reading women from around the world
I’m reading a book by a woman author from every country in the world.
My focus is on books:
Written by a woman who was born in the country;
Written by a woman who wasn’t born there, but spent most of her life there; or
Written about women in that country
The criteria I’m using to choose books may change based on the availability of works translated into English. I’m planning to read a mix of fiction and nonfiction.
Greece: Why I Killed My Best Friend
Thailand - Letters from Thailand
Cambodia - The Road of Lost Innocence
China - The Good Women of China
Japan - Ms Ice Sandwich
New Zealand - The ACB of Honora Lee
the full list
status: 10 of 198 books
Canada: The Boat People by Sharon Bala
Dominican Republic: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Jamaica: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Mexico: The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
Argentina: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblim
Much of the inspiration for this project came from other readers. The extremely thorough books lists from A Year of Reading the World, Reading the World, The World Review of Books, and Words Without Borders have been a great starting point for my list. There is also a robust community online talking about #WomeninTranslation. Thank you!