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Sites We Like: Read the World

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Alice Burton

Staff Writer

Chicagoan and aspiring cryptozoologist Alice Burton has a B.A. in Comparative Literature and is an Archives Assistant with the Frances Willard Historical Society. When not booking or historying, she is singing soprano wherever people will have her. She will watch any documentary on Neanderthals or giant extinct animals, and has a Stockholm Syndrome-like love for Chicago and its winters. Blog: Reading Rambo Twitter: @itsalicetime

You want to diversify your reading, but you don’t know how. Well, someone made a website for that. Read the World lets you find books based on the country in which they’re set. Want to read a book that takes place in Senegal? Then it is So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ for you, my friend. The Netherlands? Herman Koch’s The Dinner. Want to focus on general travel? That’s there, too!

As Book Riot is committed to giving you up-to-the-minute brand-spanking-new book news, this site is as fresh as the Prince of Bel-Air and only just starting to create its lists.

read the world table of contents

Nevertheless, there’s enough there to get you well on your way to geographic reading diversity. (I do, however, demand a Polar category for those of us who wish to read about people determinedly slogging through ice in order to prove something)

Follow the site on Twitter at @read_the_world and on Instagram at