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
October-December 2021: Translation prize winners

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:


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.

— July to September 2021: The Lusophone world: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language
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)
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

OnderwerpOnderwerpBerichtenNieuwste bericht 
Vastgezet2022 Theme Reads Planning28 ongelezen / 28thorold, Vandaag 1:09am
VastgezetOctober-December 2021: Translation prize winners29 ongelezen / 29MissWatson, oktober 13
VastgezetMESSAGE BOARD 20218 ongelezen / 8thorold, oktober 1
JustJoey's travelling the World57 ongelezen / 57Trifolia, Vandaag 9:54am
***REGION 20: Europe II54 ongelezen / 54ELiz_M, Gisteren 4:33pm
Markon (Ardene) dips her toe in the ocean of translation9 ongelezen / 9labfs39, Gisteren 3:08pm
***REGION 6: Western Africa37 ongelezen / 37labfs39, Gisteren 12:01pm
Where In The World Are You? November/December 202120 ongelezen / 20Hagelstein, zondag 11:05pm
rocketjk's 2021 reading travels15 ongelezen / 15rocketjk, vrijdag 11:36am
ASIA READING CHALLENGE 2022 -2 ongelezen / 2kidzdoc, november 18
April to June 2021: Childhood — Books for or about children in different cultures around the world125 ongelezen / 125cindydavid4, november 17
Notes from a Small Population: 40+ places with under 500,000 inhabitants98 ongelezen / 98thorold, november 5
Where In The World Are You? September/October 202131 ongelezen / 31hemlokgang, november 3
July to September 2021: The Lusophone World: writing from countries where Portuguese is or was an important language80 ongelezen / 80thorold, oktober 15
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey 202129 ongelezen / 29hemlokgang, september 3
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202139 ongelezen / 39hemlokgang, september 1
***REGION 18: Oceania20 ongelezen / 20streamsong, augustus 28
Trying to make a list of 1000 books normalized by country population85 ongelezen / 85Settings, augustus 7
April - June 2020: Writing from Southern Africa127 ongelezen / 127thorold, augustus 3
October - December 2013: South American Literature128 ongelezen / 128SassyLassy, juli 31
Japan’s indigenous minorities6 ongelezen / 6danielcheng, juli 29
***REGION 3: Middle Africa27 ongelezen / 27kidzdoc, juli 10
Julie's Journeys21 ongelezen / 21Julie_in_the_Library, juli 9
***REGION 1: Eastern Africa I28 ongelezen / 28kidzdoc, juli 9
***REGION 21: Europe III55 ongelezen / 55Nickelini, juli 7
***REGION 19: Europe I123 ongelezen / 123Nickelini, juli 7
***REGION 26: Europe VIII56 ongelezen / 56Nickelini, juli 7
***REGION 23: Europe V42 ongelezen / 42Nickelini, juli 7
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202167 ongelezen / 67hemlokgang, juli 1
July-September 2015: Nobel Laureates Writing in a Language Other Than English122 ongelezen / 122Gypsy_Boy, juni 18
***REGION 15: Asia V39 ongelezen / 39Gypsy_Boy, juni 2
***REGION 17: Middle East II25 ongelezen / 25spiralsheep, mei 21
October-December 2017: The Nordic Countries94 ongelezen / 94Gypsy_Boy, mei 15
Jan-March 2015: The Indian Subcontinent97 ongelezen / 97Gypsy_Boy, mei 15
***REGION 10: South America II83 ongelezen / 83rocketjk, mei 12
***REGION 14: Asia IV17 ongelezen / 17spiralsheep, mei 8
April-June 2013 Theme Read: South East Asia72 ongelezen / 72spiralsheep, mei 8
***REGION 11: Asia I17 ongelezen / 17spiralsheep, mei 6
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202166 ongelezen / 66hemlokgang, mei 1
Where In The World Are You? May/June 20201 ongelezen / 1hemlokgang, mei 1
***REGION 16: Middle East I32 ongelezen / 32spiralsheep, april 21
***REGION 7: The Caribbean29 ongelezen / 29rocketjk, maart 18
Jul-Sept 2017: non-majority language writers60 ongelezen / 60rocketjk, maart 10
2021 Theme Reads Planning170 ongelezen / 170cindydavid4, februari 28
Where In The World Are You? January/February 2021?67 ongelezen / 67hemlokgang, februari 28
April-June 2019: Speculative Fiction from around the World76 ongelezen / 76Dilara86, februari 23
***REGION 8: Central America26 ongelezen / 26spiralsheep, februari 21
July to September 2014: Mexico and Central America45 ongelezen / 45spiralsheep, februari 21
Boekentrol's World Tour in Books51 ongelezen / 51BoekenTrol71, februari 15
