Saturday, December 28, 2019

2019 European Reading Challenge Wrapup

It's been quite the European tour this year, but it's time to acknowledge it's over...I didn't go quite as over-the-top as I did last year, but I still passed the Five Star level and then some, for a final total of twelve countries. Still I wonder more at the ones I missed. (What? Nothing from Russia this year?)

Here's my final list:

1.) Stefan Zweig's The World of Yesterday. Austria.
2.) Robert Gerwarth's The Vanquished: Why The First World War Failed To EndLatvia.
3.) Boreslav Pekic' Houses. Serbia.
4.) Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. Italy.
5.) Endre Farkas' Never, Again. Hungary.
6.) Stanislaw Lem's The Cyberiad. Poland.
7.) Eric Ambler's The Light of Day. Turkey.
8.) Mircea Cartarescu's Blinding. Romania.
9.) Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian. France.
10.) Hannah Arendt's Men in Dark Times. Germany
11.) George Eliot's Scenes of Clerical Life. UK.
12.) Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth. Monaco.

Thanks to Gilion for hosting and looking forward to the new edition!


  1. Well done! I need to do my wrapup too.

    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to your list. I'm sure you're well over the top, too!

  2. Nice representation of Eastern Europe!

  3. Lem is right up there with my favorite authors of all time... i hope you got the edition with illustrations by Daniel Mroz: they're mind-bogglingly good imo... do you know about 50 watts? a blog featuring book artwork...

    1. My edition is a beat up paperback, but it does have the Mroz illustrations; they are cool.

      I didn't know about 50 watts, but I just found it. Thanks!

  4. Wow! Way to read your way around Europe! :)