8 Jan 2017

#52wks52bks: Week Two Recommendations!

You may or may not know, but this year I am hosting a 2017 reading challenge! Every week for the whole year there are different themes and the idea is to read a book that fits the theme within that week! It will help you keep on track for your Goodreads Challenge as you will be at least thinking about a book for a whole week even if you don't quite get to it. 

But don't worry, if you don't finish a book or skip a week or start late, that's okay! This is just to make you think more about the types of books you are reading and to broaden your horizons.

If you didn't see the original post with all the challenges, click HERE.
If you are participating (or want to without checking, that's cool too), you can keep track of your reads with my Handy Dandy Charts.

This week's theme is...


I have included some books that fit the criteria, but you should know that it can be any book that is set in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela, but NOT Puerto Rico. Even though geographically it fits in the location, it is part of the United States and is NOT included.

Again, I have not read these, so I cannot say if they are either good or not problematic. These are just from looking on Goodreads at two specific lists. If you know of any others, please comment below!

I will be reading...


Author: Ian McDonald
Series: N/A
Publication Date: May 1, 2007

Think Bladerunner in the tropics...

Be seduced, amazed, and shocked by one of the world's greatest and strangest nations. Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part SF, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling.

Three separate stories follow three main characters:

--Edson is a self-made talent impressario one step up from the slums in a near future São Paulo of astonishing riches and poverty. A chance encounter draws Edson into the dangerous world of illegal quantum computing, but where can you run in a total surveillance society where every move, face, and centavo is constantly tracked?

--Marcelina is an ambitious Rio TV producer looking for that big reality TV hit to make her name. When her hot idea leads her on the track of a disgraced World Cup soccer goalkeeper, she becomes enmeshed in an ancient conspiracy that threatens not just her life, but her very soul. 

--Father Luis is a Jesuit missionary sent into the maelstrom of 18th-century Brazil to locate and punish a rogue priest who has strayed beyond the articles of his faith and set up a vast empire in the hinterland. In the company of a French geographer and spy, what he finds in the backwaters of the Amazon tries both his faith and the nature of reality itself to the breaking point.

Three characters, three stories, three Brazils, all linked together across time, space, and reality in a hugely ambitious story that will challenge the way you think about everything.

What book are you reading for this week's theme?


  1. This week I'm reading Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario. It is set in Honduras.

  2. This sounds like a fun challenge. I've never heard of the book you chose for this week, but it sounds good. Happy reading!

  3. Very cool topic! My second major is Spanish, and the way the program is set up, we have to take half of our electives as Spain-based classes, and the other half as Latin-America-based classes. For that matter, I've read a number of books set in Spain, and in Latin America - all in Spanish though. I'll see what I can find in terms of English translations - because some of the books are REALLY good. For example, La Isla de los Amores Infinitos. So, SO good!

    Great list, Jamie! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!


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