Thursday, July 16, 2009
This week's Weekly Geeks asks you to tell us about your globe trotting via books. Are you a global reader? How many countries have you "visited" in your reading? What are your favorite places or cultures to read about? Can you recommend particularly good books about certain regions, countries or continents? How do you find out about books from other countries? What countries would you like to read that you haven't yet?
Great question! I was never very conscious of where the books I read were from, but since landing in the book blogosphere in 2007, I've made a more concerted effort to read books from around the world. Readers like caribousmom and michelle 3M, have inspired me to expand my reading. Plus, there's the cool map to try and fill in. I've been keeping track since 2007 of the books and the countries they represent at my own personal blog.
My criteria is varied. I really want a sense of place when I read the book, unless the author is very much associated with their home country, then I may chose it for that reason. I pick both fiction and nonfiction to fill my map in. Here's what my map looks like these days:
visited 51 states (22.6%)
Create your own visited map of The World
2007: 23 countries visited
2008: 17 new countries visited
2009: 11 new countries visited: Mongolia, Channel Islands, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Egypt, Brazil, Lebanon, Indonesia, Hungary, Myanmar
What are your favorite places or cultures to read about?
My favorite is definitely England and the United Kingdom, after Canada and the US. North America is my default choice of reading. I've been immersed in a few countries, like Italy, Iceland and Botswana, due to finding really good mystery series set in those locals. The more I read of a series, the more I get a good feel of the place.
What countries would you like to read that you haven't yet?
There are lots of countries in Africa and South America, and while I've filled in the big countries in Asia, there are still lots of small countries there to fill in.
Any one know a good Madagascar book? Or Thailand?
It's Tuesday... where are you?
Every Tuesday, I host a Meme that fits with this Weekly Geek theme. Readers post or leave a message sharing their reading location. We are usually all around the world, and I get lots of great ideas of books set in many different locales. Feel free to come by and play and get new ideas!