Posted by: koolwine | December 28, 2013

Halfway There!

Can you believe we’re 98 countries, 3.75 years and 29,642 pages into this literary adventure?

So far our armchair journey has included a country I didn’t know existed (Mauritius), a bogus biography (Jordan), and a geographical mistake (Inner Mongolia – akin to confusing New Mexico with Mexico, oops!).

Initially I chose books based on their settings. I wasn’t concerned about the nationality of the authors, several of whom were American. I’ve since realized that my reading experience felt much richer when the book was written by an author who is a citizen of that country. Now I base my book choices on the writer’s nationality.

I am thrilled and honored that I have heard from so many people around the world who say that I have inspired them to start similar reading projects. Thanks for traveling with me.

World Lit Up’s Halfway ‘Round the World Top Ten List:

  1. Haiti: Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat
  2. Zimbabwe: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
  3. Sierra Leone: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
  4. Saudi Arabia: Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  5. Cuba: Waiting for Snow to Fall in Havana by Carlos Eire
  6. Libya: In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  7. Israel: Almost Dead by Assaf Gavron
  8. Poland: Marzi: A Memoir by Marzena Sowa with art by Sylvain Savoia
  9. Argentina: Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueros
  10. Netherlands: The Dinner by Herman Koch


  1. Holly, that was really interesting; I appreciate your insights choosing an author from the topic country. I had not realized I have been reading your blogs for so long. You are doing a super job and I will continue to look forward to each country. Donna

    On Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 7:18 PM, World Lit Up


    • Thanks Donna. Hope you’re up for four more years! I didn’t expect it would take so long, but I guess that’s how it goes with most journeys…


  2. I can’t say it often enough, I love your blog and the idea…I love to read your thoughts about the books and I find so many new views and opinions for myself in it…thanks again to keep my mind open to see different things, countries, cultures…


    • It should get even more interesting since many of the countries that are left are ones that don’t receive much press in America: Andorra, Guyana, Palau, Tonga, Uzbekistan…
      Thanks for your encouragement!


  3. Congratulations on so much progress!


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