2013: Virtual Travelling

Despite it being something less than a stellar reading year for me In 2013 I did manage to virtually visit 27 individual countries plus Antarctica, 2 unspecified locations, and, via a thriller that crossed into multiple territories, had whistle stops in several more exotic locations. The big three settings are still Australia, England and the USA (though this order is the reverse of what it would have been 3 or 4 years ago when the bulk of my reading was American-set books) but I also managed a few more exotic stops. The biggest surprise was getting to the end of the year and realising I hadn’t made a single trip to Canada which is one of my favourite real-world places to visit (I have resolved to put this right next year with some of the excellent recommendations made by Bill).

Here’s my list, with links to reviews where available.

Antarctica6077_t

Antarctica

Argentina2089_tArgentina

Australia124_tAustralia

Brazil2645_iBrazil

England353_tEngland

Egypt3071_tEgypt

Finland4691_tFinland

France117_tFrance

  • Pierre Lemaitre ALEX

gerGermany

Iceland242_tIceland

Ireland314_tIreland

Israel1653_tIsrael

Italy122_tItaly

Korea17163_tKorea (South Korea/Republic of Korea)

Morocco.pngMorocco

Dorothy Gilman, MRS POLLIFAX AND THE WHIRLING DERVISH

Netherlands113_tNetherlands

Simone van der Vlugt SAFE AS HOUSES

NewZealand268_tNew Zealand

Norway-iconNorway

Peru17106_tPeru

Poland567_tPoland

Scotland813_tScotland

Spain-Flag-iconSpain

SouthAfrica2272_tSouth Africa

  • Malla Nunn SILENT VALLEY

Sweden125_tSweden

Thailand1266_iThailand

usaUSA

Vietnam20223_tVietnam

Wales16855_tWales

Internationalmultiple267_tMultiple/International Setting

  • John M Green THE TRUSTED (stops in Australia, Greece, Italy, Russia and the USA)

Unknown2691_tUnspecified

What about you? Do you like to use your reading for virtual travelling? Do you keep track of your “travels”? Have you a favourite place to visit in fiction?

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12 Responses to 2013: Virtual Travelling

  1. Jose Ignacio says:

    I don’t keep track of my virtual travelling Bernadette, but have recently discovered Perigord-Dordogne thanks to Martin Walker books.

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  2. Bernadette – I am quite impressed with your virtual travels (and those little flags are great!). You’ve also given me some great ideas for books I missed this year. Well done.

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  3. Rebecca says:

    Twenty seven is an accomplishment definitely: I bet it was a much smaller number before you started blogging. Happy new year, Bernadette!

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    • You got that right Rebecca. I didn’t used to keep track in pre-blogging days but I doubt I used to read more than one or two books a year set outside English speaking countries.

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  4. Canuck says:

    Wot, no Canada?

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  5. Bill Selnes says:

    Bernadette: Thanks for the mention of my blog. I appreciate it.

    We look forward to your virtual return to Canada. Lots of good reading options await you.

    I did not keep track of my reading by country this year. The last time I did a review I found I read books from a dozen countries.

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  6. I made it to 27 countries as well, but only because a couple of books took place in two or three places. I didn’t make it to Canada either and flew over South America entirely. Will have to try and rectify that in 2014. Your list will help with the journey planning – thanks. All the best for the coming year.

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  8. angelasavage says:

    I made it to 26 countries on my literary travels, Bernadette, spending a little less time in Europe and a little more time in Asia than you did 😉

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