This Map Shows The Most Iconic Book Set In 150 Countries Around The World

We were surprised by the book chosen for the U.S. — were you?

With just the turn of a page, books can transport you from wherever you are to pretty much anywhere thanks to your imagination and the words written in whatever you're reading. Whether it be in the past, present, or future — or sometimes even beyond planet Earth — reading is the gateway for you to experience anything and everything.


Global English Editing — the same firm that showed us reading habits and literacy around the world — is back with another infographic, this time compiling the most iconic book set in every country. It hit 150 of the world's countries so, while not complete, it's quite a lengthy list of works of varying genres, and from authors both famous and little-known you can tackle.

From Afghanistan (Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner) to Zimbabwe (Nancy Farmer's The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm), it's quite the eclectic mix from A to Z. There are plenty of those books you probably read in school — such as Anne Frank's The Diary of Anne Frank (Denmark) and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (United Kingdom) — to those you perhaps heard of but haven't read — like Albert Memmi's The Pillar of Salt (Tunisia) to Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (Nigeria). For the U.S., it was Mark Twain's classic novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that was chosen.

If all goes as the author planned, you'll be able to experience these places — some you've possibly been to and others you most likely haven't — as if you were actually there. Some of the people who wrote these books are from where they're writing about, and some maybe just fell in love with a setting they either visited or called their new home.

Take a look at the infographic compiled by Global English Editing and dive into places you want to visit or revisit — all without the use of your passport:


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