Reading Globally

This group is for readers who like to explore through books from around the world. We arbitrarily cover everywhere except UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand; discussions of those countries have a home in our sister-group READING GLOBALLY II. If you are a compulsive literary traveler, you've come to the right place! Our quarterly and standing theme read threads are full of great reading ideas, please join in and share yours there too.

Current Quarterly Theme Read

July to September 2023: Reading around the Black Sea

"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." ---Jean Rhys

Planned theme reads for 2023 :
(provisional titles — see the planning and voting threads)
—Reading around the Baltic — Q1
—Banned books around the world — Q2
—Reading around the Black Sea — Q3
—New fiction from around the world: books originally published in 2014-2023 — Q4

Classics in Their Own Countries 2.0
Starting in 2019, we revived the year-long "classics in their own country" theme read which we first did in 2012. This runs in addition to the four quarterly reads. You can find discussion and suggestions for classics on the following threads.
Asia and the Middle East
Africa and the Middle East
Europe and Turkey
Latin America and the Caribbean


You are still welcome to add to these "old" quarterly threads, if you read something that you think other members might want to know about.
April to June 2023: Banned books around the world
January to March 2023: Reading around the Baltic Sea
October to December 2022: Prize winners in their own language
July to September 2022: "When alphabets collide" - books written in the Slavic languages
April to June 2022: Outcasts and Castaways
Jan - March 2022: Around the Indian Ocean
October-December 2021: Translation prize winners
— July to September 2021: The Lusophone world: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language
April to June 2021: Childhood: Books for or about children in different cultures around the world (there's also a suggestion-gathering list for this topic)
Jan - March 2021: Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants
- October to December 2020: "Russians Write Revolutions"
July to September 2020: "Travelling the TBR 2.0"
April to June 2020: "Writing from Southern Africa"
Jan - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa (Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Poland)
July-Sept 2019: Turning the Tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers
April - June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World
Jan - March 2019: The Mediterranean World
Oct - Dec 2018: Tradition and Change
July - September 2018:
Between Giants: Central Asian Border Regions
April - June 2018:
Japan and the Koreas
Jan - Mar 2018:
Travelling the TBR Road
Oct - Dec 2017:
The Nordic Countries
July - September 2017:
Non Majority Language Writers
April - June 2017:
Travel Writing by non European and non North American Writers
Jan - March 2017:
The Benelux Countries
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny
July - September 2016: Soviet and Post Soviet Writers
Apr - Jun 2016: Writers at Risk
Jan - Mar 2016: Literature from the Caribbean Islands
Oct - Dec 2015: Women authors who didn't write in English
July-September 2015: Nobel Laureates Writing in a Language Other than English
April-June 2015: The Iberian Peninusla
January - March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent
Oct - Dec 2014 Postwar Germany (1945-now)
July-September 2014 Mexico and Central America
April - June 2014 Travel and Travelogue Literature
January - March 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa
October - December 2013: South American literature
July - September 2013: Francophone literature (excluding Europe)
April- June, 2013: Southeast Asian literature

Jan - March 2013: 20th and 21st Century Eastern and Central European literature

October - December 2012 China and Its Neighboring Countries There is also a wiki with background information and reading lists for this theme read.

July - September 2012 Middle Eastern Literature

April - June 2012: Closed and Selective Societies
January - March 2012: Turkey and the Balkans
October - December 2011: Migration/Immigration
July - September 2011: The Sea
April - June 2011: War and Regions in Conflict
January - March 2011: "Journeys"

MASTER THREAD & List for the NEW regional threads is HERE. Please read this FIRST.

MASTER LIST of REGIONAL THREADS with links (abbreviated as necessary, full list on the master thread):

***1. Eastern Africa I: Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe...others.
***2. Eastern Africa II: Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda
***3. Middle Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo ...others
***4. Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco...others
***5. Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa...others
***6. Western Africa: Cote d'​​​​​​Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone...others

***7. The Caribbean: Anguilla, Antgua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands...others
***8. Central America & Mexico: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico...others
***9. South America I: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela...others
***10. South America II: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay...others

***11. Asia I: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan...others
***12. Asia II: China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Tibet.
***13. Asia III: Japan, Korea, the Phillipines.
***14. Asia IV: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia...others.
***15. Asia V: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan

***16. Middle East I: Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel
***17. Middle East II: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran...others.
***18. Oceania: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea...others.

***19. Europe I: France, Monaco, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg
***20. Europe II: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark...others.
***21. Europe III: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania
***22. Europe IV: Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro
***23. Europe V: Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, Malta
***24. Europe VI: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia
***25. Europe VII: Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Gibraltar
***26. Europe VIII: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein

This group was set up in 2006 by avaland. Others who have served as group administrator since then are rebeccanyc (†) and SassyLassy.

