It a my pleasure to meet Dorothee, whom I look forward to knowing. She started as a strongly-connected hostess, answering comments. I read that she is a cancer survivor; awful for anyone of any age. It is special for me that she is German. Thar is one country of my heritage I have not seen. Even though I speak and read the language mildly, I feel there’s something magical about befriending a German, in the country. It is as if German friends bring a stronger piece of heritage to me.
A very happy benefit is, as a third generation Canadian RIEDEL: I will get a break from misspellings and mispronunciations of my name! In German-speaking countries, it is common; the opposite of my constantly-correcting experience here! Go on, English-speaking friends: guess how these six little letters are supposed to be pronounced. The goal of 7 Continents is easy on the surface: only 7 books from each continent, with permission to replace the seldom lived-in Antartica. That can be a book in which there is travel between any continents.
My rule is that I always draw my literature from our library. With about 3,000 unread books here at our home – I have not counted – I can fulfill any requirements. I will see if something connects with Antarctica. Dorothee’s twist, to challenge us, is that authors be from the continents. That’s a little trickier than selecting any old book depicting a country but I can do it and will keep adding literature that applies! It is my way to keep surpassing limits all year, with whatever I find. Please revisit my post to see the list I build.
“The Forgotten Garden” Kate Morton 2008 AUSTRALIA
“Human Croquet” Kate Atkinson 1997 AUSTRALIA
“The Ghost Writer” John Harwood 2004 AUSTRALIA
“Mansion Of Menace” Caroline Farr (Richard Wilkes-Hunter) 1976 AUSTRALIA
“The Etruscan Chimera” Lyn Hamilton 2002 CANADA, IRELAND, ITALY
“Gatekeepers” Robert Liparulo 2008 TRANSCONTINENTAL & TIME TRAVEL
“The Reef” Nora Roberts 1998 PACIFIC & WIDESPREAD TRAVEL
“A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Future” Michael J. Fox 2010
UNITED STATES to BHUTAN
“The Forgotten Door” Alexander Key 1965 ANOTHER PLANET to United States.
Kinna is a lovely, popular advocate of African and women’s literature, in Ghana. I am rejoining her a second time, in eagerness to exceed the four books I contributed last year. She asks for five books pertaining to Africa, with a request that three be written by Africans and not merely depicted there. That is her twist that challenges me but drawing literature from our home library, I can do it!
Below, I will build a list of everything about Africa that I read in 2016. It is always my intention to keep on reading beyond minimum instructions. I must have other African-born authors but will read more by Natasha if need be. It is handy that Margaret, from my province, lived in Africa with her husband for a few years. Between the two, we have Kinna’s African-born literary content.
“The Midnight Side” Natasha Mostert 2000 SOUTH AFRICA
“Season Of The Witch” Natasha Mostert 2007 SOUTH AFRICA
“The Mummy Case” Elizabeth Peters 1985 EGYPT
“Zoom Upstream” Tim Wynne-Jones, Eric Beddows 1992 EGYPT
“The Curse Of The Blue Figurine” John Bellairs 1983 NUBIA
I achieved two books by African-born authoress Natasha Mostert. Two stories are located in Egypt. John Bellairs’s American adventure features a Kush figurine called an “ushabti”. That makes five, baby! C’est un fait accompli.