Sunday, July 31, 2016

Globetrotting with Books: The Series & Link Up

{2016 Target: 12 Countries Explored, 0 more to go!}

History used to be this utterly boring subject in school. Pages and pages of statistics and uninspiring narration of which country plundered which. But when I read Without You there is No Us, which is a Korean’s account of the split between North & South Korea, I could not read it without having goose bumps. Like any subject, history became exciting as ever once told in form of  a story. 

A good story is what distinguishes a good book from a boring one and a good movie from a bad one. Unsurprisingly, it is a key ingredient to any TED talk, have you heard one that didn’t include a story? So here I am, opening myself to historical fiction & cultures around the world. While Ann Morgan covered a book from *every* country in only a year, I figured how hard can say, 12 books a year be?

Here’s a list of books I’ve read. Click on the ones highlighted in blue to read individual reviews & thoughts!

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 Small Great Things,  Jodi Picoult (*new*) 

 The Sound of Things Falling,  Juan Gabriel Vásquez 

 A Season of Martyrs, Bina Shah 
 The Wandering Falcon, Jamil Ahmad  


Dominican Republic
 This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz 

 It Ain't So Awful, Falafel, Firoozeh Dumas 

 What Belongs to You, Garth Greenwell 

 Beauty is a Wound, Eka Kurniawan  

North Korea
 Without You There is No Us, Suki Kim  

 Portrait of a Turkish Family, Irfan Orga 
 The Forty Rules of Love, Elif Shafak 

The President’s Hat, Antoine Laurain 
The Red Notebook, Antoine Laurain


My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante

The House at Riverton, Kate Morton

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This linky is only for posts on books that explore a country, culture or have a backdrop of a country. It could be a book review or how a place or experience reminded you of such a book. No other topic!

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  1. Love your list! I've been a traveller for a long time and a reader my whole life, but only this year have I started to explore the non-fiction travel/history writing genre. I've noted down your suggestions! #mondayescapes

    1. Sounds lovely! Will love suggestions from you :)

  2. Great idea. interested in history but not slogging through textbooks so these sound fab. Will check them out!


  3. Great listing of books. My boys and I often read books about other countries. My youngest and I just read This is the Mountain; all about Mt. Kilimanjaro.

    1. THEIR teacher seems to be doing a fab job :)

  4. What a great idea. I might start doing some posts on this.

  5. I wasn't interested in history at school-for the reasons you mentioned!! I have become more interested in history as I've become older (and assuming more mature, maturity piquing an interest in the world I live in, and events that have shaped my life and those around me,) as opposed to being a self absorbed teenager to whom none of this mattered!! I love a book with a fabulous story-I will keep your list in mind!! #bigpinklink

    1. Yes, we were pretty self absorbed weren't we? Thankfully our outlook changes with every decade of our lives!

  6. Great list - very interesting to get into the non-fiction books after years of reading a lot of crime novels. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam

  7. Thanks for sharing your link-up at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!
    I shared a few books I thought might be of interest.
    Our August Book Nook just opened up - would love for you to link up and contribute with us at our month-long party! :-)

    1. Have noted & joined in! Thanks for contributing :)

  8. I love traveling via book. So much. :)
    And this is why I've loved historical fiction foreverrrr. Thanks for the book suggestions!

  9. I love your Around the World theme with books! Thanks so much for sharing with the Diverse Kid Lit linky!!

  10. I hope you meant it when you said unlimited because I added a bunch! Thanks for linking this post up with Booknificent Thursday on!

    1. hehehe :) No problem Tina! This linky isn't time bound so you're welcome to add more! Thank you :)