Reading Globally

This group is for readers who like to explore through books from around the world. We arbitrarily cover everywhere except UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand; discussions of those countries have a home in our sister-group READING GLOBALLY II. If you are a compulsive literary traveler, you've come to the right place! Our quarterly and standing theme read threads are full of great reading ideas, please join in and share yours there too.

Current Quarterly Theme Read
July to September 2022: "When alphabets collide" - books written in the Slavic languages

"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." ---Jean Rhys

Planned theme reads for 2022:

— October to December 2022: Prize winners in their own language


Classics in Their Own Countries 2.0
Starting in 2019, we revived the year-long "classics in their own country" theme read which we first did in 2012. This runs in addition to the four quarterly reads. You can find discussion and suggestions for classics on the following threads.
Asia and the Middle East
Africa and the Middle East
Europe and Turkey
Latin America and the Caribbean

Ongoing

You are still welcome to add to these "old" quarterly threads, if you read something that you think other members might want to know about.
April to June 2022: Outcasts and Castaways
Jan - March 2022: Around the Indian Ocean
October-December 2021: Translation prize winners
— July to September 2021: The Lusophone world: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language
April to June 2021: Childhood: Books for or about children in different cultures around the world (there's also a suggestion-gathering list for this topic)
Jan - March 2021: Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants
- October to December 2020: "Russians Write Revolutions"
July to September 2020: "Travelling the TBR 2.0"
April to June 2020: "Writing from Southern Africa"
Jan - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa (Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Poland)
July-Sept 2019: Turning the Tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers
April - June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World
Jan - March 2019: The Mediterranean World
Oct - Dec 2018: Tradition and Change
July - September 2018:
Between Giants: Central Asian Border Regions
April - June 2018:
Japan and the Koreas
Jan - Mar 2018:
Travelling the TBR Road
Oct - Dec 2017:
The Nordic Countries
July - September 2017:
Non Majority Language Writers
April - June 2017:
Travel Writing by non European and non North American Writers
Jan - March 2017:
The Benelux Countries
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny
July - September 2016: Soviet and Post Soviet Writers
Apr - Jun 2016: Writers at Risk
Jan - Mar 2016: Literature from the Caribbean Islands
Oct - Dec 2015: Women authors who didn't write in English
July-September 2015: Nobel Laureates Writing in a Language Other than English
April-June 2015: The Iberian Peninusla
January - March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent
Oct - Dec 2014 Postwar Germany (1945-now)
July-September 2014 Mexico and Central America
April - June 2014 Travel and Travelogue Literature
January - March 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa
October - December 2013: South American literature
July - September 2013: Francophone literature (excluding Europe)
April- June, 2013: Southeast Asian literature

Jan - March 2013: 20th and 21st Century Eastern and Central European literature

October - December 2012 China and Its Neighboring Countries There is also a wiki with background information and reading lists for this theme read.

July - September 2012 Middle Eastern Literature

April - June 2012: Closed and Selective Societies
January - March 2012: Turkey and the Balkans
October - December 2011: Migration/Immigration
July - September 2011: The Sea
April - June 2011: War and Regions in Conflict
January - March 2011: "Journeys"



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MASTER THREAD & List for the NEW regional threads is HERE. Please read this FIRST.

MASTER LIST of REGIONAL THREADS with links (abbreviated as necessary, full list on the master thread):

***1. Eastern Africa I: Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe...others.
***2. Eastern Africa II: Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda
***3. Middle Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo ...others
***4. Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco...others
***5. Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa...others
***6. Western Africa: Cote d'​​​​​​Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone...others

***7. The Caribbean: Anguilla, Antgua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands...others
***8. Central America & Mexico: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico...others
***9. South America I: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela...others
***10. South America II: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay...others

***11. Asia I: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan...others
***12. Asia II: China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Tibet.
***13. Asia III: Japan, Korea, the Phillipines.
***14. Asia IV: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia...others.
***15. Asia V: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan

***16. Middle East I: Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel
***17. Middle East II: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran...others.
***18. Oceania: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea...others.

***19. Europe I: France, Monaco, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg
***20. Europe II: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark...others.
***21. Europe III: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania
***22. Europe IV: Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro
***23. Europe V: Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, Malta
***24. Europe VI: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia
***25. Europe VII: Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Gibraltar
***26. Europe VIII: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein



GROUP ADMIN:
This group was set up in 2006 by avaland. Others who have served as group administrator since then are rebeccanyc (†) and SassyLassy.

