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The Travel the World in Books challenge

For a while now I've fancied the idea of a challenge where I could read books from every country in Africa, but not having seen anyone offering such a challenge I've not done it. (I don't think I could run a reading challenge myself.) Then I spotted the Travel the World in Books challenge where you can devise your own journey and basically do what you want! So I'm going to dive in and see if I can do it.


The challenge is being hosted by three bloggers: Mom's Small Victories, I'm Lost in Books and Savvy Working Gal.

The Goal:

Travel the world in books, of course! Expand your horizons and read books set in or written by authors from countries other than the one you live in. Visit as many different countries in books as you wish.

The Rules:

And the “rules” are simply this…YOU choose your own adventure! These are your goals but you can change them any time.

1. Determine length of time you will participate in the challenge. Just one month, An entire season, a year or 5 years?

2. Determine how many countries you would like to read about during your adventure. What criteria are you using to determine the number of countries you read about (ex. book setting, author background or both)?

3. How will you track the countries you visited in books? You could create a map in Google Maps, track on your blog or on a Goodreads shelf.

4. Determine your book list or genre if you like. Will you be listing specific books you would like to read? Do you aim to read fiction, nonfiction or a mixture of both?

5. Link up your posts. Linkies will be available for sign up/goals, wrap up, and a linky for each continent for you to add your book reviews whenever you are ready.

6. Please follow each of our 3 hosts by at least one social media or bloglovin, RSS, GFC so you can keep informed of news, updates and events regarding this challenge. We have a Travel the World in 80 Books Readathon in the works for September!


Ok, so I think I'll try and do this in a year. That might be pushing it but we'll see how it goes. I assume I can always sign up for another year if I don't make it.

How many countries? Well, opinions seem to be divided as to whether there are 54, 55 or 56 countries on the African continent. I'll deal with that at some other time but this is the map I plan to work off:


I'll keep track of them via this map and by listing the books read here as well. I'll also open a Goodreads shelf.

I won't be listing specific books as this is an ongoing adventure. And I'll be reading a mixture of fiction and non-fiction (a lot of travel books I suspect).

I'm happy to do the Linky thing and also follow the hosts' blogs etc.

So that's it. I'm very excited about this one and suspect it's going to be a lot of fun as well as educational and informative.




That's a challenge and a half!

Good luck to you; I hope it goes well and you enjoy it.

Ah, the good old Central Afrian Republic *g*
It is a challenge and a half isn't it? *g* Possibly a bit beyond me in a year but nothing ventured...

Thank you... to enjoy it is the main idea. *g*

GMTA!!!! I wonder if I'll be able to find a book from there? ;-D
It really is. Maybe a year is pushing it a bit, but as you say nothing ventured . . . And you can always extend the period.

I'm glad to hear that.

*Laughs* I thought it might be a case of GMTA. I'm sure you'll be able to find one - Richard might know of one *g*
Oh wow, that's sort of-ish the kind of challenge I was thinking of doing next (only I was going to make my own up, and call it a being-on-holiday-when-I'm-not-on-holiday reading challenge... *g*) to fill in the time until the halloween challenge - and then I got distracted by reading the books that I was reading... *g* I might have a quick think about this one - oh, although *looks at it* I'd definitely have to resurrect my blogspot thingie (if I can even find it again!) if they want you to follow them in order to take part... I bet it will be fun though - especially the Africa version. Was it yourself I was talking with about reading African-based books, or was that someone else...? Surely it was you!
I think the idea has occurred to a few people. The owner of one of the blogs I regularly visit is doing The Netherlands for the summer for instance. Not an official challenge but like you making her own up. No reason why you can't.

Happy thinking. Yes, the following their blog thing is a slight nuisance. Most people don't require that though I usually do for convenience. And I don't know if proof is required. I can let you know if anything comes up you need to look at.

Strikes me there are any number of possibilites for this as well as Africa. Scandinavia, with all the new Scandi-crime books, Oceania... all those islands! South America... less countries than Africa. LOL! The middle-east, Eastern Europe? I fancy doing them all at some stage.

I can't honestly remember talking to you about African books, but that doesn't mean I didn't. *g* Another day perhaps I'll do a post with a list of books for possible reading.
I actually had a search for travel-ish challenges, but didn't quite find one to suit - I didn't come across this one. My next assigned book for books1001 is Cry Beloved Country, so maybe I was talking to someone about Africa through that... or maybe just to myself... *g*
I found this by accident. I've done so well with most of my other challenges that I've almost read all the books required. So I went wandering over to a blog I follow that lists all new challenges (only there aren't many as most start at the beginning of the year). And there this was and I thought, 'Ooooooh! Shiny!'

Oh how odd, Cry the Beloved Country is a book I had on my tbr pile that I've pulled out to read for this. That and four travel books, plus I'm halfway through a Gerald Durrell 'collecting animals' thing which takes place in the Cameroons.
Oh how funny about Cry the Beloved Country! *g* And Gerald Durrell! I read so many of his books when I was growing up, because mum loved them and had them on her shelves. Before they moved to Australia, my brother and sister and I took her to Durrell's collecting zoo on Jersey, because she'd alway said she wanted to go, and never got there. The books of his travels are all wonderful though - such exotic places!
Yes, quite a coincidence.

Me too. He was one of those transition authors that adults felt it safe to recommend when you passed the age of children's books and were ready for something more adult. Like Agatha Christie and John Wyndham. Honestly, kids don't know how lucky they are these days with so much YA lit to choose from. *G*

I love the fact that you took your mum to his collecting zoo. I have his authorised biography by Douglas Botting to read. My daughter assures me it's excellent so I must get to it at some stage.
This looks a really interesting one - well done you for such an intriguing and ambitious idea. I am looking forward to reading the results.
I think it might be overly ambitious to be honest but we'll see how it goes. Just to have a stab and read a few interesting books will be quite a good thing to do.