Europe challenge 2015-2018

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The European Reading Challenge

is about reading at least 5 books from different countries of Europe. These can be books either set in the country or by an author from that country (or has lived a big part of his/her/their life in the country). I want to challenge myself even more and say that in 2015-2018 I will read a book from all of the 54 independent states in Europe, with UK counting four times for England, Scotland, Wales and North-Ireland (I’m a huge Anglofile so why not?) I might read books by authors who live in states with a different name then than now, and in that case it will be the modern state name that counts (if I can figure that out). If I write a review there will be a link to it in this list, but not all of them will have reviews either because they don’t fit the theme of the blog or I don’t think they were any good. If you’re doing the Europe 2015 challenge, or if you have a tip about a book or an author please let me know. I am looking forward to see that Europe isn’t one country, or simply east vs. west.


Due to difficulty finding works of fiction in English/The scandinavian languages from all of the countries have I extended the project from 2016 to 2017. I am not giving up 😉 If you have any tips to books please let me know. 🙂



  1. Here are some suggestions:

    France: Émile Zola / Honoré Balzac / Gustave Flaubert / Voltaire / Rousseau / Victor Hugo / Stendahl
    Italy: Dante Alighieri / Boccaccio / Niccolo Machievelli / Raffael Sabbatini / Virgil / Ovid
    Norway: Sigrid Undset
    Russia: Dostoyevsky / Tolstoy / Turgenev / Chekhov/ Bulgakov
    Scotland: Arthur Conan Doyle / Andrew Lang/ Walter Scott / Robert Louis Stevenson / George MacDonald
    Germany: Johann Wolfgang van Goethe / Friedrich Nietzsche / Thomas Mann / Hermann Hesse
    Spain: Cervantes / St. Teresa of Ávila /
    Switzerland: Joanna Spyri / Johann David Wyss
    Austria: Victor E. Frankl
    Portugal: Eça de Queiros

    That should give you some options! I found your blog through the Classics Club Group on Goodreads. I’m so glad to have found it, and I can’t wait to have a look around. Take care!


    • Thank you so much for the tips. I’ve finally (I know, this challenge was a bit more than I was prepared for) read The Maias by Eça de Queiros, and I’ve just found Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse which I hope to read very soon.


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