The current admin (since January 2019) is thorold

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ÉpingléJuly to September 2022 — "When alphabets collide": books written in the Slavic languages18 non-lus / 18MissWatson, Juillet 27
ÉpingléMESSAGE BOARD 202127 non-lus / 27cindydavid4, Décembre 2021
***REGION 13: Asia III53 non-lus / 53labfs39, Hier 10:50pm
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202216 non-lus / 16kidzdoc, Hier 7:00am
July-September 2015: Nobel Laureates Writing in a Language Other Than English125 non-lus / 125labfs39, Dimanche 8:43am
***REGION 24: Europe VI57 non-lus / 57rocketjk, Août 3
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa101 non-lus / 101rocketjk, Août 3
rocketjk's 2022 reading travels17 non-lus / 17rocketjk, Août 3
Markon (Ardene) dips her toe in the ocean of translation20 non-lus / 20markon, Août 3
Jan - March 2022: Around the Indian Ocean62 non-lus / 62Gypsy_Boy, Juillet 26
***REGION 11: Asia I23 non-lus / 23Gypsy_Boy, Juillet 26
***REGION 8: Central America30 non-lus / 30Gypsy_Boy, Juillet 26
***REGION 12: Asia II28 non-lus / 28labfs39, Juillet 24
2022 RTT Quarterly: 2nd Quarter: April-June Outcasts and Castaways57 non-lus / 57cindydavid4, Juillet 3
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey 202228 non-lus / 28labfs39, Juin 22
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202225 non-lus / 25jveezer, Juin 19
2022 Theme Reads Planning44 non-lus / 44SassyLassy, Mai 30
***REGION 17: Middle East II29 non-lus / 29labfs39, Mai 8
April - June 2020: Writing from Southern Africa128 non-lus / 128thorold, Mai 8
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202262 non-lus / 62MissWatson, Mai 6
***REGION 16: Middle East I38 non-lus / 38labfs39, Mai 1
April to June 2021: Childhood — Books for or about children in different cultures around the world127 non-lus / 127Yells, Avril 25
***REGION 26: Europe VIII57 non-lus / 57labfs39, Avril 24
October - December 2013: South American Literature131 non-lus / 131SassyLassy, Mars 12
Where In The World Are You? January/February 2022?60 non-lus / 60hemlokgang, Février 28
***REGION 19: Europe I124 non-lus / 124rocketjk, Février 18
***REGION 22: Europe IV35 non-lus / 35labfs39, Février 6
Nickelini's Read Around the World Challenge48 non-lus / 48Nickelini, Février 6
***REGION 15: Asia V40 non-lus / 40labfs39, Février 4
***REGION 1: Eastern Africa I29 non-lus / 29kidzdoc, Février 2
rocketjk's 2021 reading travels19 non-lus / 19rocketjk, Janvier 3
Where In The World Are You? November/December 202145 non-lus / 45hemlokgang, Décembre 2021
eairo reads from Helsinki to Helsinki, part II: The Americas69 non-lus / 69eairo, Décembre 2021
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey 202131 non-lus / 31hemlokgang, Décembre 2021
***REGION 5: Southern Africa40 non-lus / 40labfs39, Décembre 2021
JustJoey's travelling the World69 non-lus / 69Trifolia, Décembre 2021
***REGION 6: Western Africa38 non-lus / 38thorold, Décembre 2021
Oct - Dec 2015: Women authors who didn't write in English100 non-lus / 100SassyLassy, Décembre 2021
***REGION 2: Eastern Africa II33 non-lus / 33Trifolia, Décembre 2021
Julie's Journeys22 non-lus / 22Julie_in_the_Library, Décembre 2021
2022 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS10 non-lus / 10thorold, Décembre 2021
***REGION 14: Asia IV20 non-lus / 20labfs39, Décembre 2021
2012-Classics In Their Own Country--Europe and Turkey65 non-lus / 65thorold, Novembre 2021
***REGION 20: Europe II54 non-lus / 54ELiz_M, Novembre 2021
ASIA READING CHALLENGE 2022 -2 non-lus / 2kidzdoc, Novembre 2021
Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants98 non-lus / 98thorold, Novembre 2021
Where In The World Are You? September/October 202131 non-lus / 31hemlokgang, Novembre 2021
July to September 2021: The Lusophone World: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language80 non-lus / 80thorold, Octobre 2021
October-December 2021: Translation prize winners29 non-lus / 29MissWatson, Octobre 2021
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202139 non-lus / 39hemlokgang, Septembre 2021
***REGION 18: Oceania20 non-lus / 20streamsong, Août 2021
Trying to make a list of 1000 books normalized by country population85 non-lus / 85Settings, Août 2021
