I’ve completed this year’s global challenge

After completing the extreme level of last year’s global challenge I only signed up for the medium level of this year’s challenge as I also had quite a few other challenges on the go this year. I needed to two novels from each of these continents in the course of 2011 – Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America, South America and a ‘Seventh Continent’ (which can be any seventh setting including Antarctica, the sea, space, the past, the future).

I didn’t really do much planning for this challenge but noticed when preparing this wrap-up post that 12 of the 14 authors were new to me but I didn’t do so well on achieving a gender balance, with only 4 of these being by women.

I think my favourite of these books is Domingo Villar’s Water-Blue Eyes set in Spain. It is delightfully short, has terrific characters, is full of humour and could be a promotional tool for the Galician tourist bureau. However there are lots of honourable mentions in the collection including Shamini Flint’s engaging tale of Malaysian law and order, Leighton Gage’s gripping novel of Brazilian corruption and Stan Jones’ thoughtful exploration of remote Alaska. All of these have an especially strong sense of their location which is what this challenge is all about, no?

1. Michael Stanley, The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu (Botswana) (3.5 stars)
2. Nick Brownlee, Bait (Kenya) (2.5 stars)

1. Keigo Higashino, The Devotion of Suspect X (Japan) (2 stars)
2. Shamini Flint, Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder (Malaysia) (4 stars)

1. Bev Robitai, Murder in the Second Row (New Zealand) (3.5 stars)
2. Kel Robertson, Rip Off (Australia) (4 stars)

1. Domingo Villar, Water-Blue Eyes (Spain) (5 stars)
2. Valerio Varesi, River of Shadows (Italy) (3 stars)

North America
1. Stan Jones – White Sky, Black Ice (Alaska, USA) (4.5 stars)
2. Barbara Fradkin – This Thing of Darkness (Canada) (2.5 stars)

South America
1. Leighton Gage, Blood of the Wicked (Brazil) (4.5 stars)
2. Ernesto Mallo, Needle in a Haystack (Argentina) (4 stars)

The Seventh Continent (international books with action in 3 or more countries)
1. John le Carre, Our Kind of Traitor (England, Antigua, France, Switzerland, Russia) (2 stars)
2. Adrian d’Hagé – The Maya Codex (Austria, America, Czech Republic, Guatemala) (3.5 stars)

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15 Responses to I’ve completed this year’s global challenge

  1. Kathy D. says:

    Congratulations! Some new titles up there I’ll have to jot down, or pushing them closer to the top of the TBR list.
    I’m informally doing this challenge at the medium level. I’m on the last book, but am finding it very tedious to read, may switch in mid-book.


  2. Jose Ignacio says:

    Congatulations Bernadette. Glad you enjoyed that much Domingo Villar’s Water-Blue Eyes.


  3. Kerrie says:

    Well done Bernadette


  4. Maxine says:

    Well done, Bernadette! Just in under the wire as it’s now December ;-). Of the books you’ve read in this post that I have also read, I too would vote for Water Blue Eyes as the winner. I loved the book (more so than the follow-up).


  5. Well done you, Bernadette! I’m truly impressed.


  6. I stand in awe, Bernadette.
    You’ve made authors all over the world happy.
    And I’m one of them.
    Thanks for your kind words about BLOOD OF THE WICKED.
    By the way, A VINE IN THE BLOOD launches, this month, on hard cover and Ebook in North America..
    And Dana King, on New Mystery Reader, had some very nice things to say about it:

    http://www.newmysteryreader.com/November_and_December_Hardcover_Mystery.htm#vine in the blood


  7. Congratulations on finishing!

    And I agree that books with a strong sense of place are perfect for this challenge.


  8. Looks like you did a great job. The only one of those that I have read is the Inspector Singh book, which I read on my holiday this October and really enjoyed.


  9. Mrs P. says:

    Congratulations and thanks for the fabulous reading list!


  10. JoV says:

    Well done and congratulations. You have participated the global reading challenge for 2 years now, are you joining the challenge again next year?


    • Jo no I’m going to take a year off challenges next year…well except for the Australian women writers challenge because I feel strongly about that one…other than that I’m going to read what I want when I want…I hope I’ll continue to read widely in terms of settings and things like that but it will be interesting to see at the end of next year if I have done so or if I really do need the challenges to push me


  11. Kathy D. says:

    Is someone going to sponsor a global challenge in 2012? If so, I’m in at least informally. This is the only way I really go out of my comfort zone in reading and try new authors and countries. It’s like being in school, but it helps to push beyond the usual authors.


  12. Kathy D. says:

    I just finished my informal global book challenge, read the 14 books and also read books from 20 countries. I’m not counting books from different U.S. states. That feels like cheating to me. Maybe I’ll read 3 more and hit the next level by Dec. 31.
    I sure have a good supply of Aussie women writers’ books, and am purchasing more, as I love to read these books, have not read a bad one yet. I’m saving the ones I have until 2012 so I can do a proper challenge. Wish more books from Oz were available here but between the library (sigh), local bookstores (sigh), Book Depository, Amazon, Abe Books, Alibris and Aswesomebooks, and Text which has A. Savage’s book, I’ll just buy them over the year. The library has some by Kathryn Fox, but not the latest. I’ll buy Nicole Watson’s, Y. Erskine’s, S. Gentile’s later books, and whatever I can find of Katherine Howell’s. Great idea. I’m in.
    Oh, and of course, once I read Kerry Greenwood’s Earthly Delights, I fell in love with Corinna Chapman, her apartment building mates and her cats.


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