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Travel the World in Books Challenge


This has turned into my week for signing up for challenges, since I haven't felt like writing reviews. This time I'm signing up for the Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge hosted by Mom's Small Victories, I'm Lost in Books and Savvy Working Gal.

The nice thing about this challenge is that it's very flexible. I get to choose how I want to travel the world and for how long. I've decided to work on this challenge for all of 2015. I'm going to try to read books that take place in at least 10 different countries and 5 different continents. I'll determine the country by setting, and I will include all genres, including nonfiction.

I don't have a list of books. I'll just see how it goes throughout the year. I'll list out the countries below as I go along.

Progress:

# of continents: 5 (Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America)
# of countries: 10

1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - Australia
2. The Daughter by Jane Shemilt - England
3. The Orbital Perspective by Ron Garan - Russia
4. At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen - Scotland
5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - France
6. The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi - India
7. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami - Japan
8. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks - Egypt
9. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - United States
10. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi - Iran

Challenge Wrap-Up

I did it! I'm not 100% sure that David went to Africa in The Secret Chord, but I think he did at some point... But I did read books that took place in tons of different countries (more than I've detailed above) and that's exciting!

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  1. Yay! So glad to have you joining us Julie. I look forward to seeing where your journey takes you. Don't forget to link up your sign up posts, reviews along the way and your progress. If you'd like to join us, we are doing a Poisonwood Bible readalong starting Jan 1 and knock out the Congo!

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