Reading Globally

This group is for readers who, for whatever reason, endeavor to explore the world through great fiction. We don't exclude nonfiction discussion entirely, but we are primarily a fiction group. If you are a compulsive literary traveler, you've come to the right place! Our quarterly and standing theme read threads are full of great reading ideas, please join in and share yours there too.

Current Quarterly Theme Read
April to June 2021: Childhood: Books for or about children in different cultures around the world (there's also a suggestion-gathering list for this topic)

Click on the "See More" button below to see planned and past theme reads and the list of regional themes

"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." ---Jean Rhys

Other Planned theme reads for 2021:
— July to September 2021: The Lusophone world: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language
— October-December 2021: Translation prize winners


Classics in Their Own Countries 2.0
Starting in 2019, we revived the year-long "classics in their own country" theme read which we first did in 2012. This runs in addition to the four quarterly reads. You can find discussion and suggestions for classics on the following threads.
Asia and the Middle East
Africa and the Middle East
Europe and Turkey
Latin America and the Caribbean


You are still welcome to add to these "old" quarterly threads, if you read something that you think other members might want to know about.

Jan - March 2021: Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants
- October to December 2020: "Russians Write Revolutions"
July to September 2020: "Travelling the TBR 2.0"
April to June 2020: "Writing from Southern Africa"
Jan - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa (Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Poland)
July-Sept 2019: Turning the Tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers
April - June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World
Jan - March 2019: The Mediterranean World
Oct - Dec 2018: Tradition and Change
July - September 2018:
Between Giants: Central Asian Border Regions
April - June 2018:
Japan and the Koreas
Jan - Mar 2018:
Travelling the TBR Road
Oct - Dec 2017:
The Nordic Countries
July - September 2017:
Non Majority Language Writers
April - June 2017:
Travel Writing by non European and non North American Writers
Jan - March 2017:
The Benelux Countries
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny
July - September 2016: Soviet and Post Soviet Writers
Apr - Jun 2016: Writers at Risk
Jan - Mar 2016: Literature from the Caribbean Islands
Oct - Dec 2015: Women authors who didn't write in English
July-September 2015: Nobel Laureates Writing in a Language Other than English
April-June 2015: The Iberian Peninusla
January - March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent
Oct - Dec 2014 Postwar Germany (1945-now)
July-September 2014 Mexico and Central America
April - June 2014 Travel and Travelogue Literature
January - March 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa
October - December 2013: South American literature
July - September 2013: Francophone literature (excluding Europe)
April- June, 2013: Southeast Asian literature

Jan - March 2013: 20th and 21st Century Eastern and Central European literature

October - December 2012 China and Its Neighboring Countries There is also a wiki with background information and reading lists for this theme read.

July - September 2012 Middle Eastern Literature

April - June 2012: Closed and Selective Societies
January - March 2012: Turkey and the Balkans
October - December 2011: Migration/Immigration
July - September 2011: The Sea
April - June 2011: War and Regions in Conflict
January - March 2011: "Journeys"

MASTER THREAD & List for the NEW regional threads is HERE. Please read this FIRST.

MASTER LIST of REGIONAL THREADS with links (abbreviated as necessary, full list on the master thread):

***1. Eastern Africa I: Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe...others.
***2. Eastern Africa II: Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda
***3. Middle Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo ...others
***4. Northern Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco...others
***5. Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa...others
***6. Western Africa: Cote d'​​​​​​Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone...others

***7. The Caribbean: Anguilla, Antgua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands...others
***8. Central America & Mexico: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico...others
***9. South America I: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela...others
***10. South America II: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay...others

***11. Asia I: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan...others
***12. Asia II: China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Tibet.
***13. Asia III: Japan, Korea, the Phillipines.
***14. Asia IV: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia...others.
***15. Asia V: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan

***16. Middle East I: Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel
***17. Middle East II: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran...others.
***18. Oceania: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea...others.

***19. Europe I: France, Monaco, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg
***20. Europe II: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark...others.
***21. Europe III: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania
***22. Europe IV: Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro
***23. Europe V: Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, Malta
***24. Europe VI: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia
***25. Europe VII: Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Gibraltar
***26. Europe VIII: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein

NEWS! As of May 2, 2011, ALL discussions of the literature of the UK, US, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are now on our supplemental group: READING GLOBALLY II

This group was set up in 2006 by avaland. Others who have served as group administrator since then are rebeccanyc (†) and SassyLassy.

