Reading my way around the world
A year or so ago I watched a Ted Talk by Ann Morgan. She had embarked on the journey of reading stories from across the globe. I like to think of myself as fairly well read — I've read plenty of the classics, I always make sure I get my hands on a decent dose of Kiwi books, plus everything and anything else under the sun — but I don't think I have actually read very widely when it comes to stories from around the world.
In the Ted Talk, the speaker said that she was lucky enough to have many stories actually translated from the language they had been written in into English so she could read them. It's something I've never really thought about, that there are stories out there that I may never have the chance to read because I don't know how to read the language they're written in.
Reading is such an incredible way of learning about different ways of living. It is, however, very easy to end up reading quite a narrow selection of books — there's nothing wrong with that, especially when you find a style and genre you like, but it can limit the types of things you may learn from reading from a deeper pool.
I'm not entirely sure where to start, whether I should follow a flight path per se, or just get my hands on as many books from around the globe as I can — but one thing I know for sure is that I want to get an awesome map pin board and start pinning the places that I read books from. I can already pop a pin in New Zealand thanks to the incredible Billy Bird by Emma Neale — READ IT.
After looking at an article from Huffington Post, I've discovered that I have a book from Australia sitting unread on my bookshelf: Cloudstreet by Tim Winton. Sounds like my worldwide reading journey will begin there? Watch this space!