Reading the World Challenge

by Jia

Hello! Happy Holidays!!

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in so long, hopefully next year I’ll be much more active with this blog. This blogpost is about the ‘Reading the World’ challenge I’ve decided to start next year. I’ve been wanting to do this for so long and I finally decided to get on it. 2020 is the year I finally start doing things I’ve been wanting to do, and why not finally start this challenge as well? Of course, I love reading books but I love travelling just as much and absolutely love learning about other countries and cultures. I think this challenge is a great way for me to learn more about the world and other peoples’ stories.

This challenge was inspired by Ann Morgan’s Ted Talk – My Year Reading a Book From Every Country in the World. For a year, she read a book from every country in the world. I remember watching the video on YouTube a few years ago when it came out and thinking how fun doing something like that must be. But back then I wasn’t reading as much as I am now and it would have been a lot harder to access all those books. But I’m finally at a place where I’m finally able to do this challenge!

I decided that unlike Ann Morgan and many others who are doing this challenge, I’m not going to put a strict time limit on it. At first I thought I’d try and finish it within a year and realized that that is very unrealistic for me. I want to be able to read other books too! So I decided that I’ll finish it whenever I finish it. If I finish it in a year, great! If I finish it in two years, also great! I’m going to try and dedicate at least one book per month (minimum) to this challenge, though. I’ve also already read quite a few books set in Asian countries (mainly West and South Asia) so I’m counting them towards this challenge to make it a little easier for myself. As for choosing what books to read in the future, I decided on:

  • fiction books set in x country
  • nonfiction books set in x country
  • history books about x country (I am a history major after all!)

I want to read as many books as I can by an author that is from whatever country I’m reading about at the time. However, I understand that this can be hard at times, especially if books aren’t translated into English or accessible to me. In that case, I’ll try reading whatever I can about the country’s history and culture. Ann Morgan has a list of the books she read during her year of reading and I will, at times, refer to that if I cannot find anything through my own research.

For the past few days, I’ve been working on setting up interactive maps on my blog that will go live once I start the challenge. Of course, they aren’t as great as I would have liked for them to be because I honestly didn’t know what I was doing half the time – but I hope you like them and that they make this challenge all the more fun to do!

Doesn’t this challenge sound like so much fun?? Is it something you’d like to do as well at one point? Let me know!

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