I have just taken a close look at the reading I've done through the first three months of 2008 and it's not quite what I hoped it would be when the year began. My three main goals were to read more books by women than I read last year, to revisit some of my favorites from the past and to read more by writers from countries other than the U.S.
Well, so far, I'm on a pace to read fewer books by women this year than last and, even worse, I've only reread two books and am doing almost nothing with international writers.
The problem is that I just don't seem to hear much (maybe my mind is closed to them) about writers from other parts of the world. I used to read a few writers from South America and Canada on a regular basis, plus quite a few from the U.K. But this year, if they are not authored by a Brit of some sort, I haven't read any international books at all. Obviously, I need some help here.
So, please give me some recommendations for international fiction and maybe even some good places to find the books. I'm not so much interested in non-fiction because, at this point in my life, I find international politics to be a particularly irritating subject. I realize there is (literally) a whole other world out there and that I'm missing out on it...a little help?