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A conscious effort to diversify

After the last post on reading trends analysis, I forgot to share a chart of a subject which is close to my heart.

Whenever I walked around the library for inspiration, I looked for novels with exotic country settings to read.

Travel books are one of my favourite reading genre, therefore you’ll see an odd category called “The World” which are really journalist or travelling authors sharing their round-the-world travelling experiences, notably as Tony and Maureen Wheeler of The Lonely Planet Story, Jim Rogers of Adventure Capitalist, Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray and Love etc.

I also love books with Middle East theme. There are abundance of Chinese and Indian authors who offers a delectable tales too.

This year exploring Spainish – Moorish culture was a conscious choice as I read three of Jason Webster’s true tales of living in Spain, two of Tahir Shah’s life in Morocco, and a book that win Dublin IMPAC award by Tahar Ben Jelloun, a Moroccan writer.

The other books on exotic settings were stumbled by serendipity. There are 25 variety of settings in total.

I hope to emulate the same trend for this year.


About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


4 thoughts on “A conscious effort to diversify

  1. I notice that one country dear to my heart is missing from your 2009 list so I shall have to think of an Australian book to tempt you with. I’ll put my thinking cap on.

    Posted by Bernadette in Australia | January 7, 2010, 1:56 am
    • I knew you were perceptive and expected you to help me out with this!
      I’m pretty shocked myself for not finding something in Australia or NZ to read about.. Except for Rose Tremain “Colour” on my TBR, I haven’t got any other clue!!

      Please do tempt me this year! 🙂

      Posted by JoV | January 7, 2010, 12:22 pm
      • ^I second Bernadette! we have some brilliant authors over here, they are just not well known overseas. What sort of genres do you read? Maybe I can suggest a few.

        Posted by Obsidiantears83 | January 15, 2010, 12:13 am
        • I like reading about true stories, journalist at war, travel books, books that tells me more about a country or stories which draw inspiration from the socio-economic-political-cultural-whatever aspects of the country. Besides supernatural stuff, sci-fi and fantasies, I read almost anything. Bernadette, bless her, has opened up a whole new world with names of Aussie authors for me, and I would like to hear more from you too Obsidian. Thanks for dropping by!

          Posted by JoV | January 15, 2010, 10:01 am

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0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

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Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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