Monday, December 13, 2010

NORTH AMERICA - Reading Around the World


Countries read are in bold blue. Potential books to be read are listed below each country. Once I've read a book, I will strike through it. An asterisk (*) indicates books I own but have not read yet.

1. Antigua and Barbuda
2. Bahamas
          An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof
3. Barbados
4. Belize
5. Canada
          Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
          *The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
          Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
          Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
6. Costa Rica
7. Cuba
          Broken Paradise by Cecilia Samartin
          The Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle
          The Surrender Tree by Margartia Engle
8. Dominica
          Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
9. Dominican Republic
          The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
          In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
10. El Salvador
11. Grenada
12. Guatemala
          Tree Girl by Ben Mikaelsen
13. Haiti
          Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
          Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
14. Honduras
          Don't Be Afraid, Gringo by Elvia Alvarado
15. Jamaica
          The Long Song by Andrea Levy
          The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
16. Mexico
          Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
          The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
          The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
          Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
          The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
          2666 by Roberto Bolano
          The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
17. Nicaragua
          The Country Under My Skin by Gioconda Belli 
18. Panama
          The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
19. Saint Kitts and Nevis
20. Saint Lucia
21. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
22. Trinidad and Tobago
          A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
23. United States
          Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
          The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
          The Road by Cormac McCarthy
          1776 by David McCullough
          Grant by Jean Edward Smith


Bill said...

I read Fifth Business way back in my university days and enjoyed immensely. The Blind Assassin is a more recent read and also enjoyed. I've read both The Handmaid's Tale and The Road. Hope you enjoy them all.

Bill said...

Oh, I just noticed your Trinidad book, A House for Mr. Biswas. Interesting.. touching, depressing, still excellent. For Cuba, I have recently reread Our Man in Havana. Excellent.

Liz said...

I'll have to check out Our Man in Havana, Bill. Thanks for the tip!

Crystal Dever said...

I have The Road if you ever want to borrow it. It an Oprah's book club book... supposed to be really good. I havent read it yet but want to someday. Love the new blog. You're so awesome for recording all of this.

Holly said...

This geographical challenge you have given yourself is amazing, Liz. You must have put so very much research into it!
In case you haven't filled some categories, here are some I've read set in various state of the US.
For New York state - A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly - really a YA but I read it twice. About a murder at a summer inn.
For California or Colorado (set in both places)
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. (one of my all time favorite books)
I watch both Lonesome Dove and Return to Lonesome Dove movies when I'm really tired. They force me to lie down and rest. Love them.