Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Reading Envy 237: Reading Goals 2022

Jenny talks about her reading goals for 2022, starts thinking about Russian novels, and reflects on reading goals for 2021. Next time we'll be back to our regular episodes!

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Discussion Links:

Reading Envy Russia - shared folder with challenge documents, etc.
Reading Envy Readers - discussion in Goodreads (join the group)
The Possessed
by Elif Batuman
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov by Leo Tolstoy
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov
Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
Untraceable by Sergei Lebedev
Oblivion by Sergei Lebedev
Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina
Brisbane by Eugene Vodolazkin
An Evening with Claire by
Gaito Gazdanov
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

Furrowed Middlebrow
Indigenous Reading Circle
Reading Around the World - countries still needed
Updated Europe focus for 2021
The Free Black Women's Library
#ReadtheWorld21 (look for it in Instagram)

Related episodes:

Episode 210 - Reading Goals 2021

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All links to books are through Bookshop.org, where I am an affiliate. I wanted more money to go to the actual publishers and authors. I link to Amazon when a book is not listed with Bookshop.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Suggestions for Final Countries in Reading Around the World

My last post was about how I am so close to finishing my project now over ten years in the making of reading a book from every country plus as many island/standalone territories that are geographically unique from their parent countries as I can. I got a lot of suggestions and someone suggested I post them somewhere, so here we go.

**I will keep coming back to update this if I get more recommendations**

ASIA

Afghanistan 

    Dancing in the Mosque @pleasepeas 

    Kite Runner (I actually have this on my shelves, I read his more recent book before 2012) - @ilibbyyoung and @lauren_o_reads

 

Hong Kong

Macau

Maldives

Paracel Islands

Spratly Islands

Tajikistan

Tibet

Turkmenistan


AFRICA

Burkina Faso

Burundi

    Small Country @lauren_o_reads (And me realizing I own this!) 

Central African Republic

Chad

Comoros
Cote d’Ivoire

    The Bitter Side of Sweet @lauren_o_reads 

Guinea

    THE KING OF KAHEL by Tierno Monenembo @thescienceofreading 

Guinea-Bissau

Mayotte

Sao Tome and Principe

Seychelles

Togo

    An African in Greenland @end.notes 

Western Sahara


CARIBBEAN

Antigua and Barbuda

    At the Bottom of the River @lauren_o_reads 

    Jamaica Kincaid @bookynooknook and @thescienceofreading

    Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid @end.notes 

Costa Rica

Grenada

Nicaragua

    The Country Under My Skin by Gioconda Belli  @thescienceofreading and @robinlgustafson

    The Inhabited Woman by Gioconda Belli @julioinka
    Belli's poetry @thescienceofreading

    Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea by Sergio Ramírez, Michael Miller (Translator) @robinlgustafson

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

    Walcott (poetry) @end.notes
 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines


EUROPE

Belgium

    War and Terpentine @lauren_o_reads 

Liechtenstein

Malta
Man, Isle of

San Marino


MIDDLE EAST

Bahrain


PACIFIC

Cook Islands

Timor

Fiji

    Epeli Hau’ofa @iren_jsi 

Marshall Islands

Micronesia, Federated States

Nauru

New Caldonia

Niue

Northern Mariana Islands

Solomon Islands

Tonga

    Epeli Hau’ofa @iren_jsi 

Tuvalu

Vanuatu


SOUTH AMERICA

Bolivia

Easter Island

French Guiana

Suriname

    Cynthia McLeod, The Cost of Sugar @picturetalk321

    The Riverbones by Andrew Westoll @dryapyapi  

Venezuela

    Doña Bárbara by Rómulo Gallegos - @librosintranslation 

    Night in Caracas @lauren_o_reads and @katie_sikkes

Monday, January 3, 2022

Reading Around the World - The Completist

In 2021, I read 19 more places I had on my unread list, most of them in Europe, but I also crossed off Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Belize, El Salvador, Panama, and Puerto Rico (yes I know this is technically USA but following my rules it is also separate).

Here is what remains, first the map and then the list. I welcome any and all recommendations, although I always prefer authors from the countries and set there. I'm sticking to my original rules where only books I've read since my project began count, but a few countries on the remaining list are taunting me, for instance Afghanistan, which I have read at least twice, but prior to 2012. I've also read books that might include one of these countries but if it isn't the full focus, I don't count it (otherwise Sovietistan would have crossed off a couple!) Some of these places may not even be on my list accurately ten years later.

