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:
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- Saudi Arabia
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.