2012 PaperTigers Reading the World Challenge

So I completed 42% of last year’s challenge – go here for details.

This year N and I have been reading a LOT of books and so I shall be brave and take up only one challenge, even though more than half the year has passed. I don’t even know if I can still join in. But what the heck, I am still going to read the books so might as well try completing the challenge 🙂

The Paper Tigers Reading the World Challenge 2012

1. Read a total of seven books.

2. Choose six books from/about/by or illustrated by someone from different countries anywhere in the world, three of which must be in different continents, and at least one of which must be translated from another language.

3. Choose one book from/about your city/district – as local and as relevant to your geographical setting as you can find.

4. You should choose at least one book of each of the following categories: fictionpoetry and non-fiction.

5. Have the books read aloud to you or read them yourself; share them as part of a book-group or in class. Read them in books, on an e-reader, or listen to audio-books. Combine your choices with other reading challenges.

6. There is no time limit for the reading the World Challenge, apart from completing it by the end of the year.

I am positive this year we shall nail it! Oh and I am signing up both N and I into the challenge. For N I will read out the books aloud and a few maybe by the end of the year he will be able to read a book on his own 🙂

Watch this page for updates on the status.

Our Reading progress –


North America

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua – Non fiction/American author/North America

How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish – Non fiction/American authors/North America

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings – Fiction/American author/North America – review here


100 shades of white by Preethi Nair – Fiction/British author, Indian heritage/Europe, Asia

Rhyme Stew by Roald Dahl – Poetry/British author/Europe


The Outsider by Albert Camus – Fiction/Algerian author/Africa – review here


100 shades of white by Preethi Nair – Fiction/British author, Indian heritage/Europe, Asia


North America

Topsy-Turvy Bedtime by Joan Levine – Fiction/American author/North America

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss – Fiction/American author/North America


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – Fiction/British author/Europe

Benny’s Had Enough by Barbro Lindgren – Fiction/Swedish author/Europe

Good for you, Good for me by Lorenz Pauli – Fiction/Swiss author and illustrator/Europe

Rhyme Stew by Roald Dahl – Poetry/British author/Europe


Alex Did It! by Udo Weigelt, Cristina Kadmon – Fiction/German author, Illustrator resides in Israel/Europe, Asia


Waiting for later by Tina Matthews – Fiction/New Zealand author, resides in Sydney/Australasia

The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour by Moira WairamaFiction/New Zealand author/Australasia – one of N’s favourites, can be re-read any number of times types!

Translated from another language – Aesop’s Fables for kids – translated from Greek originally.


Some of the reviews are here.

5 thoughts on “2012 PaperTigers Reading the World Challenge

  1. Great! And there are lots in your list I haven’t read…

    Green Eggs and Ham was an absolute favorite with Older Brother when he was wee. I remember one particular plane journey from Rome to the UK by the end of which all the other passengers in our vicinity must have been heartily sick of it… but better that, surely, than a yowling two-year-old?!?

    • Yay! We are working on our translations and some non fiction 🙂 Oh books are just a great way to entertain them, educate them and keep other ppl around them sane 😉

  2. Ah yes, sanity 🙂 Books certainly saved mine when my two were small. Whenever tempers were getting a bit frayed at either end, I’d grab a book, plonk the sometimes yowling child in my lap and start reading. Within two pages all was serene once more – and then Older Brother learned just to go and sit by his bookshelf himself, pull out the books one by one and peruse them from cover to cover. If I got i their quickly enough, I could get all the books back on the shelf and he would start again!

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