Every year I tell myself that I’m going to read more South American books. Every year I don’t. Here are the issues:

  1. I’m such a mood reader that I’m rubbish at sticking to a plan
  2. Most of the books in translation tend to be oh so serious. I want my reading to be fun. I don’t read depressing books.

This year I’ve decided to try to focus a bit. I realized last year that I also hardly read any books from Australia or New Zealand and those don’t even have the translation problems. So I decided to try to pick up more books this year from the Southern Hemisphere.

I’ve copied a list of countries from World Atlas.

The Southern Hemisphere

To determine which countries are in the Southern Hemisphere, one must know which countries lie on the equator. These are, in alphabetical order:

  1. Brazil
  2. Colombia
  3. Ecuador
  4. Gabon
  5. Indonesia
  6. Kenya
  7. Kiribati
  8. Maldives
  9. Republic of the Congo
  10. São Tomé and Principe
  11. Somalia
  12. The Democratic Republic of the Congo


The list of Oceania countries that completely fall within the Southern Hemisphere is extensive.

  • American Samoa
  • Antarctic and Subantarctic Islands
  • Ashmore and Cartier Islands
  • Bouvet Island (Norway)
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Coral Sea Islands
  • Easter Island
  • Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia (including Tahiti)
  • French Southern and Antarctic Lands
  • Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  • Jarvis Island
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peter I Island
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Prince Edward Islands
  • Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha
  • Salas y Gómez Island
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Orkney Islands
  • South Shetland Islands
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis and Futuna


One-third of Africa is located in the Southern Hemisphere, and the list includes these countries:

  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Comoros
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eswatini
  • Gabon
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • South America

Most of South America is also in the Southern Hemisphere:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador (including Galapagos Islands)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay

To make this a little easier on myself I’m counting books that are set in the country or where the author is from the country.  Preferably both would be true but I’m going to take what I can find. 

I’ve been looking at Goodreads lists for ideas and have already picked up a few books to get this started.