Reading Globally

This group is for readers who like to explore through books from around the world. We arbitrarily cover everywhere except UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand; discussions of those countries have a home in our sister-group READING GLOBALLY II. If you are a compulsive literary traveler, you've come to the right place! Our quarterly and standing theme read threads are full of great reading ideas, please join in and share yours there too.

Current Quarterly Theme Read

July to September 2023: Reading around the Black Sea

"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." ---Jean Rhys

Planned theme reads for 2023 :
(provisional titles — see the planning and voting threads)
—Reading around the Baltic — Q1
—Banned books around the world — Q2
—Reading around the Black Sea — Q3
—New fiction from around the world: books originally published in 2014-2023 — Q4

Classics in Their Own Countries 2.0
Starting in 2019, we revived the year-long "classics in their own country" theme read which we first did in 2012. This runs in addition to the four quarterly reads. You can find discussion and suggestions for classics on the following threads.
Asia and the Middle East
Africa and the Middle East
Europe and Turkey
Latin America and the Caribbean


You are still welcome to add to these "old" quarterly threads, if you read something that you think other members might want to know about.
April to June 2023: Banned books around the world
January to March 2023: Reading around the Baltic Sea
October to December 2022: Prize winners in their own language
July to September 2022: "When alphabets collide" - books written in the Slavic languages
April to June 2022: Outcasts and Castaways
Jan - March 2022: Around the Indian Ocean
October-December 2021: Translation prize winners
— July to September 2021: The Lusophone world: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language
April to June 2021: Childhood: Books for or about children in different cultures around the world (there's also a suggestion-gathering list for this topic)
Jan - March 2021: Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants
- October to December 2020: "Russians Write Revolutions"
July to September 2020: "Travelling the TBR 2.0"
April to June 2020: "Writing from Southern Africa"
Jan - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa (Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Poland)
July-Sept 2019: Turning the Tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers
April - June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World
Jan - March 2019: The Mediterranean World
Oct - Dec 2018: Tradition and Change
July - September 2018:
Between Giants: Central Asian Border Regions
April - June 2018:
Japan and the Koreas
Jan - Mar 2018:
Travelling the TBR Road
Oct - Dec 2017:
The Nordic Countries
July - September 2017:
Non Majority Language Writers
April - June 2017:
Travel Writing by non European and non North American Writers
Jan - March 2017:
The Benelux Countries
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny
July - September 2016: Soviet and Post Soviet Writers
Apr - Jun 2016: Writers at Risk
Jan - Mar 2016: Literature from the Caribbean Islands
Oct - Dec 2015: Women authors who didn't write in English
July-September 2015: Nobel Laureates Writing in a Language Other than English
April-June 2015: The Iberian Peninusla
January - March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent
Oct - Dec 2014 Postwar Germany (1945-now)
July-September 2014 Mexico and Central America
April - June 2014 Travel and Travelogue Literature
January - March 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa
October - December 2013: South American literature
July - September 2013: Francophone literature (excluding Europe)
April- June, 2013: Southeast Asian literature

Jan - March 2013: 20th and 21st Century Eastern and Central European literature

October - December 2012 China and Its Neighboring Countries There is also a wiki with background information and reading lists for this theme read.

July - September 2012 Middle Eastern Literature

April - June 2012: Closed and Selective Societies
January - March 2012: Turkey and the Balkans
October - December 2011: Migration/Immigration
July - September 2011: The Sea
April - June 2011: War and Regions in Conflict
January - March 2011: "Journeys"

MASTER THREAD & List for the NEW regional threads is HERE. Please read this FIRST.

MASTER LIST of REGIONAL THREADS with links (abbreviated as necessary, full list on the master thread):

***1. Eastern Africa I: Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe...others.
***2. Eastern Africa II: Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda
***3. Middle Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo ...others
***4. Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco...others
***5. Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa...others
***6. Western Africa: Cote d'​​​​​​Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone...others

***7. The Caribbean: Anguilla, Antgua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands...others
***8. Central America & Mexico: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico...others
***9. South America I: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela...others
***10. South America II: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay...others

***11. Asia I: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan...others
***12. Asia II: China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Tibet.
***13. Asia III: Japan, Korea, the Phillipines.
***14. Asia IV: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia...others.
***15. Asia V: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan

***16. Middle East I: Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel
***17. Middle East II: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran...others.
***18. Oceania: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea...others.

