Thursday, December 31, 2009

21 Cultures Reading Challenge Wrap up

Hosted by Rebecca at Lost in Books.

Jan.1- December 31, 2009

"Read 21 books about 21 different cultures. It can be modern culture or old traditions and customs of a culture. It does not have to be nonfiction, but it should not be a fictional culture."

Books completed with those reviewed highlighted:

1.African American - A Mercy****+ by Toni Morrison
2.Japanese - Kitchen**** by Banana Yoshimoto
Shipwrecks***** by Akira Yoshimura
3.African Canadian/Vietnamese - What We All Long For**** by Dionne Brand
4.French/Parisienne - The Elegance of the Hedgehog**** by Muriel Barbery
The Diving Belll and the Butterfly***** by Jean-Dominique Bauby
5.Russian - The Madonnas of Leningrad***** by Debra Dean
6.Brazilian/Portuguese - The Seamstress**** by Frances De Pontes Peebles
7.Danish - To Siberia****+ by Per Petterson
8.Yugoslavian - The Cellist of Sarajevo***** by Steven Galloway
9.Dutch - A Father's Affair***+ by Karel Van Loon
10.Jewish - Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes***** by Tamar Yellin
11.Spanish - The Spanish Bow***** by Andromeda Romano-Lax
12.American - Olive Kitteridge***** by Elizabeth Strout
13.Canadian - Mercy Among the Children***** by David Adams Richards
14.English - The Behaviour of Moths**** by Poppy Adams
Blackmoor**** by Edward Hogan
Possession***** by A.S. Byatt
The Winner of Sorrow***** by Brian Lynch
The Great Lover**** by Jill Dawson
The Little Stranger***** by Sarah Waters
15.Hawaiian - The Leper****by Steve Thayer
16.Rural - Jenford: A Short History of Upland**** by Henrik E. Sadi
17.Immigrant - What Happened to Anna K.****by Irina Reyn
18.19th Century American- The Awakening***+ and Selected stories by Kate Chopin
19.18th Century Italian - The Mysteries of Udolpho***+ by Ann Radcliffe
20.Iraqi/Kurd - My Father's Paradise**** by Ariel Sabar
21.Native Canadian/Ojibway - Through Black Spruce***** by Joseph Boyden
22.French Canadian - The Fat Lady Next Door is Pregnant*** by Michel Trembly
23.American South - Mudbound***** by Hillary Jordan
This Once and Magic Life**** by Anne Carroll George
26.Iranian - Reading Lolita in Tehran**** by Azar Nafisi
27.Cambodian - The Disappeared***** by Kim Echlin
28.Aboriginal Australian - Carpentaria**** by Alexis Wright
29.Burmese - The Jewel Trader of Pegu***** by Jeffrey Hantover
30.Nigerian - Becoming Abigail***** by Chris Abani
31.Mexican - Into the Beautiful North**** by Luis Alberto Urrea
Lacuna***** by Barbara Kingsolver
32.Australian - After the Fire, a Still Small Voice***** by Evie Wyld
Wanting***** by Richard Flanagan
The Pages**** by Murray Bail
Addition**** by Toni Jordan
The Lieutenant***** by Kate Grenville
33. Romanian -The Appointment**** by Herta Muller
34.Swedish - Mind's Eye**** by Hakan Nesser
35.Victorian - Three Men in a Boat*** by Jerome K. Jerome
The Mysteries of Glass***** by Sue Gee
36.17th century London - Conceit***** by Mary Novik
37.Palestinian - The Madwoman of Bethlehem***** by Rosine Nimeh-Mailloux

I had a great time doing this one. My reading must be varied to keep me interested so this challenge fit right in. Some may quibble with my cultural categories but that's the way I saw it. There are some really good novels here. I'd love to do this one again. Thank you Rebecca.

I am always open to questions about works or authors mentioned, comments, reading suggestions (literary fiction only and No Spoilers please), dissenting opinions, or links to reviews. I'd love to read them.


  1. *A Mercy* is on my wish list! Our neighborhood book group wants to read it, but the group waits for the paperback edition (and so, we wait!)

  2. Ooo that looks like an interesting challenge.

  3. How crazy am I that I didn't even know you were doing this challenge! I apologize for my complete ignorance. Congrats on reading so many good books! I didn't finish but read some good books as well.

  4. Mea culpa Rebecca. Ilove doing the reading part for all the challenges but I often forget to post or even sign up officially. I joined this one but never posted my reviews so you couldn't know.

  5. You've been all over the world!! I love your list and may have to refer to it to mix my reading up from time to time!



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