This is my wrap-up post for the 2020 European Reading Challenge. To link your wrap-up post, please go to THIS PAGE and add your link.
To sign up for the 2021 European Reading Challenge, and I hope you do, please go to the main challenge page HERE.
Unlike most reading challenges, the European Reading Challenge ends on January 31 of the following year. I just think there's so much going on at the end of the year with holidays and many people busy with work that it's nice to have the extra time to finish. You do not have to take the extra time. Personally, I finish reading all the books I'm going to read for the challenge by December and usually give myself January to do my wrap-up post and any reviews I still have to write (if I write them).
But I have the luxury of a few days off this year for the first time in forever so I'm doing my wrap-up post now.
BOOKS I READ/COUNTRIES VISITED
I visited 10 countries for the 2020 European Reading challenge, which is pretty good, since I signed up for the 5-Star, Deluxe Entourage level to read five books. I don't get to compete for the Jet Setter prize because it's my challenge, but even if I did I wouldn't qualify because I didn't review any of the books! I read a lot in 2020, but I couldn't concentrate enough to review anything.
I'm listing the countries in the order I visited them. Only one book from each country counts for the challenge, but I'm listing all the books from each country just because. It makes it easier to track from year to year, especially to see if I'm making progress on reading more books in translation.
Of course, most of the books are still from the UK. That always happens.
UK: Culture Counts: Faith and Feeling in a World Besieged by Roger Scruton
IRELAND: Days Without End by Barry Sebastian
FRANCE: Cheri by Colette
GERMANY: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
PORTUGAL: Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
SWEDEN: Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
RUSSIA: Make Russia Great Again by Christopher Buckley, a very 2020 choice
ITALY: The Invitation by Lucy Foley
All in all, I read 62 books in European countries or by European authors. I made some progress in venturing outside the UK, but still spent most of that time in France, Italy, and Ireland. 10 of the books were translated to English and the Nabokov book almost counts since Russian was his first language and Bend Sinister was only his second book written in English.
My goal for 2021 will be to spend more time in Scandinavia and venture further into Eastern Europe. I hope to visit some countries I haven't been to before on the European Reading Challenge and read more books in translation.