Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2015 European Reading Challenge

European Reading Challenge
Hosted by Rose City Reader
Dates: January - January (Click above for full details and to join)
My Goal: 5+ Books (Five Star, Deluxe Entourage)

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. (See note about the UK, at her post.)

What counts as "Europe"? For this challenge, we will use the list of 50 sovereign states that fall (at least partially) within the geographic territory of the continent of Europe and/or enjoy membership in international European organizations such as the Council of Europe. This list includes the obvious (the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy), the really huge Russia, the tiny Vatican City, and the mixed bag of Baltic, Balkan, and former Soviet states.

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.  

My List:
1. The Case of the Painted Girl by Frank King [England/UK] (1/6/14)
2. A Dead Man in Istanbul by Michael Pearce [Turkey] (1/14/15)
3. A Dead Man in Trieste by Michael Pearce [Austria] (1/27/15)
4. Death Over Deep Water by Simon Nash [Malta] (2/8/15)
5. Night Train to Paris by Manning Coles [France] (3/14/15)
6. The Abominable Man by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö [Sweden] (5/29/15)
Complete but Still Reading!
7. The Bookfair Murders by Anna Porter [Germany] (7/29/15)
8. The Albert Gate Mystery by Louis Tracy [Italy] (9/14/15)
9. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen [Poland] (9/14/15)
10. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie [Croatia--in what at the time was Yugoslavia] (9/29/15)
11. In Spite of Thunder by John Dickson Carr [Switzerland] (11/7/15)


Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

Good grief! You are already finished and it is only March! You are on a tear!

I'm also dropping by to let you know that you were honorably mentioned for reviewing 11 books from different countries for the 2014 European Reading Challenge on Rose City Reader.

The challenge officially ended on January 31, but I was slow to get the final wrap up post posted. Thanks for participating!

Bev Hankins said...

Gillion: Thanks! I'm trying very hard to stay on target this year. (And not get too distracted by off-challenge books)