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Aland - 1715942::The Aland Islands by meadwr::W. R. Mead and S. H. Jaatinen
Albania - 5306129::The Siege by kadareismail::Ismail Kadare
Armenia - 222097::The Forty Days of Musa Dagh by werfelfranz::Franz Werfel
Austria - A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander; Requiem in Vienna by J. Sydney Jones
Azerbaijan - 2849877::Gentlemen of the Road by chabonmichael::Michael Chabon
Belgium - 47988::Resistance by shreveanita::Anita Shreve
Bosnia and Herzegovina - The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Bulgaria - 12539065::The Rila Monastery by Hristo Hristov and Georgi Stojkov
Croatia - 11473720::Running Away to Home by wilsonjennifer::Jennifer Wilson
Cyprus - Bitter Lemons by Lawrence Durrell
Denmark - 33867::Number the Stars by lowrylois::Lois Lowry
England - And Only to Deceive and A Poisoned Season both by Tasha Alexander; The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley; Winter of Discontent by Jeanne M. Dams; Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie; Slay Bells by Kate Kingsbury; A Very Private Grave by Donna Fletcher Crow; Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie; No Clue at the Inn by Kate Kingsbury; Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen; The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths; The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths; Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear; The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley; Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie; Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; The Reluctant Detective by Martha Ockley; Mansfield Park by Jane Austen; Emma by Jane Austen; A Finer End by Deborah Crombie; The Most Beautiful Villages of England by James Bentley; Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer; To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey; Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers; Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer; Shrouds of Holly by Kate Kingsbury; A Dark and Stormy Night by Jeanne M. Dams; Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen; Death at Whitechapel by Robin Paige; A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley; I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley; 5485095::Bleeding Heart Square by taylorandrew::Andrew Taylor; 56615::The Murder at the Vicarage by christieagatha::Agatha Christie; 11903864::The Evil That Men Do by damsjeannem::Jeanne M. Dams; 12112073::A Darkly Hidden Truth by crowdonnafletcher::Donna Fletcher Crow; 57744::Dissolution by sansomcj::C. J. Sansom; 39454::A Most Contagious Game by airdcatherine::Catherine Aird; 52097::Blind Justice by alexanderbruce::Bruce Alexander; 293882::Weighed in the Balance by perryanne::Anne Perry
Estonia - 960216::The Czar's Madman by krossjaan::Jaan Kross
Finland - 9115458::Snow Angels by thompsonjames::James Thompson
France - Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner; Immoveable Feast by John Baxter; The Elegance of the Hedgehog by barberymuriel::Muriel Barbery; 15542::Murder on the Links by christieagatha::Agatha Christie
Germany - The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch; 26236::Borrower of the Night by peterselizabeth::Elizabeth Peters
Gibraltar - 4931649::Uneasy Relations by elkinsaaron::Aaron Elkins
Greece - Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey Siger
Greenland - 222143::This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by ehrlichgretel::Gretel Ehrlich
Guernsey - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Hungary - The Magyar Venus by Lyn Hamilton
Iceland - 6766460::Silence of the Grave by indridasonarnaldur::Arnaldur Indridason
Ireland - Death of an Irish Seawolf by Bartholomew Gill; Haunted Ground by Erin Hart; Rosewater and Soda Bread by Marsha Mehran; In the Woods by Tana French
Italy - Death a La Fenice by Donna Leon; Paganini's Ghost by Paul Adam; 12267481::Beastly Things by leondonna::Donna Leon; 413::Quietly in Their Sleep by leondonna::Donna Leon
Kosovo - The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley
Latvia - The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell
Liechtenstein - 12707339::A Survey of Liechtenstein History by segerotto::Otto Seger
Lithuania - 1864549::The Last Days of the Jerusalem of Lithuania by krukherman::Herman Kruk
Luxembourg - 11849381::The Expats by pavonechris::Chris Pavone
Macedonia - 91368::The Miss Stone Affair by carpenterteresa::Teresa Carpenter
Malta - The Brass Dolphin by Caroline Harvey
Moldova - 90869::Playing the Moldovans at Tennis by hawkstony::Tony Hawks
