The International Book Challenge.
It's fairly self-explanatory, but here are a few guidelines ("rules" sounds too strict; reading should be fun):
1. The goal is to read books by as many "foreign" authors as possible. For the purposes of this challenge, foreign means not born in your country.
2. Reading the work in translation is perfectly acceptable; some of you are able to read multiple languages, but most of us are not.
3. Try to step out of your comfort zone. If you've never read a Korean or Somali novelist, ask your local bookseller to suggest a good one; you might be pleasantly surprised. (If you live in Fort Worth and thus don't have a local bookseller, message me and also click the green box in the upper right of the page).
Here are the achievement levels, based on number of countries "visited" between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016:
Homebody: 0-2 countries visited
Budget Traveler: 3-6 countries visited
Frequent Flier: 7-9 countries visited
Marco Polo: 10 or more countries visited
If you don't think 10 is an achievable number, consider the following partial list of novelists and their country of birth that are "foreign" to me:
Roberto Bolano - Chile
Umberto Ecco - Italy
Carlos Fuentes - Mexico
Amos Oz - Israel
Geraldine Brooks - Australia
Ana Maria Matute - Spain
J. M. Coetzee – South Africa
Haruki Murakami - Japan
Zadie Smith - England
Mario Vargas Llosa - Peru
Keep in mind that the list above doesn't mention even one of the "classics:" Alexandre Dumas (France), Anton Chekhov (Russia), Jane Austen (England), or James Joyce (Ireland), to name just a few. So the problem won't be finding enough authors, but rather paring the list down to a manageable number.
While there are no prizes for successfully completing this challenge, I can assure you that as a reader you will gain great satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. I may even post a list of the Marco Polo-level folks at the end of the challenge if you send me your names.
Happy traveling and happy reading.