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World Books Challenge progress post - 110 countries

This is where I keep track of the books I've read so far, and the books I plan to read. I am currently at 110 out of 200 countries (55% of the world). Countries from which I've read books are bolded, with links to the books; countries from which I haven't are in plain text, but if I have a book in mind, I've linked to that with an asterisk. All links are to Goodreads, because that's easier. Questions, comments, book recommendations - let me know in the comments!


North America and the Caribbean 
13 out of 24 countries = 54%

CanadaAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - review (unrated)
United StatesAll the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren - review ★★★★★
MexicoRecollections of Things to Come by Elena Garro - review (unrated)

BelizeBeka Lamb by Zee Edgell - review ★★½
NicaraguaThe Country Under My Skin by Gioconda Belli - review (unrated)
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Panama *

Antigua & BarbudaAnnie John by Jamaica Kincaid - review ★★★½
BarbadosThe Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson - review ★★½
CubaThe Island of Eternal Love by Daina Chaviano - review ★★
DominicaWide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - review (unrated)
Dominican RepublicIn the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez - review (unrated)
HaitiThe Boiling Season by Christopher Hebert - review ★★★★
JamaicaThe Long Song by Andrea Levy - review ★★½
Puerto RicoThe House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferré - review (unrated)
Bahamas
Grenada
St. Kitts & Nevis *
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago *


South America 
7 out of 12 countries = 58%

ArgentinaThe Peron Novel by Tomás Eloy Martínez - review (unrated)
BrazilThe Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles - review ★★★★★
ChileThe House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende - review ★★★★★
ColombiaOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez - review (unrated)
PeruThe Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa - review ★★★
UruguayThe Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis - review ★★★½
VenezuelaEva Luna by Isabel Allende - review (unrated)
Bolivia
Ecuador *
Guyana *
Paraguay *
Suriname *


Africa 
30 out of 54 countries = 56%

AlgeriaThe Lovers of Algeria by Anouar Benmalek - review ★★★
EgyptMidaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz - review ★★★
LibyaThe Bleeding of the Stone by Ibrahim al-Koni - review (unrated)
MoroccoThe Harem Within by Fatema Mernissi - review (unrated)
Tunisia

Cape VerdeThe Last Will & Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo by Germano Almeida - review ★½
GhanaThe Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah - review ★★★★
GuineaThe Dark Child by Camara Laye - review ★★★½
Ivory CoastAya by Marguerite Abouet - review ★★★½
LiberiaAllah Is Not Obliged by Ahmadou Kourouma - review ★★½
MaliSegu by Maryse Condé - review ★★
NigeriaHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - review ★★★★★
SenegalGod's Bits of Wood by Ousmane Sembène - review ★★★★
Sierra LeoneThe Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna - review ★★★½
TogoThe Village of Waiting by George Packer - review
Benin
Burkina Faso
Gambia *
Guinea-Bissau
Mauritania
Niger *

CameroonHouseboy by Ferdinand Oyono - review ★★½
Democratic Republic of the CongoThe Ponds of Kalambayi by Mike Tidwell - review ★★★★
Sao Tome & PrincipeEquator by Miguel Sousa Tavares - review ★★
Central African Republic
Chad
Republic of the Congo *
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon

EthiopiaBeneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste - review ★★★
KenyaA Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong'o - review (unrated)
RwandaOur Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga - review (unrated)
SomaliaThe Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed - review ★★★
SudanWho Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor - review ★★½
TanzaniaParadise by Abdulrazak Gurnah review ★★
UgandaThirty Girls by Susan Minot - review ★½
Burundi
Djibouti
Eritrea
South Sudan

BotswanaMaru by Bessie Head - review ★★★
MauritiusThe Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah - review ★★
MozambiqueNeighbours by Lília Momplé - review ★★★½
South AfricaFiela's Child by Dalene Matthee - review ★★★★
ZambiaPatchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku - review ★★★★
ZimbabweZenzele by J. Nozipo Maraire - review ★★★★
Angola
Comoros
Lesotho *
Madagascar
Malawi *
Namibia *
Seychelles
Swaziland


