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[Weekly Inspiration] Reading Books From Around the World

[Weekly Inspiration] Reading Books From Around the World

There’s truly nothing better than curling up with a good book. Many books can take you to places you’ve never imagined and teach you about things you never thought were possible. Have you ever taken the time to notice what country your favorite books and authors come from?

When one writer, Ann Morgan, noticed that her book collection was from mostly English and North American authors, she set an ambitious goal to close her “cultural blind spot”: read one book from every country in the world over the course of a year. Learn more about how she accomplished this goal in her TED Talk below:

While Morgan once thought she was a well-rounded reader, she learned a lot about many cultures across the world while working toward her goal. She even stated “Cumulatively, the stories I read that year made me more alive than ever before to the richness, diversity and complexity of our remarkable planet. It was as though the world's stories and the people who'd gone to such lengths to help me read them had made it real to me.”

Think about the books you typically read, when was the last time you reached for a book from a culture that you were unfamiliar with? Reading stories from around the world can expand our minds and even help bridge political, geographical, cultural, social, and religious divides, making us all richer people.

Looking for more inspiring stories? Check out the rest of our Weekly Inspiration series here!