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Get Book Recommendations From Nearly 200 Countries Through This Interactive Map

Is your reading list geographically diverse enough? Take a trip with writer Ann Morgan, who put together this amazing interactive map. You’ll find one book each recommended for 196 different countries.

The idea for the graphic, a book, and an accompanying TED Talk came to Morgan when she looked at her bookshelf – and found it overwhelmed with English-language books from English-speaking countries. “I’d always thought that I was well-traveled,” Morgan explains, “[but] when I looked at my bookshelves, they told a very different story about me.”

That’s why Morgan took on a unique and challenging project back in 2012: she decided to read one book from each country in the world, all in just one year. The books themselves were chosen by readers of Morgan’s blog.

So which books made the cut? Neil Gaiman represents the United States with his book American Gods. The United Kingdom checks in with Martha, Jack and Shanco by Caryl Lewis. But the real fun in the map comes in exploring less familiar territories: like the Democratic Republic of Congo, represented by Frederick Yamusangie’s poetry, or Mongolia, represented by Galsan Tschinag’s The Blue Sky.

Check out the complete map below (it starts on South America, but you can go anywhere)! Which books will you add to your reading list?