My challenge to myself: to read books about every country of the world (to see a full list of countries here).

China 1. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. 2. A Concise History of China by J. A. G. Roberts. 3. The Courtesan's Jewel Box. 4. Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en.

Democratic Republic of the Congo 1. King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild. 2. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

Germany 1. Parzival by Sir Wolfram von Eschenbach. 2. Somewhere in Germany by Stefanie Zweig

Guinea 1. Travels in West Africa by Mary H. Kingsley.

Israel 1. O, Jerusalem by Laurie R. King

Nigeria 1. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie.

Russia 1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

South Africa 1. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela.

United Kingdom 1. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling.

United States 1. This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti

Books completed: 15

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