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European Reading challenge 2016

Ok, well I ummed and ahhed about this as I did say to myself that I would do hardly any challenges in 2016. *But* this one really appeals so I'm ashamed to say that I didn't um or ah very long... The challenge is the European Reading Challenge 2016.

The challenge is being hosted by Rose City Reader and the sign-up page is here.

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. (Go to sign-up page for notes about the UK.)

WHAT COUNTS AS "EUROPE"?: For now, we will stick with the same 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, Spain, and Italy), the really huge Russia, the tiny Vatican City, and the mixed bag of Baltic, Balkan, and former Soviet states.

THE LIST: 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.


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.

Rules are on the official sign-up page.

I shall try for the FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE) category which is the five book option. I have 'loads' of books I can read for the challenge but won't list them at the moment... they will most likely be mainly non-fiction though and I'll be looking to get some books off the tbr pile. Looking forward to making a start on this one.


This is a nice low key challenge.

Although I see their idea of country isn't quite
the same as Richard's *g*

Have fun!
Very low key. I don't challenges unless they are tbh. I don't need 'reading' stress. LOL!

Noooo. ;-)

I will. *Hugs*
Low key are good. Well quite, there's no point in having stressful stuff - certainly not when you're doing it by choice *g*

Hee. Close, but not quite.

Good *Hugs*
Hmm, sounds interesting. I may just have to join up. I still haven't joined Mount TBR, though I really do plan on it. And, like you, some books may show up in both. *g*
Oh yes, there will be books that show up in both. I will try not to duplicate all of them though, that way I may actually manage to get extra books off the tbr pile. *g*
I like the sound of this one - well, I quite often do, with the challenges you choose! *g* It sounds like a nice peaceful one too - just five books, a leisurely tour of Europe over the year! I'm still thinking about reading challenges for next year - umming and aahhing!
Being such an armchair traveller this appealed to me no end. A leisurely meander all over Europe... what's not to like?