Reading the World Challenge – Update #1

PaperTigers Reading the World ChallengeWe have yet to start the PaperTigers Reading the World Challenge in our household – the boys are getting geared up to have their first book read by the end of this month for their individual reads, but I’ve decided to wait till April to start on our readaloud together, to take advantage as much as possible of school holidays. They both seem to have so many different evening activities during term-time that reading to both of them at the same time has become a challenge in itself!

However, it is definitely time for a round-up of those people who have been reading already – and it’s great that the Challenge has been taken up for “grown-up” reading too. Sometimes I get so immersed in children’s books that I lose sight of books written for “my age” – but there are some fantastic booklists appearing on various blogs, which means that I now have an enormous list of books I want to read!

Susan at Black-Eyed Susan, from Detroit, Michigan, US, leapt in straight away with two books – Faith by Maya Ajmera, Magda Nakassis and Cynthia Pon (a Global Fund for Children Book/Charlesbridge, 2009) – which was recently a PaperTigers Book of the Month; and 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, Thomas Gonzalez, Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah (Peach Tree, 2009).

PaperTigers’ own Corinne, in Vancouver, Canada, has read The Shepherd’s Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter (Groundwood/House of Anansi, 2008).

Eva at A Striped Armchair, who lives in the U.S. Rockies, has already chosen the countries she is going to focus on in each continent and has put together what she calls a pool of books to choose from – I would call it a sparkling lake – if you’re looking for inspiration, dive in – so far, she has read The God Who Begat a Jackal by Nega Mezlekia. And an aside – just take a look at the wonderful maps Eva produced of the books she read in 2009…

Tiina at A Book Blog of One’s Own, in Helsinki, Finland, has posted reviews of her first two reads – she covered Asia in January with Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree by Tariq Ali and Europe in February with The River by Rumer Godden.

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Edi at Crazy Quilts has also ticked off a couple of continents with one of my favorite reads of 2009, Rukhsana Khan’s Wanting Mor; and a new one to me that has gone onto my to-be-read list: The Other Hand by Chris Cleave – which she points out is published as Little Bee in the US.

Olduvai at Olduvai Reads, in the Bay Area of San Francisco, has also, like Eva, produced an extensive reading list for the countries she has chosen: Antarctica remains as Antarctica, then Morocco, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Portugal, Canada and Argentina… She’s already taken a couple of books out of the library and is reading Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler.

And what about you? If you haven’t joined the Reading the World Challenge yet, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time. Find out about how it works here, and let us know what you’re reading..

7 Responses to “Reading the World Challenge – Update #1”

  1. Corinne Says:

    Marj –
    I am just about done Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze, written by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis. It won the Newbery Award in 1933.

  2. Marjorie Says:

    It would be interesting to hear your comments about it, Corinne, especially considering when it was published.

  3. Corinne Robson Says:

    Marj –
    I was lucky enough to travel to China in 1987 and since then have always had an interest in chinese history. One of my all-time favorite adult books is Shanghai by Christopher New. I especially love any book that takes me back in time to another country and quite enjoyed Young-Fu.

    Other young adult books I have read this month
    Swimming in the Monsoon Sea written by Shyam Selvadurai, (set in Sri Lanka)

    A Girl Made of Dust, written by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi (set in Lebanon)

    Currently reading Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (set in Australia).

  4. Corinne Robson Says:

    Chandra’s Secret written by Allan Stratton (set in Africa).

  5. Corinne Says:

    Marj –
    So I have to admit I just couldn’t finish Jellicoe Road. Such rave reviews but it didn’t do much for me.

    I just finished I, Coriander written by Sally Gardner (set in London).

  6. Corinne Robson Says:

    I bought two books for my son at the Australian Book Publishers’ stand at the Bologna Book Fair: Chenxi and the Foreigner by Sally Rippin (set in China) and We are the Weather Makers (young adult version) by Tim Flanners (Can I count this book in the Antarctica category since that is category is challenge to find books from?)

    So I’ve done:

    Now I’m off to do North and South America!

  7. Marjorie Says:

    Wow, Corinne, I just haven’t kept up with you here! We’ve just got going and you’ve practically finished!!! I still haven’t read I, Coriander – I have it but haven’t got round to reading it yet. I’d love to know what you thought of it. I too picked up Chenxi and the Foreigner in Bologna and read it on the journey home. We Are the Weather Makers sounds like a good choice. We’ve had a challenge finding Antarctica books too but have tracked down three works of fiction for the boys to read. Now we have to decide which one I want to read to them and which they can get on with themselves! So do get your son to send a couple of sentences summing up what he thought of the books he’s read…