Writer Ann Morgan set herself a challenge- to read one book from every country in the world in one year.
Ann Morgan found her book shelves to contain a massive cultural gap. Her shelves were composed of primarily British & North American literature.
To remedy this, she put together her blog A Year of Reading the World, & wrote an appeal to the public seeking suggestions for her new reading list. Her project was met with warm response that grew from colleagues to friends to friends of friends to strangers.
Over the course of 2012, Ann read 196 books, one for each country recognized by the United Nations + former UN member Taiwan.
She explores the reasons behind her project & how she went about accomplishing finding / reading / writing about such a staggering amount of literature in a single year thru her TEDTalk, linked to below.
This interactive map provides a visualization of her journey.