A newsletter that follows my journey as I read one book from every country.
I started Bookmarked in August 2020, two years after moving to Finland and realising that there’s so much more to fiction than English and North American stories. Inspired by Ann Morgan, I set myself the challenge of reading a book from every country.
I’ve since published more than 40 issues—covering books from almost a quarter of the world’s countries—and watched my readership grow from friends and family to dedicated readers from all over the world. I’ve read searing autofiction from Norway, a touching Wiradjuri story from Australia, and an astonishing cross-genre epic from Zambia, as well as so much more. Along the way, Bookmarked was featured in, or profiled, by Book Riot, Stories, by Substack, Splainer, Latitudes, World Fest Day by the University of Montana, Not a Newsletter, What To Read If, Biblioscope, and Weekly Filet. Every week I receive recommendations from readers, which I couldn’t be more grateful for.
Bookmarked is a free newsletter that publishes once a week. Every Saturday morning, subscribers receive a profile of one book and a list of additional recommendations.
My reading list
Here’s a list of everything I’ve read since the beginning of this project, which I update weekly. You’ll find more recommendations if you click through to the individual posts.
Algeria: All Men Want to Know by Nina Bouraoui, tr. Aneesa Abbas Higgins
Antigua and Barbuda: Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
Argentina: Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, tr. Sarah Moses
Australia: The Yield by Tara June Winch
Austria: The Empress and the Cake by Linda Stift, tr. Jamie Bulloch
Barbados: How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones
Belarus: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich, tr. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mars by Asja Bakić, tr. Jennifer Zoble
Cameroon: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Colombia: Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera
Côte d'Ivoire: In the Company of Men by Véronique Tadjo, tr. the author with John Cullen
Denmark: When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back by Naja Marie Aidt, tr. Denise Newman
Egypt: A Pure Heart by Rajia Hassib
Equatorial Guinea: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono, tr. Lawrence Schimel
Ethiopia: The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
France: All About Sarah by Pauline Delabroy-Allard, tr. Adriana Hunter
Ghana: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Iceland: Magma by Thora Hjörleifsdóttir, tr. Meg Matich
India: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
Indonesia: Apple & Knife by Intan Paramaditha, tr. Stephen J. Epstein
Ireland: After the Silence by Louise O’Neill
Italy: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, tr. Ann Goldstein
Jamaica: How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs
Japan: Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami, tr. Sam Boyd and David Bett
Kenya: The Perfect Nine by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, tr. the author
Mauritius: Eve out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi, tr. Jeffrey Zuckerman
Mexico: Loop by Brenda Lozano, tr. Annie McDermott
Morocco: Sex and Lies by Leïla Slimani, tr. Sophie Lewis
The Netherlands: The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, tr. Michele Hutchison
Nigeria: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
North Korea: Friend by Paek Nam-nyong, tr. Immanuel Kim
Norway: Will and Testament by Vigdis Hjorth, tr. Charlotte Barslund
Oman: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, tr. Marilyn Booth
Pakistan: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Philippines: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
Poland: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, tr. Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Rwanda: Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga, tr. Melanie L. Mauthner
Serbia: Inland by Téa Obreht
Singapore: Ponti by Sharlene Teo
Slovakia: Seeing People Off by Jana Beňová, tr. Janet Livingstone
South Korea: Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah, tr. Deborah Smith
Sweden: Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson, tr. Sarah Death
Syria: Alligator & Other Stories by Dima Alzayat
Thailand: Arid Dreams by Duanwad Pimwana, translated by Mui Poopoksakul
Trinidad and Tobago: The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey
Turkey: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak
Uganda: Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Venezuela: It Would be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo, tr. Elizabeth Bryer
Vietnam: Ru by Kim Thúy, tr. Sheila Fischman
Zambia: The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
Zimbabwe: House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
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