Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge is one of my favorite reading challenges. Each year Gilion the host encourages participants to read at least one book by a European author or at least one book set in a European country. Because her challenge is a kind of “tour” each book must be by a different author and set in a different country. While the top participation level is the “Deluxe Entourage” of five books, each year she awards a prize to the participant who read the most qualifying books. In past years she’s also awarded honorable mentions to participants. I also like this challenge because the host and I live in the same city of Portland, Oregon USA. I’m probably the only book blogger who’s taken part in a reading challenge that’s hosted by a blogger who lives across town! (I keep thinking some day I might bump into her at a literary event.)
I’m proud to report that last year for the challenge I read and reviewed 20 books representing 21 different European countries. As a result I was deemed winner of the 2014 European Reading Challenge!
Sadly, this year I could only muster half that number. Having read and reviewed 10 books representing 10 different European counties I’m left feeling kind of blue. I had planned on making a final push during the last few months of the challenge, but I got wrapped up reading other kinds of books. I also suffered a bit of blogging burn-out.
Not to worry! I’ll be doing the 2016 European Reading Challenge. My goal is to read and review an impressive array of books and recapture the title!