The current admin (since January 2019) is thorold

ArgomentoArgomentoMessaggiUltimo messaggio 
AppuntatoApril to June 2021: Childhood — Books for or about children in different cultures around the world29 non letti / 29spiralsheep, Giovedì 1:11pm
AppuntatoMESSAGE BOARD 20217 non letti / 7cindydavid4, Febbraio 28
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202146 non letti / 46varielle, Ieri 6:25pm
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey 202117 non letti / 17hemlokgang, Ieri 3:54am
***REGION 20: Europe II46 non letti / 46Nickelini, Mercoledì 2:03am
Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants95 non letti / 95thorold, Marzo 21
***REGION 7: The Caribbean29 non letti / 29rocketjk, Marzo 18
rocketjk's 2021 reading travels6 non letti / 6rocketjk, Marzo 18
***REGION 21: Europe III54 non letti / 54CarolKub, Marzo 13
Jul-Sept 2017: non-majority language writers60 non letti / 60rocketjk, Marzo 10
2021 Theme Reads Planning170 non letti / 170cindydavid4, Febbraio 28
Where In The World Are You? January/February 2021?67 non letti / 67hemlokgang, Febbraio 28
April-June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World76 non letti / 76Dilara86, Febbraio 23
***REGION 6: Western Africa32 non letti / 32zasmine, Febbraio 21
***REGION 8: Central America26 non letti / 26spiralsheep, Febbraio 21
July to September 2014: Mexico and Central America45 non letti / 45spiralsheep, Febbraio 21
April - June 2020: Writing from Southern Africa126 non letti / 126spiralsheep, Febbraio 16
Boekentrol's World Tour in Books51 non letti / 51BoekenTrol71, Febbraio 15
Trying to make a list of 1000 books normalized by country population77 non letti / 77Settings, Febbraio 11
January to March 2014 -- Literature from Sub-Saharan Africa105 non letti / 105spiralsheep, Gennaio 31
January - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century145 non letti / 145tallpaul, Gennaio 26
April-June 2014 : Travel Writing and Travelogues Theme Read115 non letti / 115spiralsheep, Gennaio 26
Interesting articles4 non letti / 4Gypsy_Boy, Gennaio 23
July-September 2012 Theme Read: Middle Eastern Literature171 non letti / 171spiralsheep, Gennaio 20
Oct - Dec 2020: Russians Write the Revolution 1881 - 1922137 non letti / 137spiralsheep, Gennaio 15
Any Republic of Niger authors in English (not Nigeria)9 non letti / 9Gypsy_Boy, Gennaio 14
***REGION 3: Middle Africa22 non letti / 22Gypsy_Boy, Gennaio 14
***REGION 24: Europe VI53 non letti / 53Gypsy_Boy, Gennaio 14
***REGION 2: Eastern Africa II31 non letti / 31kidzdoc, Gennaio 11
***REGION 18: Oceania19 non letti / 19jveezer, Gennaio 10
Rocketjk's 2020 reading 'round the world31 non letti / 31rocketjk, Gennaio 1
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 202064 non letti / 64hemlokgang, Dicembre 2020
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey in 202029 non letti / 29hemlokgang, Dicembre 2020
varielle puts on her traveling shoes20 non letti / 20varielle, Dicembre 2020
MESSAGE BOARD 202015 non letti / 15spiralsheep, Dicembre 2020
***REGION 9: South America I52 non letti / 52spiralsheep, Dicembre 2020
2021 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS28 non letti / 28Dilara86, Dicembre 2020
July-September 2020: Travelling the TBR Road 2.0147 non letti / 147spiralsheep, Dicembre 2020
October - December 2013: South American Literature127 non letti / 127spiralsheep, Dicembre 2020
***REGION 17: Middle East II24 non letti / 24spiralsheep, Dicembre 2020
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny52 non letti / 52smgaines, Novembre 2020
July-Sept 2018: Between Giants - Central Asian border regions48 non letti / 48spiralsheep, Novembre 2020
Where In The World Are You? September/ October 202055 non letti / 55hemlokgang, Novembre 2020
***REGION 22: Europe IV30 non letti / 30Nickelini, Ottobre 2020
Julie's Journeys19 non letti / 19Julie_in_the_Library, Settembre 2020
2012-Classics In Their Own Country--Europe and Turkey64 non letti / 64spiphany, Settembre 2020
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202075 non letti / 75hemlokgang, Settembre 2020
July-September 2019: Turning the tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers31 non letti / 31rocketjk, Agosto 2020
