A YEAR OF READING THE WORLD. By: Jennifer Valero

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THE CHALLENGE:

“Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer”. That is the name of the unsual challenge that the writer Ann Morgan set to herself at the start of 2012 that became a book published in 2015. In my view, one of the best works of the year on the topic for its difficulty and interesting incentive.

What did it consist of? She would read 196 books about 196 different countries in order to find out what she was missing. This concern came to her mind when she realised that most of the books of her library were written by british authors and thought she had to expand her knowledge.

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HOW DID SHE DO IT?

First of all, Morgan created a blog:  A Year of Reading the World. Its purpose was to ask for help to readers around the world to find books from each and every nation. It was not an easy job, specially because  English translations to the stories of some nations were tricky.

WHAT DID SHE GET FROM IT?

After all the hard work, she realized it was worth it. As she said:  “In the hands of gifted writers, I discovered, bookpacking offered something a physical traveller could hope to experience only rarely: it took me inside the thoughts of individuals living far away and showed me the world through their eyes. More powerful than a thousand news reports, these stories not only opened my mind to the nuts and bolts of life in other places, but opened my heart to the way people there might feel”.

If you want to see her reading list you can visit her blog by following the link, as well as so much more and better detailed information about her life, works and reasons.

The result of all this investigation was the book that she wrote, full of knowledge, anecdotes and personal opinions and feelings:

“The book examines the big questions I encountered during my adventure, such as how translation, censorship, cultural identity and technology affect the way we share and understand stories. It brings in some of the personal histories of the people I met on my quest, as well as my own reading experiences throughout my life, a whole lot more research and many other books. Ultimately, it explores how reading can change and shape us, and reveals the extraordinary power that stories have to connect us across cultural, geographical, political and religious divides”.

Discover her story:)

Jennifer Valero

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