Thursday, December 23, 2021

European Reading Challenge 2022

 I'm joining Gilion for a tour of Europe with her 2022 European Reading Challenge – where participants tour Europe through books.  And have a chance to win a prize. Please join in 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. (See note about the UK, below)

WHAT COUNTS AS "EUROPE"?: We stick with the same 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, and Italy), the really huge Russia, the tiny Vatican City, and the mixed bag of Baltic, Balkan, and former Soviet states.

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, IrelandItaly, 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.

NOTE: Even after Brexit, the United Kingdom is still one country, in Europe, that includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. So one book from any one of these four counts as your one book for the United Kingdom. I'm not going to be a stickler about it because challenges should be about fun not about rules. However, when it comes to winning the Jet Setter prize, only one book from one of the UK countries will count.

I will again be aiming for the 

FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.

Books read:
1. The Case of the Famished Parson by George Bellairs [UK] (1/2/22)
    Evan's Gate by Rhys Bowen [UK--Wales] 4/13/22)
2. The Devil in Music by Kate Ross [Italy] (3/13/22)
3. The Guest List by Lucy Foley [Ireland] (4/14/22)
4. The Black Mountain by Rex Stout [Montenegro] (4/23/22)
5. Lock 14 by Georges Simenon [France] (5/14/22)
Commitment met!
6. Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge [Holland/Netherlands] (6/29/22)
7. Seven Tears for Apollo by Phyllis A. Whitney [Greece] (7/4/22)
8. The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell [Sweden] (11/13/22)

1 comment:

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

Glad you signed up again! Happy New Year and happy reading!