Exploring the World from the Comfort of My Chair

Note: This post was originally published on Leggings Are Never Pants, where I previously blogged. I will continue to update the maps as 2018 progresses.

It’s a common trope among readers to compare reading to travel. We can read about countries we cannot (or simply have not yet had the chance to) go to in person, and learn about other cultures, customs, and ideas. Even within the canon of English literature [the theoretical collection of works written in English and deemed important, classic, or worth passing down], there are books set in nearly every country! One blogger/author that I follow once undertook a project attempting to read a book from every country, with fascinating results. This, combined with some inspiration from the last book I read (Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold), has inspired me to keep track of the places featured in the books that I read in 2018. As someone who loves adventure but who always has to plan everything out, I think it will be interesting to see all the places that I visit in books this year.

Below is the map that I will be updating with every book that I finish. I will be coloring in countries in which part of the story takes place; that is, places that the characters actually go, not just places that are mentioned or referenced. I hope to see a lot of the countries filled in by the end of the year! The more important thing, however, is not where the book is set but what the reader learns from it. Perhaps, by reading about people in vastly different places and situations, I will end up learning more about myself, my beliefs, and my world throughout this year.

How many countries I have been to. Visited Countries Map Maker
Visited 7 UN countries (3.62%) out of 193: United States, Canada, Iran, United Kingdom, India, Germany, and Italy.
Make your own visited countries map.

UPDATE! I’m starting a map for US states that the books I read are set in, as well. I expect this to be a lot easier to fill up than the world map.

Create Your Own Visited States Map

What’s the most interesting or unique setting you have read this year? Has a book ever caused you to have such extreme wanderlust that you ended up visiting its setting? Tell me in comments section!

Cover image copyright Mikalai Manyshau


UPDATE 12/31/2018!

This year I read books set in 17 states and 7 countries! Based on this I’m setting next year’s goal at 20 states and 8 countries.

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