ASIA

Afghanistan

Hong Kong

Macau

Maldives

Paracel Islands

Spratly Islands

Tajikistan

Tibet

Turkmenistan


AFRICA

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Central African Republic

Chad

Comoros
Cote d’Ivoire

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Mayotte

Sao Tome and Principe

Seychelles

Togo

Western Sahara


CARIBBEAN

Antigua and Barbuda

Costa Rica

Grenada

Nicaragua

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines


EUROPE

Belgium

Liechtenstein

Malta
Man, Isle of

San Marino


MIDDLE EAST

Bahrain


PACIFIC

Cook Islands

Timor

Fiji

Marshall Islands

Micronesia, Federated States

Nauru

New Caldonia

Niue

Northern Mariana Islands

Solomon Islands

Tonga

Tuvalu

Vanuatu


SOUTH AMERICA

Bolivia

Easter Island

French Guiana

Suriname

Venezuela


Reading Europe in 2021

 

Countries of Europe with pins on the countries I read books from. List below will provide that info.

Link to map

Heading into another year of reading around the world in 2021, I decided to turn my focus on Europe. I had a few goals with the focus:

1. To get to the countries I hadn't read yet. And Europe has a lot of random countries!

2. To clear out some of the books I've been collecting since 2012.

I did get to 11 locations (mostly countries, some places that are separate from the countries they "belong to") I hadn't yet read, so that felt pretty great. I read 44 overall, which was 16% of my reading for 2021, so I did really devote a considerable amount of time to doing this.

I did also clear out a hefty chunk of my backlog of print books, but of course the siren song of new books is always strong. Did I get to all of the print books I wanted to? Well no. I haven't decided yet if I'll keep those that I have left or not. I'll probably decide that title by title.

I did have a few favorites - A Spare Life for fiction and Mud Sweeter than Honey for non-fiction.


Here's the full list! Keep in mind that I've been reading around the world for 10 years, so I have previously read quite a bit of Europe. You can view my extensive location shelves in Goodreads.


Albania

The Doll by Ismail Kadare
Mud Sweeter than Honey: Voices of Communist Albania by Margo Rejmer

Andorra
32 Yolks by Eric Ripert


Armenia

Rise the Euphrates by Carol Edgarian


Azerbaijan
Days in the Caucasus by Banine


Belarus
Red Crosses by Sasha Filipenko


Bosnia

Catch the Rabbit by Lana Bastašić

My Heart by Semezdin Mehmedinović, translated by Celia Hawkesworth

Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco


Bulgaria
Stork Mountain by Miroslav Penkov


Croatia
The Age of Skin by Dubravka Ugrešic

We Trade Our Night for Someone Else’s Day by Ivana Bodroźić


Cyprus

The Women’s Coffee Shop by Andriana Ierodiaconou
The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop


France
The Paris Connection by Lorraine Brown


Germany

An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky

Love in Case of Emergency by Daniela Krien

Nightwood by Djuna Barnes


Hungary

Embers by Sándor Márai


Ireland

Milkman by Anna Burns

Northern Spy by Flynn Berry

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe


Italy

Last Summer in the City by Gianfranco Calligarich

Voices in the Evening by Natalia Ginzburg

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri


Jersey, Isle of
The Girl from the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat


Latvia
Soviet Milk by Nora Ikstena


Luxembourg

The Expats by Chris Pavone


Monaco

Loser Takes All by Graham Greene


Montenegro

Catherine the Great and the Small by Olja Knezevic 


North Macedonia
A Spare Life by Lidja Dimkovska


Norway
The Pastor by Hanne Ørstavik; translated by Martin Aitken

The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein (Knight)


Poland
Maybe Esther: A Family Story by Katja Petrowskaja


Romania

If You Kept a Record of Sins by Andrea Bajani


Serbia

Landscape Painted with Tea by Milorad Pavić


Slovakia

Embers by Sándor Márai


Slovenia

Panorama by Dušan Sarotar


Spain

Permafrost by Eva Baltasar


UK

Iona: Poems by Kenneth Steven (Hebrides Islands)

The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke 

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (Shetland Islands)


Ukraine

Maybe Esther: A Family Story by Katja Petrowskaja


Vatican City
Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Review: Toufah: The Woman Who Inspired an African #Metoo Movement

Toufah: The Woman Who Inspired an African #Metoo Movement Toufah: The Woman Who Inspired an African #Metoo Movement by Toufah Jallow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Toufah Jallow won a scholarship contest in her country that was supposed to be her pathway to an education and a better life. The President/Dictator of The Gambia took an interest in her and when she rejected his advances, raped and humiliated her. As a teenager she fled the country, and in just a few years transformed herself into an activist for women's rights in her country and beyond.

