This week's Weekly Geeks theme is a good one, asking Where in the World Have You Been? in your reading.
This week's Weekly Geeks asks you to tell us about your globe trotting via books. Are you a global reader? How many countries have you "visited" in your reading? What are your favorite places or cultures to read about? Can you recommend particularly good books about certain regions, countries or continents? How do you find out about books from other countries? What countries would you like to read that you haven't yet?
Use your own criteria about what you consider to be "visiting" -- whether a book is written about the country or by a native or resident of the country.
For fun, create one of these maps at this website ticking off the countries you've read books from - you might be surprised how many (or how few!) countries you've read. Include the map in your blog post if you're so inclined.
So here's my map, based on the books that I have read in the last 18 months:
The one obvious gap is books set in South America, and Africa is probably a little under represented, although I did read a couple of books set in other African countries, but just not in the last couple of years. Other than that the map is pretty full. Of course, it helps when you block out huge blocks of the map with some of the larger countries like China, Russia, USA and Canada.
I think I am pretty open to reading books about most countries - as long as the story is a good one, then I will read it. I do particularly like books set in Russia and Europe, especially if it is historical fiction.