Who are the badass women that inspire you? Lena Headey, who plays Cersei on Game of thrones.
ok but imagine harry giving teddy his invisibility cloak right before he leaves for hogwarts and telling him all about the mischief their dad’s used to get up to with it. teddy asking why he didn’t save it for james or albus or lily and harry just saying “well you’re the oldest it’s only fair” and for a second teddy forgets that he’s “just a godson” and really feels like a part of the weasley-potter family.
I recently got ticked off over a “Read the World” list that was still really centred on Western books.
Then I started thinking: what if there were a reading list of 100 books that reflected the actual demographics of the world population of 7.152 billion people right now?
Thus, behold my Listchallenge. Here are:
19 books from China;
17 from India;
4 from the US;
3 from Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan;
2 from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Japan and Mexico, and
1 each from the Philippines, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Turkey, DRC, Thailand, France, UK, Italy, Burma, South Africa, South Korea, Colombia, Spain, Ukraine, Tanzania, Kenya, Argentina, Algeria, Poland, Sudan, Uganda, Canada, Iraq, Morocco, Peru, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Nepal, Afghanistan, Yemen, North Korea, Ghana, Mozambique, Australia and Taiwan.
50 books are by men. 49 are by women.1 is a work of divine revelation.
Authors (roughly) reflect the ethnic makeup of their nations – e.g. the South African author is Black, not white; the Malaysian author is Malay, not Chinese; one of the PRC authors is non-Han Chinese; one of the American authors is non-white.
I’ve tried to represent a range of historical periods and the most acclaimed writers in each section. Writers presented are those widely available in English - this is why Ding Ling, Zhang Yueran and Akka Mahadevi weren’t featured: because it’s really hard to find their work. Also, a writer is only of a nationality if s/he’s got/had citizenship of the area at some point - i.e. Jhumpa Lahiri is American, not Indian.
Sure, I know this list is problematic – smaller countries, like those of the Caribbean and Oceania, are kind of wiped out. But I’m open to change this. So send in your suggestions for changes if you’ve got them!
And remember: if you’re gonna read the world, you might as well do it RIGHT.
Full list of books:
The Analects of Confucius
The Tao Te Ching of Lao Zi
The Art of War by Sun Zi
The Poems of Li Qingzhao
The Journey to the West by Wu Cheng En
Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Shi Naian
Selected Stories of Lu Xun
Rickshaw Boy by Lao She
The Dyer’s Daughter by Xiao Hong
Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
The Republic of Wine by Mo Yan
The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa
Red Azalea by Anchee Min
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow by Wang Anyi
Daughter of the River by Hong Ying
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
The Good Women of China by Xinran
The Ramayana of Valmiki
The Mahabharata by Vyasa
The Dhammapada of Buddha
The Kural of Tiruvalluvar
The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Mohandas K. Gandhi
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor
Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT by Chetan Bhagat
A River Sutra by Gita Mehta
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Breast Stories by Mahasweta Devi
Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai
Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Spouse: The Truth About Marriage by Shobhaa De
Moving On by Shashi Deshpande
The Poems of Emily Dickinson
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald,
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Letters from A Javanese Princess by Raden Adjeng Kartini
This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Saman by Ayu Utami
Dom Casmurro by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Dona Flor and her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
The Hours of the Star by Clarice Lispector
Songs of Blood and Sword by Fatima Bhutto
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamande Ngozi Adichie
Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Poems of Anna Akhmatova
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip
Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste
Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila: A People’s History by Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja
Letters from Thailand by Botan
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Aeneid by Virgil
Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Please Look After Mother by Kyung Sook Shin
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Life of St Teresa of Avila by Herself
The White Guard by Mikail Bulgakhov
Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Devil on the Cross by Ngugi wa’Thiongo
The Topless Tower by Silvina Ocampo
Fantasia: An Algerian Calvacade by Assia Djebar
The Poems of Wislawa Szymborska
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol by Okot p’Bitek
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Poems of Rabia Basri
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa
The Dancer from Khiva by Bibish
Kampung Boy by Lat
Doña Inés vs. Oblivion by Ana Teresa Torres
The End of the World by Sushma Joshi
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali
Eyes of the Tailless Animals by Soon Ok Lee
Changes by Ama Ata Adoo
Neighbours: A Story of a Murder by Lília Momplé
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
Notes of a Desolate Man by Chu Ti’en-Wen
This is a fantastic idea! And I think the Bookporn community can make this list grow. What do you say?
