Weekly Geeks 14 – Reading Globally

The theme for this week’s weekly geeks is one I couldn’t pass up as it’s all about reading globally which is something I do try to do with my reading. Plus, it’ll give me a chance to include a chart and we all know how I love those 🙂

On to the questions

Do you deliberately read globally, and if so, do you track your reading in this area?

Yes and yes (tracking something means you might just get to create a chart sometime and … well…I love a chart).

I have finished 53 books so far this year set in 18 different countries (plus one set in multiple countries). As you can see I still read most of my books set in England and America but it was only a couple of years ago that I would have done all my reading in those places.

I’ll be adding another country to the table in a day or so when I finish my current book which is set in Italy.

Have you joined any reading challenges which encourage reading from around the world? If so, what are they?

I am participating in the 2010 Global Reading Challenge and am aiming for the expert level which requires me to read 2 books set in different countries of Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America and South America plus 2 books set in Antarctica. My additional personal challenge is that all the books I’m going to count have to be by new-to-me authors and my personal preference is for crime fiction. So far I’ve read 8 books and am in the middle of my 9th (A Death in Tuscany by Michele Guittari)

I also recently started the 2010 Scandinavian Reading Challenge which requires me to read 6 books set in the countries that make up Scandinavia (which according to Wikipedia are Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).

So far I’ve only read one book for this challenge but it was a beauty: Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason which I rated 5 out of 5.

Do you visit bloggers who blog outside of your country? If so, what have you learned from reading their blogs? Consider sharing a couple of links to book bloggers who motivate you to read around the world.

Yes, although it wouldn’t be hard as I’ve only got a couple of other Australian blogs in my Google Reader, the vast majority of blogs I visit are by bloggers outside my country. However I’ll highlight a couple of great blogs from people who, unlike me, can read and blog in multiple languages:

Where do your reading around the globe book suggestions come from? Magazines? Web sites which feature books in translation? Publishers? Other bloggers? If you have a particularly great site for recommendations, give us a link!

These days most of my recommendations come from my fellow crime fiction fans at the Crime and Mystery Room in Friend Feed, many of whom also like to read and discuss books set all over the place.  A special mention must go to Maxine who blogs at Petrona whose reading recommendations I have come to view as my personal reading guide.

Taking a quick trawl through my Google Reader account here are some other great sites for finding crime and mystery fiction from around the world

Do you read books in translation as part of your global reading experiences? Share some of your favorite books in translation.

Yes. So far this year I’ve read 6 books in translation. Interestingly they have provided my equal highest rating and my lowest rating!

Is there a particular country, or countries, which you would like to learn more about? Why?

Not really. I love learning about all kinds of places. Once upon a time I did it for real with travel to all parts of the world while now I use my armchair a little more (‘cos backpacking is just not the same fun at 40 that it was at 20).

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19 Responses to Weekly Geeks 14 – Reading Globally

  1. I love a good chart, too. 🙂 I’ve got a South America setting book suggestion for you; The Queen Jade by Yaxta Mya Murphy, which is an archeological treasure hunt mystery set in Guatamala in the 1990s.

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  2. Norm/Uriah says:

    As a suggestion try Leighton Gage’s Mario Silva’s thrillers set in Brazil.

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  3. Jose Ignacio says:

    I would suggest two books
    Who killed Palomino Molero? by Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru), and
    Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia).

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  4. Jose Ignacio says:

    I have a Brazilian author in my wish list Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Rozas http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/g/luiz-alfredo-garcia-roza/
    and his Inspector Espinosa series.

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  5. Bernadette – I am impressed! You’re doing so much different kinds of reading and I love that chart!! I’m in awe of how organized you are!

    Jose Ignacio – I think you’ll like the Inspector Espinosa series. I admit I haven’t read them all, but what I have raed is well-done.

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  6. Kerrie says:

    This is an impressive summary Bernadette. I love the graph. And I’ve decided to join the Scandinavian challenge too. From your review, HYPOTHERMIA is a must.

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  7. Dorte H says:

    I also love your chart!

    And thank you for highlighting my blog.

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  8. Cathy says:

    I can confirm Norm’s recommendation of Leighton Gage. Blood of the Wicked is one of my favorite reads so far this year. Can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.

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  9. Craig says:

    Nice chart Bernadette.

    I quite enjoyed the South American book I’ve read thusfar for Dorte’s challenge, SOUTHWESTERLY WIND by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza. One of the Inspector Espinosa books – so I’ll reiterate Jose and Maxine on that front.

    I’m waiting on the delivery of a book set in Bolivia, by a South American author, to finish the challenge.

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  10. Craig says:

    PS I understand Estonia is also considered part of Scandinavia – although many people don’t realise that.

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  11. JoV says:

    Nice charts. I must say finding crime ficion set in every country on earth seems like an amazing feat, but you did it!

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  12. bernadetteinoz says:

    Thanks everyone for the South American recommendations. My library has proven particularly unhelpful but there is always the wondrous book depository and its free shipping to Oz.

    Kerrie I think Hypothermia will be one of those books we agree about. I am raving about it to all and sundry – even non crime fiction readers

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  13. I will let you know know about translated detective fiction based in India. There aren’t many by Indian authors.

    North Of Calcutta by Duanne Evans is somewhat based in India/Pakistan/Middle East and deals mainly with Terrorism. Its protagonists are Indians and Pakistanis. But asyou can see this is not written by an Indian.

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  14. Kerrie says:

    Bernadette – – I have an award for you here

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  15. Dorte H says:

    Well, strictly speaking, Scandinavia is Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Iceland, Finland, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands are included in the Nordic countries, however.

    Historically, Estonia has been a Scandinavian colony, but I wouldn´t say that makes it part of Scandinavia (any more than Australia is a part of Britain ;D)

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  16. bernadetteinoz says:

    Dorte thanks for clearing that up. I did try to find confirmation from somewhere other than Wikipedia but I got into language difficulties. So the book I’ve already read (set in Iceland) doesn’t officially count then. Oh well, I’ll have to read something else – not a problem for me.

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  17. Care says:

    Wow – this is fabulous! VERY impressive; I’ve been a overwhelmingly US in my reading so far this year. I was all impressed by the Antarctica books and then the titles made me think I will wait until it is hot here this summer to check them out.

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  18. Fredegonde says:

    Nice chart!!! I like the way your mind works. 🙂 I also like your additional requirement that the challenge authors have to be new to you.

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  19. On the subject of blogs, Bernadette, might I suggest that you and your readers give ours a try:

    http://murderiseverywhere.blogspot.com/

    The weekly contributions come from Yrsa Sigurdardöttir, Cara Black, Michael Stanley, Tim Hallinan, Dan Waddell and myself. We also keep a day open for guests who set their crime novels outside of the US. We don’t write about our books, or the craft, but we do write about other people’s books and the historical/cultural aspects of the countries in which we set our stories.
    And we’re always interested in “international” authors willing to do a guest slot. Recently we’ve had contributions from Greece, Austria and Ghana.
    (Note to authors: email me if you’re interested.)

    And thank you, Cathy and Norm, for saying nice things about my work.

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