***REGION 26: Europe VIII54 non letti / 54Nickelini, Agosto 2020
***REGION 23: Europe V41 non letti / 41Nickelini, Agosto 2020
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202042 non letti / 42hemlokgang, Giugno 2020
***REGION 5: Southern Africa37 non letti / 37kidzdoc, Maggio 2020
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202030 non letti / 30hemlokgang, Maggio 2020
***REGION 10: South America II82 non letti / 82rocketjk, Aprile 2020
Where In The World Are You? January/ February 202025 non letti / 25hemlokgang, Febbraio 2020
Sarams reading around the world46 non letti / 46sarams, Febbraio 2020
Claire's Going Global At Last39 non letti / 39klarusu, Febbraio 2020
April - June 2018: Japan and the Koreas84 non letti / 84SqueakyChu, Gennaio 2020
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa99 non letti / 99rocketjk, Gennaio 2020
Rocketjk's 2019 reading 'round the world39 non letti / 39rocketjk, Dicembre 2019
Hemlokgang's Gloval Literary Journey in 20202 non letti / 2rocketjk, Dicembre 2019
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 201926 non letti / 26jveezer, Dicembre 2019
MESSAGE BOARD 201956 non letti / 56Dilara86, Dicembre 2019
2020 Theme Reads Planning18 non letti / 18cindydavid4, Dicembre 2019
April-June 2015: The Iberian Peninsula123 non letti / 123SassyLassy, Dicembre 2019
Hemlokgang's 2019 Global Literary Journey28 non letti / 28hemlokgang, Novembre 2019
Where In The World Are You? September/ October 201938 non letti / 38-pilgrim-, Ottobre 2019
October-December 2017: The Nordic Countries93 non letti / 93featherbear, Ottobre 2019
eairo reads from Helsinki to Helsinki, part II: The Americas65 non letti / 65eairo, Ottobre 2019
Where In The World Are You? July/August 201949 non letti / 49hemlokgang, Settembre 2019
Where In The World Are You? May/June 201941 non letti / 41hemlokgang, Luglio 2019
***REGION 25: Europe VII58 non letti / 58kidzdoc, Giugno 2019
Question about Mario Vargas Llosa19 non letti / 19rocketjk, Maggio 2019
Where In The World Are You? March/April 201963 non letti / 63Selliers, Maggio 2019
***REGION 19: Europe I111 non letti / 111lriley, Aprile 2019
Jan - March 2019: The Mediterranean World200 non letti / 200LolaWalser, Aprile 2019
Where In The World Are You? January/February 201938 non letti / 38hemlokgang, Marzo 2019
Jan-March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent95 non letti / 95jigarpatel, Marzo 2019
April-June Theme Read: War and Regions in Conflict112 non letti / 112rocketjk, Febbraio 2019
2012: Classics in Their Own Country--Africa and the Middle East15 non letti / 15thorold, Febbraio 2019
Jan.-March 2016: Literature from the Caribbean Islands127 non letti / 127SassyLassy, Gennaio 2019
Notable books soon to be released3 non letti / 3jveezer, Gennaio 2019
2012: Classics in Their Own Country: Asia and the Middle East23 non letti / 23arubabookwoman, Gennaio 2019
2012: Classics in Their Own Country--Latin America and the Caribbean15 non letti / 15arubabookwoman, Gennaio 2019
2019 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS18 non letti / 18thorold, Gennaio 2019
rocketjk's 2018 reading around the world22 non letti / 22rocketjk, Gennaio 2019
Hemlokgang's 20019 Literay Journey1 non letto / 1hemlokgang, Gennaio 2019
Where In The World Are You? November/December 201826 non letti / 26mnleona, Dicembre 2018
2019 Theme Reads Planning21 non letti / 21cindydavid4, Dicembre 2018
Message Board 201818 non letti / 18SassyLassy, Dicembre 2018
Hemlokgang's Literary Journey 201825 non letti / 25hemlokgang, Dicembre 2018
***REGION 4: Northern Africa33 non letti / 33thorold, Dicembre 2018
***REGION 13: Asia III50 non letti / 50thorold, Dicembre 2018
***REGION 1: Eastern Africa I27 non letti / 27thorold, Dicembre 2018
October - December 2018: Tradition and Change17 non letti / 17thorold, Dicembre 2018
Original Language Stats8 non letti / 8alvaret, Dicembre 2018
Where In The World Are You? September/October 201828 non letti / 28hemlokgang, Novembre 2018
***REGION 12: Asia II27 non letti / 27rocketjk, Settembre 2018
Where In The World Are You? July/August 201874 non letti / 74Tid, Settembre 2018
Where In The World Are You? May/June 201845 non letti / 45hemlokgang, Giugno 2018
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