For this year’s Global Reading Challenge the requirement from last year’s challenge to read books set in Antarctica has, thankfully, been changed. It’s not that I object in theory to books set there but they do all appear to be of a certain type and two of them will last me a while. So this year, in addition to books from each of the six more lived-in continents participants must read 1-3 books set in a “Seventh Continent” of the reader’s choice “you can either choose Antarctica or your own ´seventh´ setting, eg the sea, the space, a supernatural/paranormal world, history, the future – you name it”.
For my seventh continent I’m using International which I have chosen to define as books which have action in 3 or more countries. The first book I read was John le Carré’s Our Kind of Traitor which had action in England, Antigua, France, Switzerland and, via flashback, Russia. Now I’ve finished my second book in this category, Australian author Adrian d’Hagé’s latest thriller, The Maya Codex, which travels to Austria, Guatemala, America and the Czech Republic.
Those two books are enough to enable me to complete the medium level of the challenge (a total of 14 books) but if I am to press on for the expert level (a total of 21 books) I’ll need a final book for my particular seventh continent.
So, have you read a great book set in lots of countries? It has to be at least 3 but I’d like some more for my final book…perhaps I can find a book set in 6 countries? More? Over to you.