Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Travel the World in Books: My Book Map & Books I'd Like to Read!

In case you haven't seen, I'm doing the Travel the World in Books Readathon at the moment and Monday's challenge was to make our own book maps on Google! I've only just finished because I only had author origin in my spreadsheet, but here's my map! The red pins are the author's origin, the purple stars are the setting of the novel, and the blue pins are for when they're the same.

Not as diverse as I'd like but awareness of the gaps in your knowledge is the first step, right?

On to my TBR for this event!

I've started with The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, because people have been telling me it's great for so long, but the other three are all books I've had on my shelves for years too. As you can see, the desire to read diversely isn't the problem with me, it's just the actuality of making it happen!

I think it's so important to read books set in other countries and by authors from other cultures because there's so much that I won't ever experience for myself and books can help me to learn about and understand other people's experiences. Reading diversely creates and increases empathy and understanding and in my opinion that's one of the most important things needed in our world today!

Because it's me, there will be a post/page coming with a list of books I want to read from all the countries missing a pin on my map! I'll probably remain a day or two behind with the discussion topics for this readathon but I really love the idea of having different things to post about each day, and obviously am loving the chance to get some recommendations for world lit!


  1. Have yet to read The Alchemist but I've heard nothing but good things about it. Love Zafon's books, which was surprising to me since I usually do not particularly enjoy such reads. Want to read Balzac. will be interesting to see what you think of The Master and Margarita.

  2. I love the map idea and I really like how you organized yours. I cannot begin to imagine mapping all the books I've read. It might require days and nights, rather than hours!! :)

    1. Haha yes that's why mine is currently only my 2015 reads,it would've been mad otherwise!

  3. I find that mapping my reads really drive home the point that I didn't read diversely enough. And in my mind I was feeling pretty good I was! So glad to have you join this event ... I too have a crazy TBR bec of last year's event. PS Zafon is amazing.

  4. I loved The Shadow of the Wind because it had a reader's paradise within it. I'm still dreaming of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. And I also enjoyed Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress- you wouldn't think a novel set in the timeframe that it was would be funny, but it is.
    Happy bookish travels, Bex!
    ~Litha Nelle

  5. I saw that book map on reddit and it's really cool because you get to add some yourself it it's not already added.