Nickelini's European Reading Adventure

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Nickelini's European Reading Adventure

1Nickelini
Bearbeitet: Aug. 19, 2009, 1:11pm

Europe is one of my favourite destinations, so I'm in! My progress will be very slow though, as I have other reading priorities for at least the next year. Because I'll be so slow, I'm going to transfer the applicable books/countries over from my Reading Globally challenge that I started last year. Part of the reason why my progress has been so slow over at the Reading Globally challenge is because I only count books that are both written by an author from the country, and also set in the same country. That's a very limiting restriction, and so I'm not going to use it for this challenge.

Does anyone have one of those updateable maps for Europe like we're using over at Reading Globally or for the Canadian read? It's nice to see a visual of where you've been.

2Nickelini
Bearbeitet: Sept. 11, 4:25pm

Britain and Ireland

England - Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
Ireland
Isle of Man
Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Channel Islands
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Updated list from Aug 2009 to the present. Books with * were especially good reads:

England -About 40% of my reading is books set in England, so there is no point in even beginning this list ;-)

Ireland: The Dark, John McGahern; In the Forest, The Country Girls, Girl With Green Eyes, and Down By the River* by Edna O'Brien; In the Woods, Broken Harbour* and The Likeness by Tana French; The Story of Lucy Gault*, William Trevor; The Forgotten Waltz, Anne Enright; The Surface Breaks, Louise O'Neill;

Isle of Man

Northern Ireland

Scotland: Flight of Gemma Hardy, Margot Livesey; First Fruits*, Penelope Evans; Wild Harbour, Ian Macpherson

Wales: Reasons She Goes to the Woods*, Deborah Kay Davies; The Hiding Place*, Trezza Azzopardi

Channel Islands: Book of Lies*, Mary Horlock

3Nickelini
Bearbeitet: Sept. 11, 4:39pm

Western Europe

Andorra
Austria - Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick Peter Handke
Belgium
France - Five Quarters of an Orange, Joanne Harris
Germany - The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
Lichtenstein
Luxembourg
The Netherlands
Portugal
Switzerland

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Updated list from Aug 2009 to the present. Books with * were especially good reads

Andorra

Austria - Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Peter Handke; Peace Talks*, Tim Finch

Belgium - Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill, Dimitri Verhulst

France -Five Quarters of an Orange, Joanne Harris; The Godmother, Hannelore Cayre; Whatever, Michel Houellebecq; One More Croissant For the Road*, Felicity Cloake; The Chalet*, Catherine Cooper; Perfume*, Patrick Suskind; French Women Don't Get Fat, Mirelle Guilliano; The Story of O, Pauline Reage; Dangerous Liaisons, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos; The House I Loved, Tatiana de Rosnay; The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery; the Perfect Nanny* and Adele, by Leila Slimanit

Germany - The Reader*, Bernhard Schlink; Your House is On Fire, Your Children All Gone*, Stefan Kiesbye

Lichtenstein

Luxembourg

The Netherlands: The Dinner*, Herman Koch

Portugal

Switzerland

4Nickelini
Bearbeitet: Sept. 11, 5:25pm

Scandinavia and the North East

Denmark
Estonia
Finland
Iceland
Latvia
Lithuania
Norway - Unformed Landscape Peter Stamm
Sweden

5Nickelini
Bearbeitet: Aug. 30, 2009, 7:53pm

Behind the Iron Curtain--Former Eastern Bloc countries

Czech Republic - The Trial, Franz Kafka
East Germany (I'm leaving this in here because there are quite a few books on my TBR pile that are set there, and it is so distinct from present day Germany)
Hungary
Poland

Albania
Armenia
Azjerbadjian
Belarus
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Georgia
Moldavia
Montenegro
Russia - Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Ukraine

6Nickelini
Bearbeitet: Aug. 19, 2009, 1:09pm

The Mediterranean Countries

Croatia
Cyprus
Greece
Italy - Short Stories in Italian, Nick Roberts, editor
Macedonia
Malta
Monaco
Spain - Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Turkey

7Nickelini
Sept. 11, 4:14pm

I just came across this group and though "oh, how fun!" and then I saw that I have my own thread here, which I last updated on August 19, 2009. So now I'm going back into the above posts and updating some of the European books I've read over the past 12 years. If you have any questions about any of these books, I have review or comments on all of them and I can dig them up for you.

Currently, one of my main areas of reading interest is books in translation that are genre, fun and not highbrow literature. I've read enough of that.

