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:
http://www.daftlogic.com/projects-google-maps-distance-calculator.htm

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)

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

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

Mexico
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

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

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

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

Germany
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (book)

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

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

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

Egypt
Wilbur Smith’s ancient egypt novels (books)

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

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

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

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

Australia
Oscar & Lucinda by Peter Carey (novel & author)

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