Round the World Passages (01/01/2009 – 31/12/2009)

This idea is a combination of the 7 continents / Olympic challenges and Round the World Tickets (real tickets you can purchase to travel round the world). It’s really my first attempt at creating reading challenges so be kind to me 🙂 Do ask if I need to clarify any other rules etc…

Read a book (or more if you’d like to) that is located in certain city / country or by an author of that city / country. You decide which city / country you’d like to ‘visit’ however the following conditions (similar to the RTW ticket’s) apply:

1. Maximum Mileage: 40,000 miles* (Unlimited stops – see how generous I am) with a minimum of 20,000 miles (5 stops)

2. The start and end of the journey have to be located in the same country

3. Choose a direction you’d like to take (East or West only) mainly when jumping continents, you can go north & south when you’re within a continent

4. One crossing each of the Atlantic and Pacific must be included in the itinerary (but only one crossing allowed over each oceans)

5. Try not to backtrack within a continent – I know this was really hard

*To help you in calculating your mileage, the below site may be useful:

I haven’t set any dates because I think it should be flexible (at least for the first time around anyway, who knows if people enjoy it, I’ll put it up again next year with a more strict time frame)

My Reading List:
note: the mileage is accumulative

Australia – Victoria:
True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel by Peter Carey (book & author)

New Zealand
Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff (book & author)

The Dancer Upstairs by Nicholas Shakespeare (book)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (author)

Half a Life: A Novel by V. S. Naipaul (author)

Like Water for Chocolate by Laure Esquivel (book & author)

USA (book & author)
Pennsylvania: Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
New York: Time and Again by Jack Finney & The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

Canada (author)
Consolation: a Novel by Michael Redhill
The Blind Assassion by Margaret Atwood

The Girl with the Dragon Tatto by Stieg Larsson (book & author)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (book & author) or
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (book & author)

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman (book –nonfiction)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (book)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (book & author)

Night Train to Lisbon: A Novel by Pascal Mercier (book)

The Tenth Gift: A Novel by Jane Johnson (book)

Wilbur Smith’s ancient egypt novels (books)

South Africa
Forgive Me: A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward (book)

God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (book & author)

Tree of Smoke: A Novel by Denis Johnson (book)

Supernova: Ksatria, Puteri, dan Bintang Jatuh by Dewi Lestari (author)

Oscar & Lucinda by Peter Carey (novel & author)


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