Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise, has just launched a new edition of the Global Reading Challenge, HERE. And I’ve realized just now that I had signed for The Easy Challenge this year. A level that requires to read one novel from each of these continents in the course of 2013: Africa, Asia, Australasia/Oceania, Europe, North America, South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you) and the Seventh Continent (here you can either choose Antarctica or your own ´seventh´ setting, eg the sea, the space, a supernatural/paranormal world, history, the future – you name it). From your own continent: try to find a country, state or author that is new to you.
Therefore the time has come to find out how I have done it, in the course of this year.
Africa: Random Violence (Soho Crime, 2010), by Jassy Mackenzie. (South Africa)
Asia: The Missing File (Quercus, 2013), by D. A. Mishani. Translated by Steven Cohen. (Israel)
Australasia/Oceania: Bad Debts (Quercus, 2013), by Peter Temple. (Australia)
Europe: Happy Birthday, Turk! (No Exit Press, 2013), by Jakob Arjouni.Translated by Anselm Hollo. (Germany)
North America: Hard Bite (Blasted Heath, 2012), by Anonymous-9. (USA)
South America: La neblina del ayer (Tusquets, 2013), by Leonardo Padura. English title: Havana Fever. (Cuba). Please accept my apologies. I know where Cuba is, but I understand that the rules allow me this tolerance. I deeply regret not having read any South American author so far this year. In any case I have in my TBR shelves Money to Burn (Plata quemada) by Ricardo Piglia and I may have still time to read it by 31 December, stay tuned.
Seventh Continent: March Violets (Penguin Books, 2004), by Philip Kerr. (Berlin, 1936).