1. The book should be written by an author from that country; if not, the book should be largely recognised as a faithful representation of the community about which it is written. Books may be fictional or non-fictional. Short stories and short story collections are allowed; in this case at least three short stories must be read for a country to be considered “complete”.
2. The following countries and disputed/miscellaneous regions (included in italics) are included in the challenge, making a total of 200 books required. New countries may be added on an as-and-when basis:
AFRICA (54): Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
ASIA (47): Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, North Korea, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
EUROPE (49): Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City
NORTH AMERICA (24): Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, First Nation (Native peoples), Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States
OCEANIA (14): Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
SOUTH AMERICA (12): Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
3. Books written by members of ethnic, gender or cultural minorities are preferred, especially for Western countries. The number of books written by men must never outnumber the number of books written by women.
4. Books set in a defined but not identified geographical location, or in countries which no longer exist, or which are set in multiple countries, can be included but only count for one “country” each. For example, a book set in both Poland and Germany may count for either country, but another book from either of these countries must be read for both countries to be considered “complete”.
5. Any marginal cases are subject to my own judgement. Compromises may be made in cases where books prove difficult to source.
6. A book set in Antarctica is not required!
7. Each book is rated according to my personal enjoyment: 5/5 – Absolutely loved it, would read again, would recommend to others; 4/5 – Enjoyed it, would recommend; 3/5 – Enjoyed parts of it, don’t regret reading it; 2/5 – Didn’t particularly enjoy it but didn’t hate it; 1/5 – Didn’t enjoy it at all, wouldn’t recommend; 0/5 – Would go out of my way to avoid any other books by the same author