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:

  1. Written by a woman who was born in the country;

  2. Written by a woman who wasn’t born there, but spent most of her life there; or

  3. 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.


Currently reading


Greece: Why I Killed My Best Friend

Amanda Michalopoulou

Up next

  • 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

Book reviews

the full list

status: 10 of 198 books

North America:

  • 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

South America:


  • France: Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye

  • Germany: The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck

  • Italy: History: A Novel by Elsa Morante

  • Spain: A Working Woman by Elvira Navarro

  • United Kingdom: Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay


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!