I’ve just checked my first post and discovered I wrote it on July 20th 2006. Horror of all horrors! I wanted to read 100 books from 100 different countries in a year…which means I now have 3 months to read around 75 books. But all is not lost – today is April 19th, so I have 62 days left to complete my challenge which means all I have to do is read 1.2 books a day and I’ll make it! All I have to do now is build my time machine and I’ll be well away.
Now onto the serious stuff – how, HOW, have I only read 25 books from 25 countries so far? I know I doubled up on some of the countries, and I also know that some books were so monstrously large and took so long to read that I fell behind. I suspect the real reason is all those books I don’t tell you about on here, or the ones that I do write about on here but don’t count towards my reading challenge. Last week for example, I was so enchanted with Little Boy Lost, I ran straight out and got another Persephone book – Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day – from the library and devoured that. I will concede it was enjoyable, not as much so as I had hoped, but if I want to meet my own challenge, I may have been better off reading something else. Over Christmas I read several Chinese books I didn’t mention on here, and now I come to think of it, reading books that do not count towards my challenge has been something of a theme lately. Oops.
So – dear, dear readers – I need your help. You can find a list of the countries I have read books from here. I would love your suggestions for any short books you know from any countries I have not yet visited (if I can read them in one day so much the better). I’m going to stop reading books that will not count towards my challenge. Although…Pedro Paramo is waiting for me in the library and I really really want to read it – but I already read Carlos Fuentes who can count towards Mexico, and I also have Octavio Paz on my shelf who is Mexican. I must be strong! I will send it back unread. I will read it after July 20th!
Anyway, all suggestions welcome. Even if you don’t know any books that I can read quickly from other countries, send me good luck wishes! I’m going to need them…