Ann Morgan

This mini film stitches together pictures of my bookshelf during ‘A Year of Reading the World’, my project to read a book from every country in 2012. The project included all UN-recognised nations, plus Taiwan and one extra territory, Kurdistan, voted for by blog visitors – 197 stories in all. Each time I read a book, I added it to the shelf or increased the number on the Kindle by one.

In regards to personal favourites, there were so many great reads and so many books that were special for other reasons but if people ask I often mention ‘The Blue Sky’ by Galsan Tschinag as it is an extraordinary and beautifully written book.

The shelf also included various things from my life over the course of the year – birthday cards, flowers, bottles of wine, invitations, Christmas decorations and even the neighbour’s cat, Mr Darwin, who came to stay for a few days while his owners went on holiday.

Although the project finished over a year ago, the shelf still looks pretty much the same. At the moment I am finishing off the final draft Reading the World: Postcards from my bookshelf, my book based on the project, which will be published by Harvill Secker/Random House in 2015. As I need to refer to many of the texts in the writing process, it’s useful to keep them on the shelf. That way I know exactly where they are.

About Ann Morgan

I’m a freelance writer and sub-editor. Credits include features for the Australian, BBC Music Magazine, the New Internationalist, and the Guardian. I’m delighted that my book, Reading the World: Postcards from my Bookshelf will be published by Harvill Secker in 2015.

You can see some examples of Ann’s work on her website

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