The current admin (since January 2019) is thorold

TópicoTópicoMensagensÚltima Mensagem 
PinnedOctober-December 2023: New fiction from around the world: books originally published in 2014-202323 por ler / 23labfs39, Novembro 11
2024 Theme Reads Planning15 por ler / 15LolaWalser, Quarta-feira 12:04pm
rocketjk's 2023 reading travels17 por ler / 17rocketjk, Terça-feira 3:26pm
***REGION 2: Eastern Africa II37 por ler / 37labfs39, Novembro 23
Where in the world are you? (Oct-Dec 2023)9 por ler / 9jveezer, Novembro 6
***REGION 8: Central America35 por ler / 35labfs39, Novembro 4
***REGION 4: Northern Africa44 por ler / 44rocketjk, Novembro 1
July-September 2023: Reading around the Black Sea42 por ler / 42thorold, Outubro 14
***REGION 5: Southern Africa41 por ler / 41labfs39, Setembro 8
Banned Books Around the World56 por ler / 56cindydavid4, Setembro 6
April-June Theme Read: War and Regions in Conflict113 por ler / 113rocketjk, Setembro 6
eairo reads from Helsinki to Helsinki, part II: The Americas71 por ler / 71eairo, Agosto 29
***REGION 23: Europe V46 por ler / 46Nickelini, Agosto 10
***REGION 9: South America I63 por ler / 63rocketjk, Agosto 3
***REGION 25: Europe VII59 por ler / 59PatrickMurtha, Agosto 1
***REGION 22: Europe IV41 por ler / 41PatrickMurtha, Julho 28
***REGION 13: Asia III78 por ler / 78PatrickMurtha, Julho 19
***REGION 24: Europe VI58 por ler / 58rocketjk, Julho 15
Jan - March 2023: The Baltic Sea region94 por ler / 94rocketjk, Julho 15
***REGION 14: Asia IV32 por ler / 32PatrickMurtha, Julho 12
***REGION 6: Western Africa44 por ler / 44PatrickMurtha, Julho 9
Where in the world are you? (May-June 2023)21 por ler / 21Tess_W, Junho 25
***REGION 20: Europe II64 por ler / 64Nickelini, Junho 3
***REGION 21: Europe III59 por ler / 59LolaWalser, Junho 2
***REGION 17: Middle East II30 por ler / 30labfs39, Maio 6
***REGION 7: The Caribbean32 por ler / 32Tess_W, Abril 29
Where in the world are you? March-April 202327 por ler / 27Tess_W, Abril 24
Reading Maps3 por ler / 3labfs39, Abril 2
***REGION 19: Europe I132 por ler / 132Tess_W, Abril 1
***REGION 26: Europe VIII64 por ler / 64troyschwab, Março 25
Where in the World Are You? Jan-Feb. 202346 por ler / 46labfs39, Março 1
***REGION 1: Eastern Africa I32 por ler / 32labfs39, Fevereiro 19
Tess Goes Where the Books Take Her 20236 por ler / 6labfs39, Fevereiro 12
***REGION 12: Asia II36 por ler / 36Tess_W, Fevereiro 12
Where in the World Are You? Nov/Dec 202235 por ler / 35Tess_W, Janeiro 29
Markon (Ardene) dips her toe in the ocean of translation22 por ler / 22labfs39, Janeiro 10
July-September 2015: Nobel Laureates Writing in a Language Other Than English126 por ler / 126rocketjk, Janeiro 6
Trifolia’s travelling the World87 por ler / 87Trifolia, Janeiro 4
rocketjk's 2022 reading travels27 por ler / 27rocketjk, Dezembro 2022
2023 Theme reads planning24 por ler / 24labfs39, Dezembro 2022
***REGION 10: South America II85 por ler / 85Trifolia, Dezembro 2022
***REGION 3: Middle Africa28 por ler / 28Trifolia, Dezembro 2022
***REGION 16: Middle East I40 por ler / 40Trifolia, Dezembro 2022
***REGION 11: Asia I24 por ler / 24Trifolia, Dezembro 2022
October to December 2022: Prize winners in their own language73 por ler / 73SassyLassy, Dezembro 2022
***REGION 15: Asia V42 por ler / 42Gypsy_Boy, Dezembro 2022
2023 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS17 por ler / 17thorold, Dezembro 2022
2022 RTT Quarterly: 2nd Quarter: April-June Outcasts and Castaways58 por ler / 58thorold, Novembro 2022
Where In The World Are You? Sept/Oct 202224 por ler / 24labfs39, Outubro 2022
July to September 2014: Mexico and Central America46 por ler / 46kidzdoc, Outubro 2022
Speaking to No. 4--a novel with French & Japanese themes1 não-lido / 1Ifland, Outubro 2022
July to September 2022 — "When alphabets collide": books written in the Slavic languages35 por ler / 35LolaWalser, Setembro 2022
Oct - Dec 2015: Women authors who didn't write in English107 por ler / 107labfs39, Setembro 2022
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202220 por ler / 20kidzdoc, Agosto 2022
