At the start of the year I signed up for the expert level of the 2010 global reading challenge but a couple of months ago I switched to the new extreme level of the challenge. I now need to read 3 books in different countries of each of Africa, Asia Australasia, Europe, North America, South America plus 2 books set in Antarctica and a wild card entry which can be in any time or place that is new to me. My self-imposed additional rule is that all the titles have to be by new to me authors.
Reading the books is easy, but getting my hands on them is proving the challenging part of this deal. Some countries simply do not seem to have much in the way of fiction and even less in the way of crime fiction. So far I have read or have sitting on my TBR shelves books to cover Asia, Europe and North America (and have mercifully finished the Antarctica portion of the challenge) but I’m coming up short when it comes to Africa, South America and Australasia.
If you’ve any suggestions to fill my gaps feel free to leave a comment, I’ve listed below the books I’ve already read or have sitting on the TBR shelves.
2.??? Ideally something set in South Africa that isn’t by Deon Meyer (whose books I like but have read previously) but I have to admit to having a load of trouble tracking down many of the books discussed at the excellent Crime Beat South Africa (even Book Depository has failed me)
8. Villain by Shuichi Yoshida (Japan) this is on the TBR shelves
11. ??? I need to find something set in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands or the Indonesian islands of Lombok or Sulawesi (it’s a pity Bali is not considered part of Australasia as I’d quite like to read Inspector Singh Investigates a Bali Conspiracy but I’ll have to save that for another time).
13. A Death In Tuscany by Michele Guittari (Italy)
14. A Not So Perfect Crime by Teresa Solano (Spain) this is on the TBR shelves
17. April Fool by William Deverell (Canada) this is on the TBR shelves
18. Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Pineiro (Argentina)
19. Southwesterly Wind by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza (Brazil) this is on the TBR shelves
Wildcard (any time or place that is new to me)
21. I’ve got plenty on the TBR shelves that will suit but will leave selection until I’ve finished the rest