Around the World in 80 Books

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Today I’m super excited to announce that I’m joining a fun challenge posed by my friend Savvy Working Gal.  It’s called travel the world in books. Basically you read books from around the world, setting your own goals and benchmarks along the way:

“The Goal

Travel the world in books, of course! Expand your horizons and read books set in or written by authors from countries other than the one you live in. Visit as many different countries in books as you wish. 

The “Rules”

And the “rules” are simply this…YOU choose your own adventure! These are your goals but you can change them any time. “

My Goals

I want to read 80 books from around the world. (Like Around the World in 80 Days.) I’m not setting any firm time deadlines for myself. I love to read, but it’s a leisure I fit in around everything else.  Sometimes I’ll move along more quickly, and other times a book will probably take me a while. This is for fun; it’s not a job.

I’m counting books from different cultures.  Within my own country, I could read a book from a cultural subset to which I don’t belong, like the Deaf community. Similarly, I could read multiple books from one country if they are written by or from the point of view of a different cultural subsets.

I’m going to do this frugally.

My goal is to spend less than $20 on the 80 books.  I’ll keep a tally.  I plan to do this by:

  • Getting free ebooks.
  • Paying off my library fees, and then borrowing books from the library. (I won’t count the fees towards the $20, unless I incur them as a result of the challenge.)
  • I sometimes get books as gifts.
  • Winning books in giveaways.  I’ll show you one below!

My running tally so far: $0.

 My Shelf So Far

If you’re interested in seeing my reads on a map, I’ll be updating this one every time I finish a book!  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

If you’re reading in email, go to the website to be able to see which books I’m reading.

Country: England.

Status: Read!

Review: I read the free Amazon version. There were several paragraphs repeated throughout. It was good for the type of book it was. I expected it to talk more about Arthur, but aside from the beginning he was a secondary character. Tristram and Isolt was the fastest and favorite part.  Lancelot and Guinevere’s relationship was extremely PG.  I learned a lot of stories I hadn’t read before, though.

Country: Turkey.

Status: Reading.

This one I actually got as a birthday gift…perfect timing, right?  I’m going to wait to review books until I’m all the way through with them.

Country: Israel. I think. Maybe Palestine/Gaza strip. I’ll have to read it to find out.

Status: In queue.

I won this one from a giveaway on Mom’s Small Victories associated with the challenge!

So that’s three books, three countries.  I’ve got 77 more to go! Any suggestions?

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30 thoughts on “Around the World in 80 Books

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      I may be 100% wrong on this as my Hemingway experience is limited, but does he largely write through an American perspective?

  1. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories

    So glad to have you joining our Travel the World in Books reading challenge and congrats on the readathon win! I love that you are challenging yourself to spend less than $20 to accomplish your goal. While the library is certainly my first choice, I found a great stash at the Goodwill so if you have a thrift store near you, check it out! We have more events on the horizon so hope you join us again.

    Please add your post to our sign up/goals linky! And be sure to share your books reviewed in our linkups by continent!

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      What a great tip! Thank you! I’m really wanting to participate in any and all linkies, but I’m a bit overwhelmed by everything? Could you point me in the right direction for the regional ones?

      1. momssmallvictories

        Here is the main challenge page. It has 8 separate links for the sign up/goals linky and the 7 continent linkies. Good idea to link up our book maps, I will have to create a new one for that.

        If you are on Pinterest we also have a Travel the World in Books challenge board where you can pin your reviews and location on our group pinterest map. My pinterest url is and you can request to pin to our board.

        There are lots of ways to participate, just do whatever you feel like and don’t get overwhelmed 🙂

          1. femmefrugality Post author

            THANK YOU!!! So excited! I thought I saw something about the map thing in the giveaway, but I must have confused myself. Sharing them would be pretty fun. Let me know if you decide to!

  2. Poor Student

    Sounds like an interesting challenge! Have you heard about Sophie’s World? It’s from Norway — kind of like a philosophical book from a littler girl’s view. I’m still reading it at the moment. I don’t know if it’s your cup of tea though 🙂

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      No you have me totally pegged. The little girl perspective is a little outside my norm, but everything else is spot on. Plus philosophy from a kid’s perspective has the potential to be more insightful than from an adult. Adding it to my list! Thank you! I’ll include it in my next update!

  3. Messy Money

    Oh this looks like fun! I am going to check it out.
    I am trying to read my way through (some of) the recommendations of Charles Van Doren in The Joy of Reading. They are all classics so I was able to pick up a few at the bookstore for under $10 and some are in the public domain so they were free on my ereader. I try to rely on library but it is just not the same.
    If you want a great Canadian book – I would recommend Farley Mowat’s The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be. It is awesome.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      That sounds so cool! And I was surprised about those public domain books…pretty amazing! Added Mowat to my list…thanks for the recommendation! Will include in my next update!

  4. Savvy

    So happy you are joining us. And love the rules you set for yourself. I think I’m adding different cultures to myself too. Also, a great idea not to get too hung up on deadlines. I’ve accepted a few review books for my blog and the deadlines do take the fun out of it. I have enough of those in my day job. Also enjoyed reading the book recommendations here in the comics. I read Sophie’s Choice years ago and remember enjoying it… I used to read a lot more books before I started blogging.

  5. catherine gacad

    there was this book called ‘around the world in 80 dates.’ it was an autobiography of this woman who was single who went on 80 amazing dates all around the world. she eventually met her partner at burning man…which is a big event that i’m fond of.

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