Read Around the World: Qatar to Scotland

We’re around three quarters of the 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 Portugal, we’re starting this list at Qatar.

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

Qatar

Love Comes Later – Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

When newlywed Abdulla loses his wife and unborn child in a car accident, the world seems to crumble beneath his feet. Thrust back into living in the family compound, he goes through the motions—work, eat, sleep, repeat. Blaming himself for their deaths, he decides to never marry again but knows that culturally, this is not an option…

Love Comes Later

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Réunion

Stars and Keys – Lee Haring

The culture of Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Réunion, and the Comoros is a unique blend of traditions that have been brought from Africa, South Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The folktales from these islands reflect the diversity of this culture and provide a rare opportunity to observe the fluidity of traditions and the process of creolization.

Stars and Keys

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Romania

The Forbidden Forest – Mircea Eliade

Set in Bucharest and other European cities, The Forbidden Forest follows the life of a public servant named Stefan, who works at the Ministry of the Economy. Stefan embarks on a spiritual quest after meeting a beautiful and mysterious woman, Ileana, at a midsummer celebration. He becomes torn between his love for his wife, Ioana, and his lust for this new mistress.

The Forbidden Forest

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Russia

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

Mikhail Bulgakov’s fantastical, funny, and devastating satire of Soviet life combines two distinct yet interwoven parts, one set in contemporary Moscow, the other in ancient Jerusalem, each brimming with historical, imaginary, frightful, and wonderful characters.

The Master and Margarita

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Rwanda

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families – Philip Gourevitch

Stories from Rwanda is a 1998 non-fiction book by The New Yorker writer Philip Gourevitch about the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which an estimated 1,000,000 Tutsis and Hutus were killed.

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow…

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Samoa

The Girl in the Moon Cirle – Sia Figiel

Often fiction allows authors to tell truths that otherwise would be too painful. Sia Figiel is uninhibited in The Girl in the Moon Circle, an observation of life in Samoa for perceptive and inquisitive 10-year old Samoana. Samoana describes the detail of her life so well that we are both outraged and charmed by it.

The Girl in the Moon Circle

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San Marino

The Republic of San Marino – Guiseppe Rossi

Bar a Harlequin novel released in the 1970s, we struggled to find any nonfiction based in the world’s smallest republic, but if you want to find out more about this tiny place, here’s a good place to start.

The Republic of San Marino

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Sao Tome and Principe

Equator – Miguel Sousa Tavares

t is 1905 and Luis Bernardo Valenca, a thirty-seven-year-old bachelor and owner of a small shipping company, is revelling in Lisbon’s luxurious high society. But his life is turned upside down when King Dom Carlos invites him to become governor of Portugal’s smallest colony, the island of São Tomé e Principe.

Equator

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Saudi Arabia

The Ruins of Us – Keija Parssinen

Saudi-born author Keija Parssinen’s stunning debut offers the intricate, emotionally resonant story of an American expatriate who discovers that her husband, a Saudi billionaire, has taken a second bride—an emotionally turbulent revelation that blinds them both to their teenaged son’s ominous first steps down the road of radicalization

The Ruins of Us

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Scotland

Buddha Da – Anne Donovan

Following a chance meeting with a Buddhist monk in a Glasgow sandwich bar one lunchtime, painter and decorator Jimmy McKenna starts to develop an interest in Buddhism and begins to visit a meditation centre and go away for weekend retreats. The story is essentially about Jimmy’s new found faith, and the reaction of his immediate family to this.

Buddha Da

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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 Palau.

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

Marshall Islands to Mongolia

Montenegro to New Caledonia

New Zealand to Pakistan

Palau to Portugal



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