Monday, December 26, 2011

2012 Challenge: European Reading Challenge (My Challenge List)


January 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013


This is my sign up page for the European Reading Challenge. Please see the main challenge page for more details or to sign up.  Go to this page to post your reviews.

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.

It's my challenge, so I am signing up at the highest level, the Five Star (Deluxe Entourage) level, to read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.

I originally thought I'd go for the Agritourisimo version for foodie readers – to read  food-related books written by European authors or about European food, cooking, restaurants, culinary traditions, farming, winemaking, etc.  This would be a good tie-in with the Foodies Read 2 Challenge.  But I didn't see enough qualifying books from different countries on my TBR shelf, and my main goal for 2012 is to climb Mt. TBR. 


So far, I have read the five books I need to complete the challenge:

I am not sure yet if I will read more books this year, but some possibilities for next year from my TBR shelves include:

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie (American; Russia)

The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch; Holland)

Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz (Polish; Nobel)

Death in the Truffle Wood by Pierre Magnan (French; France)

The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass (German; Germany)

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (Norwegian; Norway)

How German Is It = Wie Deutsch Ist Es by Walter Abish (Germany; PEN/Faulkner)

I, the King by Frances Parkinson Keyes (American; Spain)

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (Russian; Russia)


Last updated on October 5, 2012.


  1. I did not know we could repeat the countries... Yayyy then! :)

  2. Ally: Sorry for the confusion. No, only one book per country. My list includes doubles only because it is a list of my possible choices. I'll only pick one book from each country.

  3. Despite my resolve not to do any challenges, this one looks awfully good to me . . . We'll see!

    Meanwhile, I'm planning to read the Calvino book so it should be fun for us to compare impressions.

  4. Great challenge. I would love to read one book from each country. I'll start with 5! Thanks for hosting this.


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