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World Books Challenge Progress Post: 125 Countries

This is the latest update to my world books challenge, where I keep track of the books I've read so far. I have now read books set in 125 out of 201 countries (62% 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. Questions, comments, book recommendations - let me know in the comments, especially if you have a recommendation for a country for which I haven't yet found a book! My complete FAQ is here.

North America and the Caribbean 
14 out of 24 countries = 58%

North America 
CanadaAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - review (unrated)
United StatesAll the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren - review★★★★★
MexicoLike Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel - review ★★½

Central America 
BelizeBeka Lamb by Zee Edgell - review ★★½
NicaraguaThe Country Under My Skin by Gioconda Belli - review(unrated)
PanamaCome Together, Fall Apart by Cristina Henriquez - review★★★½
Costa Rica *
El Salvador *
Guatemala *
Honduras *

The Caribbean 
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 
9 out of 12 countries = 75%

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)
EcuadorHuasipungo by Jorge Icaza - review ★★½
GuyanaThe Small Fortune of Dorothea Q by Sharon Maas - review★★★
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 *
Paraguay *
Suriname *

33 out of 54 countries = 61%

North Africa 
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 *

West Africa 
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 ★★★½
Burkina Faso
Gambia *
Niger *

Central Africa 
CameroonHouseboy by Ferdinand Oyono - review ★★½
Democratic Republic of the CongoThe Ponds of Kalambayi by Mike Tidwell - review ★★★★
Republic of the CongoBroken Glass by Alain Mabanckou - review
Sao Tome & PrincipeEquator by Miguel Sousa Tavares - review ★★
Central African Republic
Equatorial Guinea

East Africa 
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★★★
SudanSeason of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih - review★★½
TanzaniaParadise by Abdulrazak Gurnah review ★★
UgandaThirty Girls by Susan Minot - review ★½
Burundi *
Djibouti *
Eritrea *
South Sudan *

Southern Africa 
BotswanaMaru by Bessie Head - review ★★★
MalawiThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba - review ★★★½
MauritiusThe Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah - review ★★
MozambiqueNeighbours by Lília Momplé - review ★★★½
NamibiaThe Purple Violet of Oshaantu by Neshani Andreas - review★★★½
South AfricaFiela's Child by Dalene Matthee - review ★★★★
ZambiaPatchwork by Ellen Banda-Aaku - review ★★★★
ZimbabweZenzele by J. Nozipo Maraire - review ★★★★
Angola *

26 out of 49 countries = 53%

Western Europe 
FinlandThe True Deceiver by Tove Jansson - review ★★★½
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
NorwayThe Wreath (Kristin Lavransdatter, #1) by Sigrid Undset - review ★★★★
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
Austria *
Belgium *
Portugal *
San Marino
Vatican City *

Eastern Europe 
AlbaniaThe Loser by Fatos Kongoli - review ★★★
BulgariaStreet Without a Name by Kapka Kassabova - review ★★★½
CroatiaGirl at War: A Novel by Sara Nović - review ★★
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
SerbiaThe Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht - review ★★★★
UkraineMoonlight in Odessa by Janet Skeslien Charles - review★★★★
Belarus *
Czech Republic *
Estonia *
Latvia *
Poland *

Russia and the Caucasus 
AzerbaijanAli and Nino by Kurban Said - review ★★★½
ChechnyaA Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra - review ★★½
GeorgiaWaiting for the Electricity by Christina Nichol - review ★★½
RussiaWar and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - review ★★★★★

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 ★★
Syria *
United Arab Emirates



25 out of 31 countries = 81%

Central Asia 
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
UzbekistanUzbekistan Speaks by Aibek - review ★★½
Turkmenistan *

South Asia 
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 *

East Asia 
ChinaMiss Chopsticks by Xinran - review ★★★★
JapanOut by Natsuo Kirino - review ★★★½
MongoliaAll This Belongs to Me 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

Southeast Asia 
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 ★
Cambodia *

Australia and the Pacific 
8 out of 15 countries = 53%

AustraliaThe Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough - review ★★★½
FijiThe Sailmaker's Daughter by Stephanie Johnson - review ★★
KiribatiThe Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost - review★★½
New ZealandThe Colour by Rose Tremain - review ★★★½
SamoaThe Girl in the Moon Circle by Sia Figiel - review (unrated)
TahitiFrangipani by Célestine Hitiura Vaite - review ★★★½
TongaTales of the Tikongs by Epeli Hauʻofa - review ★★★½
TuvaluWhere The Hell Is Tuvalu? by Philip Ells - review ★★½
Marshall Islands *
Micronesia *
Nauru *
Papua New Guinea *
Solomon Islands *
Vanuatu *