The Reading Around the World Book Challenge has taken the internet by storm. Many people realized that they weren’t reading outside their culture and wanted to change that. So, the challenge was born.
What is the Reading Around the World Book Challenge?
The Reading Around the World Book Challenge started gaining momentum during the pandemic when people were busy looking for things to read and do to occupy their time. It has remained one of the more popular challenges in the bookish community.
When I choose books, most of my selections come from the US or the UK. I wanted to branch out and find new perspectives. Thus, I started looking for more diverse reads around the world. I’ve become much more conscious about the books I choose, and I hope this challenge will help you all too.
Why Are Diverse Books Important?
Too often, people become comfortable in their habits and rarely think about how other cultures live and function. Branching out in what we read allows us to experience cultures apart from ours and grow our minds.
Do you know that no matter what culture you read about, there are many similarities? The best way to grow is to learn about the world around you.
How To Get Started With the Reading Around the World Book Challenge
- First, download a copy of the Reading Around the World Book Challenge tracker below.
- The next step has two different ways to participate:
- The first is to follow along with my monthly suggestions.
- Or, you can choose selections yourself based on what you want to read.
- There are no time limits or constraints in this challenge. Go at your own pace. If you want to complete the challenge in one year, go for it. If you want to go at a more leisurely pace, that is great too, whatever works best for you.
- An optional step is to add book recommendations to the comments for whatever country you like. You can comment on this overview page, or you can comment on any of the monthly individual country posts.
Resources for This Challenge
Take a look at these sites with excellent book recommendations for each country.
- Jules Buono from The Literary Lifestyle is doing her own Around the World Challenge. Feel free to join in with both. Jules’s site is amazing!
- The Read Around the World Challenge website has an extensive list of books. I plan to get a lot of good recs here.
- A Year of Reading the World lists hundreds of great books for each country.
The Last Thing You Need to Know About the Reading Around the World Book Challenge
Any book is a book. Listen to an audio version, read electronically, or read a physical book. It makes no difference. Read in whatever way makes you happy. There is no right or wrong way to participate in this challenge. All I ask is to have fun and share your journey with us.