The World Reader Challenge

The Challenge

Read a book from every country in the world.

In 2021 when I was setting up my reading goals for the year, I noticed the books I read came almost exclusively from American authors. I hadn’t even read many books from my own country of Canada. So, I made an effort to seek out translated books from authors in other countries to see how that might enrich my reading experience. To my absolute delight I had one of the best reading years of my life.

So, I wanted to keep the reading diversity going and set up this challenge to read a book from every country. If you’ve made it here, I invite you to join me. There is no time limit, just a journey to become a world reader. Below is a list of recognized countries. I have written names of books beside the countries as I discover the ones I’d like to read. I have bolded the ones I have completed. In the map above, I have highlighted the countries I have completed and if you hover over you will see the name of the book I read from that country. I’m open to suggestions for books if you’d like to leave them in a comment below. Happy reading!

The Country List

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Andorra
  5. Angola
  6. Antigua and Barbuda
  7. Argentina – Collected Fictions by Jorje Luis Borges
  8. Armenia
  9. Australia
  10. Austria
  11. Azerbaijan
  12. Bahamas
  13. Bahrain
  14. Bangladesh
  15. Barbados
  16. Belarus
  17. Belgium
  18. Belize
  19. Benin
  20. Bhutan
  21. Bolivia
  22. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  23. Botswana
  24. Brazil – The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector
  25. Brunei
  26. Bulgaria
  27. Burkina Faso
  28. Burundi
  29. Cabo Verde
  30. Cambodia
  31. Cameroon
  32. Canada – Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  33. Central African Republic
  34. Chad
  35. Chile – 2666 by Roberto Bolaño
  36. China
  37. Colombia – 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  38. Comoros
  39. Congo
  40. Costa Rica
  41. Croatia
  42. Cuba
  43. Cyprus
  44. Czechia – The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  45. Côte d’Ivoire
  46. Denmark
  47. Djibouti
  48. Dominica
  49. Dominican Republic
  50. DR Congo
  51. Ecuador
  52. Egypt
  53. El Salvador
  54. Equatorial Guinea
  55. Eritrea
  56. Estonia
  57. Eswatini
  58. Ethiopia
  59. Fiji
  60. Finland
  61. France – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  62. Gabon
  63. Gambia
  64. Georgia
  65. Germany – Next World Novella by Matthias Politycki
  66. Ghana
  67. Greece
  68. Grenada
  69. Guatemala
  70. Guinea
  71. Guinea-Bissau
  72. Guyana
  73. Haiti
  74. Holy See
  75. Honduras
  76. Hungary
  77. Iceland
  78. India
  79. Indonesia
  80. Iran
  81. Iraq
  82. Ireland -The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  83. Israel – Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  84. Italy – Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  85. Jamaica
  86. Japan – No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
  87. Jordan
  88. Kazakhstan
  89. Kenya
  90. Kiribati
  91. Kuwait
  92. Kyrgyzstan
  93. Laos
  94. Latvia
  95. Lebanon
  96. Lesotho
  97. Liberia
  98. Libya
  99. Liechtenstein
  100. Lithuania
  101. Luxembourg
  102. Madagascar
  103. Malawi
  104. Malaysia
  105. Maldives
  106. Mali
  107. Malta
  108. Marshall Islands
  109. Mauritania
  110. Mauritius
  111. Mexico
  112. Micronesia
  113. Moldova
  114. Monaco
  115. Mongolia
  116. Montenegro
  117. Morocco
  118. Mozambique
  119. Myanmar
  120. Namibia
  121. Nauru
  122. Nepal
  123. Netherlands
  124. New Zealand
  125. Nicaragua
  126. Niger
  127. Nigeria
  128. North Korea
  129. North Macedonia
  130. Norway – The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas
  131. Oman
  132. Pakistan
  133. Palau
  134. Panama
  135. Papua New Guinea
  136. Paraguay
  137. Peru
  138. Philippines
  139. Poland
  140. Portugal – The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
  141. Qatar
  142. Romania – Night by Elie Wiesel
  143. Russia – Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  144. Rwanda
  145. Saint Kitts & Nevis
  146. Saint Lucia
  147. Samoa
  148. San Marino
  149. Sao Tome & Principe
  150. Saudi Arabia
  151. Senegal
  152. Serbia
  153. Seychelles
  154. Sierra Leone
  155. Singapore
  156. Slovakia
  157. Slovenia
  158. Solomon Islands
  159. Somalia
  160. South Africa
  161. South Korea
  162. South Sudan
  163. Spain – A Heart So White by Javier Marías
  164. Sri Lanka
  165. St. Vincent & Grenadines
  166. State of Palestine
  167. Sudan
  168. Suriname
  169. Sweden
  170. Switzerland
  171. Syria
  172. Tajikistan
  173. Tanzania
  174. Thailand
  175. Timor-Leste
  176. Togo
  177. Tonga
  178. Trinidad & Tobago
  179. Tunisia
  180. Turkey
  181. Turkmenistan
  182. Tuvalu
  183. Uganda
  184. Ukraine
  185. United Arab Emirates
  186. United Kingdom – To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  187. United States – Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  188. Uruguay
  189. Uzbekistan
  190. Vanuatu
  191. Venezuela
  192. Vietnam – Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  193. Yemen
  194. Zambia
  195. Zimbabwe

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