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Around the World in Books Challenge

Hello, my fellow Spirals!

I think the title of this post explains the challenge but nevertheless, I will try to explain properly.

I took up this challenge a few months ago as a mini passion project. Essentially what you do is try to read a book from each country. I initially found this idea from emmie but didn’t think much of it. Then I was reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee which is set in South Korea and Japan, and I realized I LOVE reading about different cultures. I love reading about their people, their special places, their beliefs, their delicacies and their past. One of my favorite genres has always been Historical Fiction and usually those books explore different cultures in such immense depth. Added to that, reading has always been a way for me to educate myself about different opinions, beliefs, attitudes and culture.

So I thought, hey let’s try to read a book from different countries and cultures! It would be a wonderful opportunity for me to explore more and try out different authors as well. So I soon started asking for recommendations from people about books set in countries that I have read nothing from so far. I usually look for books set in a particular country, or talking about their culture through the people or authors from a particular country.

The countries I have covered so far are:

  1. India
  2. South Korea
  3. Japan
  4. Afghanistan
  5. Taiwan
  6. Germany
  7. Mexico
  8. United Kingdom
  9. France
  10. United States of America
  11. Saudi Arabia
  12. Nigeria
  13. Russia
  14. Ghana
  15. Ireland

After a few days, I bought the IKEA bookshelf for my room and was thinking of ways to decorate the side of the bookshelf. Immediately, an idea struck me to decorate it with mini vintage posters of countries that I have read books from. Here is a picture of the shelf:

Even though I state this to be a challenge/project, I have set no such deadline. I want this to be a lifelong challenge where I can pick up a book as per my mood and wish.

And with that, I’ll wrap up this small introduction to the challenge/project that I have taken up. I would actually encourage everyone to try this out as it is a beautiful way to expand your knowledge AND travel the world without moving.

Also, I NEED RECOMMENDATION guys!!! Drop the names of books for any country that is IN or NOT IN the list.
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By Harini @BookSpiral

Hi! I am Harini and I run this blog. I am a massive lover of books and like to spend all my time reading. My main aim is to explore new topics and unique books and talk about it on my blog. Hope you enjoy the content that I put out!

6 replies on “Around the World in Books Challenge”

[…] I know absolutely nothing about this book except that everyone loved it. I saw this book in the bookstore and immediately picked it up. The copy I own also has deckled edges which is such a unique addition to my personal library. Added to that, I know that this book takes place in Columbia which will account for my Around the World in Books challenge (check my post here). […]


Aaah, this challenge sounds AMAZING!! And omg, your bookshelf idea, SO CREATIVE!!! I’ve heard that love from A to Z (YA contemporary novel) is set in Qatar. Yeah, i cant think of any others right now though haha. Good luck!

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