Read a book in which the author’s birthplace or setting is more than 1000 miles (1609.344 kilometers) from your present location.

Use this site to calculate the distance and tell us how far it is and which one (birthplace or setting) you used in this category.

Please include a link to your review, not to the first page of your blog.

If you don’t have a blog, write a brief review in the comment section.


28 Responses

  1. Tawni O’Dell is the author of “Back Roads” and I will be reading this book for this category…because she was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania 🙂 and I live in Stockton, California. Definitely 1000 miles +.

  2. My review of The Dead of the Night by John Marsden in up here.

    I’m using author’s birthplace of Victoria, Australia, which is about 16,565 km (10, 293 mi) from my home in Pennsylvania, USA.

    This is one of two books that I’m overlapping with another challenge.

  3. I am going to read one of the P G Wodehouse books. He is from London. I belong to a P G Wodehouse book club at Yahoo!

  4. Scotland is over 3700 miles from my Mid-Eastern state. Scotland is home to author George MacDonald, and I’ll be reading his classic, The Princess and the Goblin.

  5. Hello,

    I have read Walking with Wolf (review here: http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2009/01/walking-with-wolf-by-kay-chornook-wolf.html) – I used the setting of the book/Wolf Guindon’s home which is Costa Rica. It is approximately 2200 miles from Chicago, Illinois.

  6. I read Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya, he’s from El Salvador which is more than 2000 miles (3334 kilometers) from where I am.

  7. Phil Owens is from England, which is roughly 3500 miles from where I am (Virginia).

    Kopek the Destroyer (Phil Owens)

  8. I chose “For Love of a King” by Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia. She was born in Athens, Greece which is over 5,000 miles from my home in Ohio. My review is here: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=96286789&blogID=466822192

  9. Aravind Adiga currently lives in Mumbai, which is 6308 miles from Sydney. Here is my review of The White Tiger

  10. Hi,

    I chose The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo to be under this category. Kate’s birthplace is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and my location is Malaysia. The distance is 9456 miles.

    Here is my review.

  11. I chose The Italian’s Ruthless Marriage Command by Helen Bianchin. She was born and lives in New Zealand. That is approximately 8,359 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio.

    My review is here:


  12. I read Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl. The author was born in Norway- 3,880 miles from me. The book opens in Peru- 3,500 miles from me, and ends in the South Sea Islands- about 6,700 miles from me. I live in Virginia, USA.

    My review is here:

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  14. I read AS SURE AS THE DAWN by Francine Rivers. I calculated the distance from Atlanta, GA to Germany as about 4700 miles.

    My review is here.

  15. I read The Book Thief, which is well over 1,000 miles from me. (It’s set in Germany; I live in Maryland.)



  16. http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/distanceresult.html?p1=605&p2=138

    the link above shows the distance, 7332 miles. I live in St. Louis, MO – the author was born in Angola (and that’s also where the story takes place). There was only one listing on the site for Angola, so I figured it was close enough and would work.

  17. For distance I chose Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave. The story takes place in Licking Falls, Ohio (a fictional town) so I merely used the distance between New Mexico (where I’m at) and Ohio which is approximately 1,383 miles. The author’s residence is in Florida which is approximately 1,790 miles from my location.

  18. My choice for distance was The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton


  19. I have chosen “White Rose” by Amy Ephron for distance. I live in the southern U.S. White Rose takes place in Cuba.

  20. For my “distance” book, I chose One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He was born in Russia. I’m not sure what part, but it’s way over 1000 miles from my birthplace! (Aprox 6000 miles away)

    My review is here: http://zenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/05/one-day-in-life-of-ivan-denisovich-by.html

  21. I just finished my Distance book: Edna Ferber’s Show Boat (review here). Ferber was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but lived most of her life in New York City. Those two locations are 1990 and 2474 miles, respectively, from my home of Portland, Oregon.

  22. I chose Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth for this category. Her birthplace is England – 4861 miles from me, and the setting is France – 5036 miles from me (I live in Rosenberg, TX).

    My review is here:


  23. Eighth Day of the Week by Marek Hlasko. Distance is 9449 kilometers or 5871 miles or 5102 nautical miles for both setting and birthplace.

  24. I finished The Long Walk – A Story of a True Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz.

    The distance from New Orleans to Omsk, Siberia is 6499 miles.

    Here’s my review.

  25. June Cotner lives in Poulsbo, WA which is 2657 miles from my house! Comfort Prayers was really good


  26. I chose the setting. From Tampa, FL which is 30 miles north of me to Sumatera which is south of Meulaboh, Indonesia it is approximately 10,800 miles

  27. I took a visit to Rift Valley in M.M Kaye’s Death in Kenya. It’s about 7500 miles from me in PA. Kaye was also born in India. Here’s my review:


  28. I live in Finland and the writer lives in the US. I think that’s safe enough. 🙂

    I chose John Maddox Roberts’ first historical mystery book in the SPQR -series:

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