The European Reading Challenge
January 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019




Welcome to the 2018 European Reading Challenge – 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. (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, 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.

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.


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

FOUR STAR (HONEYMOONER): Read four qualifying books.

THREE STAR (BUSINESS TRAVELER): Read three qualifying books.

TWO STAR (ADVENTURER): Read two qualifying books.

ONE STAR (PENSIONE WEEKENDER): Read just one qualifying book.


The participant who reads and reviews the greatest number of qualifying books (more than five) will get a $25 gift card to Powell's Books (can be used in store or on line). Participants living in Europe will get a $25-equivalent gift card to the Amazon store in your country, if possible. If you live in a country where neither Powell's nor Amazon will work, then sorry, you are out of luck.

Each book must be by a different author and set in a different country. This means that only one book from one of the four UK countries will count. Only books reviewed count towards the prize.

  • Read all books between January 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019. I like having 13 months so there is extra time to finish after the holidays. However, if you participated in the 2017 European Reading Challenge, you can only count books read in January 2018 for one year -- either the end of the 2017 challenge or the start of the 2018 challenge -- you don't get to count one book for both challenges. 
  • Sign up here using Mr. Linky under the "PARTICIPANTS" heading below. Please use a link to your challenge post, not your blog home page  
  • If you do not have a blog, please leave a comment below with the level you are signing up for, and your list of books if you want to name them now, and I will add you to the list.
  • You do not have to commit to your choices now; you can change your mind about books at any time.
  • Overlap with other challenges is allowed -- and encouraged! Have ideas for good overlapping challenge opportunities? Please leave links in comments.
  • Re-reads count. Audiobooks count. E-books count. Self-published books count.
  • As you progress, please link to your reviews on the review list page. Reviews are not necessary, unless you are going for the prize, in which case only books reviewed count. If you do not have a blog, put your reviews or reports in a comment on the review list page. When you finish, please link to your wrap-up posts on the wrap-up page.
  • You can copy and paste the button. Or, if you want me to send you the code, please leave a comment with an email and I will. I cannot figure out the fancy ways of giving button instructions.
(To post a review, go to this page)


Darlene said...

I'm in again! Thanks for hosting.

Wendy Ross said...

This challenge sounds fun. I'm joining in.

aqsreviews said...

I am ready to travel; let's go!

reese said...

Looks like fun! Thanks for hosting.

Nick Senger said...

Count me in again!

Sahar Siddiqi said...

Signed up!

ici said...

Signed up. This is exciting.

Marny said...

Signed up!

relevantobscurity.com said...

First timer here. Looking forward to it!

Major said...

Thanks for hosting this again- my third year.....

Mary R. said...

This sounds like a fun challenge - thanks for hosting!

Alexandra said...

Going to Europe this year for a holiday so thought if would be good to challenge myself to some European reading in preparation!

Davida Chazan said...

I think I'll give this a try (despite the fact that Israel gets into the Eurovision Song Contest and the European Cup for soccer, but not into this list).

Saša Muraus said...

I'm joining. Let's go for a deluxe travel around Europe.

Carin Siegfried said...

I'm signing up for Deluxe again. I find the UK, France, and Germany are quite easy, so it's really just a matter of looking for 2 others, not too hard, hopefully!

iwouldratherbereadingblog said...

This is my first year participating in this challenge! I'm all in with the deluxe tour!

Teresa Dominie said...

I just found this challenge and I can't wait to get started! I travel a fair bit and love to read so I think I'm on board for being a jet setter!

Sarah Westvik said...

Just found this challenge - I'm totally on board! My literary tastes being so Eurocentric, I've got so many books on my TBR, and having lived on the continent for three years now I'm really looking forward to it :) I already have Czech Republic, Germany, and Finland covered.

stclementsdaughter.com said...

Ready to go again, and planning my "route" through Europe via the bookshelves.

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