At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, author Tameka Fryer Brown presented the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s (CCBC) multicultural publishing statistics during the panel “Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids.” She displayed Tina Kügler’s oft-cited 2012 infographic, with the comment that even though the numbers are now 4 years old, the image […]
So, one of the things that I’m really interested in is reading a book from every country in the world (inspired by this girl right here). As a librarian, I’m supposed to be well-read. But how can I claim to be well-read if I’ve only read books by US and British authors? Because, fyi,that’s basically any run-of-the-mill high school reading curriculum. And I think at this point in my life we can safely say that with a master’s degree and several years work experience, I’m past the high school reading level.
I really want to read a book from every country in the world. In fact, I am well on my way to accomplishing that goal!
It started with making a list. I divided mine by continent/region, because that was easier for me (btw, my geography skills are skyrocketing!) Here are the lists I have so far, for any of you that want to take a look:
So far, it’s been very interesting! Here’s a list of my CompletedReading, so you know where I am. Some of my favorites so far have been Island of a thousand mirrors from Sri Lanka, The complete Persepolis from Iran, In the time of the Butterflies from the Dominican Republic, and Only God can make a tree from St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.
Currently I’m reading Mighty be our powers from Liberia, and I’m loving every minute of it. It’s the memoir of Leymah Gbowee, who helped end the cycle of violence that had taken over Liberia around the turn of the century. Inspirational? Hell yes. That’s how I like it!
Next post: I’ll be talking about how I’m actually finding these books. It’s not always easy!
And here is where I explain what I hope to do – a brief map, if you will. My goal: to bring attention to the beauty of words, the importance of reading (and not just learning to read), and the impact that libraries and librarians have had on various people, from all walks of life. I’ll start with myself!
I’ve never been athletic – I was born with a heart condition, so keeping up with other kids wasn’t always possible. Reading was, and still is, a way to escape. I love to read and learn about places I’ll probably never see, or times that we can now only imagine. And I love that magic moment that happens when I stumble upon a beautiful phrase, paragraph, or scene that grabs me and buries itself in my brain like a seed, merging with all the other seeds that have been planted there over time.
And so, without further ado…!