Reading Around the World!

2:00 PM Tif Sweeney 16 Comments


“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
― James Baldwin

Every book opens another door to a whole new world, with new sights, sounds and wonder beyond your wildest imagination (sounds cheesy but its true).

So here are a list of places/countries which you can explore through books, listed in alphabet order. Whether you live in New York, Singapore or the Federated States of Micronesia, there are some real exotic countries out there for you to travel to through the words of talented authors:




Los Angeles: Vain by Fisher Amelie 

These 26 books would be a good way for you to kickstart your worldly travels. Not all are contemporary and hence, these books will offer you peeks into a country's past and future.

Leave your footprints all around the world from the comfort of your armchair.

The world is yours for the reading.

xoxo,
Sel

(Sel blogs regularly at Bookcase to Heaven and is currently serving as a 2013 International Liaison for Armchair BEA.)

16 comments:

  1. thanks, that will help me go on travel.
    here is my own list of 42 countries so far: http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/01/04/around-the-world-in-52-books/ all books reviewed on my blog

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  2. Awesome List. I think I am going to borrow your idea and create a list like this for my blog. I am a world history teacher and read a ton of world literature so I have read from quite a few places.

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  3. I love this idea! What a great post and I am eager to read some of these. Thanks!

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  4. OMG! thanks for sharing such wonderful list a trip around the world is really nice XD

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  5. Fantastic idea. I'd love to do a similar post on our blog one day. I've often thought that basing a trip on my favorite books would be so much fun.

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  6. Brilliant list! I will be sure to add these to my TBR list.

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  7. Awesome post! Love reading about other places and cultures!

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  8. I loved Rachel Harris's book! My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century was a really good time-travel book. And Prophecy by Ellen Oh! Ellen is so nice :D

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  9. From Armchair BEA to armchair traveler. Love it.

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  10. I love that you did this! I've noticed that my reading is localized and would like to branch out.

    My only problem with this list is that while some people from Los Angeles and Malibu may think they are their own little world, they're part of the United States. Just like New Orleans and Nantucket. I can certainly use them when reading through the 50 States!

    Thank you for compiling such a great list.

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  11. Wow -- thank you so much for sharing this post. I'm a really big fan of international literature, so I'll make sure to put these on my TBR list. Incidentally, I didn't remember "Number the Stars" being set in Denmark but I do remember reading it as a kid.

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  12. I love "traveling" through literature :) This year I've kept a map of book settings. It's so cool to see all of the places I've "been"!

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=210323482357710840793.0004d2b3812fdb36dab06&msa=0

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    1. that map looks interesting. I've started to play with one now....thanks for the idea

      karen@bookertalk

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    2. You're welcome Karen. It's a fun little project!

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  13. What a cool list! Thank you for sharing it, want to print it off and begin some traveling. Some places will be revisits. This would be a fun way to run a book club!

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  14. That is an excellent list. Thanks for sharing!

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