Tuesday, December 22, 2020

2021 European Reading Challenge

I will be doing this again, despite how few books I read for this challenge this year. As always, I will get as many as I can through the year.

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 – fiction, nonfiction, novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, whatever. 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 standard 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.
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 with Brexit, the United Kingdom is still one country, part of Europe, that includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. One book from any one of these four counts as your one book for the United Kingdom. I'm not going to bust your chops 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 counts.


Participants can read as many books as they want and are encouraged to visit as many European countries as possible. The Jet Setter Prize will go to the person who reads (and reviews) books from the greatest number of different countries (see below).

Not everyone wants to compete for a prize, review books, or read a lot of books. You can complete the challenge by reading one to five books from different countries.

To participate in the challenge, sign up at the levels below. If you want to go on to compete for the Prize, keep reading!

  • 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.

 My books:

  1. Cordelia--Winston Graham (UK)
  2. From Scratch--Tembi Locke (Italy)
  3. Credo--Melvyn Bragg (Ireland)
  4. Sophie's Choice--William Styron (Poland)
  5. Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine--Kristiana Gregory (France)
  6. The Hare With Amber Eyes--Edmund De Waal (Austria)
  7. The Terrorists--Maj Sjowall (Sweden)
  8. The White Stag--Kate Seredy (Hungary)
  9. Praise of Folly--Erasmus (Netherlands)
  10. Voices From Chernobyl--Svetlana Alexievich (Russia)
  11. Circe--Madeline Miller (Greece)
  12. The Blood Countess--Andrei Codrescu (Romania)
  13. His Majesty's Hope--Susan Elia MacNeal (Germany)
  14. Frostborn--Lou Anders (Norway)
Calling challenge complete on November 11


Sandra Cox said...

So how many books have you read this month?;)

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

Thanks for signing up again! Welcome to the tour!

Elephant's Child said...

I am super impressed at your range.

Elza Reads said...

Hi there! I've also signed up for the European Challenge and think the "travels" through Europe can be lots of fun.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Elza Reads