***19. Europe I: France, Monaco, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg
***20. Europe II: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark...others.
***21. Europe III: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania
***22. Europe IV: Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro
***23. Europe V: Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, Malta
***24. Europe VI: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia
***25. Europe VII: Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Gibraltar
***26. Europe VIII: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein

This group was set up in 2006 by avaland. Others who have served as group administrator since then are rebeccanyc (†) and SassyLassy.

The current admin (since January 2019) is thorold

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PinnedJuly-September 2023: Reading around the Black Sea41 ulæste / 41cindydavid4, fredag 5:44pm
rocketjk's 2023 reading travels11 ulæste / 11rocketjk, I går 11:17am
***REGION 2: Eastern Africa II36 ulæste / 36rocketjk, september 16
***REGION 5: Southern Africa41 ulæste / 41labfs39, september 8
***REGION 4: Northern Africa43 ulæste / 43rocketjk, september 6
Banned Books Around the World56 ulæste / 56cindydavid4, september 6
April-June Theme Read: War and Regions in Conflict113 ulæste / 113rocketjk, september 6
eairo reads from Helsinki to Helsinki, part II: The Americas71 ulæste / 71eairo, august 29
***REGION 23: Europe V46 ulæste / 46Nickelini, august 10
***REGION 9: South America I63 ulæste / 63rocketjk, august 3
***REGION 25: Europe VII59 ulæste / 59PatrickMurtha, august 1
***REGION 22: Europe IV41 ulæste / 41PatrickMurtha, juli 28
***REGION 13: Asia III78 ulæste / 78PatrickMurtha, juli 19
***REGION 24: Europe VI58 ulæste / 58rocketjk, juli 15
Jan - March 2023: The Baltic Sea region94 ulæste / 94rocketjk, juli 15
***REGION 14: Asia IV32 ulæste / 32PatrickMurtha, juli 12
***REGION 6: Western Africa44 ulæste / 44PatrickMurtha, juli 9
Where in the world are you? (May-June 2023)21 ulæste / 21Tess_W, juni 25
***REGION 20: Europe II64 ulæste / 64Nickelini, juni 3
***REGION 21: Europe III59 ulæste / 59LolaWalser, juni 2
***REGION 8: Central America34 ulæste / 34Tess_W, maj 30
***REGION 17: Middle East II30 ulæste / 30labfs39, maj 6
***REGION 7: The Caribbean32 ulæste / 32Tess_W, april 29
Where in the world are you? March-April 202327 ulæste / 27Tess_W, april 24
Reading Maps3 ulæste / 3labfs39, april 2
***REGION 19: Europe I132 ulæste / 132Tess_W, april 1
***REGION 26: Europe VIII64 ulæste / 64troyschwab, marts 25
Where in the World Are You? Jan-Feb. 202346 ulæste / 46labfs39, marts 1
***REGION 1: Eastern Africa I32 ulæste / 32labfs39, februar 19
Tess Goes Where the Books Take Her 20236 ulæste / 6labfs39, februar 12
***REGION 12: Asia II36 ulæste / 36Tess_W, februar 12
Where in the World Are You? Nov/Dec 202235 ulæste / 35Tess_W, januar 29
Markon (Ardene) dips her toe in the ocean of translation22 ulæste / 22labfs39, januar 10
July-September 2015: Nobel Laureates Writing in a Language Other Than English126 ulæste / 126rocketjk, januar 6
Trifolia’s travelling the World87 ulæste / 87Trifolia, januar 4
rocketjk's 2022 reading travels27 ulæste / 27rocketjk, december 2022
2023 Theme reads planning24 ulæste / 24labfs39, december 2022
***REGION 10: South America II85 ulæste / 85Trifolia, december 2022
***REGION 3: Middle Africa28 ulæste / 28Trifolia, december 2022
***REGION 16: Middle East I40 ulæste / 40Trifolia, december 2022
***REGION 11: Asia I24 ulæste / 24Trifolia, december 2022
October to December 2022: Prize winners in their own language73 ulæste / 73SassyLassy, december 2022
***REGION 15: Asia V42 ulæste / 42Gypsy_Boy, december 2022
2023 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS17 ulæste / 17thorold, december 2022
2022 RTT Quarterly: 2nd Quarter: April-June Outcasts and Castaways58 ulæste / 58thorold, november 2022
Where In The World Are You? Sept/Oct 202224 ulæste / 24labfs39, oktober 2022
July to September 2014: Mexico and Central America46 ulæste / 46kidzdoc, oktober 2022
Speaking to No. 4--a novel with French & Japanese themes1 ulæst / 1Ifland, oktober 2022
July to September 2022 — "When alphabets collide": books written in the Slavic languages35 ulæste / 35LolaWalser, september 2022
Oct - Dec 2015: Women authors who didn't write in English107 ulæste / 107labfs39, september 2022
