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Random musings on reading and books from a librarian in training.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


I just read about the ORBIS TERRARUM Challenge! And thought this sounded pretty fun. In a nutshell, the challenge is to read nine books by nine different authors from nine different countries by December 20.

In no particular order, here’s my picks:

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez (Columbia)
2. Death in the Andes - Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)

3. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami (Japan)
4. Deafening - Frances Itani (Canada)
5. Night Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko (Russia)
6. The Island of Eternal Love - Daina Chaviano (Cuba)
7. Mr. Pip - Lloyd Jones (New Zealand)
8. How Green Was My Valley - Richard Llewellyn (England)
9. Closely Watched Trains - Bohumil Hrabal (Czechoslovakia)

Some of these have been on my list to read for a long time like One Hundred Years of Solitude. It’s a little all over the map here ::ducks:: some magic realism, science fiction and fantasy and more.

I’m looking forward to the challenge.


bethany said...

Welcome!! this is going to be great fun! I love your list, I am mostly excited about this challenge because it will give us glimpses into all different places of the world...that is a gift.

Okay, so because I am very excited about reviews, ideas or quotes you really liked from your Orbis Terrarum books...please (pretty, pretty please?) make a MR. linky link when you have something interesting. I will put one up every month.

again, WELCOME!!!

MT said...

Great choice of books. I already read "The Island of Eternal Love" in Spanish. I loved it! The English version is coming out in June.

Check out the lovely book trailer I just found in youtube:

Or simply write the title and it will come out.

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