Around the World in 80 Books

UnknownStill yearning to travel?  Kate Scott has conveniently collected 80 books from around the world for  A few I have read:

  • The Kite Runner  representing Afghanistan
  • The Blind Assassin –  Canada
  • Cutting for Stone – Ethiopia
  • The Name of the Rose – Italy
  • The Garden of Evening Mists – Malaysia
  • Like Water for Chocolate – Mexico
  • The Dinner – Netherlands
  • The Shadow of the Wind 0 Spain
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – United States

So many more to read.  For her complete list, go to A Global Reading List 

Related Review:  The World Between Two Covers

Novel Destinations

Like most public libraries, mine is trying to motivate summer readers with a plan that includes rewards; besides the obvious benefits of enjoying the books, the library is offering bookmarks, posters, and other paraphanalia as part of the game to get patrons to read more.  This summer the theme is Novel Destinations – a way to vicariously combat island fever and get away – through a book.

A few of their titles look promising:

  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (destination – Mississippi)
  • The Calligrapher’s Daugher by Eugenia Kim (destination – Korea)
  • The Broken Shore by Peter Temple (destination – Australia)
  • Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (destination obvious)

I found an amazing link – Fiction of Place – that had more references than I could manage, but bookmarked anyway.  And then thought of books I’d read that had the place as important as the characters: Bill Bryson’s Lost Continent, Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, Tepper Isn’t Going Out by Calvin Trillin, and Dave Eggers’ Zeitoun.


If you can’t get there by train, plane, or car – travel by the books will do.

Do you have any fictional itineraries to recommend?