As if I haven’t set myself enough of a challenge to read my way around the world, I have decided to participate in a couple of other challenges: the 2012 TBR Pile challenge which is being hosted by The Roof Beam Reader and the African Reading Challenge hosted by Kinna at Kinna Reads.
For the TBR Pile Challenge, I am including three books that I have ready to go for my own challenge that are from the countries that have already been selcted through my self-imposed rule of using The Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book to randomly decide which countries to visit next. As I don’t know yet which countries I will be visiting after the next five that I have already identified, the other books on this list are from the rest of my MASSIVE stockpile of TBR tomes:
The Book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa – will be reading this for Angola
A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz – has been on my TBR list since I started my challenge and will be reading it for Israel
A State of Independence by Caryl Phillips – I am reading this for St Kitts but also because Phillips is coming to my hometown for our biennial Writers Week and I am looking forward to hearing him speak
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: I am sure I will get pelted with rocks (or books) for calling myself a bibliophile yet admitting I have never read a Dickens’ novel in full. To coincide with the bicentennial anniversary of Dickens’ birth (see here for info), I am making it my mission to read Great Expectations this year…the title summing up my own thoughts on this endeavour.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – one of my Mum’s favourites and I have it in a convenient handbag size version too so really I have no excuses not to get through this one.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery – there has to be a reason why the mere mention of this book has people hyperventilating over its worthiness and/or showing me their tattoos of quotes from the novel.
Atomised (alt.title is Elementary Particles) by Michel Houellebecq – he is the new l’enfant terrible of French lit and htis book caused such mix reactions that I am intrigued to see whether I will be disgusted or enthralled.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers – of all the tomes on my TBR shelf this one’s title does the hardest work to attract me to read it.
Postmodern Pooh by Frederick Crews: deconstructionism, post-structuralist Marxism, New Historicism, feminism, post-colonialism etc. all take their shot at analysing Winnie the Pooh – am intrigued.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks – as a psychologist, I love reading psych-related books
What The Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell – like an episode of QI, Gladwell always makes you think about the world a little differently.
Maphead: Charting the Wide Weird World of Geography Works by Ken Jennings – of Jeopardy fame, Jenning shares a love affair with maps which will surely offer much interest for me given the purpose of my blog is to learn more about other countries!
The Lover by Marguerite Duras – even though I have already done Vietnam for my challenge, I have had this book on the TBR pile for ages and am interested in a completely different perspective on the country.
This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Bell Jalloun – another take on Morocco.
For the Africa Reading Challenge 2012, I have to read five fiction or non-fiction books written by African authors and/or set in African countries by the end of the year.
I have three African countries ready to go in my list of five countries I will next be visiting:
Angola – I will be reading The Book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa (see above)
Malawi – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Sierra Leone – The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
I don’t yet know which other African countries I will be visiting this year but I am sure there will be another two and I will be able to complete this challenge.
Well, I better get started!
The Literary Nomad xx