January to March 2014 -- Literature from Sub-Saharan Africa105 ongelezen / 105spiralsheep, januari 31
January - March 2020: The Rise of the Far Right in the 21st Century145 ongelezen / 145tallpaul, januari 26
April-June 2014 : Travel Writing and Travelogues Theme Read115 ongelezen / 115spiralsheep, januari 26
Interesting articles4 ongelezen / 4Gypsy_Boy, januari 23
July-September 2012 Theme Read: Middle Eastern Literature171 ongelezen / 171spiralsheep, januari 20
Oct - Dec 2020: Russians Write the Revolution 1881 - 1922137 ongelezen / 137spiralsheep, januari 15
Any Republic of Niger authors in English (not Nigeria)9 ongelezen / 9Gypsy_Boy, januari 14
***REGION 24: Europe VI53 ongelezen / 53Gypsy_Boy, januari 14
***REGION 2: Eastern Africa II31 ongelezen / 31kidzdoc, januari 11
Rocketjk's 2020 reading 'round the world31 ongelezen / 31rocketjk, januari 1
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 202064 ongelezen / 64hemlokgang, december 2020
Hemlokgang's Global Literary Journey in 202029 ongelezen / 29hemlokgang, december 2020
varielle puts on her traveling shoes20 ongelezen / 20varielle, december 2020
MESSAGE BOARD 202015 ongelezen / 15spiralsheep, december 2020
***REGION 9: South America I52 ongelezen / 52spiralsheep, december 2020
2021 VOTING for QUARTERLY TOPICS28 ongelezen / 28Dilara86, december 2020
July-September 2020: Travelling the TBR Road 2.0147 ongelezen / 147spiralsheep, december 2020
Oct - Dec 2016: Dictators, Dictatorships and Other Forms of Tyranny52 ongelezen / 52smgaines, november 2020
July-Sept 2018: Between Giants - Central Asian border regions48 ongelezen / 48spiralsheep, november 2020
Where In The World Are You? September/ October 202055 ongelezen / 55hemlokgang, november 2020
***REGION 22: Europe IV30 ongelezen / 30Nickelini, oktober 2020
2012-Classics In Their Own Country--Europe and Turkey64 ongelezen / 64spiphany, september 2020
Where In The World Are You? July/August 202075 ongelezen / 75hemlokgang, september 2020
July-September 2019: Turning the tables - Postcolonial Writers on the Colonizers31 ongelezen / 31rocketjk, augustus 2020
Where In The World Are You? May/June 202042 ongelezen / 42hemlokgang, juni 2020
***REGION 5: Southern Africa37 ongelezen / 37kidzdoc, mei 2020
Where In The World Are You? March/April 202030 ongelezen / 30hemlokgang, mei 2020
Where In The World Are You? January/ February 202025 ongelezen / 25hemlokgang, februari 2020
Sarams reading around the world46 ongelezen / 46sarams, februari 2020
Claire's Going Global At Last39 ongelezen / 39klarusu, februari 2020
April - June 2018: Japan and the Koreas84 ongelezen / 84SqueakyChu, januari 2020
October-December 2019: Mitteleuropa99 ongelezen / 99rocketjk, januari 2020
Rocketjk's 2019 reading 'round the world39 ongelezen / 39rocketjk, december 2019
Hemlokgang's Gloval Literary Journey in 20202 ongelezen / 2rocketjk, december 2019
Where In The World Are You? November/ December 201926 ongelezen / 26jveezer, december 2019
MESSAGE BOARD 201956 ongelezen / 56Dilara86, december 2019
2020 Theme Reads Planning18 ongelezen / 18cindydavid4, december 2019
April-June 2015: The Iberian Peninsula123 ongelezen / 123SassyLassy, december 2019
Hemlokgang's 2019 Global Literary Journey28 ongelezen / 28hemlokgang, november 2019
Where In The World Are You? September/ October 201938 ongelezen / 38-pilgrim-, oktober 2019
eairo reads from Helsinki to Helsinki, part II: The Americas65 ongelezen / 65eairo, oktober 2019
Where In The World Are You? July/August 201949 ongelezen / 49hemlokgang, september 2019
Where In The World Are You? May/June 201941 ongelezen / 41hemlokgang, juli 2019
***REGION 25: Europe VII58 ongelezen / 58kidzdoc, juni 2019
Question about Mario Vargas Llosa19 ongelezen / 19rocketjk, mei 2019
Where In The World Are You? March/April 201963 ongelezen / 63Selliers, mei 2019
Jan - March 2019: The Mediterranean World200 ongelezen / 200LolaWalser, april 2019
Where In The World Are You? January/February 201938 ongelezen / 38hemlokgang, maart 2019
April-June Theme Read: War and Regions in Conflict112 ongelezen / 112rocketjk, februari 2019
2012: Classics in Their Own Country--Africa and the Middle East15 ongelezen / 15thorold, februari 2019
Jan.-March 2016: Literature from the Caribbean Islands127 ongelezen / 127SassyLassy, januari 2019
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