I was aiming for the extreme level of the 2010 Global Reading Challenge but since some smarty pants has already finished that level a new extremist level has been introduced. Of course I can’t resist upgrading. And anyway who wouldn’t want to be able to refer to themselves forever more as an extreme reader? (seriously I’m getting business cards printed)
So now I need to read three novels each from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America (incl Central America), South America, two from Antarctica and a wild card from any other time or place that is new to me. To be truly extreme they should be from different countries or states within those continents and, for my personal twist on the challenge, they all have to be by new-to-me authors.
So here’s how I’m faring. I’ve read 9 and 3/4 books so far and have procured a few more but there are still some gaps. All recommendations will be gratefully appreciated.
7. Mrs D’Silva’s Detective Instincts and the Shaitan of Calcutta by Glen Peters (India) (I’ve read this, just not written the review yet)
13. A Death In Tuscany by Michele Guittari (Italy) (almost finished this one)
14. A Not so Perfect Crime by Teresa Solano (Spain) (on it’s way from Book Depository)
16. April Fool by William Deverell (Canada) (It’s on the TBR pile)
18. Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Pineiro (Argentina) (I’ve started this one already)
19. Southwesterly Wind by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza (Brazil) (It’s on the TBR pile)
Wildcard (any time or place that is new to me)
21. Possibly Arturo Perez-Reverte’s Purity of Blood which has been on the TBR shelves for ages and is a swashbuckling tale set in 17th century Spain.
Recommend away. Please.