I think that I may have an addiction to challenges, but I also feel determined to expand my reading horizons. Anyway, here is a challenge that promises to take me around the world through the pages of a book. Because I am feeling crazy, I decided to sign up for the Medium Level. More information can be found on the challenge blog. Here are the details:
The Medium Challenge
Read two novels from each of these continents in the course of 2010:
Africa: (1) This Child Will be Great:Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President written by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia). I completed the book in December 10th. You can find my review here.
Asia:(1) Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (China). I completed the book in March 2010. My review is here. (2)Two Souls Indivisible by James Hirsch (Vietnam). I completed the book in April 2010. My review is here. (3) Everything is Broken by Emma Larkin (Burma). I completed the book on May 19, 2010. It is a bonus read for this continent. My review is here. (4) The Geometry of God by Uzsma Aslam Khan (Pakistan). I completed the book on August 26th. My review is here. I realized that if this challenge was all about Asia and Europe, I would be finished already. (5) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I finished the book at the end of October. Even though I am WAY over on the Asia, I still think the books are worth sharing. You can find my review here.
Australasia: (1) The Book Thief by Mark Zusak (Australia). I completed the book on December 27th. You can find my review here.
Europe: (1) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Sweden). I completed the book in January 2010. My review is here. (2) Chocolat by Joanne Harris (France). I finished the book on April 14th. My review is here.
North America (incl Central America): (1) Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Canada). I completed the book in February and you can find my review here. (2) A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (United States) I complete the book on April 30th. You can find my review here.
Try to find novels from twelve different countries or states.
**Turns out that I am not quite the world traveller that I hoped. Looking at my reading pattern, I would have aced this challenge if I could have spent almost all the time in Asia. I am going to try again in the hopes that I will have a better outcome in 2011**