Thursday, December 20, 2018

2019 Reading Challenges: European Reading Challenge

2019 European Reading Challenge
Host: Rose City Reader (sign up here)
January - January 31, 2020
# of books: I'm aiming for five  

FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.

Europe:

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.

1) GERMANY The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. John Hendrix. 2018. Harry N. Abrams. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2) UNITED KINGDOM Evelina. Fanny Burney. 1778. 455 pages. [Source: Bought]
3) NETHERLANDS The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank (The Definitive Edition). Edited by Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler. Translated by Susan Massotty. 1947/1996. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
4) NORWAY Journey of the Pale Bear. Susan Fletcher. 2018. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
5)FRANCE Code Name: Lise. Larry Loftis. 2019. 384 pages. [Source: Library]

6) GERMANY The Book Thief. Markus Zusak. 2006. Random House. 560 pages. [Source: Bought]
7) FRANCE Lights! Camera! Alice! The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker. Mara Rockliff. Illustrated by Simona Ciraolo. 2018. 60 pages. [Source: Library]
8) ENGLAND Ruled Brittania. Harry Turtledove. 2002. 576 pages. [Source: Library]
9)  POLAND I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944. Lauren Tarshis. 2014. Scholastic. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]
10) RUSSIA The Crown and The Crucible Michael R. Phillips and Judith Pella. 1991. Bethany House. 416 pages. [Source: Bought]
11) ENGLAND Three Men in a Boat. Jerome K. Jerome. 1889. 174 pages. [Source: Bought]
12) ENGLAND Shirley. Charlotte Bronte. 1849. 624 pages. [Source: Bought]
13) ENGLAND How I Became A Spy. Deborah Hopkinson. 2019. Random House. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
14) FRANCE Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc. David Elliott. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
15) FRANCE  Marguerite Makes a Book. Bruce Robertson. Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. 1999. 44 pages. [Source: Bought]
16) NETHERLANDs Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation. Adapted by Ari Folman. Original text by Anne Frank. Illustrated by David Polonsky. 2018. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
17) ENGLAND These Old Shades. Georgette Heyer. 1926/2008. Harlequin. 384 pages. [Source: Bought]
18) ENGLAND Miss Buncle's Book. D.E. Stevenson. 1934. 304 pages. [Source: Bought]
19) GERMANY  Refugee. Alan Gratz. 2017. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
20) DENMARK Number the Stars. Lois Lowry. 1989. (Won Newbery in 1990) 137 pages. [Source: Bought]
21) FRANCE Stepsister. Jennifer Donnelly. 2019. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
22)  AUSTRIA The Only Woman in the Room. Marie Benedict. 2019. Sourcebooks. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
23) ENGLAND Courageous. Yona Zeldis McDonough. 2018. [Nov] Scholastic. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
24) SCOTLAND Kidnapped. Robert Louis Stevenson. 1886. 276 pages. [Source: Bought]
25) ENGLAND Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen. 1811. 409 pages. [Source: Bought]
26) England and France. Courage to Be Counted. (A Clubmobile Girls Novel) Eleri Grace. 2019. Bugle Call Books. 350 pages. [Source: Review copy]
27) POLAND  Resistance. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2018. Scholastic. 385 pages. [Source: Review copy]
28) FRANCE  The Good Son: A Story From the First World War Told In Miniature. Pierre-Jacques Ober. Illustrated by Jules Ober and Felicity Coonan. 2019. Candlewick Press. 104 pages. [Source: Review copy]
29)  ENGLAND Daisies and Devotion (Mayfield Family #2) Josi S. Kilpack. 2019. Shadow Mountain. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
30) FRANCE Les Miserables. Victor Hugo. Translated by Julie Rose. 1862/2008. Modern Library. 1330 pages. [Source: Bought]
31) ENGLAND The Gown. Jennifer Robson. 2018. 371 pages. [Source: Library]
32. ENGLAND The Convenient Marriage. Georgette Heyer. 1934. 322 pages. [Source: Bought]
33. FRANCE A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II. Sonia Purnell. 2019. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
34. SCOTLAND  The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott. Josi S. Kilpack. 2017. Shadow Mountain. [Source: Library]
35. ENGLAND In Farleigh Field. Rhys Bowen. 2017. Lake Union. 397 pages. [Source: Review copy]
36. GERMANY Resistance Women. Jennifer Chiaverini. 2019. 608 pages. [Source: Library]
37. FRANCE Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) Robin LaFevers. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 387 pages. [Source: Review copy]
38. FRANCE Mistress of the Ritz. Melanie Benjamin. 2019. Random House. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
39. FRANCE Marie, Dancing. Carolyn Meyer. 2005. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]
40. FRANCE Madeline. Ludwig Bemelmans. 1939. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
41. FRANCE I Always Loved You. Robin Oliveira. 2014. 343 pages. [Source: Library]
42. FRANCE Lovely War. Julie Berry. 2019. 480 pages. [Source: Library]
43. GREECE The Brave Princess and Me. Kathy Kacer. Illustrated by Juliana Kolesova. 2019. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
44. ENGLAND Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle #1) James R. Benn. 2006. 294 pages. [Source: Library]

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Gilion Dumas 6:54 PM  

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