I think that as I have been blogging longer and longer, reading challenges have become less important to me. When I first began blogging, I was all about participating in challenges, both for the camaraderie and the fun of reading something new. After almost two years of book blogging though, challenges seem more like a burden than anything else. I already have enough obligations with my reading, so from this point on, my participation in reading challenges will be very limited. I went ahead and deleted Current Challenges page and Completed Challenges page to try and alleviate the pressure. In fact, the only challenge I plan on participating in at this time is the Europa Editions challenge, along with possibly (most likely!) the RIP challenge later this year.
I am always on the hunt for Europa books, and I have quite a few on my shelves that I haven’t read yet, so this challenge is a win-win for me. The challenge runs from July 1, 2011-December 31, 2011 and has a myriad of levels.
Europa Haver (friend in Hebrew): Read 7 books by the end of 2011 (one per month);
- A Connoisseur, by accepting the Perpetual Challenge;
- An Expatriate, by choosing books from a single country or original language;
- A Passport Holder, by choosing books from different countries or original languages.
We have two speciality challenges:
Sélim Nassib, I Loved You for Your Voice
Elena Ferrante, Troubling Love
Massimo Carlotto, Bandit Love
Alicia Giménez-Bartlett, Dog DayWolf Erlbruch, The Miracle of the Bears
Edwin M. Yoder Jr., Lions at Lamb House.
Roma Tearne, Mosquito
Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog