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 – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. 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.
I was aiming for the Five Star (Deluxe Entourage) level of participation, which meant reading at least five such books. Surprisingly I was able to read NINE such books.
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero, by Timothy Egan – Ireland
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson – Sweden
My Paris Market Cookbook: A Culinary Tour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes, by Emily Dilling – France
The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict – Switzerland
Palm Trees in the Snow, by Luz Gabas – Spain
Push Not The River, by James Conroyd Martin (The Poland Trilogy, Book 1) – Poland
And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini – Greece (& other locations)
Us, by David Nicholls – Italy (& other locations)
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt – The Netherlands (& other locations)
This was an interesting reading challenge and I seriously considered joining again for 2018. Ultimately, I decided to concentrate on some other reading lists, but I will definitely keep this challenge in mind for the future.