I need your help! Where should we go next with Packabook?

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I need help!!

When I dreamed up the idea for Packabook I decided to start with around 20 countries, and then add more as and when I could. But a couple of years later, I am a little disappointed with how few new countries I have added between now and then. Currently I am sitting on about 30, and there are just SO many more places in the world which are not yet represented.

On top of that, there are places which you just cannot really put on as one single country, because there are far too many books to group together – yes USA, I am talking about you! The United States absolutely must be divided into states from the beginning, and so too England should have been divided into counties from the start…

So – this is the plan…and I’m going to need your help.

Each month I’d love  you to nominate a world country, an English county and an American state. And over the next month, those are the ones I will add. It makes sense that with so many places to choose from, I work on those you most want to see. So for those who have emailed me in the past asking about particular countries – here’s a chance for you to put in a vote for the ones you desire!

Below, I have made a list of the possible countries and territories etc (177), English counties (43) and American states (51). A girl should always have a list to work from, and I’m going to enjoy moving them from the ‘To Do’ list to the ‘Done’ list, even if it takes nearly 15 years to do them all, which it will if I stick to the planned rate. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these countries may not actually exist by the time I get to them!

Which brings us to the real challenge of doing this.

It’s hard to avoid a political quagmire when making a list of countries. While it may seem straight forward – colonisation, conflict and calls for independence result in constantly changing borders and disagreement over where those borders actually are. I am avoiding the political game as much as possible and categorising places in the way that makes the most sense to me. I started with a list of United Nations’ sovereign states, and then adapted it from there. Some of those sovereign states I have broken up into their respective countries and territories (i.e. UK into England, Scotland etc), some I am grouping together by geographic region (many of the Caribbean countries). Some have their own listing because they are disputed territories (Western Sahara), others because they are geographically so far away from their ‘Mother Country’  it makes no sense from a traveler’s point of view to list them as part of that country (Pitcairn Islands), and some because they are a combination of the two (Falkland Islands). There are even some tiny (or uninhabited) places I have missed altogether for now, knowing that I’ll deal with where best to put them, if and when I find books set there. And finally —  please understand that this is no way a definitive list. I will be adjusting it, changing the categories and making additions as I dig a little deeper and make new discoveries about countries, their borders and their history. After all – that’s partly what Packabook is all about.

It’s been a fun process putting this together and I’m looking forward to you joining me for the next bit. It is amazing how many countries there are in the world and I’m delighted to say I discovered some I didn’t even know existed in parts of the world where I should have known better – Andorra for example! How did I not know there was a separate microcountry squeezed in between France and Spain? I had always mistakingly believed Andorra belonged to one or the other.

So – will you join me in the challenge of making Packabook a truly valuable resource so that one day, wherever you go, you will be able to find the ideal novel to take with you? Even if it is in Andorra? Help me set our travel itinerary by choosing one country, one English county and one American state for me to work on in October…and if you have a favorite novel for any of the places you choose, I’d love to hear about that as well. (No self-published books at this stage please, with so many traditionally published novels to deal with first, the huge number of self-published novels will have to wait!) Once you’ve made your choices, please use the comment section below  — preferably using the Facebook comments so we can widen the discussion beyond the blog itself — to let me know what they are. You’ll have to go all the way down past the looooong lists of places to get there!

This is very exciting. You are all steering the ship….where will we go next??

Countries

To Do: (177)
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antarctica
Arctic
Argentina
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin (Dahomey)
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso (Burkina, Upper Volta)
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Central Africa Republic
Chad
Channel Islands
Chile
Colombia
Comoros
Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
DR Congo (Congo-Kinshasa, Belgian Congo, Zaire)
East Timor
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands
Fiji
Finland
Gabon
The Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Gibraltar
Guatemala
Guinea (French Guinea, Gineau-Conakry)
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Iceland
Indonesia
Isle of Man
Israel & the Palestinian Territories
Ivory Coast  (Côte d’Ivoire)
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Leeward Antilles
Leeward Islands
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Nagorno-Karabakh
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
North Korea
Northern Ireland
Norway
Oman
Palau (Pelew, Belau)
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Philippines
Pitcairn Islands
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Rwanda
Samoan Islands
San Marino
São Tomé and Príncipe
Saudi Arabia
Scotland
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Korea
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan (North Sudan)
Suriname (Dutch Guiana)
Swaziland (Ngwane, Swatini)
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Taiwan
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu (Ellice Islands)
Uganda
Ukraine
UAE
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Wales
Western Sahara
Windward Islands
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Done (30)
Afghanistan
Australia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
China
Croatia
Cuba
Egypt
England
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
India
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Mexico
Pakistan
Peru
Poland
Russia
South Africa
Spain
Thailand
Turkey
Vietnam

English Counties – with some adaption for practical purposes, making places easier to find for those from other countries!

To Do: (43)
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Bristol
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire
Cornwall
Cumbria
Derbyshire
Devon
Dorset
Durham
Essex
Gloucestershire
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Isle of White
Kent
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
London
Manchester
Merseyside
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
Northumberland
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Rutland
Shropshire
Somerset
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Tyne and Wear
Warwickshire
West Midlands
West Sussex
Wiltshire
Worcestershire
Yorkshire

Done: (0)

American States + Washington D.C.

To Do: (51)
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Washington D.C.
Wisconsin
West Virginia
Wyoming

Done: (0)

OK – now it’s over to you. Which country, county and state would you like to see next on Packabook? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and let me know in the comments…

And thanks for helping out…

Suzi

 

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  1. Caroline Jones

    Well personally I think you should choose Wales, because after all it is God’s Own Country – 🙂

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  2. Bea Hellis

    Argentina or Cyprus, West Midlands, South Dakota.

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    packabook Reply:

    Thanks Bea – I can only take one country vote, so have gone alphabetically and taken Argentina. Let me know if you want to change it to Cyprus. So Argentina, West Midlands, South Dakota added to the vote board!

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    • packabook

      Thanks Bea – I can only take one country vote, so have gone alphabetically and taken Argentina. Let me know if you want to change it to Cyprus. So Argentina, West Midlands, South Dakota added to the vote board!

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  3. roula awada

    Canada : historical period of the French/British wars.
    I love ur website and the idea behind it!

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    packabook Reply:

    Thanks Roula! So one vote for Canada – excellent. Do you have a favorite novel or two you’d like to see on the list?

    [Reply]

    • packabook

      Thanks Roula! So one vote for Canada – excellent. Do you have a favorite novel or two you’d like to see on the list?

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