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My Challenges - 2012

European Reading Challenge:

I have signed up for the Five Star (Deluxe Entourage) level, and have already completed my five books for that level.  My personal challenge is to read a book from each of the listed countries, plus one from each of the four U.K. countries.

Armenia: Forgotten Fire, by Adam Bagdasarian.
Austria:  Vienna Prelude, by Brodie and Brock Thoene.
Belarus: The Bielski Brothers, by Peter Duffy.
Belgium: At Midnight in a Flaming Town, by Lorraine Bateman and Paul Cole.
Bosnia:  Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway.
Bulgaria: Daughters of War, by Hilary Green.
Cyprus: Small Wars, by Sadie Jones.
Czech. Rep.: Lost Wife, by Alyson Richman.
Denmark: Wildflowers of Tereszin, by Robert Elmer.
Estonia: In Search of the Elusive Peace Corps Moment, by Douglas Wells.
Finland:  Riding with Reindeer, by Robert M. Goldstein.
France:  Madame Tussaud, by Michelle Moran.
Germany: The Pieces from Berlin, by Michael Pye.
Iceland: Journey Home, by Olaf Olafsson.
Ireland:The Search for God and Guinness, by Stephen Mansfield.
Italy:  Confessions of Catherine de Medici, by C.W. Gortner.
Kazakhstan: Apples are from Kazakhstan, by Christopher Robbins.
Lithuania:  Between Shades of Gray, by Ruth Sepetys.
Malta: Ironfire, by David Ball.
Moldova: Bullets on the Water, by Ivalyo Grouev.
Monaco: White Truffles in Winter, by N.M. Kelby.
Netherlands:  Postcards from No Man's Land, by Aidan Chambers.
Poland:  Once & Then, by Morris Gleitzman.
Portugal: Codex 632, by Jose Rodrigues dos Santos.
Rep. of Macedonia:
Romania:  Under a Red Sky by Haya Leah Molnar.
Russia:  Lost Crown, by Sarah Miller.
San Marino:
Serbia: The Hemingway Bookclub of Kosovo, by Paula Huntley.
Slovakia:  Katarina, by Kathryn Winter.
Spain:  Reign of Madness, by Lynn Cullen.
Sweden: The Queen's Soprano, by Carol Dines.
Switzerland: Swiss Watching, by Diccon Bewes.
Ukraine:  Band of Angels, by Julia Gregson.
Vatican City:  Pope Joan, by Donna Cross.
England:  Alice I Have Been, by Melanie Benjamin.
N. Ireland: Watching the Door, by Kevin Myers.
Scotland:  The Flower Reader, by Elizabeth Loupas.
Wales:  When God and His Saints Slept, by Sharon Kay Penman.


  1. Hi Mary! Welcome to the European Reading Challenge! And congratulations on starting your blog. I will sign up as a follower.

    I look forward to reading your reviews. Don't forget to post links to your reviews on the challenge review page.

    I am afraid their is something wrong with your sign up link on the main challenge page. It takes me to my blogger dashboard, not your challenge sign up post or even your blog. If you want to add a new link to this post, I will delete the first one.

    Again, welcome!

  2. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! There is a Wrap Up page available now if you want to add a link to this post.

    With 35 or more down, you are definitely in the lead for the Jet Setter prize!

  3. Congratulations on finishing the European Reading Challenge! You won the Jet Setter Grand Prize!

    If you are going to be in Portland any time soon and plan on visiting Powell's, I will mail you a gift card that you can use in the store or on line. If you can't get to the store, I can email you an e-card that you can use on line only.

    Please email me at giliond (at) oandc (dot) com with your preference and contact information. If I had only realized that you live in Lansing, I would have dropped off the card in person because I was just there for depositions on Friday! What a coincidence! Maybe I was even in your office -- do you work with Tom Tupper?

    Are you going to sign up for the 2013 version? I hope so! The sign up post is here.