2015 European Reading Challenge

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2015 European Reading Challenge

I’m signing up for the European Reading Challenge hosted at Rose City Reader again.

The gist: The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it’s supposed to be a tour.

Here is the list, in alphabetical order: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

I never do as well as I expect to with this challenge. I always meet my goal but I aim low. I think I read a lot of books set in Europe, and I kind of do, but they’re all set in the UK or maybe France. I need to branch out a little. And that’s why I keep signing up for this challenge!

I’m signing up at the Honeymooner level–four European books. I’ll track my progress here. For more details or to sign up, visit Rose City Reader.

  1. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (France)
  2. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier (Ireland)
  3. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (Sweden)
  4. The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak (Russia)
  5. Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca? by Alan Parks (Spain)
  6. Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig, read by Kate Reading (United Kingdom)

Update on January 1, 2016: I completed the challenge, reading and reviewing six books!

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1 Comment

  1. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! And thanks for posting a wrap up post. I do the same thing! I think I read so many "European" books and I really read a lot of English books and some books set in France, maybe a couple in Italy, mostly by English or American writers. I need to try harder.

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