While I did not do so well on this challenge last year, I am hoping for a better outcome in 2011.
I am choosing the easy level in the hopes that I can complete the challenge this year!
The Easy Challenge
Read one novel from each of these continents in the course of 2011:
Africa: (1) The Chess Garden or the Twilight Letters of Gustav Uyterhoeven by Brooks Hansen. Part of the book takes place in South Africa. You can find my review here. (2) Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese Much of the book takes place in Ethiopia. You can find my review here.
Asia: (1) The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli. Most of the book takes place in Vietnam. You can find my review here.
Europe: (1) Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières. You can find my review here. It is sent in Greece. (2) My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. You can find my review here. It is set in Turkey.
North America: (1) The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls; it is set in the United States. I finished the book on March 18th. You can find my review here. (2) One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; it is set in the United States. You can find my review here. (3) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. It takes place in the United States. You can find my review here.
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)
The Seventh Continent (here you can either choose Antarctica or your own ´seventh´ setting, eg the sea, the space, a supernatural/paranormal world, history, the future – you name it). (1) The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee The book takes place all over the world, so I am counting it in this category. You can read my review here.
From your own continent: try to find a country, state or author that is new to you