Read Around the World: Marshall Islands to Mongolia

By October 18, 2019 Discussion and Recommendations

We’re more than half way through our blog series now, storming through the world alphabetically as we read around the world, featuring a book from every country in the world. We’ll work alphabetically through all the countries in the world and add in some smaller countries and islands too, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe!

We’ll work alphabetically and the last list ended at Malta, we’re starting this list at the Marshall Islands.

Join us on our literary world trip as we read around the world in more than 200 books.

Marshall Islands

Surviving Paradise – Peter Rudiak-Gould

Just one month after his 21st birthday, Peter Rudiak-Gould moved to Ujae, a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands located 70 miles from the nearest telephone, car, store, or tourist, and 2,000 miles from the closest continent. He spent the next year there, living among its 450 inhabitants and teaching English to its schoolchildren.

Surviving Paradise

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Martinique

Sugar Money – Jane Harris

Set in 1765 on the Caribbean islands of Grenada and Martinique, Sugar Money opens as two enslaved brothers—Emile and Lucien—are sent on an impossible mission forced upon them by their masters, a band of mendicant French monks.

Sugar Money

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Mauritiana

The Fearful Void – Geoffrey Moorhouse

It was because I was afraid that I had decided to attempt a crossing of the great Sahara desert, from west to east, by myself and by camel. No one had ever made such a journey before …’ In October 1972 Geoffrey Moorhouse began his odyssey across the Sahara from the Atlantic to the Nile, a distance of 3,600 miles.

The Fearful Void

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Mauritius

The Prospector – J. M. G Le Clezio

It is the turn of the century on the island of Mauritius, and young Alexis L’Etang enjoys an idyllic existence with his parents and beloved sister: sampling the pleasures of privilege, exploring the constellations and tropical flora, and dreaming of treasure buried long ago by the legendary Unknown Corsair.

The Prospector

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Mayotte

Tropic of Violence – Nathacha Appanah

Marie, a nurse on the island of Mayotte, adopts an abandoned baby and names him Moïse, raising him as a French boy. As he grows up, Moïse struggles with his status as an “outsider” and to understand why he was abandoned as a baby.

Tropic of Violence

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Mexico

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquirel

A tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one, Like Water For Chocolate is one tasty entree from first-time novelist Laura Esquivel

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Micronesia

Paradise is full of Bugs – W. A Corley

This is the personal memoir of a middle aged man who gave up a successful business career to pursue his dream of sailing to the remote islands of the south and western Pacific with his family on a traditional wooden square rigged sailing vessel.

Paradise is Full of Bugs

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Moldova

The Good Life, elsewhere – Vladimir Lorchenkov

Vladimir Lorchenkov tells the story of a group of villagers and their tragicomic efforts, against all odds and at any cost, to emigrate from Moldova, Europe’s most impoverished nation, to Italy for work.

The Good Life, Elsewhere

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Monaco

Meet Me in Monaco – Hazel Gaynor

Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances…

Meet Me in Monaco

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Mongolia

Wolf Totem – Jiang Rong

Part period epic, part fable for modern days, Wolf Totem depicts the dying culture of the Mongols–the ancestors of the Mongol hordes who at one time terrorized the world–and the parallel extinction of the animal they believe to be sacred: the fierce and otherworldly Mongolian wolf.

Wolf Totem

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We hope you’re enjoying this new blog series, we’ll be back with the next journey through literature in a few days, starting with Liberia.

As the series continues, you can try this search to find the rest of the blogs in this series. Alternatively if you’re looking for a specific country so far we have covered:

Afghanistan to Aruba

Australia to Belize

Benin to British Virgin Islands

Brunei to Central African Republic

Chad to Cuba

Curaçao to Egypt

El Salvador to Finland

France to Greece

Grenada to Hungary

Iceland to Japan

Kazakhstan to Lesotho

Liberia to Malta



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