Around the World in 80 Books (#AW80books)

Sarah and Lucy at the very intellectual and all-round awesome Hard Book Habit have had the brilliant idea of trying to go Around the World in 80 Books . As I love to travel, and am also trying to read more diversely, I am planning to jump all over that bandwagon. I’m not very good at sticking to plans (travel, reading, or life in general!), but this is a place to keep track of my round-the-world-reads as I read them.

(And yes, I’m cheating ever-so-slightly and counting books read from the start of 2016, even though I didn’t stumble across this challenge until mid-Feb. So sue me.)

  1. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy – Russia. Review here
  2. The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi – Iran. Review to follow
  3. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier – Cornwall (UK). Review here
  4. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Nigeria (and the US, and a little bit of the UK). Review to follow
  5. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys – Dominica. Review to follow
  6. Wild, Cheryl Strayed – the US (California and Oregon, to be exact). Review to follow
  7. Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf – London (UK). Review here. (I did have a few moments of anxiety over whether it was cheating to include two books from the same country, but I think Cornwall and London are different enough to get away with it…)
  8. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers – the US (the Deep South). Review here. Same anxiety as for #7; I think it’s OK as long as I don’t make a habit of it. No more books from the US or the UK on this list 🙂


Continents covered so far: Europe, Asia, Africa, North America

Number of countries (limiting myself to one per book): 6 – Russia, Iran, UK, Nigeria, Dominica, US

Sea-based book: Not chosen yet…

Book involving travel: All of them, to an extent, but I think I can do better 🙂