Thursday, December 31, 2020

2021 European Reading Challenge

In the 2021 European Reading Challenge hosted by Rose City Reader, participants tour Europe through books. The books can be read (and reviewed) anytime between January 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022.

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. Each book must be by a different author and set in a different country. A book must be reviewed in order to count towards the goal. 

More detailed rules and sign ups are here.

I am joining at the FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE) level: Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries. 

This is the list of countries:

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.


Last year, I listed some books I could read (from my own shelves) for the challenge. Of the five books I listed, I only read one of those. Here are the four remaining from that list.

SwitzerlandThe Pledge by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Spain:  Tattoo by Manuel Vazquez Montalban

NorwayNemesis by Jo Nesbo

GreeceAssassins of Athens by Jeffrey Siger

These are a few other books that I plan to read in 2021.

BelgiumThe Dancer At The Gai-Moulin by Georges Simenon

IcelandBlackout by Ragnar Jónasson

RussiaThe Big Red Train Ride by Eric Newby OR

                 Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express by Stuart Kaminsky

TurkeyBelshazzar's Daughter by Barbara Nadel


Margot Kinberg said...

Those are some really appealing choices, Tracy. And I know you've enjoyed the European reading challenge before. I'm glad you're signing up again, and I look forward to your reviews. Oh, and you've reminded me I must read more Siger than I have... Happy New Year!

TracyK said...

Happy New Year to you, Margot. I look forward to reading another book by Siger this year.

col2910 said...

Hope you have a safe 2021 with plenty of good reading ahead of you. Some interesting choices there. Not sure I have anything for Turkey and Greece on my shelves. I must try and do better with some of my long overdue challenges. I'm sure I said that last year and the year before that!

TracyK said...

Thanks, Col. I hope you and your family have a happy and safe 2021 also. I am cautiously optimistic although I think it will be a while before anything changes much here. I am eager to join a lot of challenges, which I may or may not successfully follow up on.

bookertalk said...

So glad to see that UK is still counted as being part of Europe even though we are no longer in the European Community :)

Good luck with the challenge - if I hadn't already signed up for another project I might have been tempted

TracyK said...

I am glad the UK still counts, too, BookerTalk. That is my easiest country to fulfill. I just try to pick the best book that represents it (that I have read and reviewed). With all the vintage mysteries by English authors that I read, my reading from the UK probably tops my reading from the US.