Progress: East and SouthEast Asia Challenge….

Since it’s already been a little over 6 months since the year began I thought I might do a recap of where I am in terms of the East and SouthEast Asian Challenge. I am not very pleased with my progress so far but the year is not over yet and I do believe I can catch up.

I have been trying to get my hands on books that are set in as many countries as I can but it’s becoming increasingly difficult. Majority of the books are based in China, Japan or Vietnam and I’m not even remotely interested in books written by foreigners about the Vietnam war. I want something from an insider’s perspective and possibly something that doesn’t entirely revolve around the war.

I do have a few more books in my TBR and the library is always there. I will try and read from the countries that I haven’t read already. Right now I’m reading Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto.

This is what I’ve managed so far
Thailand- Private Dancer by Stephen Leather (Violet Crush)
Thailand – Only 13
Thailand – The great Elephant Escape
North Korea – Jia by Hyejin Kim (Violet Crush)
Singapore – A Leap of Love by Catherine Lim (Violet Crush)
Indonesia – Sea by Heidi R. Kling (Violet Crush)
China – Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson (Violet Crush)

I have also read a couple of books more which I haven’t reviewed, hopefully I’ll review them soon. I have books on Japan and Burma in my TBR. Hope to read them soon as well.

For those of you who have taken part in the Challenge, please do update the review list as and when you get time. There are already a few reviews linked. Please go here to see the list. If you are interested in the list of books based in each country, go HERE.

East and SouthEast Asian Challenge-faq and Sign Up!!!

Which countries are included in the Challenge?
Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, South Korea, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam

What is the duration of the Challenge?
The challenge runs from 1st Jan 2011 to 31st Dec 2011

How many books do I have to read?
Minimum number of books = 3
All the 3 books should be from different countries. After 3 you can read as mnay as you can, repeating the countries if you wish.

Do I have to write reviews?
Not necessary. But it will be great if you can write a few lines or do a mini review. That way more people will be aware of the books from this region.You can also link you GoodReads, Shelfari or any other sites where you post your reviews instead of your blog.

Does the author have to be from East or SouthEast Asia?
No, just the book has to be set in this region.

What kind of books can I read?
Every type available out there, from YA to literary fiction to mysteries to memoirs.

Can I combine it with other Challenges?

Why is South Asia excluded from the Challenge?
Because Swapna already runs a great Challenge called the South Asian Authors Challenge.

Where do I sign up for the Challenge?
Please go here to Sign up.

Where do I link my reviews?
Please go here to link your reviews. I want all the reviews at one place so there won’t be month-wise segregation of reviews.

I have huge list of books from the above countries, but I’m still compiling it. I’ll put it up this week or the next. I hope you decide to join me in this challenge.

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