I’ll start adding some titles here (trying to stick to novels) and you can send me yours in a message. I’ll gather them and post and updated list!
Japan: The Sea of Fertility series by Yukio Mishima, Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto.
México: Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, Battles in the Desert by José Emilio Pacheco, Les Exilés de la Mémoire (Los Rojos de Ultramar) by Jordi Soler, The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz, Confabulario by Juan José Arreola, Popol Vuh, The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela, The Nine Guardians (Balún Canán) by Rosario Castellanos, Tear This Heart Out by Ángeles Mastretta.
Germany: Perfume by Patrick Süskind, Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse, The Tin Drum by Günter Grass (born in Poland).
France: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (born in Morocco).
Italy: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (born in Cuba).
Colombia: Delirium by Laura Restrepo, Recipes for Sad Women by Héctor Abad Faciolince.
Spain: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Tell Me Who I Am by Julia Navarro, See How Much I Love You by Luis Leante, Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones.
Argentina: The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges, Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar, The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato.
Canada: Dear Life by Alice Munro, In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honoré (born in Scotland), Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen.
Peru: Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo.
Czech Republic: Slowness by Milan Kundera, Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Israel: The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret.
Nigeria: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe.
Palestine: Wild Thorns by Sahar Khalifeh
Portugal: Blindness by José Saramago, The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa.
Uruguay: Memory of Fire series by Eduardo Galeano, The Decapitated Chicken and Ohter Stories by Horacio Quiroga, The Truce by Mario Benedetti.
it’s okay to read only YA. it’s okay to not read YA at all. it’s okay to read only fanfiction. if you are reading, you are doing it correctly. stop belittling others for enjoying what they read
yes definitely. and it’s also ok to not enjoy reading.
Anonymous said: Hi. So, from your blog I saw that you have a general dislike of books like Twilight and Ignite me, because you feel like it's giving negative messages to young girls about romance, love, etc. But, these books are in a fantasy world. Vampires do not exist. Dystopian worlds do not exist. Don't you think maybe you should give girls more credit?
You know what, Anon? Good question.
It’s not about thinking girls are stupid, or gullible, etc. And I don’t know every girl in the world, but I know me. And, my idea of romance, of love, of my perfect guy comes from movies, TV and books.
Writers, even bad ones, have a way of tapping into fantasy, dreams, etc. They have a way of finding your pleasure centers and pushing them.
I started reading romance when I was about 12. I was staying with my Dad in Florida and I got my period. (not my first, luckily). So, I couldn’t go in the pool and I was moody and I hated everything. And i literally sat around, eating doritos and reading my stepmothers books.
My step mother had harlequin and historical romances. I FELL in love with the idea of the rich guy on the white horse who would come and make me a millionaire. Honestly, her books were from like the 80s and earlys 90s. Those books are all about rich pirates, Counts, dukes and billionaire businessmen. I am 25 years old and I have never discriminated against guys that I know, that I’ve crushed on or loved, but I have an ideal.
My ideal guy, is Mr. Darcy. He’s Curran from Kate Daniels or Adam from Mercy Thompson. He’s taller than me, and smart and physically strong. He can literally beat the hell out of anyone who messes with me. Was promiscuous in a past life, but I have personally made him monogamous. He’s protective, but not possessive. He’s domineering, but never dominates me. He’s rich, but doesn’t care about money. We will argue as much as we will love and he will move me into Pemeberly while supporting everything I do.
And this is me. Ms. Feminist, independent, work my way to the top Naomi and I still have a romance novel idea of romance.
So, when a 13 year old reads “Twilight” and Edward is all obsessed, and watches his girlfriend sleep and makes decisions for her based on her own good,etc etc, yes, I believe that many 13 year old girls get the idea that this is love.
I think that “Dinner With A Vampire” is a perfect example of the effects of books like Twilight on a young persons mind. That book is written by a teenage writer. Her name is Abigail Gibbs and her book was published when she was 16 or something. Kaspar, her hero, is probably the worst romantic hero I have ever read. As in, kidnaps, hits, verbally abuses, etc the heroine. Ok, this 16 year old wrote this book. This 16 year old believes that she has written a love story. I actually had a long discussion with another 17 year old , who with all her heart believed that this was a romance. When I questioned her, she would say things like “i’m 17, with the world at my feet, i’m allowed to runaway in fantasy.”
