But first, come with me on a virtual journey through the TBR 2007 Challenge:
I cannot dream of returning to Canada in the coldest month of the year so I travel from China onto Singapore (so that I can visit Bibliobibuli in Malaysia) where I intend learning about a young man's coming of age during the fall of Singapore in World War II in Vyvyane Loh's 2. "Breaking The Tongue"
In India I am going to encourage Australian gangster-turned-author Gregory Roberts or 4. "Shantaram" to tell me how he happend to end up in an Indian jail and what happened to him after he was released.
Whilst in India I know I won't be able to resist visiting Kerala to see and meet a Kathakali dancer in Anita Nair's 5. "Mistress".
Africa is a huge continent and I see myself wanting to visit another country before I head for Europe, so I'll probably travel for Cairo to meet three generations of an Egyptian family in Naguib Mahfouz's 7. "Palace Walk" from the" Cairo Trilogy".
It's impossible to be so close to France and not visit - I find the French fascinating and I'm going to learn all I can about them with the aid of Jean-Benoit Nadeau's 9. "Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong:Why we Love France but not the French".
Just before I leave Europe altogether I will make a quick visit to the country of my birth (UK) to meet Najwa in Leila Aboulela's 10. "Minaret" who is in exile in London due to a political coup in Sudan which forced her family to move away. I want to ask her how her life has changed, if at all.
I hope to be back in Canada for Christmas and I'm going to celebrate it with the doyenne of Canadian literature, Margaret Atwood and her latest novel 12."Moral Disorders"
So, there you have it, my 12 TBR reads for the TBR 2007 Challenge.
Naghoub Mafouz's "Palace Walk" (512 pages)
Gregory David Robert's "Shantaram" (944 pages)
(recommended by Holly Dolly Books)
Suketu Mehta's "Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found (560 pages)
(How could I resist reading about the city I grew up in?)
Zusak's "The Book Thief" (560 pages)
(Led by Les, Bookfool and Booklogged, this book has been raved about by every book blogger that has read it)
Jared Diamond's "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" (592 pages)