Europe 
24 out of 49 countries = 49%

FranceLa Bête humaine by Émile Zola - review (unrated)
GermanyThe Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll - review ★★★★
GreenlandThe Greenlanders by Jane Smiley - review ★★★★½
IcelandBurial Rites by Hannah Kent - review ★★½
IrelandThe Country Girls by Edna O'Brien - review ★★★½
ItalyMy Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante - review ★★★★
NetherlandsConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire - review ★★★½
SpainFor Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway - review ★★★★
SwedenMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman - review ★★★
SwitzerlandHeidi by Johanna Spyri - review (unrated)
United KingdomSouth Riding by Winifred Holtby - review ★★★★½
Andorra
Austria *
Belgium
Denmark *
Finland *
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Norway *
Portugal *
San Marino
Vatican City

AlbaniaThe Loser by Fatos Kongoli - review ★★★
AzerbaijanAli and Nino by Kurban Said - review ★★★½
BulgariaStreet Without a Name by Kapka Kassabova - review ★★★½
ChechnyaA Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra - review ★★½
CroatiaGirl at War: A Novel by Sara Nović - review ★★
GeorgiaWaiting for the Electricity by Christina Nichol - review ★★½
GreeceThe Sailor's Wife by Helen Benedict - review ★★★
HungaryCsardas by Diane Pearson - review ★★★★
MontenegroThe Dawning by Milka Bajic-Poderegin - review ★★★
RomaniaWildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier - review ★★★½
RussiaWar and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - review ★★★★★
SerbiaThe Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht - review ★★★★
UkraineMoonlight in Odessa by Janet Skeslien Charles - review ★★★★
Armenia
Belarus
Bosnia & Herzegovina *
Czech Republic *
Estonia *
Latvia
Lithuania
Macedonia
Moldova
Poland *
Slovakia
Slovenia


Middle East 
10 out of 16 countries = 63%

IranThe Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani - review ★★★★
IraqBetween Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi - review ★★★★
IsraelMy Promised Land by Ari Shavit - review ★★
KuwaitSmall Kingdoms by Anastasia Hobbet - review ★★
LebanonPorts Of Call by Amin Maalouf - review ★★★★
QatarThe Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria - review ★★
PalestineMornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa - review ★★
Saudi ArabiaCities of Salt by Abdul Rahman Munif - review ★★★½
TurkeyBirds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières - review ★★★★
YemenThe Hostage by Zayd Mutee Dammaj - review ★★
Bahrain
Cyprus
Jordan
Oman
Syria *
United Arab Emirates


Asia 
24 out of 31 countries = 77%

AfghanistanA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - review ★★★★★
KazakhstanThe Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years by Chingiz Aitmatov - review ★★★★½
KyrgyzstanJamilia by Chingiz Aitmatov - review ★★★★
TajikistanHurramabad by Andrei Volos - review ★★★½
Turkmenistan *
Uzbekistan *

BangladeshA Golden Age by Tahmima Anam - review ★★★★
IndiaA Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth - review ★★★★½
NepalBuddha's Orphans by Samrat Upadhyay - review ★
Sri LankaIsland of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera - review ★★★½
PakistanIn Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin - review ★★
Bhutan *
Maldives

ChinaMiss Chopsticks by Xinran - review ★★★★
JapanOut by Natsuo Kirino - review ★★★½
MongoliaAll This Belongs to Me: A Novel by Petra Hůlová - review ★★
North KoreaNothing to Envy by Barbara Demick - review ★★★★★
South KoreaFox Girl by Nora Okja Keller - review ★★★
TaiwanA Thousand Moons on a Thousand Rivers by Li-Hung Hsiao - review ★★★
TibetAcross Many Mountains by Yangzom Brauen - review ★★½

East TimorThe Crossing by Luís Cardoso - review ★
IndonesiaThis Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer - review ★★★
MalaysiaThe Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw - review ★★★
MyanmarThe Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh - review ★★★★
PhilippinesThe Last Time I Saw Mother by Arlene J. Chai - review ★★
SingaporeFollowing the Wrong God Home by Catherine Lim - review ★★★
ThailandFour Reigns by Kukrit Pramoj - review ★★★★
VietnamThe Tapestries by Kien Nguyen - review ★
Brunei
Cambodia *
Laos


Australia and the Pacific 
2 out of 14 countries = 14%

AustraliaThe Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough - review ★★★½
New ZealandThe Colour by Rose Tremain - review ★★★½
Fiji *
Kiribati *
Marshall Islands *
Micronesia *
Nauru
Palau
Papua New Guinea *
Samoa *
Solomon Islands *
Tonga *
Tuvalu *
Vanuatu