666 Challenge

I am not sure where this challenge originated in, but I found it on BookCrossing 666 Challenge.

Here are the rules:

You aim to read 6 books which are set in OR are written by an author from 6 different countries in each of the 6 continents within 2017.  You cannot count books of the same country twice and you cannot count one book for more than one country.

This sounds fun, and as I enjoy reading books from different parts of the world, this challenge is manageable, nudging me a slightly beyond my comfort zone.

AFRICA:

KENYA – Facing the Lion by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
ALGERIA – The Attack by Yasmina Khadra (story set in Israel but author from Algeria)
TOGO – An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie

EUROPE:

ITALY – Silk by Alessandro Baricco
U.K. – Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
GREECE – The Summer of My Greek Taverna by Tom Stone
FRANCE -White Horses Over France by Robin Hanbury-Tenison
SWITZERLAND – Blue Pills by Frederik Peeters
SWEDEN – The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

ASIA:

INDIA – The Empire of Tea by Alan MacFarlane & Iris MacFarlane
ISRAEL – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
JAPAN – With the Light by Keiko Tobe
NEPAL – Peak by Roland Smith
CHINA – From Point to Point by Xu Bing
VIETNAM – Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh

NORTH AMERICA (INCL. CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN):

USA – Still Alice by Lisa Genova
CANADA – Paddle to the Arctic by Don Starkell
MEXICO –  The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

PACIFICA (INCL. ANTARCTICA):

SOUTH AMERICA:

VENEZUELA – Indulgence: One Man’s Selfless Search for the Best Chocolate in the World by Paul Richardson
CHILE – Zorro by Isabel Allende

Published in: on June 4, 2017 at 6:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge

  1. Read a book about sports – Gothic Sports vol 1-2
  2. Read a debut novel – The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
  3. Read a book about books – The First Among Sequels
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
  6. Read an all-ages comic – Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950 – Bread Givers
  8. Read a travel memoir – Paddle to the Arctic
  9. Read a book you’ve read before – Something Rotten
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location – How Sweet It Is!
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location – The Summer of My Greek Taverna
  12. Read a fantasy novel – City of Lost Souls
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology – The Emperor of All Maladies
  14. Read a book about war – All the Light We Cannot See
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
  17. Read a classic by an author of color.
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey – The Conch Bearer
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel
  21. Read a book published by a micropress – Hot Donut Salad
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman – Pilgrims
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color – The Golden Son

Reading the list, it feels like whoever makes the list are a bit obsessed with the color of the skin and sexual orientation.  I personally read all types of books, and being non-white I read plenty of non-white books anyway, but I don’t like the list is putting emphasis on the skin color of the author, when a well written book is a well written book.

Published in: on January 10, 2017 at 10:23 pm  Leave a Comment