She gets referred to as inspiring "West Africa's #metoo movement," but I think the truth is more startling because of the lack of conversation and understanding in The Gambia. Toufah explains how there are no words in three languages foe.the act. There were no support services for victims/survivors of sexual assault, and previous victims of the President/Dictator risked their lives and the lives and livelihoods of their families if they spoke up. The conservative community from which she came also had a pretty firm unspoken agreement that such topics are not discussed, and demonstrate in other ways (arranged marriage etc) that women do not have bodily autonomy.

In 2008, the UN started redefining rape as an act of war, and you can see that rhetoric here, but she also points out how courts are still demanding higher forms of proof when accusing someone of rape than of other war crimes (a section on the word "alleged" is quite powerful.)

I also didn't know of the political turmoil in The Gambia in the last five years, despite having read two novels set there during that time. Toufah's story probably could only have happened during this particular upheaval, although I believe she would have fought for women even if she couldn't have returned home.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Reading Envy 236: Best Reads of 2021

Jenny asked previous podcast guests to chat about their top reads of the year, whether or not they were published in 2021. Jenny also chimes in with her own obscure categories. Please enjoy hearing from Tina, Tom, Lindy, Trish, Andrew, Kim, Jeff, Elizabeth, Audrey, Scott, Robin, Mina, Emily, Chris, Nadine, and Ross.

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Books discussed:

(duplicates removed)

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram x. Kendo and Keisha N. Blaine
Broken Horses written and read by Brandi Carlile
Several People are Typing by Calvin Kasulke
When the Light of the World was Subdued edited by Joy Harjo
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells
Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera, narrated by Sean Christen
Fight Night by Miriam Toews
Nervous Conditions trilogy by Tsitsi Dangarembga
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deeshaw Philyaw, read by Janina Edwards
Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang
Seasonal Quartet by Ali Smith
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss
Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
Ladivine by Marie Ndiaye
To Cook a Bear by Mikael Niemi
Kindred by Octavia Butler
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia
Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo 

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Hidden Wyndham: Life, Love, Letters by Amy Binns
Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern and David Grinspoon
Dune by Frank Herbert
One Long River of Song by Bryan Doyle
Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
Sparrow Envy by J. Drew Lanham
Home is not a Country by Safia Elhillo
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichy
The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernandez
Peach Blossom Paradise by Ge Fei
The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by Honoree Jeffers
Summer Brother by Jaap Robben; translateld by David Doherty
Njal’s Saga by Anonymous
Brood by Jackie Pollen
Nobody Ever Talks About Anything But the End: A Memoir by Lizi Levine
Nancy by Bruno Lloret; translated by Ellen Jones
Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
The Actual Star by Monica Byrne
Bewilderment by Richard Powers
The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers
A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers  
O Beautiful by Jung Yun
While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams, narrated by Adenrele Ojo
Shelter by Jung Yun
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Love and Saffron
 by Kim Fay
Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto and Ann Xu
Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts by Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martinez
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson
Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
Telephone by Percival Everett
When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut; translated by Adrian West; read by Adam Barr
To Calais in Ordinary Time by James Meek
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple
A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska, translated by Christina E. Kramer
Mud Sweeter than Honey: Voices of Communist Albania by Margo Rejmer, translated by Antonio Lloyd-Jones
Sovietistan: Travels in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan by Erika Flatland, translated by Kari Dickson

Related episodes: 

Episode 046 - Books for Your Kitty Party (The Best of 2015) with Libby Young and many other guests
Episode 075 - After the Year We've Had (Best of 2016)
Episode 105 - Best Reads of 2017
Episode 139 - Stocking Stuffer (Best Reads of 2018)
Episode 176 - Best of 2019
Episode 209 - Best Reads of 2020
Episode 210 - Reading Goals 2021


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All links to books are through Bookshop.org, where I am an affiliate. I wanted more money to go to the actual publishers and authors. I link to Amazon when a book is not listed with Bookshop.