Sunday, December 22, 2019

2019 Challenge: COMPLETED - 2019 European Reading Challenge

2019 European Reading Challenge



This is my wrap-up post for the 2019 European Reading Challenge. 

To sign up for the 2020 challenge (and I hope you do), go to the main 2020 Challenge page here.

To post your own wrap-up post for the 2019 Challenge, go to the wrap-up post here

I've been hosting the The European Reading Challenge here on Rose City Reader since 2012. It is a tour of Europe through books. The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author is from).

Participants sign up to read 1 to 5 books. In addition, the person who reads and reviews books from the most countries wins a prize. There are, officially, 50 sovereign states commonly recognized as part of Europe, so someone could read 50 books for this challenge if they wanted to guarantee a shot at the prize.

I signed up in 2019 for the "Five Star (Deluxe Entourage)" level to read five books.


I ended up visiting eight countries in 2019. As usual, I read many UK books this year, so could have picked several. Likewise, I had quite a few Irish books and French choices. The rule of the challenge is that you only count one book from each country.

The Girl from Oto by Amy Maroney (Spain)

Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith (Russia)

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (Italy)

The Quiller Memorandum by Adam Hall (Germany)

The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark (U.K.)

The Heart-Keeper by Françoise Sagan (France - the book was set in Hollywood, but Sagan was from France and the book was first published there, in French)

The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking (Denmark)

Milkman by Anna Burns (Ireland)


If you want to play along in 2020, please sign up on the main 2020 Challenge page. You do not have to have a blog to join in. Play along on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or on your own. Just leave a comment on the main challenge page to let us know you are participating and where to find you if applicable. Leave updates in comments on the review page and a wrap up in a comment on the wrap-up page.

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