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Now we begin the fiction English portion, and a game change!
I've separated out the non-western novels, because I like to make sure I read some every year. I would love it if you would consider the countries below and say which two you think I should read a book from. :-) And later I'll tell you what books they represent!
(If you read these factoids, check out the ethnic and religious diversity, or lack of. Tells you a lot. like whether colonial state boundaries were poorly chosen, or the kinds of issues facing governments. For example in Lebanon seats in Parliament are based on census results, so they don't dare do new ones.)