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa101 por ler / 101rocketjk, Agosto 2022
Jan - March 2022: Around the Indian Ocean62 por ler / 62Gypsy_Boy, Julho 2022
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey 202228 por ler / 28labfs39, Junho 2022
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202225 por ler / 25jveezer, Junho 2022
2022 Theme Reads Planning44 por ler / 44SassyLassy, Maio 2022
April - June 2020: Writing from Southern Africa128 por ler / 128thorold, Maio 2022
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202262 por ler / 62MissWatson, Maio 2022
April to June 2021: Childhood — Books for or about children in different cultures around the world127 por ler / 127Yells, Abril 2022
October - December 2013: South American Literature131 por ler / 131SassyLassy, Março 2022
Where In The World Are You? January/February 2022?60 por ler / 60hemlokgang, Fevereiro 2022
Nickelini's Read Around the World Challenge48 por ler / 48Nickelini, Fevereiro 2022
rocketjk's 2021 reading travels19 por ler / 19rocketjk, Janeiro 2022
Where In The World Are You? November/December 202145 por ler / 45hemlokgang, Dezembro 2021
MESSAGE BOARD 202127 por ler / 27cindydavid4, Dezembro 2021
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey 202131 por ler / 31hemlokgang, Dezembro 2021
Julie's Journeys22 por ler / 22Julie_in_the_Library, Dezembro 2021
2022 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS10 por ler / 10thorold, Dezembro 2021
2012-Classics In Their Own Country--Europe and Turkey65 por ler / 65thorold, Novembro 2021
ASIA READING CHALLENGE 2022 -2 por ler / 2kidzdoc, Novembro 2021
Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants98 por ler / 98thorold, Novembro 2021
Where In The World Are You? September/October 202131 por ler / 31hemlokgang, Novembro 2021
July to September 2021: The Lusophone World: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language80 por ler / 80thorold, Outubro 2021
October-December 2021: Translation prize winners29 por ler / 29MissWatson, Outubro 2021
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202139 por ler / 39hemlokgang, Setembro 2021
***REGION 18: Oceania20 por ler / 20streamsong, Agosto 2021
Trying to make a list of 1000 books normalized by country population85 por ler / 85Settings, Agosto 2021
Japan’s indigenous minorities6 por ler / 6danielcheng, Julho 2021
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202167 por ler / 67hemlokgang, Julho 2021
October-December 2017: The Nordic Countries94 por ler / 94Gypsy_Boy, Maio 2021
Jan-March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent97 por ler / 97Gypsy_Boy, Maio 2021
April-June 2013 Theme Read: South East Asia72 por ler / 72spiralsheep, Maio 2021
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202166 por ler / 66hemlokgang, Maio 2021
Where In The World Are You? May/June 20201 não-lido / 1hemlokgang, Maio 2021
Jul-Sept 2017: non-majority language writers60 por ler / 60rocketjk, Março 2021
2021 Theme Reads Planning170 por ler / 170cindydavid4, Fevereiro 2021
Where In The World Are You? January/February 2021?67 por ler / 67hemlokgang, Fevereiro 2021
April-June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World76 por ler / 76Dilara86, Fevereiro 2021
Boekentrol's World Tour in Books51 por ler / 51BoekenTrol71, Fevereiro 2021
January to March 2014 -- Literature from Sub-Saharan Africa105 por ler / 105spiralsheep, Janeiro 2021
January - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century145 por ler / 145tallpaul, Janeiro 2021
April-June 2014 : Travel Writing and Travelogues Theme Read115 por ler / 115spiralsheep, Janeiro 2021
Interesting articles4 por ler / 4Gypsy_Boy, Janeiro 2021
July-September 2012 Theme Read: Middle Eastern Literature171 por ler / 171spiralsheep, Janeiro 2021
Oct - Dec 2020: Russians Write the Revolution 1881 - 1922137 por ler / 137spiralsheep, Janeiro 2021
Any Republic of Niger authors in English (not Nigeria)9 por ler / 9Gypsy_Boy, Janeiro 2021
Rocketjk's 2020 reading 'round the world31 por ler / 31rocketjk, Janeiro 2021
This is a feature balloon