🧳 Guest post | Traveling through Literature: An Interactive Worldly Map of Books

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Camdyn’s reading To Kill a Mockingbird in school. This, after a litany of less-than-stellar books that have dominated not only hers but also her sisters’ syllabi for semesters and semesters. Finally a good book!

Today’s guest post is unique.

It’s not a sponsored post, but it’s something I was approached with. After I took a look at this interactive book map, I was hooked. You will be too. Read on, and then discover how you can find relevant books for every nation on earth.

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Traveling through Literature: An Interactive Worldly Map of Books

Have you ever heard of the term “armchair travel”? You may have experienced it without even realizing at least once in your life! “Armchair travel” consists of cracking up a good book centered around the culture of another country, a way of immersing yourself in other traditions without leaving the comfort of your home. Literature is one of the best ways to learn about a destination before actually traveling. You may find yourself even more excited to visit a country after reading one of their books.

Exploring the world does not need to be complicated anymore since Carrentals has put together a comprehensive list of world travel through literature. If you are looking for a new booklist challenge, this compilation makes a great around the world reading challenge. Even if you decide not to do a reading challenge, keeping this interactive map bookmarked is a great reference to get an idea of each country that interests you.

The United States Booklist

The two books representing the United States are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Many of us natives of the United States have most likely read both these books to gain a historical understanding of the US, and if you haven’t had the chance to crack open these books, we highly recommend doing so to understand the literary culture of this country.

A historical fiction by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird is comprised of Lee’s memories of her hometown during her childhood. The way Lee writes is warming and humorous, while also addressing serious matters in a fashionable way. This book has been controversial since many schools teach with this book, emphasizing the lessons learned of tolerance and decry prejudice. Harper Lee certainly has a talent for narrating this famous novel.

A classic novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was one of the best selling novels of the 19th century and is attributed to helping energize the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. The story follows the character Uncle Tom, a black slave, and the long-term troubles he suffers during his time as a slave. While the story runs over severe topics of slavery, Stowe is able to assert that Christianity can save all of humankind and lead to abolishing any form of slavery.

To find out which books represent other countries, follow this link to download a specific country’s list of books to start reading and overviewing. We hope this interactive map provokes you to do some world travel through literature or even learn a piece of culture from each book list.

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9 thoughts on “🧳 Guest post | Traveling through Literature: An Interactive Worldly Map of Books

  1. I love To Kill A Mockingbird. It was one of our books to read back in high school, in the 80s in a convent school in Zambia. When the “Watchman” book came out, I bought it. I started reading it. I haven’t finished. Instead, I got a new copy of Mockingbird and read it again. 😁

    1. Awesome book, Anne. Fascinating to know the context of you reading it. That’s a commentary on the book itself, that you passed on finishing “Watchman” for a new copy of Mockingbird! I’m glad my kids have read it. But they still haven’t been assigned Hemingway or Conrad or Jack London.

  2. To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my favorite reads in high school. I saw it performed as a play at a History Theatre too. This interactive book map is fascinating!

    1. This map – I wish I could tell the world about it. I feel like i know so many people who would love it but can get the word out only so much! I think what we see in To Kill a Mockingbird as a kid means something so much different than what modern-day administrators might see in it. Books are a sample straight from culture and time, and nothing’s more authentic than that.

  3. Thanks Eli, I’ve haven’t read either. At school I had to read Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry instead of To Kill a Mockingbird, and then cos I didn’t read it at school I just haven’t got around to it. I think I’ll add it to my list!

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