2021 European Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

At the start of the year, I embarked on a virtual tour of Europe, thanks to Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge. The idea of the challenge being to read books by European authors or books that are based in different European countries.

There are various levels at which you can join the challenge. I decided to participate at the Five Star level, meaning I had to try to read 5 European books this year. Well, I achieved that! And more, as I read a total of 17 books for this challenge. Click on the links to read my reviews (a few of these books I have read quite recently and haven’t had time to post reviews yet. The links will take you to the book’s Goodreads page).

Below is a breakdown of the books, by country:

Belarus: Chernobyl Prayer, by Svetlana Alexievich

Bosnia & Herzegovina: The Longest Winter, by Kevin Sullivan

Cyprus: Songbirds, by Christy Lefteri

Czech Republic: Melmoth, by Sarah Perry

Denmark: The Boy in the Suitcase, by Lene Kaaberbol

France: The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah

Iceland: The Sealwoman’s Gift, by Sally Magnusson

Monaco: Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

Norway: The Ice, by Laline Paull

Poland: The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris

Russia: A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

Serbia: The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht

Slovenia: Veronika Decides to Die, by Paulo Coelho

Spain: Castile for Isabella, by Jean Plaidy

Sweden: Island of Wings, by Karin Altenberg

Switzerland: The Sanatorium, by Sarah Pearse

Ukraine: Chernobyl Prayer, by Svetlana Alexievich

United Kingdom: Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon

Thanks to this challenge I have discovered books and authors that I probably never would have come across otherwise. It really has helped to broaden my literary horizons and I think I may join this challenge again next year just to “visit” those countries that I missed.

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