My reading goal for 2016 is to have read at least two books from every continent, with the obvious exclusion of Antarctica. So far I have fulfilled my quota for Europe, North America, and Asia, and have read one from South America. I am now working on completing South America as well as Oceania and Africa. This is just a general outline for what I intend on achieving, but I do have specific texts in mind as well. They are as follows:

  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Africa)
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chunamanda Ngozi Aduchie (Africa)
  • Weep Not Child by Ngugiwa Thiongo (Africa)
  • Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Oceania)
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (Oceania)
  • The Bone People by Keri Hulme (Oceania)
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Oceania)
  • House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (South America)
  • Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman (South America)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Garbriel Garcia Marquez (South America)

Other Novels I would like to tackle in the following year are:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Eaquivel
  • Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima

Although this list may sound very structured, I am a firm believer in spontaneous reading. Chances are, I will not read half the books on this list because something else has fallen into my lap. That being said, this is the general guideline for what I would like to cover by the end of the year, and knowing my own voracious appetite in terms of books, I do believe that covering the content here is plausible.