My Plans for the Book Bloggers Abroad 2011 Challenge

Book Bloggers Abroad 2011 ChallengeBook Bloggers Abroad is the popular weekly series where a book blogger tells us about their country and about blogging and finding the books they want to read.

Every guest poster left some suggestions of authors from their own country and it’s time to start reading some of them!

The launch post for the Book Bloggers Abroad 2011 Challenge is HERE. Sign up if you want to join in and read authors from all over the world!

I signed up for the Experienced Traveler level (10 books) and here is what I’m planning to read. My list is based on what I can borrow/reserve from the library. They are all writers that are new to me.

  1. Australia: Solomon’s Song by Bryce Courtenay (or another book by this writer).
  2. Germany:  The 13 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers.
  3. USA: The Blue Notebook by James Levine.
  4. Sri Lanka: Any book by Michael Ondaatje.
  5. New Zealand: A book with stories by Katherine Mansfield.
  6. Canada: Flashforward by Robert J Sawyer.
  7. India: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.
  8. Canada: Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler.
  9. Finland: Purge by Sofi Oksanen (also for Nordic Challenge)
  10. Belgium: The Invisible Frontier by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters.

I’ll cross them off as I go along. This is my own challenge and therefore the one I HAVE to finish (such a pressure!).

Let me know if you’re joining in and if you’ve written a post about it just like this one, put the link in the comments of the original post about the Book Bloggers Abroad 2011 Challenge HERE.

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14 Responses to My Plans for the Book Bloggers Abroad 2011 Challenge

  1. theonlycin says:

    Gosh, you’re going to be very busy. I read your ‘about’ page the other day and see that you love food. When you have a lull in your hectic reading schedule, you may want to dip into South African author Zuretha Roos’s delightful memoir ‘The Saffron Pear Tree’.

    • leeswammes says:

      I’m not a great cook, Cindy (nothing like you) but I do like to try out simple recipes. Thanks for the recommendation, the book’s going straight onto my wish list!

      Talking about SA food… I spend one week in SA for work a few years ago, and at lunch time some black ladies came in with the most delicious foods. Honestly, lunch time was the best part of the stay! I’ve tried to find a cook book but I didn’t succeed. Do you have any suggestions? They were quite simple things like meat bits in a nice sauce (well, I don’t eat meat, but I’m guessing it was nice), hot-pot style meals with vegetables and potatoes mashed together. I liked the food and the fact that it wasn’t anything too complicated.

      • Cindy says:

        I’ll round up some memories of what my nanny used to cook for me and write up some local recipes, but I know the meat stew you mention.

      • leeswammes says:

        Oh, that’s so kind of you. As I say (did I?) I don’t eat meat. But I usually can replace it with something else (we have lots of burgers, sausages etc. made of vegetable protein).

  2. gnoegnoe says:

    I guess you should go to the highest level straight away — it’s your challenge! You wouldn’t have thought of it if you hadn’t want to read that many. Well, I’m in awe anyway. Good luck!

    • leeswammes says:

      Gnoe, I put in that highest level for people who really want to go for it. I want to get my books from the library, which limits me quite a bit. I guess I could read 15 if I really wanted to, though. But hey, it’s my challenge, and I’ll decide for myself! 🙂

  3. Such a wonderful list of books I really want to read!

    The 13 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear has been on my wishlist for ages and I am currently loving FastForward on DVD so would love to know what the original novel is like. So many of the others appeal too. I’m sure you’re in for some wonderful reads 🙂

    • leeswammes says:

      None of these books were on my wishlist, Jackie, so I think I’m discovering so really nice new books and authors. I didn’t know Fastforward is also a movie.

      • rikkiscraps says:

        I am so curious to see what you will think of Captain Bluebear. Walter Moers has a certain style that you either love or hate and the same goes for his sense of humour.
        I absolutely loved it and laughed so hard I cried a number of times.
        Are you going to read it in English or is there a Dutch translation? I read it in German and sometimes the German voice does not come over so great when translated – which would be a pity.

      • leeswammes says:

        I’ll be reading the Dutch translation. I hope it’s quite close to the German. Unfortunately, my German is not good enough to read it in the original language.

  4. diana says:

    jessica by bryce courtenay was really really good…read so fast!!!!!
    was disapponted in my next choice of his…forgot the name but it was about his son who died of aids….way way too long…
    curious to see a review of the soloman one if you pick that one

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