A couple of years ago I’ve started to collect bookmarks from countries all over the world. Ever more often, I found myself wanting to know more about the people living in those places, their stories, their emotions and their cultures. Collecting bookmarks just wasn’t enough, although my collection will accompany me on my next adventure.
One day, I had the idea of traveling by books, of reading a book from each country. “That’s pretty cool”, I told myself. “You sit in an armchair in your cozy home and you can travel in any place in the world with your mind”. I found Ann Morgan’s blog and found that she did this amazing journey in only one year. I don’t have her ambition and I don’t have that much time at my disposal. To be honest I don’t know if I want this journey to be over so soon. But her achievement inspired me, and I’ve started this personal project.
Now, the term “country” might be a bit ambiguous to some people. Although they are not sovereign states, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland are referred to as separate countries, even though together they form the country known to the world as the United Kingdom. What I refer to as country is an independent state recognized by the United Nations (currently 196 countries). Later, I might include on my list other (more or less controversial) regions or ethnic groups, but the reading of those 196 is my main goal.
My path is not yet completely clear; there are a lot of empty spots on my reading list. I invite you, reader, to help me fill in the gaps. For any recommendation, you can write me an email to wundor.ki at gmail dot com or you can leave a comment on this website.
Since I’ve written this on the 19th of December, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year, filled with joy, beautiful people and… books.