Saturday, January 25, 2014

Euro Reading Challenge 2013 Wrapup

Rose City Reader's 2013 Challenge actually extended to the end of this month, so as to give space for wrapping up anything that needed finishing--a great idea, I thought.  Now it's time for the final post and count.  Here are the different countries I visited.  Many of them got several books, really.  I ended up reading maybe 4 books set in Poland, for example, and I don't even know how many UK titles.  And for this purpose, I can only count one UK book, not separate titles for Scotland, England, Wales, and NI.  So here it is:


  1. Five Billion Vodka Bottles to the Moon, by Iosif Shklovsky (Ukraine)
  2. Anna Karenina, by Lev Tolstoy (Russia)
  3.  The Middle Window, by Elizabeth Goudge (UK)
  4. Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James (Italy)
  5. Sister Queens, by Julia Fox (Spain)  
  6. Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law, by Michelle Granas (Poland)
  7. The Red and the Black, by Stendhal (France) 
  8. The Trial, by Franz Kafka (Austro-Hungary/Czech Rep.) 
  9. The Queen's Diadem, by C. J. L. Almqvist (Sweden) 
  10. Der Struwwelpeter (in German, so Germany)
  11. Shopping for a Better Country, by Josip Novakovich (Croatia) 
  12. Niels Lyhne, by Jens Peter Jacobsen (Denmark) 
  13. Bloodlands, by Timothy Snyder (Belarus) 
  14. In Search of Ancient Ireland, by Carmel McCaffrey and Leo Eaton (Ireland)
  15.  Beware of Pity, by Stefan Zweig (Austria)
  16. Eirik the Red and Other Icelandic Sagas (Iceland)
16 different countries in all.  This is well over the goal of 5 books at the highest level, but there is no way I will win the Jet Setter Prize for the most countries visited.  I would probably have to work pretty hard at that.

6 comments:

cleopatra said...

Can you read German, Jean? (I'm so jealous! ;-) )

You hit Croatia, Belarus and Iceland, so that's pretty impressive!

Ekaterina Egorova said...

Impressive! You beat me by 4 titles :) I hope you'll get the Jet Setter Prize anyway, it's hard to imagine someone has read more :)

Jean said...

Eh, I'm pretty sure Maphead has more, and he says there's a guy in Europe with a whole lot of titles. :)

maphead said...

Speaking of Maphead, here I am! :)
Nicely done, Jean! Besides the sheer number of books you read for the challenge, the quality of books that you read sets you apart from probably the bulk of the challenge participants. At least several of the books on your list are quite lengthy.
Well done!
Inspired by yours, did my Wrap Up post this afternoon.

Jen K said...

We tied! I'm impressed with maphead's 21. I really enjoyed Sister Queens when I read it, and I remember Struwwelpeter giving me nightmares as a kid in Germany. Also, the story about the kid that wouldn't eat his soup. So disturbing.

Gilion Dumas said...

Congratulations! You made it to the Honorable Mention list for reading more than 10 books set in different countries.

The main wrap up post listing you as one of the Honorable Mention participants is here: http://www.rosecityreader.com/2014/02/2013-european-reading-challenge-wrap-up.html