I didn’t do so well on the one and only challenge I entered this year, the 2012 Global Reading Challenge, hosted by Kerrie at the Mysteries in Paradise blog. I had intended to read two books from each continent, but only managed one. Oh, well, given the year I’ve had that’s pretty good.
- Africa: Adimchinma Ibe, Cronies (Nigeria)
- Asia: Kyung-Sook Shin, Please Look After Mom (South Korea)
- Europe: Amara Lakhous, The Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio (Italy)
- North America: Paco Ignacio Taibo II, No Happy Ending (Mexico)
- Oceania: Paul Cleave, The Laughterhouse (New Zealand)
- South America: Guillermo Martinez, The Book of Murder (Argentina)
- The Seventh Continent: Matt Rees, Mozart’s Last Aria (The past)
I found something to like in all of them but would recommend most highly The Clash of Civilizations and The Book of Murder.
Many thanks to Kerrie for hosting this year’s challenge. Even though I achieved only the “Easy” level, I do love reading books set in a variety of countries and appreciate the motivation to “widen your horizons.”