What is “Read Across the Globe”?

Hey, friends! It’s Jessica.

“Read Across the Globe” is a personal project I dreamed up for myself so that I could get outside of my comfort zone and find books by authors I had never read before.

I did this for two reasons. One — I am one of those people who need to have a project of some kind to keep themselves occupied, or else I will really and truly go utterly mad. Two — because of the United States’ poor handling of the corona virus combined with the delicate health of my family members (whom I live with), I am housebound until the end of 2020. I am baking my way through a couple of recipe books but it is not enough. The only way I can get out of this house is via the inside of my head, so that’s what I’m doing.

The goal of “Read Across the Globe” is to showcase contemporary life in countries that the reader isn’t familiar with. Therefore, the rules are:

  • the book can be memoir, fiction, anthology, or even fantasy or sci-fi, so long as it is set in a real-world country that is not the reader’s country of origin.
  • the author of the book must have spent a significant chunk of their life living in the country the book is set. Ideally they are from that country.
  • The book must be published after the reader was born, and set after this date as well.

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