of classic travel books from around the world to inspire you.
If you want a list of countries so that you can start planning your reading list, you can use the official UN list or you can expand things a bit and use the Traveler's Century Club's list of countries and territories. They include places which aren't independent countries but have their own special status due to geography, politics, culture etc. Like Scotland - as part of the United Kingdom, it isn't recognized as a separate country, but it has its own cultural traditions and a devolved government so it counts as a separate place according to the Traveler's Century Club.