Reading Globally

This group is for readers who, for whatever reason, endeavor to explore the world through great fiction. We don't exclude nonfiction discussion entirely, but we are primarily a fiction group. 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
Jan - March 2021: Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants

Click on the "See More" button below to see planned and past theme reads and the list of regional themes

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


Other Planned theme reads for 2021:

— April to June 2021: Childhood: Books for or about children in different cultures around the world (there's a preliminary suggestion-gathering list for this topic)
— July to September 2021: The Lusophone world: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language
— October-December 2021: Translation prize winners

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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

Ongoing

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.

- 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"



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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

NEWS! As of May 2, 2011, ALL discussions of the literature of the UK, US, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are now on our supplemental group: READING GLOBALLY II



GROUP ADMIN:
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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FastnålatMESSAGE BOARD 20217 olästa / 7cindydavid4, söndag 10:45pm
FastnålatNotes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants90 olästa / 90spiralsheep, torsdag 9:29am
Where In The World Are You? March/April 20216 olästa / 6spiralsheep, Idag 4:32am
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey 202110 olästa / 10hemlokgang, måndag 5:32pm
2021 Theme Reads Planning170 olästa / 170cindydavid4, söndag 11:20pm
Where In The World Are You? January/February 2021?67 olästa / 67hemlokgang, söndag 3:56pm
April-June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World76 olästa / 76Dilara86, februari 23
***REGION 6: Western Africa32 olästa / 32zasmine, februari 21
***REGION 8: Central America26 olästa / 26spiralsheep, februari 21
July to September 2014: Mexico and Central America45 olästa / 45spiralsheep, februari 21
April - June 2020: Writing from Southern Africa126 olästa / 126spiralsheep, februari 16
Boekentrol's World Tour in Books51 olästa / 51BoekenTrol71, februari 15
Trying to make a list of 1000 books normalized by country population77 olästa / 77Settings, februari 11
rocketjk's 2021 reading travels4 olästa / 4rocketjk, februari 11
January to March 2014 -- Literature from Sub-Saharan Africa105 olästa / 105spiralsheep, januari 31
January - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century145 olästa / 145tallpaul, januari 26
April-June 2014 : Travel Writing and Travelogues Theme Read115 olästa / 115spiralsheep, januari 26
Interesting articles4 olästa / 4Gypsy_Boy, januari 23
July-September 2012 Theme Read: Middle Eastern Literature171 olästa / 171spiralsheep, januari 20
Oct - Dec 2020: Russians Write the Revolution 1881 - 1922137 olästa / 137spiralsheep, januari 15
Any Republic of Niger authors in English (not Nigeria)9 olästa / 9Gypsy_Boy, januari 14
***REGION 3: Middle Africa22 olästa / 22Gypsy_Boy, januari 14
***REGION 24: Europe VI53 olästa / 53Gypsy_Boy, januari 14
***REGION 2: Eastern Africa II31 olästa / 31kidzdoc, januari 11
***REGION 18: Oceania19 olästa / 19jveezer, januari 10
Rocketjk's 2020 reading 'round the world31 olästa / 31rocketjk, januari 1
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 202064 olästa / 64hemlokgang, december 26, 2020
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey in 202029 olästa / 29hemlokgang, december 19, 2020
varielle puts on her traveling shoes20 olästa / 20varielle, december 15, 2020
MESSAGE BOARD 202015 olästa / 15spiralsheep, december 14, 2020
***REGION 9: South America I52 olästa / 52spiralsheep, december 14, 2020
2021 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS28 olästa / 28Dilara86, december 13, 2020
July-September 2020: Travelling the TBR Road 2.0147 olästa / 147spiralsheep, december 10, 2020
October - December 2013: South American Literature127 olästa / 127spiralsheep, december 9, 2020
***REGION 17: Middle East II24 olästa / 24spiralsheep, december 9, 2020
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny52 olästa / 52smgaines, november 2020
***REGION 7: The Caribbean28 olästa / 28rocketjk, november 2020
July-Sept 2018: Between Giants - Central Asian border regions48 olästa / 48spiralsheep, november 2020
Where In The World Are You? September/ October 202055 olästa / 55hemlokgang, november 2020
