Because of my three small kids, I typically end up in my own country of America :) Where I have been once and where I'd like to go again is to the British Isles. I've been to Wales and England and Scotland, but I'd LOVE to go to Ireland. I also loved Mexico when I was there and would like to go again. I love to read about these places too.
2.) If you could visit 4 of the countries you have read about in your life (that you haven't been to yet), which would they be and why? (you can include the book that makes you want to visit if you remember)
I think part of the problem is that I don't read a lot of "modern" books - so most of the countries I want to visit are no longer the way they were in my books!! However, I'd like to visit: China (Wild Swans by Jung Chang), Ireland, India (Sister of My Heart: A Novel by Chitra Divakaruni) and Israel (A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valerie Zenatti and a series of books by Brock and Brodie Thoene that I read as a teen. I think I want to go to Ireland mostly because I have family there that I've never met - I feel a connection because of my family history, as well as the amazing book Trinity by Leon Uris. The other three seem so foreign to me, so different from my own experience.
3.) Have you ever dreamed about a country you have read about, that you have never actually traveled to- except in your dreams?
Oh man. I don't remember my dreams so much, unless there is an old boyfriend in them. Sad, I know :)
4.) In what ways has reading about different countries opened up your perspective about global issues?
I think it mostly has let my brain think about living in another life and dealing with completely different issues. Those global issues then do not just belong to someone else, they belong to me too.
5.) What countries have you felt your judgment was off about-after reading about that nation?
Afghanistan. I never thought of it as a country with such a rich and cultural history. Iraq, for the same reason.
6.) Which is your favourite book that you would recommend for this challenge (you don't have to have read it during the challenge)? How to choose??? Absent by Betool Khedairi, The Winter Queen: A Novel (Erast Fandorin Mysteries) by Boris Akunin, Wild Swans by Jung Chang
7.) I am thinking about hosting again, for a full year next time starting in January, do you have any constructive criticism, is one book a month about right...more? less? Give me some thoughts.
To be honest, I thought it was just right. I didn't feel like it needed to be shorter - to be honest, I'm more likely to join if I feel I've got some flexibility in how long it takes to get the books read :) I liked the map idea, it made me feel some connection to the other participants. I like giveaways too :)
8.) Anything else that you have been wanting to tell us all about? let us have it! YOU ROCK!!