Reading The World Haul #1

Hello my lovelies! You may or may not know that I am attempting to read about set in or by an author from every UN recognised country in the world, along with all 50 US states. Over the next couple of months I will be buying, reading and reviewing those books!  Today’s post is the first (of many) book haul feature all of the books that I’ve picked up to read for this challenge! I hope you enjoy!


What I Bought

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – My pick for Massachusetts

Once upon a time in the East by Xiaolu Guo – My pick for China

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen – My pick for Vietnam

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – My pick for Nigeria

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman – My pick for Australia

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – My pick for Korea

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante – My pick for Italy

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera – My pick for the Czech Republic

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood – My pick for Canada

The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness – My pick for Romania

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima – My pick for Japan

Lullaby by Leila Slimani – My pick for Morocco

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa – My pick for Sri Lanka

Benediction by Kent Haruf – My pick for Colorado

Charlotte by David Foenkinos – My pick for France

The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk – My pick for Turkey (oddly enough, couldn’t find this one on Goodreads…)

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – My pick for Hawaii

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen – My pick for the Netherlands


Can you help?

And there we have it! The first lot of books that I have picked up for my Reading the World challenge! Have you read any of these books? I would love to know your thoughts down below and would love it if you have any suggestions!

Peace and pages

11 Replies to “Reading The World Haul #1”

  1. Richard says:

    That is a seriously impressive goal you’ve set!

    You’ll come out of this reading challenge enlightened 🙂

    Once I finish the books I have at home, I’m making a list of books I need to read- mainly classics and nonfiction- as I don’t read enough of them, including books from other countries. I may pay a visit to this post at a later date and steal one of your reads haha 🙂

    In Cold Blood is a brilliant read btw!


  2. Hannah says:

    This is such a cool idea! I imagine some countries will be fairly difficult though (like all the little island countries).
    I loved The Unbearable Lightness Of Being! I really have to reread it soon.

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  3. bookishluna says:

    Such a great idea, I am not sure if you know but a publisher did a series where they named books that take place in every state, sadly I can’t remember which one. Also, I found a cool literary map of the us here:
    You most likely already have your books picked, but I thought it looked cool.

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