***REGION 22: Europe IV30 olästa / 30Nickelini, oktober 2020
Julie's Journeys19 olästa / 19Julie_in_the_Library, september 2020
2012-Classics In Their Own Country--Europe and Turkey64 olästa / 64spiphany, september 2020
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202075 olästa / 75hemlokgang, september 2020
July-September 2019: Turning the tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers31 olästa / 31rocketjk, augusti 2020
***REGION 26: Europe VIII54 olästa / 54Nickelini, augusti 2020
***REGION 23: Europe V41 olästa / 41Nickelini, augusti 2020
***REGION 20: Europe II45 olästa / 45rocketjk, juli 2020
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202042 olästa / 42hemlokgang, juni 2020
***REGION 5: Southern Africa37 olästa / 37kidzdoc, maj 2020
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202030 olästa / 30hemlokgang, maj 2020
***REGION 10: South America II82 olästa / 82rocketjk, april 2020
Where In The World Are You? January/ February 202025 olästa / 25hemlokgang, februari 2020
Sarams reading around the world46 olästa / 46sarams, februari 2020
Claire's Going Global At Last39 olästa / 39klarusu, februari 2020
April - June 2018: Japan and the Koreas84 olästa / 84SqueakyChu, januari 2020
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa99 olästa / 99rocketjk, januari 2020
Rocketjk's 2019 reading 'round the world39 olästa / 39rocketjk, december 2019
Hemlokgang's Gloval Literary Journey in 20202 olästa / 2rocketjk, december 2019
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 201926 olästa / 26jveezer, december 2019
MESSAGE BOARD 201956 olästa / 56Dilara86, december 2019
2020 Theme Reads Planning18 olästa / 18cindydavid4, december 2019
April-June 2015: The Iberian Peninsula123 olästa / 123SassyLassy, december 2019
Hemlokgang's 2019 Global Literary Journey28 olästa / 28hemlokgang, november 2019
Where In The World Are You? September/ October 201938 olästa / 38-pilgrim-, oktober 2019
October-December 2017: The Nordic Countries93 olästa / 93featherbear, oktober 2019
eairo reads from Helsinki to Helsinki, part II: The Americas65 olästa / 65eairo, oktober 2019
Where In The World Are You? July/August 201949 olästa / 49hemlokgang, september 2019
Where In The World Are You? May/June 201941 olästa / 41hemlokgang, juli 2019
***REGION 25: Europe VII58 olästa / 58kidzdoc, juni 2019
Question about Mario Vargas Llosa19 olästa / 19rocketjk, maj 2019
Where In The World Are You? March/April 201963 olästa / 63Selliers, maj 2019
***REGION 19: Europe I111 olästa / 111lriley, april 2019
Jan - March 2019: The Mediterranean World200 olästa / 200LolaWalser, april 2019
Where In The World Are You? January/February 201938 olästa / 38hemlokgang, mars 2019
Jan-March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent95 olästa / 95jigarpatel, mars 2019
April-June Theme Read: War and Regions in Conflict112 olästa / 112rocketjk, februari 2019
2012: Classics in Their Own Country--Africa and the Middle East15 olästa / 15thorold, februari 2019
Jan.-March 2016: Literature from the Caribbean Islands127 olästa / 127SassyLassy, januari 2019
Notable books soon to be released3 olästa / 3jveezer, januari 2019
2012: Classics in Their Own Country: Asia and the Middle East23 olästa / 23arubabookwoman, januari 2019
2012: Classics in Their Own Country--Latin America and the Caribbean15 olästa / 15arubabookwoman, januari 2019
2019 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS18 olästa / 18thorold, januari 2019
rocketjk's 2018 reading around the world22 olästa / 22rocketjk, januari 2019
Hemlokgang's 20019 Literay Journey1 oläst / 1hemlokgang, januari 2019
Where In The World Are You? November/December 201826 olästa / 26mnleona, december 2018
2019 Theme Reads Planning21 olästa / 21cindydavid4, december 2018
Message Board 201818 olästa / 18SassyLassy, december 2018
***REGION 21: Europe III52 olästa / 52rocketjk, december 2018
Hemlokgang's Literary Journey 201825 olästa / 25hemlokgang, december 2018
***REGION 4: Northern Africa33 olästa / 33thorold, december 2018
***REGION 13: Asia III50 olästa / 50thorold, december 2018
***REGION 1: Eastern Africa I27 olästa / 27thorold, december 2018
October - December 2018: Tradition and Change17 olästa / 17thorold, december 2018
Original Language Stats8 olästa / 8alvaret, december 2018
Where In The World Are You? September/October 201828 olästa / 28hemlokgang, november 2018
***REGION 12: Asia II27 olästa / 27rocketjk, september 2018
Where In The World Are You? July/August 201874 olästa / 74Tid, september 2018
Where In The World Are You? May/June 201845 olästa / 45hemlokgang, juni 2018
si: world fiction28 olästa / 28si, maj 2018
Books set in and around Brussels9 olästa / 9Dilara86, maj 2018
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