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text 2019-03-22 22:40
Around the World in 80 Books Mostly by Female Authors: Master Update Post

[World map created with Mapchart.net]


The aim: To diversify my reading and read as many books as possible (not necessarily 80) set in, and by authors from, countries all over the world.  Female authors preferred.  If a book is set in a location other than that of the author's nationality, it can apply to either (but not both).


On the map I'm only tracking new reads, not also rereads.


The Books:



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus (new)



Elizabeth Peters: Crocodile on the Sandbank (new)



Alexandra Fuller: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (new)







Michelle Obama: Becoming (new)

Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Red Lamp (new)

* Puerto Rico

Rosario Ferré: The House on the Lagoon (new)



Stef Penney: The Tenderness of Wolves (new)



Clarice Lispector: The Hour of the Star (new)








Xinran: The Good Women of China (new)



Shizuko Natsuki: Murder at Mt. Fuji (new)


North Korea

Hyeonseo Lee: The Girl with Seven Names (new)


Sri Lanka

Michael Ondaatje: Anil's Ghost (new)



Elif Shafak: Three Daughters of Eve (new)






Australia / Oceania


Joan Lindsay: Picnic at Hanging Rock (new)


New Zealand

Ngaio Marsh: Vintage Murder and Died in the Wool (both revisited on audio)







United Kingdom

Lorna Nicholl Morgan: Another Little Murder (new)

Stephen Fry, John Woolf, Nick Baker: Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets (new)

P.D. James: A Taste for Death (revisited on audio)

Agatha Christie: The Big Four, Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, The Unexpected Guest, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and The Secret Adversary (all revisited on audio; The Unexpected Guest also in print); The Lost Plays: Butter in a Lordly Dish / Personal Call / Murder in the Mews (new)

Elizabeth Ferrars: Murder Among Friends (new)

Barbara Pym: Excellent Women (new)

Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites (revisited on audio)

Georgette Heyer: Why Shoot a Butler? (new)

Nicholas Blake: A Question of Proof (new)

Joy Ellis: The Murderer's Son (new)

Peter Grainger: An Accidental Death (new)

Elizabeth Gaskell: My Lady Ludlow (new)

Various Authors / Contributors: Agatha Christie Close Up: A Radio Investigation (new)

Virginia Woolf: The String Quartet (new)

John Buchan: The 39 Steps (revisited on audio)

Oscar Wilde: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (new)

Ellis Peters: The Hermit of Eyton Forest (reread)

Patricia Wentworth: The Alington Inheritance, and The Gazebo (both new)

Dorothy L. Sayers: Whose Body? (reread)

Martin Fido: The World of Sherlock Holmes (new)



Tana French: The Witch Elm (new)



Stephen Fry: Mythos (new)

Madeline Miller: Circe (new)



Astrid Lindgren: Die Menschheit hat den Verstand verloren: Tagebücher 1939-1945 (A World Gone Mad: Diaries, 1939-45) (new)



Emmuska Orczy: The Elusive Pimpernel (new)



Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (revisited on audio)

(Note: Yugoslavia at the time of the writing -- but the action is set after the train has passed Vinkovci, aka "The Gateway to Croatia".)






The "Gender Wars" Stats:

Read to date, in 2019:

Books by female authors: 38

- new: 27

- rereads: 11


Books by male authors: 9

- new: 7

- rereads: 2


Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 1

- new: 1

- rereads:

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text 2019-03-22 21:19
Tea's BL Snakes and Ladders Tracker - Space 54
Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir - Padma Lakshmi
Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics - Lawrence O'Donnell


Space 1. Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection by Jacob Silverman (429 pages) - Read 2/17/2019 - 2/22/2019.


Roll die and got 4.


Space 5 (Published in 2018). Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister, published in 2018 (284 pages). Read 2/22 - 2/24/2019.


Roll two dice and got 12.


Space 17.  The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder by Carolyn Murnick (245 pages). Read 2/24 - 2/28/2019.


Roll die and got 4.


Space 21. Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah (listen to audiobook, GR has the hardcover version set at 288 pages). Read 2/26 - 2/27/2019.


Roll die and got 5.


Space 26. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta (288 pages). Read 3/1/2019.


Roll die and got 6.


Space 32. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A  Memoir by Carrie Brownstein. Read 3/2-3/4/2019.


Roll die and got 5.


Space 37. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn (read by George Newbern). Read 3/3 - 3/6/2019.


Roll die and got 1.


Space 38. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay. Read 3/7 - 3/8/2019.


Roll die and got 5.


Space 43. Character involved in the law. Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts. Read 3/9 - 3/12/2019.


Roll dice and got 9.


Space 52. Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi. Read 3/18 - 3/22/2019.


Roll die and got 2.


Space 54. Prompt: is more than 400 pages long. Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell is 427 pages with an additional 35 pages of source notes. Read 3/23 -





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text 2019-03-17 15:25
FINISHED! Another reading game in the rearview mirror!


I finished A Treacherous Curse, so I'm finished with my Snakes and Ladders game! 




1. Author is a woman:  The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie King; rolled 1 & 5.

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: Why Didn't They Ask Evans by Agatha Christie; rolled 3 & 7.

14. Author is dead: Killer's Payoff by Ed McBain; rolled snake eyes

16. Genre: fantasy: Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey; rolled 5 & 3

24. Set in Africa: Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie; rolled one die for 6

30. Someone travels by train: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha; rolled 5 & 3

39. A reread: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; rolled 3 & 1.

43. Characters involved in the law: Island of the Mad by Laurie King; rolled 5 with one die.

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019: The Huntress by Kate Quinn; rolled 6 & 1 

55. Is more than 500 pages long: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (734 pages long); rolled 5 & 3;

57. Was published more than 50 years ago: She Came Back by Patricia Wentworth (published in 1945); rolled 4 & 2.

63. Cover is more than 50% blue: ladder: The Black Cabinet by Patricia Wentworth; climb ladder to space 95

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow: The Sittaford Mystery; rolled a 6

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover: The Smouldering Fire by D.E. Stevenson; rolled a 3 & a 6.

79. Main character is a woman: Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie; rolled 4 & 4.

87. Snake - go back to 57: Ugh. Landed on this one, so back to 57 I go.

95. Memoir: Wolf Pack by C.J. Box; rolled one dice for a 6.

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes: A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn came out on top of the poll.

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text 2019-03-17 00:15
Reading progress update: I've read 99 out of 186 pages.
Quartet in Autumn - Barbara Pym

Is this the fate that would have awaited Pym's heroine from Excellent Women, Mildred Lathbury, if she had decided upon permanent "spinsterhood"?


So quintessentially late 1970s -- cheap drabness (the cityscape and office life mirroring the four protagonists's personal lives), occasionally contrasted with and punctuated by the visceral shocks of the psychedelic age.  Pym (1913-1980) quite obviously more than empathized with her protagonists -- but unlike other writers born before WWI and still publishing books in the 1970s (looking at you, Dame Agatha and Ms Marsh), she seems to also have looked upon the concerns and attitudes of the representatives of younger generations with quite a fair amount of sympathy.


Now that the two female protagonists have retired (and I'm about halfway through the book), it seems a good moment to take a break.  I wonder how Pym is going to keep the "quartet" together, though -- the office so far having provided their only, albeit persistent, point of contact.  I guess I'll be finding out tomorrow!

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