Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 European Reading Challenge: Review List

The European Reading Challenge
January 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013


THIS IS THE PAGE TO LIST YOUR REVIEWS.

TO SIGN UP, GO TO THE MAIN CHALLENGE PAGE, HERE,
OR CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE.

TO ADD YOUR WRAP UP POST, GO TO THIS PAGE

When you review a book for the 2012 European Reading Challenge, please add it to this list using the linky widget below.  Please link to your review post, NOT the main page of your blog.

Please put your name or the name of your blog, the name of the book you reviewed, and the country of the book or author. For example: Rose City Reader, Doctor Zhvago, Russia.

If Mr. Linky acts up, please leave a comment with a link to your review and I will figure out how to add it. 

LIST YOUR REVIEWS HERE



MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

The European Reading Challenge lets participants tour Europe through books. For all the details and to sign up, please visit the main challenge page.

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.

57 comments :

Alex said...

Wow, this is almost embracing - two books so close together. It was just coincidence actually, not planned.

Rose City Reader said...

Way to go -- you are ripping through the challenge and on your way to the Jet Setter award!

Mari Reads said...

2nd book read for the challenge!

Rose City Reader said...

Mari -- thanks for leaving the links!

I messed up on my own instructions and forgot to put the name of the country of my last book. Serenissima by Erica Jong is set in Venice, so counts as my Italy book.

Lorelei said...

Thanks for your help Rose City Reader. I have posted my review of Lost Dog and Lonely Hearts. I hope I did it correctly.

Ally said...

I know I have already read a book set in Italy, but since I have been reading quite a lot of books set in Venice, I thought I should add my short review on "Vivaldi's Virgins", which I quite enjoyed :)

laraemilie said...

Hi!

I've only just put the four books I have finally reviewed for the challenge...
I am sorry I messed up the linky thing, the "shadow" book is not supposed to be in it...

One day I'll do it right, I promise!

See you!

Rose City Reader said...

Lorelei: Thanks for including your review! I added a link to the list above.

Ally: Thanks for leaving a link to another Venice review. I had so much fun with your Venice in February challenge! I hope you do it again next year.

laraemilie: Thanks for posting the links to your reviews! I read the English ones, but will have to use google translate to read the French ones. :) I don't know which one is the "shadow" book that you didn't intend to include. If you explain more, I can delete that link.

laraemilie said...

I might translate them into English later when I've got time...
I did not mean to include Shadow in the list because the author is from the UK and I have another book from the UK as well... But you can leave it though, some people might be interested in reading it. I only cannot count it in my 5 books for the challenge!
Xx

laraemilie said...

Actually it's not the "shadow" book I meant but "war horse"... Sorry I was probably really tired... Hope it's not too confusing XD

Rose City Reader said...

laraemilie: Aha! Now I get it. Yes, I will leave the War Horse review up for people to find, even if it is a double UK entry for you. Thanks for leaving your links!

Amber said...

Added my review of The Neverending Story...It's more a reaction than a "review". Great book.

wildnightin said...

Hello! Second review posted. Thanks again for creating this challenge- it's so fun! :

TracyK said...

Posted my second review today. Enjoying this challenge a lot. Although both books I have chosen were long and took me forever too read.

thewriteedge said...

I finally got through my second book, and what an amazing find! I bought it on a whim but absolutely loved every word in _The Book Thief_ by Markus Zusak. Be sure to check out my review, and then go get this book!

Bev Hankins said...

I've finished five books and technically met my commitment...will still be reading from 'round Europe though. My total list may still be found at my original post.

Fanda said...

Hi, I just added 5 reviews here. Please feel free to read it, I have provided Google Translate widget in the sidebar, you can use it for your convenience... ^^

TracyK said...

Finished my third book (The Redbreast, Norway) a few days ago. And just linked the review here. Really enjoying this challenge, which is pushing me to read several books that have been in the TBR pile for a while. All have been Chunkster books, coincidentally.

Shonna said...

Only heard about this today, but got caught up for my countries read so far this year. Great idea. I'll look through my stacks for more European books to read.

Rose City Reader said...

So many new review posts! I will come by to visit all of them ASAP.

And welcome to our new participants. Thanks for signing up!

zzz said...

Is it too late to join? (I just saw it on my friend's blog) Though I've already read this year few that would qualify. I do have blog but posting my book reviews mostly on goodreads.

thewriteedgebookshelf said...

Just posted a link to my latest review of _A Stopover In Venice_ for my Tour of Italy. The book didn't necessarily live up to the recommendations on the back cover, but, oh, to be in Italy!

Mary said...

Added my review for my third book. Have six more reviews to write this afternoon. Will add them here once I finish them, for a total so far of nine books read for the challenge.

Milan/zzz said...

Just added my 1st review.

Mary said...

Added another review, this one for Reign of Madness by Lynn Cullen, for Spain. Hope to add another before I have to go to work this afternoon!

Mary said...

Added two more reviews, one for The Cellist of Sarajevo, and one for Band of Angels. One more to go, hopefully I'll have it done in the next hour.

Mary said...

Added my review for Vienna Prelude. Now I am finally caught up on my reviews for the challenge. Good thing, as I have about fifteen books in the queue waiting to be read... Estonia, Sweden, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, Turkey, Albania, Kazakhstan, to name a few. Happy reading!

Milan/zzz said...

Added my review for "The Tiger’s Wife" (twice. sorry) which is my 2nd review. I'm not sure how to classify it geographically other than ex-Yugoslavia. I explained why in my review.

Milan/zzz said...

And posted review #3 (new Christopher Moore) set in France

laraemilie said...

Hi!

