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Books to Take You to Another World

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Introduction: Books to Take You to Another World

I am reading the world as well as reading books that teach me the 10 key skills needed for future jobs. But most of the books that I have been reading are books to make me more marketable and valuable, so that I will thrive in the future. People often want to know which books I have read so far while reading the world. I have put together a list of books to take you to another world to help you to understand different cultures and perspectives. This is a spotlight on diverse books to give you a glimpse into another person’s world and perspective.

Spotlight on Diverse Books

I am moving across continents, listing the books written by authors who were born there. There are a few instances where a story is set in one place, but the author was born somewhere else. All the books that I recommend are books that I have read. But I want to say that I read them over a period of five years. Now that I have put together this list, I realize that I have to read more books from specific continents. Since I have read so many books by authors born in North America and Europe, I have listed only a small percentage of the books that I have read.

The list below has a lot of books. I am not expecting you to read them all in a year, or even read all of them over a time period. We are different, and we have different interests, so you must do what feels right to you. It is important for you to read the world to develop the cultural awareness you need to succeed today. Being culturally aware, also helps you to get along with people who are different from you. Consider the books on the list as book recommendations.

Have you read?


Read the World Extreme Reading Challenge 2016
Global Reading Challenge: Virtual Literary Tour
Books That Changed The World: The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History by Andrew Taylor
Review of The Great Books by Anthony O’Hear, Professor of Philosophy
Review: Who the Hell is Pansy O’Hara – The Fascinating Stories Behind 50 of the Best-Loved Books
Best-Loved Folktales of the World by Joanna Cole, Book Review


Reading Africa: Books to Take You to Another World

July’s People, Nadine Gordimer, South Africa

Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Zimbabwe

We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigeria

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Nigeria

Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih, Sudan

Have you read?


We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – My Thoughts
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, a Book Review
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih, Review


Reading Asia: Books to Take You to Another World

Norwegian Wood Publisher: Vintage, Haruki Murakami, Japan

The Devotion of Suspect X, Keigo Higashino and Alexander O. Smith

The Journey to the West, Anthony C. Yu, China

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chögyam Trungpa, Tibet

Ru: A Novel, Kim Thúy, Vietnam, Canada

Gilgamesh: A New English Version, Mesopotamia (Iraq)

Reading Australia/Oceania: Books to Take You to Another World

My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin, Australia

Bittersweet: A Novel, Colleen McCullough, Australia

A Man Lay Dead: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #1 (Inspector Roderick Alleyn), Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand

Reading Europe: Books to Take You to Another World

Hunger: A Novel, Knut Hamsun, Norway

Out Stealing Horses: A Novel, Per Petterson, Norway

The Bookseller of Kabul, Asne Seirstad, Norway

Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse, Germany

Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Brothers Grimm, Germany

The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Germany

Lord of the Flies, Centenary Edition, William Golding, United Kingdom

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon, United Kingdom

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, United Kingdom

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, United Kingdom

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, United Kingdom

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell, United Kingdom

Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren, Sweden

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson, Sweden

The Laughing Policeman (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard), Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, Sweden

The Trial, Franz Kafka, Austria

The Shooting Party (Penguin Classics), Anton Chekhov, Russia

Pinocchio (Puffin Classics), Carlo Collodi (The original, not the “Disneyfied” version), Italy

Scaramouche, Rafael Sabatini, Italy

The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel, Milan Kundera, Czech Republic, France

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, France

Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis

The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues (Dover Thrift Editions), Plato, Greece

Medea of Euripides, Euripides, Greece

Jason and the Golden Fleece: (The Argonautica), Apollonius, Greece

Slowness: A Novel, Milan Kundera, Czech Republic

Aesop’s Fables (Oxford World’s Classics), Ancient Greece

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank, Holland

Two Pints, Roddy Doyle, Ireland

Under the Glacier, Halldór Laxness, Iceland

Silence of the Grave (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries, No. 2), Arnaldur Indriðason, Iceland

Have you read?


Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis, Review #theclassics


Reading North America: Books to Take You to Another World

Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Mordecai Richler, Canada

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Mordecai Richler, Canada

Whale Music, Paul Quarrington, Canada

A Jest of God (Phoenix Fiction), Margaret Laurence, Canada

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, Canada

On the Road: The Original Scroll (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition), Jack Kerouac, United States

A Wrinkle in Time,  Madeleine L’Engle, United States

The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, Lois Lowry (The Worlds of Lois Lowry 3-Copy Boxed Set (The Giver, Messenger, Gathering Blue)), United States

Son, Lois Lowry, United States

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway, United States



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