Sunday, January 1, 2017

Challenge Complete: European Reading Challenge

The European Reading Challenge

Sponsored by Rose City Reader January 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017


Gilion is our hostess for the European Reading Challenge each year – where participants tour Europe through books.  And have a chance to win a prize.  Please join us for the Grand Tour!

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. (Check out the full details at her page) THE LIST: 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 set my sights on the FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries. I actually met this goal back in May, but have been reading on to see how many I can get. Her challenge actually goes through the end of January, but for the purposes of my year-end wrap-up, I'm closing out my challenge at the end of December with twelve books read. Thanks, Gilion for hosting!
1. The Girl in the Cellar by Patricia Wentworth [England/UK] (1/9/16)
2. The Philomel Foundation by James Gollin [Switzerland] (3/11/16)  
3. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas [France] (4/21/16)  
  4. Death in Cyprus by M. M. Kay [Cyprus] (4/22/16)
5. The Family Tomb by Michael Gilbert [Italy] (5/10/16)  
6. Running Blind by Desmond Bagley [Iceland] (5/11/16) 
7. Murder at the Savoy by [Sweden] (5/20/16)
8. Murder in Amsterdam by A. J. Baantjer [Netherlands] (6/3/16)   
9. The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler [Poland] (7/17/16)   
10. A Dead Man in Athens by Michael Peare [Greece] (7/28/16)  
11. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre [Germany] (8/2416)  
12. Grendel by John Gardner [Denmark] (12/28/16) 

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