Reading Globally

This group is for readers who, for whatever reason, endeavor to explore the world through great fiction. We don't exclude nonfiction discussion entirely, but we are primarily a fiction group. If you are a compulsive literary traveler, you've come to the right place! Our quarterly and standing theme read threads are full of great reading ideas, please join in and share yours there too.

Current Quarterly Theme Read
April to June 2021: Childhood: Books for or about children in different cultures around the world (there's also a suggestion-gathering list for this topic)

Click on the "See More" button below to see planned and past theme reads and the list of regional themes

"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." ---Jean Rhys

Other Planned theme reads for 2021:
— July to September 2021: The Lusophone world: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language
— October-December 2021: Translation prize winners


Classics in Their Own Countries 2.0
Starting in 2019, we revived the year-long "classics in their own country" theme read which we first did in 2012. This runs in addition to the four quarterly reads. You can find discussion and suggestions for classics on the following threads.
Asia and the Middle East
Africa and the Middle East
Europe and Turkey
Latin America and the Caribbean


You are still welcome to add to these "old" quarterly threads, if you read something that you think other members might want to know about.

Jan - March 2021: Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants
- October to December 2020: "Russians Write Revolutions"
July to September 2020: "Travelling the TBR 2.0"
April to June 2020: "Writing from Southern Africa"
Jan - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa (Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Poland)
July-Sept 2019: Turning the Tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers
April - June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World
Jan - March 2019: The Mediterranean World
Oct - Dec 2018: Tradition and Change
July - September 2018:
Between Giants: Central Asian Border Regions
April - June 2018:
Japan and the Koreas
Jan - Mar 2018:
Travelling the TBR Road
Oct - Dec 2017:
The Nordic Countries
July - September 2017:
Non Majority Language Writers
April - June 2017:
Travel Writing by non European and non North American Writers
Jan - March 2017:
The Benelux Countries
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny
July - September 2016: Soviet and Post Soviet Writers
Apr - Jun 2016: Writers at Risk
Jan - Mar 2016: Literature from the Caribbean Islands
Oct - Dec 2015: Women authors who didn't write in English
July-September 2015: Nobel Laureates Writing in a Language Other than English
April-June 2015: The Iberian Peninusla
January - March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent
Oct - Dec 2014 Postwar Germany (1945-now)
July-September 2014 Mexico and Central America
April - June 2014 Travel and Travelogue Literature
January - March 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa
October - December 2013: South American literature
July - September 2013: Francophone literature (excluding Europe)
April- June, 2013: Southeast Asian literature

Jan - March 2013: 20th and 21st Century Eastern and Central European literature

October - December 2012 China and Its Neighboring Countries There is also a wiki with background information and reading lists for this theme read.

July - September 2012 Middle Eastern Literature

April - June 2012: Closed and Selective Societies
January - March 2012: Turkey and the Balkans
October - December 2011: Migration/Immigration
July - September 2011: The Sea
April - June 2011: War and Regions in Conflict
January - March 2011: "Journeys"

MASTER THREAD & List for the NEW regional threads is HERE. Please read this FIRST.

MASTER LIST of REGIONAL THREADS with links (abbreviated as necessary, full list on the master thread):

***1. Eastern Africa I: Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe...others.
***2. Eastern Africa II: Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda
***3. Middle Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo ...others
***4. Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco...others
***5. Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa...others
***6. Western Africa: Cote d'​​​​​​Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone...others

***7. The Caribbean: Anguilla, Antgua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands...others
***8. Central America & Mexico: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico...others
***9. South America I: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela...others
***10. South America II: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay...others

***11. Asia I: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan...others
***12. Asia II: China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Tibet.
***13. Asia III: Japan, Korea, the Phillipines.
***14. Asia IV: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia...others.
***15. Asia V: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan

***16. Middle East I: Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel
***17. Middle East II: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran...others.
***18. Oceania: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea...others.

***19. Europe I: France, Monaco, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg
***20. Europe II: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark...others.
***21. Europe III: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania
***22. Europe IV: Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro
***23. Europe V: Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, Malta
***24. Europe VI: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia
***25. Europe VII: Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Gibraltar
***26. Europe VIII: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein

NEWS! As of May 2, 2011, ALL discussions of the literature of the UK, US, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are now on our supplemental group: READING GLOBALLY II

This group was set up in 2006 by avaland. Others who have served as group administrator since then are rebeccanyc (†) and SassyLassy.

