Friday, September 10, 2010

Global Reading Challenge

I'm participating in the 2010 Global Reading Challenge! You may or may not remember that I asked for recommendations for this challenge. I really appreciate all the recommendations you guys gave me. I've updated the list to include (for the most part) books that I own and need to review. Since first posting about this challenge I've learned about way more books set in the UK and Australia. I also evaluated previous recommendations based on availability. I don't have the money or time to buy books right now so if it wasn't at my library, chances are it didn't make my final list =/ I also realized that the books had to be set in the actual country, not based on it (i.e. a fantasy based on Japan like Morbito) so that narrowed it down further.

I signed up for Medium level (why I don't know, I'm crazy) and the requirements are that I read two books from each continent (except Antarctica) and try to read books from twelve different countries or states. As always I'm open to recommendations, needs to be YA/MG about a PoC.

Starts: January 1, 2010

Ends: December 31, 2010


1. Aya by Marguerite Abouet, Clement Oubrerie (Ivory Coast)

2. Ipods in Accra by Sophia Acheampong (Ghana)


1. City of Ghosts by Bali Rai (India)

2. Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins (Myanmar/Burma)


1. Deadly Unna? by Philip Gwynne

2. Little Paradise by Gabrielle Wang


1. Where I Belong by Gillian Cross (England)

2. The Young Chieftain by Ken Howard (Scotland)

North America*

1. Grease Town by Ann Towell (Canada, off color)

2. Upstate by Kalisha Buckhannon (New York)

3. Exclusively Chloe by J. A. Yang (California)

South America

1. The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau (Ecuador)

2. The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan & Peter Sis (Chile)

*I added an extra book to the North America category because I don't really count off-color books.

Did you sign up for this challenge?


  1. I hope you like The Indigo Notebook! (since I think I'm one of the people who recommended it to you, or if I'm not, I should have been!)

  2. I hadn't heard about the challenge except from you. Sounds like you have some fun and interesting reads ahead of you. Do you have to get the books read by a certain date? I ordered "The Indigo Notebook" the other day and am looking forward to it.

  3. @Charlotte-You were indeed one of the people who recommended Indigo Notebook! I'm looking forward to reading it.

    @middleschoolbookreviews-Oh thank you for pointing that out. I need to edit the post to say the challenge goes till Dec. 31 2010. You can sign up anytime, I recommend it!

    You'll probably read The Indigo Notebook before me so I'll look for your review.

  4. I am also doing this challenge and am finished except for reading something from South America. Perhaps I'll go get the Indigo Notebook...

  5. Aya is wonderful graphic novel, make sure you read the sequels!


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