Gilion’s rules are simple, and the goal is five books from different countries:
The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it’s supposed to be a tour.
I didn’t complete five, whole European books–Gilion’s Five-Star “Deluxe Entourage” category. I didn’t even make it to four: “Honeymooner.” I finished three: “Business Traveler.”
Not wanting to give up too many stars too soon, as New Year’s approached I aimed at least for “Honeymooner.” But as I was not actually a honeymooner last year, and I was a bonafide business traveler, I suppose the three-star category was more appropriate anyway. Better luck in 2018!
French Women for All Seasons by Mireille Guiliano (France)
A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations by Joanna Bogle (United Kingdom)