The current admin (since January 2019) is thorold

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PinnedApril to June 2021: Childhood — Books for or about children in different cultures around the world73 por ler / 73CurrerBell, Sexta-feira 11:15pm
PinnedMESSAGE BOARD 20217 por ler / 7cindydavid4, Fevereiro 28
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202114 por ler / 14spiralsheep, Hoje 9:35am
***REGION 14: Asia IV17 por ler / 17spiralsheep, Ontem 7:17am
April-June 2013 Theme Read: South East Asia72 por ler / 72spiralsheep, Ontem 7:15am
***REGION 11: Asia I17 por ler / 17spiralsheep, Quinta-feira 2:37pm
Jan-March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent96 por ler / 96spiralsheep, Quinta-feira 2:36pm
***REGION 15: Asia V38 por ler / 38spiralsheep, Quinta-feira 2:36pm
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey 202118 por ler / 18hemlokgang, Maio 1
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202166 por ler / 66hemlokgang, Maio 1
Where In The World Are You? May/June 20201 por ler / 1hemlokgang, Maio 1
Trying to make a list of 1000 books normalized by country population78 por ler / 78Settings, Abril 28
rocketjk's 2021 reading travels7 por ler / 7rocketjk, Abril 23
***REGION 16: Middle East I32 por ler / 32spiralsheep, Abril 21
***REGION 20: Europe II46 por ler / 46Nickelini, Abril 14
Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants95 por ler / 95thorold, Março 21
***REGION 7: The Caribbean29 por ler / 29rocketjk, Março 18
***REGION 21: Europe III54 por ler / 54CarolKub, Março 13
Jul-Sept 2017: non-majority language writers60 por ler / 60rocketjk, Março 10
2021 Theme Reads Planning170 por ler / 170cindydavid4, Fevereiro 28
Where In The World Are You? January/February 2021?67 por ler / 67hemlokgang, Fevereiro 28
April-June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World76 por ler / 76Dilara86, Fevereiro 23
***REGION 6: Western Africa32 por ler / 32zasmine, Fevereiro 21
***REGION 8: Central America26 por ler / 26spiralsheep, Fevereiro 21
July to September 2014: Mexico and Central America45 por ler / 45spiralsheep, Fevereiro 21
April - June 2020: Writing from Southern Africa126 por ler / 126spiralsheep, Fevereiro 16
Boekentrol's World Tour in Books51 por ler / 51BoekenTrol71, Fevereiro 15
January to March 2014 -- Literature from Sub-Saharan Africa105 por ler / 105spiralsheep, Janeiro 31
January - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century145 por ler / 145tallpaul, Janeiro 26
April-June 2014 : Travel Writing and Travelogues Theme Read115 por ler / 115spiralsheep, Janeiro 26
Interesting articles4 por ler / 4Gypsy_Boy, Janeiro 23
July-September 2012 Theme Read: Middle Eastern Literature171 por ler / 171spiralsheep, Janeiro 20
Oct - Dec 2020: Russians Write the Revolution 1881 - 1922137 por ler / 137spiralsheep, Janeiro 15
Any Republic of Niger authors in English (not Nigeria)9 por ler / 9Gypsy_Boy, Janeiro 14
***REGION 3: Middle Africa22 por ler / 22Gypsy_Boy, Janeiro 14
***REGION 24: Europe VI53 por ler / 53Gypsy_Boy, Janeiro 14
***REGION 2: Eastern Africa II31 por ler / 31kidzdoc, Janeiro 11
***REGION 18: Oceania19 por ler / 19jveezer, Janeiro 10
Rocketjk's 2020 reading 'round the world31 por ler / 31rocketjk, Janeiro 1
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 202064 por ler / 64hemlokgang, Dezembro 2020
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey in 202029 por ler / 29hemlokgang, Dezembro 2020
varielle puts on her traveling shoes20 por ler / 20varielle, Dezembro 2020
MESSAGE BOARD 202015 por ler / 15spiralsheep, Dezembro 2020
***REGION 9: South America I52 por ler / 52spiralsheep, Dezembro 2020
2021 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS28 por ler / 28Dilara86, Dezembro 2020
July-September 2020: Travelling the TBR Road 2.0147 por ler / 147spiralsheep, Dezembro 2020
October - December 2013: South American Literature127 por ler / 127spiralsheep, Dezembro 2020
***REGION 17: Middle East II24 por ler / 24spiralsheep, Dezembro 2020
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny52 por ler / 52smgaines, Novembro 2020
