Algeria is a country I knew next to nothing about; all I really knew before this reading challenge is that it’s in North Africa. Besides the fact that reading a book from every country in the world is a massive task to undertake, what makes the challenge even tougher is trying to find books written by someone from a certain country and set in that country.
One of the interesting aspects of my reading challenge is uncovering my connections to and knowledge of each country as I select and read a book from that part of the world. Canada is the fourth country I arrived at in my literary armchair travels; and going in, I knew there would be several connections. Literary ones had to do with one of my favourite authors: Margaret Atwood.
Spain is close to my heart. My parents and brother lived in Madrid in the early ‘80s. Growing up, and to this day, my parents’ house is adorned with an assortment of Spanish paraphernalia.