I have just posted my 5th review, which means I have completed the challenge... I will continue reading European book and posting reviews though.
This review is from a Swiss book: Belle du Seigneur, by Albert Cohen. (However it's in French, sorry.)

Amber said...

Hello, my blog has relocated...do you mind if I resubmit the reviews I have already added? or should I just post them in a comment here? (fear of dead links)

laraemilie said...

Hello!

As I said I carry on reading... One more review for Belgium: Surviving with wolves by Misha Defonseca (in English this time)

Mary said...

I have added reviews for three more books:

Under a Red Sky - Romania
Between Shades of Gray - Lithuania
Confessions of Catherine de Medici - Italy.

TracyK said...

I just linked my fifth review, for The Guards, Ken Bruen. So I have completed this challenge at the level I was aiming for. But ... I have a review for Turkey I will be posting soon, and I definitely plan to read the 2nd Cara Black mystery (France). So I am continuing the challenge. I have learned so much about the countries I am reading about.

Mary said...

I have posted reviews for my 13th - 17th books for this challenge:

Pope Joan - Vatican City
Postcards from No Man's Land - Netherlands
Katarina - Slovakia
The Flower Readern - Scotland.

I hope to have three more books done by next weekend, with reviews. Having a great time!

Amber said...

I posted my third review - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...I think I'm in the minority on this one.

Onto some Alexandre Dumas.

laraemilie said...

Hiya! My 7th review for Italy: Through a glass, darkly by Donna Leon (set in Venice!)

laraemilie said...

And my 8th review, for Ireland: Irish coffee by Carol Higgins Clark (title in English: Laced)

thewriteedgebookshelf said...

And now my latest review is up. _The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo_, for me, didn't live up to all the hype of the world. Ah well. To each his (or her) own, I guess. Onward and upward!

Mary said...

Added my 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st reviews:

Wildflowers of Terezin - Denmark
Daughters of War - Bulgaria
Lost Wife - Czech. Republic
Journey Home - Iceland

Kind of slowed down because of Euro 2012, LOL, but hope to have two more books read and ready for reviews by next weekend.

laraemilie said...

Gone back to reading in English ;) My 9th review is for Germany, the book thief by Markus Zusak... I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!

Rose City Reader said...

Thank you all for posting so many reviews. I have been slow to get to them all, but please bear with me . . . . I'll come visit as soon as I can.

laraemilie said...

Thanks for your comment. The book thief is really amazing, I can't believe I've waited for so long until I read it.

I've just finished a new book, a mystery: Les chiens de Riga (the dogs of Riga in English) by Swedish author Henning Mankel. It takes place in Riga, Latvia, and the atmosphere is quite amazing. Review in French again, sorry!

laraemilie said...

Hiya! Me again ;)
I've added two books. Now, I don't know if the first one counts. It's the Pilot's wife, by Anita Shreve. It is partly set in Norhtern Ireland. Does it count as I have read a book for England already?

The other one is for Ukraine: A short history of tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

laraemilie said...

Here is a new mystery review for Sweden: Meutriers sans visage, by Henning Mankell (faceless killers in English)

Mary said...

I have added seven new reviews this morning:

Apples Are from Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan
The Bielski Brothers - Belorus
Small Wars - Cyprus
Bullets on the Water - Moldova
The Pieces from Berlin - Germany
In Search of God and Guinness - Ireland
Codex 632 - Portugal.

Up next are books from Monaco, Estonia, Finland, Macedonia, and Sweden. More reviews next week!

Bev Hankins said...

Even though I've finished my commitment--I'm still traveling in Europe. Added File no. 113 by Emile Gaboriau (France).

laraemilie said...

Hiya!
I've posted a new review: for Romania, Black Sea Twilight.

This book is WONDERFUL!

TracyK said...

Just added two more for a total of eight books with European settings. Death of a Russian Priest by Stuart Kaminsky and The Information Officer, set in Malta during in WWII. Both very good.

laraemilie said...

Hi!

Here are a feew new book reviews for the challenge. I kind of forgot to post them as I read but here they are... So I have now read 17 books:
Estonia: Purge, by Sofi Oksanen (review in French)
Spain: Toro toro, by Michael Morpurgo
Vatican: Angels and demons, by Dan Brown
Denmark: La librairie des ombres, by Mikkel Birkegaard (Review in French, the book is called libri di Luca in English)

Happy reading!

Mary said...

Just added seven more, for a total of 35 books so far:

Monaco
Estonia
Sweden
Serbia
Switzerland
Finland
Belgium

Working on a novel about Malta currently -- all 600+ pages of it -- then hope to do Macedonia, Hungary, and Northern Ireland next. Cheers!

Mary @ Whiskers and Tales

thewriteedgebookshelf said...

My latest review, Chocolat by Joanne Harris (for my "stop" in France,) is now live!

thewriteedgebookshelf said...

I forgot to post my last two reviews. So I'm posting them this evening. One for _Spain or Shine_ and also _Girl With a Pearl Earring_ (which I loved!)

Amber said...

I ended up reading Pale Fire instead of The Brothers Karamazov as my Russia read. Review is up. Still working on the Dumas--its my last book for the challenge.

thewriteedgebookshelf said...

My latest review for the Challenge is now up! I got to see Hungary through _The Book of Summers_, a debut novel by Emylia Hall. Check it out!

laraemilie said...

Hi!

Just on time before the end of the challenge ;)
I've posted another review for The book of Summers, (Hungary).

cmriedel said...

I stuck with it through this month and finished beyond the minimum! :) Please count 9 countries separately governed, or 11 countries with Scotland and England. Happy new year!

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