7 Angles and Books to explore the world
The challenge: to select and read seven books, each belonging to one of the following categories:
- the 7 countries with the most population
- This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013.
- Books can be any format (novel, non-fiction, poetry or story collection, anthology, as well as any phyisal format: print, ebook, audio)
- You are welcome to count these books towards any other challenges as well
- The sorting of the 7 lists is just a suggestion.
- When picking a country, the idea is to also pick an author from that country. If that turns out to be difficult, try to find an expat author who lived in the country for a while.
- In the next weeks, I will add some additional resources: links to book and author lists at Goodreads and Wikipedia, etc.
- I will put together an info / introduction blog post to each of the 7 lists, and also update it with the books read during the challenge, and suggested reads and links etc.
- Update: the first info post is now online global reading challenge -the 7 countries with the most population + more at the bottom of this post
Resources, lists, links:
Here are the 7 country categories, with links to the global lists, and with the top 7 countries listed already. For each category, pick a country from the top 7 list, and then pick a book from that country. As reference, i mostly linked to the wiki-lists, as those often offer addditional search options.
1) The starting point:
A book from one of the 7 countries with the most population
- Link: List of countries by population
- Top 7: China, India, USA, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria
A book from one of the 7 highest countries in the world
- Link: List of countries by highest point
- Top 7: Nepal, China, Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan
3) From high to old:
A book from one of the 7 oldest countries of the world
- It’s an own challenge to create a definite ranking of the oldest countries of the world, which makes this question interesting in its own way. Some references:About/Geography and here: Wiki-answers.
- Some of the oldest countries: Japan, China, San Marino, Egypt
4) From old to new:
A book from one of the megacities of the world
- Link: Megacity + list of megacities
- Top 7: Tokyo, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Seoul, Shanghai, Mexico City, Delhi
5) From megacity to migration:
A book from one of the 7 countries with the most immigrants
- Link: List of countries by foreign-born population
- Top 7: USA, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, France, Saudi Arabia, Canada
A book from one of the 7 richest – or poorest – countries
- Link: List of countries by gross domestic product
- Rank 1-7: Luxembourg, Qatar, Macau, Norway, Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong
- Rank 173-180: Congo, Liberia, Eritrea, Burundi, Niger, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone
A book from one of the 7 most rainy or dry countries
- Link: Precipitation by country
- The rainy top 7: Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Burma, Malaysia, Guyana
- The dry top 7: Peru, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Erimates, Kuwait, Syria, Djibouti