“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
They are the destination, and the journey.
They are home.”

Anna Quindlen
How Reading Changed My Life

Reading has the power to both transport us to foreign lands and show us new sides of our own beloved places.  Read the World exists to help readers find their next bookish adventure.


How did Read the World begin?

Read the World was created by me, Rayna Clarke, in 2015 both as a way to broaden my own reading horizons and create a resource for other readers who value diversity in their reading lives.

Why are there no books listed for [country] or [state]?

Read the World’s book archives are hand-selected, which means I’ve read each of the books listed and can recommend them all.  If I read a book that I find lacking for any reason, it isn’t listed on the site, even if it would fill in a country or state currently not featured.  I’m adding books all the time, however, and always welcome suggestions.

Why is [book] not also listed under [country] even though part of it is set there?

I try to always list books based on their main settings.  If a book takes place in multiple countries, my general rule is to list it in the site’s archives under those countries to which the book dedicates at least a quarter of its length.  However, there may be a few exceptions to this rule.

Why is [country] listed in two regional categories?

I have chosen to list a few countries in multiple categories for ease of use.  For example, Egypt is listed under both Africa and Middle East, as it is a transcontinental country with cultural and linguistic ties to the Middle East.  If you’re curious about why I’ve chosen a certain category for a country, please ask.

Does Read the World accept review copies of books directly from authors or publishers?

No, I currently don’t accept any review copies, as I cannot guarantee that I will recommend it on the site after reading.

How can I contact Read the World?

Twitter:  @read_the_world
Instagram:  @read.the.world
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Facebook:  facebook.com/readtheworldofficial
Email:  info (at) readtheworld (dot) org

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Read the World may receive a commission for products purchased through the links to online retailers on our site.  We are never paid to advertise or recommend a book, and no advertiser influences the content of the site.

Photo Credits:  Map header image by Adrian van Leen, via openphoto.net / About image by George Hodan, via publicdomainpictures.net / Africa image by Lynn Greyling, via publicdomainpictures.net / Asia image by Tehmul Ghyara, via openphoto.net / Caribbean and Latin America image by Fran Hogan, via publicdomainpictures.net / Europe image by tontonsigmund, via openphoto.net / Middle East image by Svetlana Tikhonova, via publicdomainpictures.net / North America image by Maliz Ong, via publicdomainpictures.net / Oceania image by Michael Stirling, via publicdomainpictures.net / General travel image by Sarah Klockars-Clauser, via openphoto.net