Japan’s indigenous minorities6 non-lus / 6danielcheng, Juillet 2021
***REGION 3: Middle Africa27 non-lus / 27kidzdoc, Juillet 2021
***REGION 21: Europe III55 non-lus / 55Nickelini, Juillet 2021
***REGION 23: Europe V42 non-lus / 42Nickelini, Juillet 2021
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202167 non-lus / 67hemlokgang, Juillet 2021
October-December 2017: The Nordic Countries94 non-lus / 94Gypsy_Boy, Mai 2021
Jan-March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent97 non-lus / 97Gypsy_Boy, Mai 2021
***REGION 10: South America II83 non-lus / 83rocketjk, Mai 2021
April-June 2013 Theme Read: South East Asia72 non-lus / 72spiralsheep, Mai 2021
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202166 non-lus / 66hemlokgang, Mai 2021
Where In The World Are You? May/June 20201 non-lu / 1hemlokgang, Mai 2021
***REGION 7: The Caribbean29 non-lus / 29rocketjk, Mars 2021
Jul-Sept 2017: non-majority language writers60 non-lus / 60rocketjk, Mars 2021
2021 Theme Reads Planning170 non-lus / 170cindydavid4, Février 2021
Where In The World Are You? January/February 2021?67 non-lus / 67hemlokgang, Février 2021
April-June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World76 non-lus / 76Dilara86, Février 2021
July to September 2014: Mexico and Central America45 non-lus / 45spiralsheep, Février 2021
Boekentrol's World Tour in Books51 non-lus / 51BoekenTrol71, Février 2021
January to March 2014 -- Literature from Sub-Saharan Africa105 non-lus / 105spiralsheep, Janvier 2021
January - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century145 non-lus / 145tallpaul, Janvier 2021
April-June 2014 : Travel Writing and Travelogues Theme Read115 non-lus / 115spiralsheep, Janvier 2021
Interesting articles4 non-lus / 4Gypsy_Boy, Janvier 2021
July-September 2012 Theme Read: Middle Eastern Literature171 non-lus / 171spiralsheep, Janvier 2021
Oct - Dec 2020: Russians Write the Revolution 1881 - 1922137 non-lus / 137spiralsheep, Janvier 2021
Any Republic of Niger authors in English (not Nigeria)9 non-lus / 9Gypsy_Boy, Janvier 2021
Rocketjk's 2020 reading 'round the world31 non-lus / 31rocketjk, Janvier 2021
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 202064 non-lus / 64hemlokgang, Décembre 2020
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey in 202029 non-lus / 29hemlokgang, Décembre 2020
varielle puts on her traveling shoes20 non-lus / 20varielle, Décembre 2020
MESSAGE BOARD 202015 non-lus / 15spiralsheep, Décembre 2020
***REGION 9: South America I52 non-lus / 52spiralsheep, Décembre 2020
2021 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS28 non-lus / 28Dilara86, Décembre 2020
July-September 2020: Travelling the TBR Road 2.0147 non-lus / 147spiralsheep, Décembre 2020
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny52 non-lus / 52smgaines, Novembre 2020
July-Sept 2018: Between Giants - Central Asian border regions48 non-lus / 48spiralsheep, Novembre 2020
Where In The World Are You? September/ October 202055 non-lus / 55hemlokgang, Novembre 2020
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202075 non-lus / 75hemlokgang, Septembre 2020
July-September 2019: Turning the tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers31 non-lus / 31rocketjk, Août 2020
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202042 non-lus / 42hemlokgang, Juin 2020
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202030 non-lus / 30hemlokgang, Mai 2020
Where In The World Are You? January/ February 202025 non-lus / 25hemlokgang, Février 2020
Sarams reading around the world46 non-lus / 46sarams, Février 2020
Claire's Going Global At Last39 non-lus / 39klarusu, Février 2020
April - June 2018: Japan and the Koreas84 non-lus / 84SqueakyChu, Janvier 2020
Rocketjk's 2019 reading 'round the world39 non-lus / 39rocketjk, Décembre 2019
Hemlokgang's Gloval Literary Journey in 20202 non-lus / 2rocketjk, Décembre 2019
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 201926 non-lus / 26jveezer, Décembre 2019
MESSAGE BOARD 201956 non-lus / 56Dilara86, Décembre 2019
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