Around the World in 80 Books

If you popped over to this page, you must be a book lover.

If you are a book lover, you must know the "Show Us Your Books" link-up.  (If you don't ask me about it because it is wonderful.)

On a recent link-up, I stumbled upon a blogger (Femme Frugality) who was participating in a book challenge called "Around the World in 80 Books".

I do love myself a book challenge.  And, I love to travel.  And, if I read a book set in another country, it's kinda, sorta like I'm traveling and exploring another culture without the travel costs.  Win.  I like goodreads.  I like lists.  And, I like finding new books.  This is totally a challenge for me.

I'm playing around with a goal/bucket list of "50 Before 50" (except, I'm hating the thought that I'm rolling towards 50).  This is going to be one of those "travel" around the world in 80 books before the 17th of June 2023.

So, I joined this group on goodreads.  I looked at my "to read" list.  Based on that list, I had a pretty good list going.  I'd already selected many books set in various countries.  Go me!  I already own 8 of the books I've selected that I've picked up at secondhand bookstores along the way.  Finally, I'll get around to reading them!

The group has a wonderfully extensive catalogue of suggestions for books by country.  I'm going to have fun with this...

  1. AFGHANISTAN - When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi - READ 21 November 2016 - read review here
  2. ARGENTINA - Perla by Carolina De Robertis
  3. AUSTRALIA - Hades by Candice Fox - READ 21 May 2016 - read review here
  4. AUSTRIA - A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler
  5. BOLIVIA - Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America's Strangest Prison by Rusty Young and Thomas McFadden - READ 23 August 2017 - read review here
  6. BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA - People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks - READ 23 April 2016 - read review here
  7. BOTSWANA - Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
  8. BURMA - The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly
  9. CAMBODIA - Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
  10. CAMEROON - The Informationalist by Taylor Stevens
  11. CANADA - Still Missing by Chevy Stevens - READ 29 June 2016 - read review here
  12. CHINA - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  13. COLOMBIA - Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  14. CONGO - The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  15. CROATIA - Girl at War by Sara Novic - READ 16 April 2016 - read review here
  16. CUBA - The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
  17. CZECH REPUBLIC - The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
  18. DENMARK - The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  19. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  20. ECUADOR - The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango
  21. EGYPT - The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney
  22. ENGLAND - The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - READ 10 June 2016 - read review here
  23. ESTONIA - Purge by Sofi Oksanen
  24. ETHIOPIA - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  25. FALKLANDS - Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton - READ 30 March 2016 - read review here
  26. FIJI - Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
  27. FINLAND - Snow Angels by James Thompson - READ 22 January 2019 - read review here
  28. FRANCE - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - READ 4 December 2016 - read review here
  29. GEORGIA - A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux
  30. GERMANY - The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
  31. GHANA - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - READ 10 July 2017 - read review here
  32. GREECE - The Island by Victoria Hislop - READ 31 October 2016 - read review here
  33. GUERNSEY - Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter - READ 26 April 2016 - read review here
  34. HAITI - An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay
  35. HUNGARY - The Door by Madga Szabo
  36. ICELAND - The Shadow Killer by Arnaldur Indridason - READ 20 February 2019 - read review here
  37. INDIA - Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao - READ 12 August 2019
  38. IRAN - A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri
  39. IRAQ - Home Front by Kristin Hannah
  40. IRELAND - In the Woods by Tana French - READ 15 July 2016 - read review here
  41. ISRAEL - Devil in Jerusalem by Naomi Ragen
  42. ITALY - The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi - READ 5 July 2018 - read review here
  43. JAMAICA - A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  44. JAPAN - Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - READ 10 April 2016 - read review here
  45. LIBERIA - Beyond the Mango Tree by Amy Bronwen Zemser
  46. LUXEMBOURG - The Expats by Chris Pavone
  47. MALAYSIA - Stranded by Emily Barr
  48. MEXICO - The Cartel by Don Winslow - READ 3 June 2016 - read review here
  49. MONACO - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  50. NEPAL - Sold by Patricia McCormick
  51. NETHERLANDS - Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
  52. NEW ZEALAND - The Cleaner by Paul Cleave - READ 02 July 2017 - read review here
  53. NIGERIA - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  54. NORTHERN IRELAND - I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty - READ 04 November 2016 - read review here
  55. NORWAY - Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo - READ 12 September 2016 - read review here
  56. PAKISTAN - Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed
  57. PALESTINE - The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohn Corasanti
  58. PANAMA - Missing by Sue Whiting - READ 26 June 2018 - read review here
  59. PAPUA NEW GUINEA - New Guinea Moon by Kate Constable
  60. POLAND - The History of Love by Nicole Krauss - READ 18 April 2017 - read review here
  61. ROMANIA - The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness
  62. RUSSIA - The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  63. RWANDA - The Flower Plantation by Nora Anne Brown
  64. SCOTLAND - Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride - READ 7 August 2016 - read review here
  65. SIERRA LEONE - A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
  66. SINGAPORE - A Different Sky by Meira Chand
  67. SOMALIA - A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
  68. SOUTH AFRICA - A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
  69. SPAIN - For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  70. SRI LANKA - Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
  71. SWEDEN - The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell
  72. SWITZERLAND - Heidi by Johanna Spyri - READ 21 October 2016 - read review here
  73. SYRIA - The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
  74. THAILAND - The Day of the Wave by Becky Wicks
  75. TURKEY - River of the Dead by Barbara Nadel
  76. UKRAINE - Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  77. USA - Cross Justice by James Patterson - READ 1 April 2016 - read review here
  78. VIETNAM - Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai - READ 30 June 2016 - read review here
  79. ZAMBIA - Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
  80. ZIMBABWE - We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo - READ 28 April 2017 - read review here
I will keep my progress updated on this page.  Wish me luck in my travels!


  1. Ahhh this is amazing! So glad you liked this idea! And I had no idea that Goodreads group existed....will have to join! As soon as I can remember my password haha. Always logged in on mobile, so I forgot it, but the mobile features are limited, at least on my phone. So many amazing recs in here. Let's do this!

  2. It was you that I found about this. Yay! I'll update my post and give you credit. The goodreads group has SOOOO many members and recommendations. It is wonderful!

  3. i can't wait till you read the bronze horseman :) i hope you love it as much as i do.

  4. I have been reading a lot of international books this year too. 18 different countries so far in 2017 but I haven't created a formal list or joined a challenge yet.


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