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The Year Long 2022 European Reading Challenge!

ERC 2022

My Interest

Reading challenges have been working well for me the last few years aside from November and December of 2021. Losing a job bites into all aspects of life. Reading challenges went to the wayside in those two months for the most part. I’m happy to have stumbled up this one at “You Might As Well Read”. It would be tough to fail with a goal of one book, wouldn’t it? I am planning to do the Spanish and German literature months again so there’s two books. Plus, one of my 2022 goals (yet to be posted) is to read from a new-to-me-country in translation. There’s three, right off the bat. Win!

You can read all about this Challenge–which sets out to be a European tour through books, at Rose City Reader’s 2022 European Challenge sign up post.

These 50 European sovereign states are:

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.

I fully admit to having never heard of San Marino….. I have Miss Iceland so it is one possibility.

Some possibilities:

Some Short Book Suggestions

Links to my reviews:

Often I am Happy

The Red Notebook

Picnic at the Iron Curtain

Every Frenchman Has One

This Too Shall Pass

The 6:41 to Paris

Snow in May

Meet Me at the Museum


Wild Horses of the Summer Sun

Are you participating in this Challenge? Leave me a link to your post!

19 thoughts on “The Year Long 2022 European Reading Challenge!

  1. Hi Hopewell–thanks for the mention! I’m happy to see that you’re participating in the European Reading Challenge, which really looks fun. Among your possibilities I’ve read Erpenbeck’s Go, Went, Gone last year (didn’t post; last year was not a good one for me writing-wise), didn’t expect much but quickly became utterly absorbed. It just worked on so many levels, as a picture of life after unification in the former East Germany; as a depiction of the challenges and possibilities of life in retirement but most of all in its portrayal of the would-be immigrants who were hoping to find some chance of a new life in Europe. Tremendous! I’ve also read Miss Iceland, which I liked very, very much; it’s a coming of age tale of a young female writer in the 60s and her struggles in an Iceland that’s very far from the country that exists today (at least I hope so). I’ve looked at Käsebier Takes Berlin and Road to Santiago; both look good and I hope to get to them. One Day!
    Good luck on your Challenge; I’ll be very eager to see your selections and what you think of them.

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  2. I did this last year, managing six countries. Are you doing it based on European setting or authors country?

    I used the news about your job I’m sorry. That must have been a horrid time for you.


    1. Thanks about the job–7% job cuts in Nov, more in December–I was in the Nov batch. I turn 60 in March. It isn’t going to be easy but I’m in there trying most days 🙂 As for the challenge who knows–I haven’t really picked specific books ahead of time, though I have those few lingering ones I’d like to read.


  3. Back in 2016/17 I set myself an EU27 Challenge – to read a book from each of the countries remaining in the EU after Brexit – my way of protesting the Brexit vote, I suppose. Sadly, I got stumped and sidetracked at some point, but might revive it to follow you for at least part of the way around the continent.

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  4. I love Europe, but wow I didn’t realize just how many countries there were. I guess I’m not as familiar with many of the eastern European ones. Enjoy the challenge! How is the job search going? Praying that you’ll find the right one …


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