I don’t think that girl is stupid. I think that we get a lot of what life is supposed to be like from our families, our friends and our culture. Right now, our culture is saying that guys who are “misunderstood,” “intensely possessive,” “Dark,” and violent are romantic leads. You can just look at the “Ignite Me” reviews on goodreads. Girls are gushing about Warner. Who abused, and tortured and killed, the entire series. All of a sudden he’s the love of their lives and people are saying “I want me a Warner.” Same can be said for Travis Maddox, Christian Grey and dozen other abusive men. Terrifying.
If he is not intense and hates others guys around you and doesn’t call you every moment, doesn’t sneak into your room and watch you sleep, then he isn’t invested. He doesn’t love you. Never mind that Edward Cullen’s actions mirror those of abusers. Never mind that it’s not OK, to dictate to your girlfriend who she should hang out with. Never mind that Edward literally wants to kill Bella and drink her blood for the entire Twilight book. Not like, “oh i’m a vampire, i like blood and you have it,” no. Edward wants to drink specifically Bella’s blood.
Nevermind that Twilight tells you to fall apart when your boyfriend breaks up with you. To risk you life in order to feel that thrill that being with him gave you. Oh and to change literally everything about yourself and give up your future, your family and your friends for love.
I think that sends a message that young people are receiving and accepting.
LOVE THIS! (I’m stalking your ‘opinions’ tag right now because I have no life.)
This really made me sit and think about how my idea of a perfect love story has changed since I really got into reading. When I first started really reading, I was about 14 and I was reading straight up Urban Fiction.
The Coldest Winter Ever was what kicked it off. A book about a black/hispanic drug dealing family and a young girl falling in love with her fathers main dope boy. And from that point on for almost three years, I was just demolishing these books. Story after another about these girls who lived in the projects being ‘saved’ by these dope boys who were unfaithful yet possessive, violent and manipulative and I LOVED it. There was one scene in a book where the main male character shot the driver side window out of the main female characters car because she didn’t want to talk to him and was trying to drive away and I thought it was so romantic! HE COULD HAVE KILLED HER!
So when I saw Twilight and then read the book at 17 it was something different for me. Instead of a dope boy who justifies his cheating by ensuring his girlfriend that she was “wifey” and buying her a Mercedes, there was Edward who had this single minded focus on Bella and literally could not think about anyone else and again, I LOVED IT!
Thankfully that didn’t last very long. While I did get swept up in the Twilight Pandemonium— I own every DVD, two copies of the first — my idea of what a great romance is changed and became what it is today. ADAM HAUPTMAN! Valek! Po! Brigan! Lord Maccon! All guys who fit the description of your ideal novel romance. (And mine as well. Spot on with that.)
Right now the Twilight series still has 4-5 star ratings on my goodreads because I KNEW when my ideas of love changed and I knew/know that if I read those books again, or even talk about them in depth again, those ratings are going to drop tremendously. I can’t even watch the first four movies anymore because Edward annoys the hell out of me.
The point of this, if there is going to be a point, is that hopefully, with experience and age and reading different kinds of books, these warped ideas of what love and romance is in novels will change over time to something a bit healthier and as realistic as fiction can get.
Also…Still haven’t read Ignite Me because I see what Tahereh is doing..and I DON’T like it. And its been six months since I read Unravel Me.
Whoa! Totes forgot I wrote this! Yea, it’s funny. I read Twilight and liked it fine until I started to think about it and I was like….wait….
Yea, I see that you are stalking my posts. I signed on and it was like top follower and i was like strange….lol
THE KILL ORDER BY JAMES DASHNER
"Sleep came over him like cold, crashing waves." (page 101)
I see you’re reading the kill order…
are you okay?
do you need a hug?
or some type of cookie?
good luck and read on <3
This is my favourite comment on a photograph of mine - so much so that I had to show my mum because she’s currently in the middle of reading it. Honestly, the book hurt. That damn ending. And I got more attached to this group than the gladers, tbh, so it was worse.
*hoards all of the hugs and cookies*
you’re welcome <3 my friend still hasn’t forgiven me for making her read this series ^___^”’
It’s been a while since my last giveaway, so for Labor Day I have decided to giveaway the book I most recently reviewed:
This Comic is super funny and informative, and it would be great is more people knew about what was going on with the Strand Book Sellers.
The Giveaway goes from now Tuesday August 19th 2014 - Monday September 1st 2014
hok good luck everybody!