July-Sept 2018: Between Giants - Central Asian border regions48 por ler / 48spiralsheep, Novembro 2020
Where In The World Are You? September/ October 202055 por ler / 55hemlokgang, Novembro 2020
***REGION 22: Europe IV30 por ler / 30Nickelini, Outubro 2020
Julie's Journeys19 por ler / 19Julie_in_the_Library, Setembro 2020
2012-Classics In Their Own Country--Europe and Turkey64 por ler / 64spiphany, Setembro 2020
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202075 por ler / 75hemlokgang, Setembro 2020
July-September 2019: Turning the tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers31 por ler / 31rocketjk, Agosto 2020
***REGION 26: Europe VIII54 por ler / 54Nickelini, Agosto 2020
***REGION 23: Europe V41 por ler / 41Nickelini, Agosto 2020
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202042 por ler / 42hemlokgang, Junho 2020
***REGION 5: Southern Africa37 por ler / 37kidzdoc, Maio 2020
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202030 por ler / 30hemlokgang, Maio 2020
***REGION 10: South America II82 por ler / 82rocketjk, Abril 2020
Where In The World Are You? January/ February 202025 por ler / 25hemlokgang, Fevereiro 2020
Sarams reading around the world46 por ler / 46sarams, Fevereiro 2020
Claire's Going Global At Last39 por ler / 39klarusu, Fevereiro 2020
April - June 2018: Japan and the Koreas84 por ler / 84SqueakyChu, Janeiro 2020
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa99 por ler / 99rocketjk, Janeiro 2020
Rocketjk's 2019 reading 'round the world39 por ler / 39rocketjk, Dezembro 2019
Hemlokgang's Gloval Literary Journey in 20202 por ler / 2rocketjk, Dezembro 2019
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 201926 por ler / 26jveezer, Dezembro 2019
MESSAGE BOARD 201956 por ler / 56Dilara86, Dezembro 2019
2020 Theme Reads Planning18 por ler / 18cindydavid4, Dezembro 2019
April-June 2015: The Iberian Peninsula123 por ler / 123SassyLassy, Dezembro 2019
Hemlokgang's 2019 Global Literary Journey28 por ler / 28hemlokgang, Novembro 2019
Where In The World Are You? September/ October 201938 por ler / 38-pilgrim-, Outubro 2019
October-December 2017: The Nordic Countries93 por ler / 93featherbear, Outubro 2019
eairo reads from Helsinki to Helsinki, part II: The Americas65 por ler / 65eairo, Outubro 2019
Where In The World Are You? July/August 201949 por ler / 49hemlokgang, Setembro 2019
Where In The World Are You? May/June 201941 por ler / 41hemlokgang, Julho 2019
***REGION 25: Europe VII58 por ler / 58kidzdoc, Junho 2019
Question about Mario Vargas Llosa19 por ler / 19rocketjk, Maio 2019
Where In The World Are You? March/April 201963 por ler / 63Selliers, Maio 2019
***REGION 19: Europe I111 por ler / 111lriley, Abril 2019
Jan - March 2019: The Mediterranean World200 por ler / 200LolaWalser, Abril 2019
Where In The World Are You? January/February 201938 por ler / 38hemlokgang, Março 2019
April-June Theme Read: War and Regions in Conflict112 por ler / 112rocketjk, Fevereiro 2019
2012: Classics in Their Own Country--Africa and the Middle East15 por ler / 15thorold, Fevereiro 2019
Jan.-March 2016: Literature from the Caribbean Islands127 por ler / 127SassyLassy, Janeiro 2019
Notable books soon to be released3 por ler / 3jveezer, Janeiro 2019
2012: Classics in Their Own Country: Asia and the Middle East23 por ler / 23arubabookwoman, Janeiro 2019
2012: Classics in Their Own Country--Latin America and the Caribbean15 por ler / 15arubabookwoman, Janeiro 2019
2019 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS18 por ler / 18thorold, Janeiro 2019
rocketjk's 2018 reading around the world22 por ler / 22rocketjk, Janeiro 2019
Hemlokgang's 20019 Literay Journey1 por ler / 1hemlokgang, Janeiro 2019
Where In The World Are You? November/December 201826 por ler / 26mnleona, Dezembro 2018
2019 Theme Reads Planning21 por ler / 21cindydavid4, Dezembro 2018
Message Board 201818 por ler / 18SassyLassy, Dezembro 2018
Hemlokgang's Literary Journey 201825 por ler / 25hemlokgang, Dezembro 2018
***REGION 4: Northern Africa33 por ler / 33thorold, Dezembro 2018
***REGION 13: Asia III50 por ler / 50thorold, Dezembro 2018
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