Netherlands - Maigret in Holland by Georges Simenon
Northern Ireland - In Search of Ulster-Scots Land: The Birth and Geotheological Imagings of a Transatlantic People, 1603-1703 by Barry Aron Vann
Norway - The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum; The Snowman by Jo Nesbo; 56575::Don't Look Back by fossumkarin::Karin Fossum
Poland - 3102448::The Zookeeper's Wife by ackermandiane::Diane Ackerman
Portugal - 3773750::Journey to Portugal by saramagojose::Jose Saramago
Romania - Taste of Romania by Nicolae Klepper
Russia - The Line by Olga Grushin
Scotland - White Nights by Ann Cleeves; If Books Could Kill by Kate Carlisle
Serbia - Skylark by Dezső Kosztolányi; Serbia by JoAnn Milivojevic
Spain - The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon; The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
Sweden - The Cruel Stars of the Night by Kjell Eriksson
Switzerland - A Healthy Place to Die by Peter King
Ukraine - 1217701::The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by mendelsohndaniel::Daniel Mendelsohn
Vatican City - Life in the Vatican with John Paul II by Luigi Accattoli
Wales - The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan; 8174162::The Cold Light of Mourning by duncanelizabethj::Elizabeth J. Duncan
I may add Aland, Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, and Kazakhstan which are more or less as much of countries as the Faroe Islands are (according to some sources).
I'm adding Kazakhstan to my list. Darn.
Glad to see that the Kosovo book is worth reading.
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Journey to Portugal by Jose Saramago - Jose Saramago traveled throughout his native Portugal to give others a glimpse through language of what they might see. It is not easy to read because he calls himself the "traveler" throughout the narrative, making for a rather awkward third-person account. He spends a lot of time at churches, chapels, monasteries, convents, and cathedrals along the way. Another problem that I had with the book is that he began to describe things of interest and then would cut the description short while things that were less interesting were covered in more detail. I would certainly not recommend that this be anyone's primary book for a trip to Portugal, but it's okay for an armchair traveler who is more interesting in quality writing than detailed accounts of sights. There are a few black and white photos and section maps to help guide the armchair traveler. 3 stars.
Greenland: This Cold Heaven:Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich - Ehrlich spends seven years in Greenland. This book recounts her time there, living among Greenlanders and encountering the Inuits. Transportation was often by dogsled. She also takes time to share the story of Rasmussen, an early Danish explorer of arctic regions, including Greenland and Alaska. I expected more of a travelogue, and what the book offered was more of a cultural anthropology of Greenland's icier somewhat habitable regions. It did provide a good sense of the place. I found parts of the narrative more interesting than others and think that the book could have been 75 to 100 pages shorter, condensing those portions in which there was little action or which a lot of things that happened earlier recurred. 3 stars.
Azerbaijan: Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon - Perhaps the best description of this story is that it is a land-based adventure story set in the Middle Ages in Azerbaijan. It is reminiscent of pirate adventures except that the only time the sea is in the picture is when the group goes to a seaside town which is being raided by the Northmen. It's not the usual type of novel that I read, but I did enjoy Chabon's command of language in describing the action and surroundings. 4 stars.
Aland: The Aland Islands by W. R. Mead and S. H. Jaatinen - Although the modern portion of this book is becoming dated, this is still a good book to read to become acquainted with the Aland Islands which are technically part of Finland but are autonomous. The Islanders speak Swedish for the most part and have ties to both Sweden and Finland. The book gives an overview of the country's geography, geology, climate, plant and animal life, and much more. It also chronicles what has become known as "the Aland question" in political circles. The book is very readable and reminds me of books in "The Land and People" series which was geared towards middle schoolers (and perhaps upper elementary schoolers), although this book was clearly written with an adult audience in mind. 3.5 stars.