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THE LITERARY GRAND TOUR OF THE WORLD – BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS LIST

14/09/2019

Hoohoo, guys.

This list is made up of the list of my previous reading challenge, where every participant contributed some books. This list will grow while the challenge is running. So if you can ever recommend a book, tell me so I can add it and we can all try some new books!

This list is sorted by the country names in alphabetical order.


Afghanistan
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
Argentina
  • On heroes and tombs by Ernesto Sábato
  • Papers in the wind by Eduardo Sacheri
  • Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Piñeiro
  • The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
Australia
  • Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
  • The incredible adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
  • Harp on the South by Ruth Park
  • The boy who steals houses by C.G. Drews
  • Looking for Alibrandi by Malina Marchetta
  • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  • On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Canada
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Maragret Atwood
  • A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
  • Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
  • Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  • Libellensommer by Antje Babendererde
  • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  • Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
Chile
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
China
  • Buffalo Boy by Sherry Garland
  • Dragonkeeper by Carole Wilkinson
  • Balzac and the little Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan
  • UFO in her Eyes by Xiaolu Guo
Costa Rica
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Croatia
  • Girl at War by Sara Novic
Czech Republic
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Denmark
  • Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Egypt
  • The Son of Light by Christian Jacq
  • Death comes as the End by Agatha Christie
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas
England
  • Die Liebe zum Regen by Claire Hoffmann
  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • A Quiet kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  • Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (& Russia, & USA)
  • Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Eritrea
  • I Didn’t Do It For You by Michela Wrong
Eswatini
  • When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn
Finland
  • The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
  • Als die Steine noch Vögel waren by Marjaleena Lembcke
  • The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
France
  • Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec
  • Love from Paris by Alexandra Potter
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
  • All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  • Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley
  • The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
  • Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
Germany
  • The Flying classroom by Erich Kästner
  • Igraine the brave by Cornelia Funke
  • For every solution, a problem by Kerstin Gier
  • Drei Männer im Schnee by Erich Kästner
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
  • Die Mitte der Welt by Andreas Steinhöfel
Ghana
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Greece
  • My Map of You by Isabelle Broom
  • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durell
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi
  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
  • The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes
  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
India
  • A suitable boy by Vikram Seth
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
Iceland
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • Ice Land by Betsy Tobin
Iran
  • Sechzehn Wörter by Nava Ebrahimi
Iraq
  • The Last Girl by Nadia Murad
Ireland
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • A Crack in Everything by Ruth Frances
  • All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  • The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
Italy
  • Death at LaFenice by Donna Leon
  • The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  • Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer
  • Il visconte dimezzato by Italo Calvino
  • Pompeii by Robert Harris
  • Feuer und Glas by Brigitte Riebe
  • Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier
  • The Rome Affair by Karen Swan
Japan
  • Battle Royale by Kōshun Takami
  • The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Thomas& Dorothy Hoobler
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
  • Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi
Kenya
  • The Constant Gardener by John Le Carré
Laos
  • The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
Malaysia
  • The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  • The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
  • The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Mexico
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Bone Flower Throne by TL Morganfield
Montenegro
  • Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popvic
Netherlands
  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
New Zealand
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Nigeria
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
  • I do not come to you by chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
  • David Mogo Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Norway
  • The woman in cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Pakistan
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • Fire Boy by Sami Shah
  • Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
  • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
Panama
  • The Tailor of Panama by John Le Carré
Philippines
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Romania
  • Bukareszt. Kurz i krew by Małgorzata Rejmer
Russia
  • Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith
  • Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  • Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko
  • Romanov by Nadine Brandes
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Samoa
  • Telesa: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young
Saudi Arabia
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bathena
Scotland
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Out of the blue by Sophie Cameron
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Sierra Leone
  • Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince
South Africa
  • Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
  • Shades by Marguerite Poland
  • Welcome to our Hillbrow by Phaswane Mpe
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
South Korea
  • Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
  • The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
  • This Burns my Heart by Samuel Park
  • The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong
  • The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim
Spain
  • Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The time of the doves by Mercè Rodoreda
  • Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • The Prince of the Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
  • The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Sudan
  • Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
Sweden
  • The Farm by Tom Robb Smith
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Circle by Mats Strandberg & Sara Elfgren
  • Spring Tide by Cilla & Rolf Börjlind
  • The Kingdom Of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
Switzerland
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Swiss Vendetta by Tracee de Hahn
  • Almost like Spring by Alex Capus
Syria
  • The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
  • A Wind from the Wilderness by Suzannah Rowntree
Taiwan
  • Want by Cindy Pon
Turkey
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
Uganda
  • Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Ukraine
  • Sketches of a secret War by Timothy Snyder
United Arab Emirates
  • Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
United States of America
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
  • See you in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • I wish you all the best by Mason Deaver
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Love, Hate & other filters by Samira Ahmed
  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
  • Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
  • These Witches don’t burn by Isabel Sterling
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • In the Silences by Rachel Gold
  • Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Zimbabwe
  • We need new names by NoViolet Bulawayo

