A to Z 2014 March challenge

You might get wondering why two first challenges from the series weren’t A to Z. They were the introductions for the grand journey around the world. First you had to look at your country (January 2014) and then its neighbours (February 2014).

You can join the challenge any time you want. Just read the rules of A to Z 2014 World Books Challenge first. You can still do the January and February challenges.

The first lettered challenge starts now. The point of challenge is to discover writers and literature from around the world. Especially from new (to you) countries. If you had read a book by a writer from a given country (for example, your own country), please choose another country.

The first letter of writer’s country is based on the name of country in (one of) its official languages. That means that China will be under “Z” because in Chinese “China” is written as “Zhōngguó” (in transcription).

March 2014

Basic books

Two obligatory books have to be from two of the countries below. Make sure at least one is written by a woman. The books can be any genre, including poetry and non-fiction.

  • Bahrain (البحرين/al-Baḥrayn)
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ)
  • Brazil (Brasil)
  • Canada
  • North Korea (조선/Chosŏn)
  • Montenegro (Црна Гора/Crna Gora)


The bonus reading should be legends from any of these countries. This time a point will be given out for each country. 1 country = 1 point. To fulfil it you need to read at least 1 legend/folktale, not the entire book (which may be difficult to get it).

  • Marshall Islands (Aelōñin Ṃajeḷ)
  • Yemen (اليمن/al-Yaman)
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • Azerbaijan (Азәрбајҹан)
  • Bahamas
  • Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

The A to Z on March lets you choose from 15 different A to C countries. To clear the challenge read 2 books from 2 out of 9 countries (at least 1 written by a woman) and for extra, a legend/folktale from 1 of 6 countries (might be published on a website).


Are you up to the challenge? Do you know which countries’ books will you read?


Enjoy the reading!


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