Comfort during dark nights. Photo credit: Noukka Signe

“Heeft u misschien boeken over India?”
“Ik ben heel erg geïnteresseerd in Japan. Is daar nog iets nieuws over uitgekomen?”
“Yeah, my friend is going to travel to South America. Do you have any novels that take place there?”
“Zijn er boeken van Nederlandse schrijvers die zich afspelen in Australië?”
“Can you recommend any books that take place in Amsterdam?”
Can you read around the world?

Day after day, bookshop owners get questions on books and whether or not they have any recommendations. But when customers get specific about the country, then even we might be in trouble. These groups can be placed in three divisions:

  1. Travelers. They want to read about their favourite destinations, to relive the travel-experience, or to learn new things about this or that ‘awesome spot’. They also read books about countries they will visit soon to gain some knowledge.
  2. Present-buyers. They are either very close, or not close at all to the person they are buying a present for. So they either know that the person is very interested in a certain country, or dreaming of an amazing trip. Or the only thing they know about someone is that he/she told them they are going on holiday soon.
  3. Couch-lovers. There are many people who love their couch, but still want to ‘see the world’. And for that reason, they watch tv and  read. Sometimes bookclubs have a specific theme connected to a country, or people feel like reading more after watching a movie or documentary. They are the least common group who ask for country-specific books though.

All these division find their way into a bookshop at one point in time or another, all with the same questions. And while booksellers try their hardest, there is a limit to the human memory and mind. And so we forget, for forget what books are about what region, forget where great stories take place exactly. Mix up countries, and people. We never forget on purpose, but it does become annoying to answer question like those above with a confused look. Therefore, this page and its subdivisions will answer all your questions about titles from around the world. Every book in its own country, and even its own town or region. You can now read around the world! Just click on the continent’s below, which will give you some background information of its literary traditions as well as a list of countries, and from there on look around on the map to see some suggestions. These maps will always be a work in progress, and will continuously change, or have more countries added.

Enjoy your trip!