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  1. Hallo Kat,

    das sind wirklich viele Empfehlungen. Da muss ich mich mal durchwühlen 🙂
    Ich hätte auch noch ein paar Empfehlungen:

    New Zealand: „The Luminaries“ by Eleanor Catton
    Nigeria: „Under the Udala Trees“ by Chinelo Okparanta
    Samoa: „Telesa: The Covenant Keeper“ by Lani Wendt Young
    South Africa: „Born a Crime“ by Trevor Noah
    Uguanda: „Kintu“ by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

    LG
    Elisa

    1. ah, klasse!! Dankeschön ♥ die habe ich gleich alle mal hinzugefügt 🙂
      Und ich hoffe, dass du noch was schönes findest 🙂
      Liebste Grüße
      Kat

  2. I would like to add a couple of other book recommendations!

    Chili: The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
    Croatia: Girl at War by Sara Novic
    Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    Japan: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
    Nigeria: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & Akata witch by Nnedi Okorafor

  3. Hi Kat,

    I definitely like your challenge but as I am not quite the type for challenges in general I won’t participate … but still hope to find some great book recommendations. 😀
    As for other books I thought of, while reading this post … I have read „I Do Not Come To You By Chance“ by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani this year which takes place in Nigeria. And „A Crack in Everthing“ by Ruth Frances Long takes places in Dublin and „Sechzehn WÖrter“ (Nava Ebrahimi) ist mostly set in the Iran. Apart from that, I have also read a few biographies with a setting outside Europe („I am Malala“ – Pakistan, „The Last Girl“ – Iraq, „Taking Flight“ – party Sierra Leona).

    I am definitely going to take a closer look upon some of the books you are listing here!

    Love, Dana

    1. Hoohoo 🙂
      That’s okay! You can still join just for the fun of it and not for any proízes or anything. But I surely do hope you’ll find books on this list that might interest you! And thank you, I’ll add them all ♥
      Love,
      Kat

    2. Argentina: The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
Afghanistan: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

      Afghanistan: A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

      Arab Emirates: Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

      Australia: Looking for Alibrandi by Malina Marchetta

      Australia: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
 Australia: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

      Canada: Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

      China: Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan

      China: UFO in her Eyes by Xiaolu Guo

      Denmark: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

      Eritrea: I Didn’t Do It For You by Michela Wrong
 France: An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley
 France: The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

      France: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

      Greece: A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
 Greece: The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes

      Greece: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
 Ireland: All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle

      Ireland: The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
 Iceland: Ice Land by Betsy Tobin

      Japan: Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

      Malaysia: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
 Mexico: The Bone Flower Throne by TL Morganfield

      Nigeria: David Mogo Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

      Pakistan: Fire Boy by Sami Shah

      Pakistan: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
 Pakistan: Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
 Russia: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

      Saudi Arabia: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bathena
 Sweden: The Kingdom Of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

      Syria: A Wind from the Wilderness by Suzannah Rowntree

      South Korea: This Burns my Heart by Samuel Park

      South Korea: The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong
 South Korea: The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim

      Taiwan: Want by Cindy Pon

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