Back in July of 2009, we were asked to create a picture map (using this website) showing the "travel" we had done through reading. We could use our own criteria for choosing where to place each book, and I decided to go with the book's setting only. Here is what my reading map looked like then.
Looking back on it now, it seems rather pathetic. It is pretty obvious that the majority of my reading life prior to that time was firmly rooted in American and British literature. I've since made a somewhat conscious effort to expand my reading horizons. Here is what my book travel map looks like today.
Much better. I've added several countries to my map over the last few years including China, South Africa, Australia, and Columbia. I am, of course, nowhere near done and can see some glaring deficiencies still. I need to really add some South American, African, and Middle Eastern literature to my diet. If you have any recommendations on good novels set in any of these places, please share (bonus points for books written by authors from the country the story is set in)!
What does your reading map look like? What areas are you lacking in? Share with us in the comments, and let me know if you decide to do a blog post on this topic!