Read Around Asia Challenge

The Kite Runner
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Rating: 4     34 Votes


50 countries in Asia means 50 books to read for this challenge
Reading progress by all challenge participants
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Read Around Asia Challenge

Read at least one book by an author from each country in Asia.

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Recommended Challenge Books (305)
1.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini EN

Rating: 4     34 Votes
Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
Soon to be a major Broadway stage production. Coming July 2022! The #1 New York Times bestselling novel beloved by millions of readers the world over. “A vivid and engaging story that reminds us how long his people [of Afghanistan] have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence—forces that continue to threaten them even today." –New York Times Book Review The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and ... continue

2.

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell : A Novel by Nadia Hashimi EN

Rating: 4     42 Votes
Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See. In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to ... continue

3.

And the Mountains Echoed : A Novel by Khaled Hosseini EN

Rating: 4.2     10 Votes
Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those clo... continue

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini EN

Rating: 4     808 Votes
Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, the #1 New York Times bestseller A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. “Just as good, if not better, than Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling first book, The Kite Runner.”—Newsweek Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today. Born a generation apart a... continue

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Earth and Ashes

Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi EN

Rating: 4     10 Votes
Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
Description:
When the Soviet army arrives in Afghanistan, the elderly Dastaguir witnesses the destruction of his village. Haunting in its spareness, "Earth and Ashes" is a tale of devastating loss, but also of human perseverance in the face of madness and war.
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Recommended: 05 Jan 2023

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Dancing in the mosque

Dancing in the mosque by Homeira Qaderi EN

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Country: Asia / Afghanistan flag Afghanistan
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Recommended: 25 Jan 2023

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Three Apples Fell from the Sky by Narine Abgaryan EN

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Country: Asia / Armenia flag Armenia
Description:
An unforgettable story of friendship and feuds in a remote Armenian mountain village In an isolated village high in the Armenian mountains, a close-knit community bickers, gossips and laughs. Their only connection to the outside world is an ancient telegraph wire and a perilous mountain road that even goats struggle to navigate. As they go about their daily lives – harvesting crops, making baklava, tidying houses – the villagers sustain one another through good times and bad. But sometimes all it takes is a spark of romance to turn life on its head, and a plot to bring two of Maran's most stub... continue

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La maison dans laquelle

La maison dans laquelle by Mariam Petrosyan FR

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Country: Asia / Armenia flag Armenia
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Recommended: 25 Jan 2023

9.

Ali and Nino : A Love Story by Kurban Said EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Azerbaijan flag Azerbaijan
Description:
Ali and Nino, two lovers from vastly different backgrounds, grow up together in carefree innocence in Baku on the Caspian Sea. Here, where Eastern and Occidental collide, they are inevitably drawn into the events of the First World War and the Russian Revolution. Torn apart by the turmoil, Ali joins the defense of Azerbajan from the onslaught of the Red Army, and Nino flees to the safety of Paris with their child, not knowing whether they will ever see each other again. A sweeping tale, as romantic and gripping as Gone with the Wind or Dr. Zhivago, it portrays, against a gloriously exotic back... continue
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

10.

The Orphan Sky by Ella Leya EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Azerbaijan flag Azerbaijan
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022


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