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202220 ulæste / 20kidzdoc, august 2022
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa101 ulæste / 101rocketjk, august 2022
Jan - March 2022: Around the Indian Ocean62 ulæste / 62Gypsy_Boy, juli 2022
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey 202228 ulæste / 28labfs39, juni 2022
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202225 ulæste / 25jveezer, juni 2022
2022 Theme Reads Planning44 ulæste / 44SassyLassy, maj 2022
April - June 2020: Writing from Southern Africa128 ulæste / 128thorold, maj 2022
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202262 ulæste / 62MissWatson, maj 2022
April to June 2021: Childhood — Books for or about children in different cultures around the world127 ulæste / 127Yells, april 2022
October - December 2013: South American Literature131 ulæste / 131SassyLassy, marts 2022
Where In The World Are You? January/February 2022?60 ulæste / 60hemlokgang, februar 2022
Nickelini's Read Around the World Challenge48 ulæste / 48Nickelini, februar 2022
rocketjk's 2021 reading travels19 ulæste / 19rocketjk, januar 2022
Where In The World Are You? November/December 202145 ulæste / 45hemlokgang, december 2021
MESSAGE BOARD 202127 ulæste / 27cindydavid4, december 2021
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey 202131 ulæste / 31hemlokgang, december 2021
Julie's Journeys22 ulæste / 22Julie_in_the_Library, december 2021
2022 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS10 ulæste / 10thorold, december 2021
2012-Classics In Their Own Country--Europe and Turkey65 ulæste / 65thorold, november 2021
ASIA READING CHALLENGE 2022 -2 ulæste / 2kidzdoc, november 2021
Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants98 ulæste / 98thorold, november 2021
Where In The World Are You? September/October 202131 ulæste / 31hemlokgang, november 2021
July to September 2021: The Lusophone World: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language80 ulæste / 80thorold, oktober 2021
October-December 2021: Translation prize winners29 ulæste / 29MissWatson, oktober 2021
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202139 ulæste / 39hemlokgang, september 2021
***REGION 18: Oceania20 ulæste / 20streamsong, august 2021
Trying to make a list of 1000 books normalized by country population85 ulæste / 85Settings, august 2021
Japan’s indigenous minorities6 ulæste / 6danielcheng, juli 2021
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202167 ulæste / 67hemlokgang, juli 2021
October-December 2017: The Nordic Countries94 ulæste / 94Gypsy_Boy, maj 2021
Jan-March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent97 ulæste / 97Gypsy_Boy, maj 2021
April-June 2013 Theme Read: South East Asia72 ulæste / 72spiralsheep, maj 2021
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202166 ulæste / 66hemlokgang, maj 2021
Where In The World Are You? May/June 20201 ulæst / 1hemlokgang, maj 2021
Jul-Sept 2017: non-majority language writers60 ulæste / 60rocketjk, marts 2021
2021 Theme Reads Planning170 ulæste / 170cindydavid4, februar 2021
Where In The World Are You? January/February 2021?67 ulæste / 67hemlokgang, februar 2021
April-June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World76 ulæste / 76Dilara86, februar 2021
Boekentrol's World Tour in Books51 ulæste / 51BoekenTrol71, februar 2021
January to March 2014 -- Literature from Sub-Saharan Africa105 ulæste / 105spiralsheep, januar 2021
January - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century145 ulæste / 145tallpaul, januar 2021
April-June 2014 : Travel Writing and Travelogues Theme Read115 ulæste / 115spiralsheep, januar 2021
Interesting articles4 ulæste / 4Gypsy_Boy, januar 2021
July-September 2012 Theme Read: Middle Eastern Literature171 ulæste / 171spiralsheep, januar 2021
Oct - Dec 2020: Russians Write the Revolution 1881 - 1922137 ulæste / 137spiralsheep, januar 2021
Any Republic of Niger authors in English (not Nigeria)9 ulæste / 9Gypsy_Boy, januar 2021
Rocketjk's 2020 reading 'round the world31 ulæste / 31rocketjk, januar 2021
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 202064 ulæste / 64hemlokgang, december 2020
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey in 202029 ulæste / 29hemlokgang, december 2020
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