Friday, February 24, 2017

FINALLY -- The 2016 European Reading Challenge WINNER!



THIS IS THE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT POST FOR 2016

TO FIND THE 2016 REVIEWS, GO TO THIS PAGE

TO FIND THE 2016 WRAP UP POSTS, GO TO THIS PAGE

THE 2017 EUROPEAN READING CHALLENGE IS LIVE NOW -- GO TO THIS PAGE TO SIGN UP OR READ MORE

2016 was the fifth year for this challenge, which involves reading books set in different European countries or written by authors from different European countries.

Big thanks to all the participants who joined me for the Grand Tour!

JET SETTER GRAND PRIZE WINNER

In a real celebration of European Reading, the Jet Setter Prize for 2016 goes to "Eginhard" who read and reviewed 14 books from different countries, mostly in their original languages! He even read a book in Irish and one in Serbocroatian. I usually feel all fancy pants when I read a book that was translated from another language and not just set in a foreign country.

Congratulations, Eginhard! And I am glad you signed up again for 2017!

Honorary Mention (but no prizes) go to eight other participants who posted wrap up posts on the Wrap Up page because I appreciate these posts very much for making my job of figuring out the winner so much easier!




My own wrap-up post is here. I read 10 books from different European countries (all in English), but I only reviewed one of them.

Congratulations to all the readers who completed the challenge! For those who finished the challenge but didn't post a wrap-up, feel free to do so now and link it on this page here.


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.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Beginnings: On the Ragged Edges of Medicine



THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



MY BOOK BEGINNING



All too often a day at Burnside Health Center would begin with a melancholy tramp through the heart of Portland.

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring Among the Dispossessed by Patricia Kullberg, published by OSU Press. This powerful memoir by a doctor working with Portland's homeless and urban poor is organized around the compelling stories of 15 of her patients.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mailbox Monday

When I was in Missoula for work last week, I stopped at the Friends of the Library sale shelf, as I always do, and found two books.



The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten, collected essays by the food critic for Vogue magazine.



All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West, described as the fictional companion to Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own.

What books came into your house last week?


Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday, a weekly "show & tell" blog event where participants share the books they acquired the week before. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is graciously hosted by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach.




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Beginning: The Life and Loves of a She Devil by Fay Weldon



THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



MY BOOK BEGINNING


Mary Fisher lives in a High Tower, on the edge of the sea: she writes a great deal about the nature of love. She tells lies.

-- The Life and Loves of a She Devil by Fay Weldon. This is on Erica Jong's list of Top 100 20th Century Novels by Women.

I've totally been sucked into #bookstagram on Instagram, as the picture above shows. Not that I have time to be taking pictures of #booksandcoffee. But I am a secret abuser of hashtags and Instagram lets me indulge my weakness.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Book Beginning: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch



SORRY FOR THE DELAY!

I SCHEDULED THIS TO POST WHILE I WAS TRAVELING FOR WORK. BUT MY OPERATOR ERROR -- I HAD THE WRONG DATE AND IT WAS GOING TO GO UP TONIGHT INSTEAD OF LAST NIGHT.

BIG APOLOGIES!

BUT IT'S MY BIRTHDAY TODAY, SO PLEASE BE NICE TO ME!!!

THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



MY BOOK BEGINNING



"How far away is it?"

-- The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch. Well, that's a nothing beginning that could go anywhere. But a good one for a book I started on a plane. This is one of the books for my 2X17 Challenge.

I finally got on Instagram, which immediately became my favorite #timesuck. And I see that several Book Beginners have been posting there, some of you with very clever visual interpretations. I'll try to do a better job of following along. Thanks for the inspiration!

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