Thursday, January 4, 2018

2017 CHALLENGE: My 2017 European Reading Challenge Wrap Up Post


This is my own wrap up post for the 2017 challenge. To post your own wrap up post for the 2017 Challenge, go to the 2017 wrap up post page here. The 2017 Challenge officially ends January 31, 2018.

To sign up for the 2018 European Reading Challenge, go here, or click the 2018 Challenge button to the right. The 2018 Challenge started January 1, 2018.

I signed up for the FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE) level to read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.


Bech at Bay by John Updike (Czech Republic; Czechoslovakia at the time)

When You Lunch With the Emperor by Ludwig Bemelmans (Austria)

The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen (UK)

Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally (Poland)

On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Herrmann Loomis (France)

The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan (Italy)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spain)

The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo (Norway)

Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (Sweden)

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking (Denmark)

The Manticore by Robertson Davies (Switzerland)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Germany)

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (Ireland)

I read books set in 13 different European countries, which is the most I have ever achieved doing this challenge. And I read several books written by European authors and translated to English, which I am usually not so good about doing.


  1. Congrats on the accomplishment! I'm new to your blog but found your challenge and signed up. I tend to read a lot of books set in Europe so I figured this would be perfect. Hopefully I'll try to read more from other places in Europe not just the Scandinavian countries which I probably read a lot of due to my love for crime fiction. Anyway, looking forward to participating and thanks for hosting! Happy 2018!

  2. Thanks Iliana! I am glad you signed up for 2018!

  3. Good gracious! 14! Congratulations! I found this challenge harder than I initially expected, due to realizing that I gravitate toward the same few European countries. I'm going to have to be more of a planner in 2018 to cover more, different countries next time.

    1. SCD: I usually only hit my five countries, then repeat the UK a lot and France a couple of times. This was a big stretch for me!


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