Sunday, January 8, 2012

books by continents (global reading challenge)

in September, after registering with Goodreads, i arrived at a profile question on the kind of books that i like - which made me inspect my bookshelves from that angle, lay out a collage (photo above) and blog about it: what kind of books do you like to read?

now i arrived at another way to categorize books, through a blog-based reading challenge that focuses not on genre or topic, but on the continent the book is coming from: 

The Global Reading Challenge
"The Global Reading Challenge challenges you to expand your reading boundaries, go where you haven't been before, move a little outside your comfort zone."
- The Easy Challenge: Read one novel from each continent in the course of 2012
- The Medium Challenge: Read two novels from each continent in the course of 2012
- The Expert Challenge: Read three novels from each continent in the course of 2012

The continents:

- Africa
- Asia
- Australasia/Oceania
- Europe
- North America
- South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)
- The Seventh Continent (here you can either choose Antarctica or your own ´seventh´ setting, eg the sea, the space, a supernatural/paranormal world, history, the future – you name it).
From your own continent: try to find a country, state or author that is new to you.

Here's the link to the challenge: 2012 Global Reading Challenge

There's also been a global reading challenge 2011 and a global reading challenge 2010, both with lists of books for each continent.

The whole thing made me look for a world map by continents. it's a topic many books were written about, and you could probably create an own reading challenge about it. here's a summary: wiki/Continent. below, an image with the various ways to distinguish continents:

My own continental bookshelf 2011
Of course, i got curious for my own reading seen from this continental aspect. So i revisited the books i read in 2011 - all read during a time i didn't know about the challenge. Here's the continents i covered in 2011, with a focus on books that are about place. The links lead to the relating book posts in this blog, or in the blueprint book blog:


Kerrie said...

Dorothee you might be interested in creating your own map. Have a look at my final post for 2010 to check how it worked. I got lazy in 2011 :-( and didn't create one.

Kerrie said...

BTW are you going to sign up for the 2012 Global Reading Challenge?

Dorothee Lang said...

Hi Kerrie! i just signed up. the map is a good idea to visualize the progress.

cessie said...

I joined the Global Reading Challenge as well and that's how I landed on your blog. I'm interested to see what others are reading for the challenge.
You read so many interesting books in 2011!! Love it!
I will come back to your blog to learn more about your reads in this year!