The Global Reader Book Tag

The end of the year is coming and I wanted to create a tag to connect people globally and to share what we love most: books. Hopefully the tag might help with some extra inspiration for books to read in 2019.

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In the Shadow of the Banyan – Vaddey Ratner (Cambodia)

Unless you traveled to Cambodia, if you are around my age, the chance is high you have no idea about the Cambodian history. I also have to admit that I only learned about their dark history after visiting Cambodia myself. It took a while before I was able to finish and write this blog, because I still struggle finding the rights words to describe the book and the story line…

Little fires everywhere – Celeste Ng (US)

Although in general I try to resist writing about the most popular books, I couldn’t resist writing about this one. Simply because it was so good. And while most of you are probably reading this from the US (at least that is where 1/3 of my views come from). For me this book is still in many ways a small trip to the US, a culture which somehow looks familiar due to the high exposure through the media and internet, in reality it is still very strange to me.

Why do I blog?: a reflection on 2018

I started the global bookworm because I wanted to connect with people globally, to share my love for international books and to find inspiration for new readings. So far I feel like this has been a success. I have been able to cover books from 10 different countries, and been able to grow my audience a little. 

The Vegetarian – Han Kang (South Korea)

In August I found a great review while randomly strolling through the Wordpress reader by Ninth Melody. What triggered me into reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang was the weirdness and originality of the story. Or maybe the title strongly appealed to me as a vegetarian. It is not one of my favorite books, but the uniqueness of the story made me happy I read it and I strongly recommend it to all of you…

What and where to read in Berlin?

Berlin is an amazing city. Marked with history worth to understand but also full of energy and very open minded. I am not going to fully report on my Interrail trip, but I like to share some of my favorite spots, which I think are worth to pay a visit if you are nearby.

The Farm – Hector Abad (Colombia)

Have you ever wondered what the reason was behind all the violence in Colombia and how inhabitants lived through it? The farm provides a strong insight in some of the daily lives of Colombians who dealt with that violence. The book is accessible and easy readable story about a farm, told by three siblings who live totally different lives. Besides it includes, family drama, romance and abductions. I promise, no spoilers.

The artist of disappearance – Anita Desai (India)

Anita Desai will take you to various parts of India. With this book you quickly end up for a couple of hours in the Himalaya.

The three short stories in this book all inspire and trigger to think. This is a hardly discovered little gem and a nice break from more mainstream books. The stories touch upon themes like poverty, deprivation, environmental pollution and women empowerment.

Ghana must go – Taiye Selasi (Ghana/Global)

“Kweku dies barefoot on a Sunday before sunrise”. His death brings about a reunion in Ghana of his abandoned and scattered family. The book contains a beautiful portrait by Taiye Selasi of a migrant family diffused across the world while slowly revealing their scars. The book does not only show different migrations in the courses of their lives, it also shows how families travel trough social classes.