Around the world in 80 Books reading list

IMG_4678So Lucy and Sarah over at Hard Book Habit decided -brilliantly – to go around the world without leaving the sofa, by the means of 80 books. I’ve decided to join in, because I think it will be a great opportunity to learn about other people’s diverse reads from all over the planet, to discover new authors and books, and to indeed travel, while I’m stuck for a while on my own sofa.

Here’s what they say about it:
“Here’s the deal. You’ll need to read 80 books set or connected with the random destinations of your choice, then you blog about each book that you read en route. You can choose any books you like – this challenge is not limited to fiction – and the only catch is that you must read at least one book connected to each continent, one sea-based book, and a book that involves travel – think the Orient Express, flight, hot-air balloons, train journeys, car trips, etc… the rest is up to you.”

From the books that are on my TBR – that is, books I’ve received but not yet read or just borrowed, I don’t really do TBR’s, I already have a few books I could fit into this, so these will be my traveling companions in the next weeks, I’m not sure which route they’ll make out, or if I’m going to try and order them in a specific route or not… Maybe I’ll try to set a priority for countries I have never read any thing about. I’ll ad more as I go along, and would love for anyone to recommend books by authors from all over the world, or that take place in various countries, or that are travel-books, the choice is large!
I won’t read them in that order, to be honest, but I can’t seem to shake the habit of making numbered lists

1)Japan: Tokyo: Wind / Pinball By Haruki Murakami (just finished reading it, so it will be the first one in the series)

2) Japan: Nagazaki: Le poids des secrets (pentalogy) by Aki Shimazaki

3) Sweden:The readers of broken Wheel recommend,by Katarina Bivald

4) Travel by boat: (and Itinerant living) The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan

5) Belarus (technically former Soviet Union): War’s Unwomanly Face, by Svetlana Alexievich (from an anthology of her major works edited by Actes Sud, France)

6) Travel Writing / Single Woman Travelling (and the Caribbean): Bodily Harm, by Margaret Atwood

7) Italy:The days of Abandonment, by Elena Ferrante

8) Jamaica: A brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James

9) England: N-W, by Zadie Smith

10) South-Korea: Human Acts, by Han Kang

11) Berlin: Jeder Stirbt für sich allein (Every Man dies Alone / Alone in Berlin) by Hans Fallada

12) Germany (Around Berlin, Brandenburg): Tschick, by Wolfgang Herrndorf

13) Myanmar: The Piano Tuner, by Daniel Mason

14) Laos: The coroner’s lunch, by Colin Cotterill

15) Norway:  Phantom, by Jo Nesbo

so many books I’ve already read come to mind – but I won’t include them as the purpose is to discover new ones, in case you’re looking for books set in a specific country or travel-books, feel free to ask:)


Will link each review / Thoughts on the book to this page, let me know what book has made you travel recently, and what you would recommend!