8Nickelini
Bearbeitet: Sept. 11, 4:54pm

Western Europe

Andorra
Austria - Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick Peter Handke
Belgium
France - Five Quarters of an Orange, Joanne Harris
Germany - The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
Lichtenstein
Luxembourg
The Netherlands
Portugal
Switzerland

**
Updated list from Aug 2009 to the present. Books with * were especially good reads

Andorra

Austria - Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Peter Handke; Peace Talks*, Tim Finch

Belgium - Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill, Dimitri Verhulst

France -Five Quarters of an Orange, Joanne Harris; The Godmother, Hannelore Cayre; Whatever, Michel Houellebecq; One More Croissant For the Road*, Felicity Cloake; The Chalet*, Catherine Cooper; Perfume*, Patrick Suskind; French Women Don't Get Fat, Mirelle Guilliano; The Story of O, Pauline Reage; Dangerous Liaisons, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos; The House I Loved, Tatiana de Rosnay; The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery; the Perfect Nanny* and Adele, by Leila Slimanit

Germany - The Reader*, Bernhard Schlink; Your House is On Fire, Your Children All Gone*, Stefan Kiesbye

Lichtenstein

Luxembourg

The Netherlands: The Dinner*, Herman Koch

Portugal: Blindness, Jose Saramago; 300 Days of Sun*, Deborah Lawrenson

Switzerland: Heidi, Johanna Spyri; The Finishing School: a novel, Joanna Goodman; The Finishing School, Muriel Spark; Swiss Watching*, Diccon Bewes; Hausfrau*, Jill Essbaum; Why Do the Swiss Have Such Great Sex?, Ashley Curtis; The Black Spider*, Gotthelf; The Ring, Elisabeth Horem; Sweet Days of Discipline* and Last Vanities, Fleur Jaeggy; The Gilded Chalet, Padraig Rooney; The Naked Swiss, Clare O'Dhe; To the Back of Beyond, Peter Stamm; Volatile Texts: Us Two, Zsuzsanna Gahsa; Cold Shoulder and On the Edge, Markus Werner

9pamelad
Sept. 11, 5:00pm

Welcome back!

10Nickelini
Sept. 11, 5:04pm

11Nickelini
Sept. 11, 5:10pm

Behind the Iron Curtain--Former Eastern Bloc countries

Czech Republic - The Trial, Franz Kafka
East Germany (I'm leaving this in here because there are quite a few books on my TBR pile that are set there, and it is so distinct from present day Germany)
Hungary
Poland

Albania
Armenia
Azjerbadjian
Belarus
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Georgia
Moldavia
Montenegro
Russia - Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Ukraine
**
Updated list from Aug 2009 to the present. Books with * were especially good reads

Behind the Iron Curtain--Former Eastern Bloc countries

Czech Republic The Trial, Franz Kafka; The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

East Germany

Hungary

Poland

Albania: The Country Where No One Dies, Ornela Vorpsi

Armenia

Belarus

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Georgia

Moldavia

Montenegro

Russia : Anna Karenina*, Leo Tolstoy; The Steppes Are the Colour of Sepia, Connie Braun; Short Stories by Anton Chekhov; The Life of Insects, Viktor Pelevin; Mumu, Ivan Turgenev; The Beginning of Spring* Penelope Fitzgerald; Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Ukraine

12Nickelini
Bearbeitet: Sept. 11, 5:25pm

Scandinavia and the North East

Denmark
Estonia
Finland
Iceland
Latvia
Lithuania
Norway - Unformed Landscape Peter Stamm
Sweden
**

Updated list from Aug 2009 to the present. Books with * were especially good reads

Denmark: Smilla's Sense of Snow, Peter Hoeg; A Fairy Tale*, Jonas Bengtsson; Royal Physician's Visit, Per Olov Enquist

Estonia

Finland: The Summer Book, and MoominValley in November*, Tove Jansson

Iceland: The Blue Fox, by Sjon; Miss Iceland*, Audur Ava Olasdottir

Latvia

Lithuania

Norway : Unformed Landscape, Peter Stamm

Sweden: Cruel Stars of the Night, Kjell Eriksson; The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson; Anxious People*, Fredrik Backman; The Gilded Cage, Camilla Lackberg

13Nickelini
Sept. 11, 5:43pm

The Mediterranean Countries

Croatia
Cyprus
Greece
Italy - Short Stories in Italian, Nick Roberts, editor
Macedonia
Malta
Monaco
Spain - Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Turkey
**

Updated list from Aug 2009 to the present. Books with * were especially good reads

Croatia

Cyprus

Greece

Italy:Short Stories in Italian, Nick Roberts, editor; The Dark Heart of Italy, Tobias Jones; The Shape of Water, Andrea Camilleri; Up the Villa, Somerset Maugham; For Grace Received, Valeria Parrella; The Leopard, Tomasi di Lampedusa; Italian Neighbours*, Tim Parks; I'm Not Scared, Niccolo Ammanitii; Cooking With Fernet Branca* and Amazing Disgrace by James Hamilton-Paterson; Innocence*, Penelope Fitzgerald; My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante; Battle of the Villa Fiorita*, Rumer Godden; Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio*, Amara Lakhous; When the Night*, Cristina Comencini; For Solo Voice, Susanna Tamaro; Margherita Dolce Vita, Stefano Benni; Portofino*, Frank Schaeffer; Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino; Breaking of a Wave*, Fabio Genovesi; Dreaming of Italy, T A Williams; The Decameron, Boccaccio; The Temptation of Gracie, Santa Montefiore; The Garden of Monsters, Lorenza Pieri After Hannibal, Barry Unsworth; A Girl Returned, Donatella Di Pietrantonio

Macedonia

Malta

Monaco

Spain:Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon; The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway

Turkey

14Tess_W
Sept. 16, 7:16pm

Thanks for all the updates, Joyce. I am getting ideas for both you and Pam!