Europe, Memory, and the Heart: What I Read in 2017

I’d never participated in a reading challenge before, but last year I joined my friend Gilion at Rose City Reader for her 2017 European Reading Challenge.

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)

Marry Him and Be Submissive: Radical Advice from a Real Woman About Marriage, Love, Kids, Work, Play & Everything Else by Costanza Miriano (Italy)

A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations by Joanna Bogle (United Kingdom)

Taking the long view, I’m joining Rose City Reader again this year and aiming for Four Stars.

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