Tuesday, January 25, 2022

European Reading Challenge 2022

Time for another European Reading Challenge signup! As always, my goal is as many books as possible from my own shelves. The list is always tricky for me since the vast majority of the books on my TBR shelves are British, and I never seem to make any progress on my own bookshelves. Some of these overlap with books from other challenges. 

Anyway, I'm signing up for the Five-Star (Deluxe Entourage) level. I have at least a dozen books from my own shelves I want to complete this year for the challenge: 

  • Austria: Night Falls on the City by Sarah Gainham
  • France: Renoir, My Father by Jean Renoir
  • Germany: Kasebier Takes Berlin by Gabriela Tergit
  • Ireland: Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  • Italy: The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
  • Malta: The Sun in Scorpio by Margery Sharp
  • Monaco: The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton
  • Netherlands: Amsterdam Stories by Nescio
  • Romania: They Were Counted by Miklos Banffy
  • Russia: Subtly Worded by Teffi
  • Sweden: Osebol by Marit Kapla
  • UK: The Half-Crown House by Helen Ashton

Is anyone else signing up for the European Reading Challenge? What are you reading? 


  1. What a very interesting list! I, of course, have not read any, although I'm familiar with a few, mainly through NYRB Classics (Nescio's Amsterdam Stories, for example, which I've been meaning to read for ages). I have tried Banffy's They Were Counted, but didn't get very far; I had better luck with Trollope's Castle Richmond (I love Trollope!). Wharton's The Gods Arrive is totally unknown to me; I can't wait to check it out!

    1. I love Trollope too but I've only read one of his other Irish novels so far, The MacDermots of Ballycloran which is his first novel. It was a bit of a tough read because there was a lot of dialect in it. I've found a lot of great international novels through NYRB!

      The Gods Arrive is Wharton's next to last novel, it's actually the sequel to Hudson River Bracketed, which I loved and reviewed about a year ago!

    2. How exciting about Wharton! I read Hudson River ages ago and remember very litttle aout it; in fact was thinking of reading it again as it would really be "brand new." I had NO idea there was a sequel. I'll definitely check it out, as well as your review.

  2. I used The House of Mirth for Monaco a few years ago. I didn't know The Gods Arrive also has scenes set there. Maybe I'll have to find a copy!

    Otherwise looks like a fun list, none of which I've read, which makes it even better.

    1. I didn't know House of Mirth was set in Monaco, it's one of my favorite Whartons but it's been quite a while since I read it. I only know The Gods Arrive has scenes in Monaco because it's listed that way on the Goodreads page! (Also some scenes in Spain but I think it'll be easier to find other Spanish locations, Monaco is a tough one!).

  3. Reading books from my shelves is always a challenge for me -- they seemed so appealing when I got them but they lose their luster somehow. Looks like you have assembled a great list. I hope you enjoy this year's European reading.

    1. Exactly this! I have books that I've owned more than 10 years, why do I do this? I think one of my goals this year is to read my unread books from oldest to newest. If it's good, fabulous! If not, it gets donated.

  4. You are gonna love Anthony Trolloppe's Castle Richmond. Seeing a photo of the book inspires me to want to read another one of his novels.

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  6. This is a real challenge but it's worth doing considering everything going on in Europe at the moment.


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