#ReadIntl2020 (Year Of International Literature) Reading Progress

We are having A Year Of International Literature this 2020 #ReadIntl2020.

We are committed to reading as many authors coming from varied countries as much as we can, hence our year of international literature is a testament to that. Essentially, we hope to feature books that fit any of the following criteria:

  1. Books that have been translated into English from their original languages.
  2. Bilingual books.
  3. Books published in English but written or illustrated by non-native English speakers.
  4. Books written or illustrated by People of Colour

Similar to what I have done for our #WomenReadWomen2019, I am devoting an entire page to document my progress throughout the year.

Please do take note that this list does not consist of all the books I read this year. To see that, please visit my Goodreads page. This table is meant to keep track of the books I featured here in GatheringBooks that fit our overarching theme of international literature in 2020.

I will constantly be updating this table throughout the year, as and when new books fall into my hands and featured here for our #ReadIntl2020 reading theme.

# Author / Illustrator # Book Title # Country # Language
(Bilingual/ Translated from)
1 Jen Arena (POC) 1 Salsa Lullaby 1 USA 1 Spanish (bilingual)
2 Isabel Quintero (POC) 2 My Papi Has a Motorcycle
Zeke Peña (POC)
3 Roseanne Thong 3 One Is A Piñata
John Parra (POC)
4 Samantha R. Vamos (POC) 4 The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung
5 Susan Middleton Elya 5 La Princesa And The Pea
6 Grace Lin (POC) 6 A Big Bed For Little Snow 2 English (neither translated nor bilingual)
7 Christian Robinson (POC) 7 Another
8 Just In Case You Want To Fly
Julie Fogliano
8 Miranda Paul 9 Water Is Water: A Book About The Water Cycle
Jason Chin (POC)
9 K. A. Holt 10 I Wonder
Kenard Pak (POC)
10 Mechal Renee Roe (POC) 11 Happy Hair
11 Cara Manes 12 Sonia Delaunay: A Life Of Color
12 Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (POC) 13 Jake Makes A World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem
Christopher Myers (POC)
13 Matthew A. Cherry (POC) 14 Hair Love
Vashti Harrison (POC)
14 Rita Lorraine Hubbard (POC) 15 The Oldest Student: How May Walker Learned To Read
Oge Mora (POC)
15 Kathleen Krull 16 Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey Of Neil DrGrasse Tyson
Frank Morrison
16 Jacqueline Woodson (POC) 17 The Day You Begin
17 Vanessa Brantley-Newton (POC) 18 Just Like Me
18 Samara Cole Doyon (Haitian American) 19 Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration
Kaylani Juanita (POC)
19 Hena Khan (POC) 20 Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets 3 Arabic (bilingual)
Merdokht Amini (originally from Iran) 2 UK
Erika Meza (POC) Salsa Lullaby Spanish (bilingual)
Sebastia Serra The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung 3 Spain
20 Jeronimo Cornelles 21 Mariama: Different But Just The Same (Mariama: Diferente pero igual) Spanish (translated)
Nivola Uya
Juana Martinez-Neal La Princesa And The Pea 4 Peru
21 Bernardine Evaristo (POC) 22 Girl, Woman, Other UK English (neither translated nor bilingual)
22 Guojing (POC) 23 Stormy 5 China wordless
23 Del Samatar (Somali-American) 24 Monster Portraits 6 Somalia (but both are from the US) mostly English
Sofia Samatar (Somali-American)
24 Klaas Verplancke 25 Magritte’s Apple 7 Belgium English (neither translated nor bilingual)
25 Myriam Ouyessad 26 The Magical Tree: A Children’s Book Inspired by Gustav Klimt 8 France
Anja Klauss 9 Germany
26 Theodor Fontane (translated by Douglas Parmee) 27 Irretrievable 4 German (translated)
27 Petra Postert (translated by Henriette Schroeder) 28 I Need All Of It
Jens Rassmus
Fatinha Ramos (based in Antwerp but originally from Portugal) Sonia Delaunay: A Life Of Color 10 Portugal English (neither translated nor bilingual)
28 Fernando Pessoa (translated by Margaret Jull Costa) 29 The Book Of Disquiet: Definitive Edition 5 Portuguese (translated)
29 Andrzej Sapkowski (translated by Danusia Stok) 30 The Last Wish 11 Poland 6 Polish (translated)
30 Omar Al Owais 31 Salvaged 12 United Arab Emirates English (neither translated nor bilingual)
31 Dr. Reem El Mutwalli 32 Let’s Play Dress Up Arabic (bilingual)
32 Germano Zullo 33 Little Bird 13 Switzerland 7 French (translated)
33 Guridi 34 Once Upon A Time Spain Spanish (translated)
34 Karim Al-Dahdah 35 Sitt Sobhiye And The Quest For The White Horse 14 Lebanon Arabic (bilingual)
35 Dalia Menhall Mirza 36 Who Wants A Mommy With A Moustache?
Maya Majdalani
36 Maxine Beneba Clarke 37 The Patchwork Bike 15 Australia English (neither translated nor bilingual)
Van Thanh Rudd
37 Shaun Tan 38 Tales From The Inner City
38 Mirabai (translated by Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield) 39 Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems 16 India 8 Hindi (translated)
39 Deborah Underwood (USA) 40 Bearnard’s Book 17 Japan English (neither translated nor bilingual)
Misa Saburi (Japanese)
40 Shinsuke Yoshitake 41 The Boring Book 9 Japanese (translated)
41 Yoko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) 42 Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales
Rafael Lopez (Mexico | USA) The Day You Begin 18 Mexico English (neither translated nor bilingual)
42 Magda Szabo (translated by George Szirtes) 43 Iza’s Ballad 19 Hungary 10 Hungarian (translated)
43 Debbie Ridpath Ohi (POC) 44 Where Are My Books? 20 Canada English (neither translated nor bilingual)
44 Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein) 45 Incidental Inventions 21 Italy 11 Italian (translated)
Andrea Ucini (Italian based in Denmark)
45 Soosh 46 Dad By My Side 22 Ukraine English (neither translated nor bilingual)
46 Alina Bronsky (Russian born but living in Germany, translated by Tim Mohr) 47 Baba Dunja’s Last Love 23 Russia German (translated)
47 Yrsa Sigurdardottir (translated by Philip Roughton) 48 I Remember You 24 Iceland 12 Icelandic (translated)
48 Ge Fei (translated by Canaan Morse) 49 The Invisibility Cloak 25 China 13 Chinese (translated)
49 Behrouz Boochani (Kurdish-Iranian now based in Australia, translated by Omid Tofighian) 50 No Friend But The Mountains 26 Iran 14 Farsi (translated)