Friday, March 9, 2007

Traveling in books

I have two discussion groups "traveling" in books. They are called Around the World in 80 Days and Essencia Island, and both are among Oprah's "Online Reading Groups." Here are the lists we've made and some of the places we have "visited":

Around the World in 80 Books
August ~ Storyteller's Daughter ~ by Saira Shah ~ Afghanistan
September ~ Snowflower and the Secret Fan ~ by Lisa See ~ China
October ~ A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali ~ by Gil Courtemanche ~ Rwanda
November ~ Mutant Message Down Under ~ by Marlo Morgan ~ Australia
December ~ Simon's Family ~ by Marianne Fredriksson ~ Sweden
January ~ Sweetness in the Belly ~ by Camilla Gibb ~ Ethiopia
February ~ The Cigar Roller ~ by Pablo Medina ~ Cuba
March ~ The Other Boleyn Girl ~ by Philippa Gregory ~ England
April ~ Snow ~ by Orhan Pamuk ~ Turkey
May ~ Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight ~ by Alexandra Fuller ~ Zimbabwe
June ~ The Coffee Trader ~ by Daniel Liss ~ Holland
July ~ Flags of Our Fathers ~ by James Bradley ~ Iwo Jima

Essencia Island
April ~ My Sister's Keeper ~ by Jodi Picoult ~ Rhode Island, USA
May ~ Girl in Hyacinth Blue ~ by Susan Vreeland ~ Groningen, Netherlands
June ~ Gilead ~ by Marilynne Robinson ~ Iowa, USA
July ~ Stolen Lives ~ by Malika Oufkir ~ Morocco
August ~ Train to Pakistan ~ by Khushwant Singh ~ Punjab, India
September ~ She's Come Undone ~ by Wally Lamb ~ New England, USA
October ~ The Name of the Rose ~ by Umberto Eco ~ Italy
November ~ Never Let Me Go ~ by Kazuo Ishiguro ~ England
December ~ The Alchemist ~ by Paulo Coelho ~ Spain, Morocco, Egypt
January ~ Palace Walk ~ by Naguib Mahfouz ~ Cairo, Egypt
February ~ The Tea Rose ~ by Jennifer Donnelly ~ London, England
March ~ Embracing Defeat ~ by John W. Dower ~ Japan
April ~ Little Children ~ by Tom Perrotta ~ suburban USA
May ~ Green Grass, Running Water ~ by Thomas King ~ Canada and USA
June ~ Caravans ~ by James Michener ~ Afghanistan
July ~ Vermeer: A View of Delft ~ by Anthony Bailey ~ Delft, Netherlands
August ~ The Years with Laura Diaz ~ by Carlos Fuentes ~ Mexico
September ~ The Tenth Circle ~ by Jodi Picoult ~ Maine and Alaska, USA
October ~ Luncheon of the Boating Party ~ by Susan Vreeland ~ Paris, France
November ~ Helen of Troy ~ by Margaret George ~ Greece and Turkey
December ~ The Gilded Chamber ~ by Rebecca Kohn ~ Persia (Iran)
January ~ The Secret River ~ by Kate Grenville ~ Australia
February ~ Teacher Man ~ by Frank McCourt ~ New York, USA
March ~ The Kite Runner ~ by Khaled Hosseini ~ Afghanistan
April ~ The Hours ~ by Michael Cunningham ~ London, NYC, L.A.
May ~ The Holding ~ by Merilyn Simonds ~ Canada

Which of these have YOU read? Please feel free to make comments about ANY of these books.


Marg said...

In the Around the World list, I have read Storyteller's Daughter, Snowflower and the Secret Fan, The Other Boleyn Girl.

I am interested to see the Daniel Liss book on the list! I had nominated that book in a different group that I was in, but didn't get much response. It does look interesting to me!

In the Essencia Island books, I have read My Sister's Keeper, Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Gilead, Stolen Lives, Never Let Me Go, The Alchemist, The Tea Rose, The Secret River and The Kite Runner!

Stephanie said...

Hey Bonnie! I've been so busy the past few months, that I've barely had time to log on to the Oprah site at all.

But I will be reading Little Children and Snow in April with y'all!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bonnie,
I really enjoyed our visit yesterday. You site is looking really good since the first time I visited. I am not going to promise that I will start a blog but I will keep you up to date on my adventures in Korea and beyond.

Love your Buddie, Marylyn

Cipriano said...

Hi Bonnie:
Very interesting site. Very interesting posting here.
You make me realize that even though I am always reading something, I am not exactly..... prolific about it.
Which is to say... I am a slow reader, PLUS. I have only a couple hours a night, and weekends. That's it.
I have only read ONE of the books listed here.

Anonymous said...

hi, I realize this was awhile ago... Did you enjoy the Vermeer book by Bailey? I just finished one of his travelogues and was out searching for other reviews. :)