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EUROPE – Reading The World

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Europe
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Countries read are in bold blue

Potential books to be read are listed below each country. Books read are in red. An asterisk (*) indicates books I own but have not read yet.

1. Albania (Tirane)

  • Broken April, by Ismail Kadare

2. Andorra (Andorra la Vella)

3. Armenia (Yerevan)

4. Austria (Vienna)

  • Maybe This Time by Alois Hotschnig (finished 13 September 2011; unrated; read my review)
  • The Fig Eater, by Jody Shield*
  • The Terror of Ice and Darkness, by Christoph Ransmayr
  • The Marriage Artist. by Andrew Winer (finished 22 October 2011; rated 5/5; read my review)

5. Belarus (Minsk)

6. Belgium (Brussels)

  • Summer in Termuren, by Louis Paul Boon

7. Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo)

  • The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway (finished 10 April 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks (finished 4 July 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)

8. Bulgaria (Sofia)

9. Cape Verde (Praia)

10. Croatia (Zagreb)

  • Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West
  • Cafe Europa, by Slavenka Drakulic

11. Czech Republic (Prague)

  • The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer (finished 06 April 2010; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Giraffe, by J.M. Ledgard
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera

12. Denmark (Copenhagen)

  • Music and Silence, by Rose Tremain (finished 09 October 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Leeway Cottage, by Beth Gutcheon*
  • The Royal Physician’s Visit, by Per Olov Enquist

13. Estonia (Tallinn)

  • The Czar’s Madman, by Jaan Kross

14. Finland (Helsinki)

  • Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name, by Vendela Vida (Lapland) (finished 30 September 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • The Brothers, by Asko Sahlberg (finished 19 February 2012; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Mr. Darwin’s Gardener by Kristina Carlson (finished 29 June 2013; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Seven Brothers, by Aleksis Kivi

15. France (Paris)

  • Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky (finished 17 February 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana De Rosnay (finished 02 September 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  • Chocolat, by Joanne Harris (finished 26 February 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery (finished 18 July 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • Therese Raquin, by Emile Zola (finished 18 April 2010; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Beside the Sea, by Veronique Olmi (finished 14 June 2010; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • All Our Worldly Goods by Irene Nemirovsky (finished 12 January 2013; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky (finished 29 December 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

16. Georgia (Tbilisi)

  • Ali and Nino, by Kurban Said

17. Germany (Berlin)

  • The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (finished 28 January 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius (finished 29 November 2010; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • The Reader, by Bernhard Sclink (finished 16 August 2008; rated 1.5/5; read my review)
  • Next World Novella, by Matthias Politycki (finished 15 March 2011; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  • The Mussel Feast, by Birgit Vanderbeke (finished 23 February 2013; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • Stones From The River, by Ursula Hegi*
  • Paper Kisses: A True Love Story, by Reinhard Kaiser

18. Greece (Athens)

  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis De Bernieres

19. Hungary (Budapest)

  • Embers, by Sandor Marai (finished 30 March 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (finished 16 December 2012; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Fatelessness, by Kmre Kertesz

20. Iceland (Reykjavik)

  • Independent People, by Halldor Laxness (finished 05 May 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • The Fish Can Sing, by Halldor Laxness

21. Ireland (Dublin)

  • The Blackwater Lightship, by ColmToibin (finished 9 November 2007; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • The Gathering, by Anne Enright (finished 9 March 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • Silver Wedding, by Maeve Binchy*
  • The Law of Dreams, by Peter Behrens

22. Italy (Rome)

  • The Book of Unholy Mischief, by Elle Newmark (finished 18 August 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant (finished 21 January 2010; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius (finished 29 November 2010; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Solitaria by Genni Gunn (finished 22 October 2011; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  • A Thousand Days in Tuscany, by Marlena De Blasi*
  • The Almond Picker, by Simonetta Agnello Hornby
  • The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
  • The Leopard, by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

23. Latvia (Riga)

24. Liechtenstein (Vaduz)

25. Lithuania (Vilnius)

26. Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

27. Macedonia (Skopje)

  • Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West

28. Malta (Valletta)

29. Moldova (Chisinau)

30. Monaco (Monaco)

  • Anything Considered, by Peter Mayle

31. Montenegro (Podgorica)

32. Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague)

  • Tomorrow Pamplona, by Jan Van Mersbergen (finished 07 June 2011; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch (finished 21 June 2013; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank

33. Norway (Oslo)

  • Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (finished 6 January 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • I Curse the River of Time, by Per Petterson (finished 26 July 2010; rated 3/5; read my review)
  • Giants in the Earth, by O.E. Rolvaag*
  • Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder*
  • In the Wake, by Per Peterson
  • Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset (finished 20 December 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review of The Wreath, The Wife, and The Cross)

34. Poland (Warsaw)

  • The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman (finished 12 May 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • Bread Givers, by Anzia Yeziersk (finished 30 January 2011; rated 3/5; read my review)
  • Anything by the author Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • Nine, by Andrezej Stasiuk

35. Portugal (Lisbon)

  • Alentejo Blue, by Monica Ali (finished 22 February 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

36. Romania (Bucharest)

  • Land of Green Plums, by Herta Muller
  • The Hooligan’s Return, by Norman Manea
  • The Passport, by Herta Muller (finished 24 November 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)

37. Russia (Moscow)

  • The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean (finished 7 May 2007; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak (finished 24 November 2007; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • The True Memoirs of Little K, by Adrienne Sharp (finished 02 October 2011; rated 4/5; read my review)
  • The Brothers Karmazov, by Fyodor Doestoevsky*
  • A Russian Journal, by John Steinbeck*
  • War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy*

38. San Marino (San Marino)

39. Serbia (Belgrade)

  • Bridge on the Drina, by Ivo Andric

40. Slovakia (Bratislava)

  • Zoli, by Colum McCann

41. Slovenia (Ljublijana)

  • Veronika Decides To Die, by Paulo Coelho (finished 2 November 2007; rated 3.5/5; read my review)

42. Spain (Madrid)

  • The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (finished 7 July 2007; rated 4.75/5; read my review)
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway (finished 7 April 2007; rated 2.5/5; read my review)
  • Guernia, by Dave Boling (finished 14 September 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • Stone in a Landslide, by Maria Barbal (finished 29 December 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

43. Sweden (Stockholm)

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (finished 16 April 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  • Three Seconds, by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom (finished 19 December 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  • The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Englemann (finished 31 December 2012; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  • Hanna’s Daughters, by Marianne Fredriksson*
  • April Witch, by Majqull Axelsson
  • Doctor Glas, by Hjalmar Soderberg
  • The Princess of Burundi, by Kjell Eriksson*

44. Switzerland (Bern)

  • Hotel Du Lac, by Anita Brookner (finished 22 July 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

45. Ukraine (Kiev)

  • Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer

46. United Kingdom (London)

  • Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell (finished 26 March 2007; rated 5/5; set in England; read my review)
  • Arthur and George, by Julian Barnes (finished 30 April 2007; rated 4/5; set in England; read my review)
  • Old Filth, by Jane Gardam (finished 29 May 2007; rated 3.75/5; set in London and Wales; read my review)
  • How Green Was My Valley, by Richard Llewelln (finished 15 August 2007; rated 5/5; set in South Wales; read my review)
  • Resistance, by Owen Sheers (finished 6 March 2008; rated 4.5/5; set in Wales; read my review)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (finished 31 July 2008; rated 5/5; set on Guernsey in the Channel Islands; read my review)

47. Vatican City (na)

 

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 8, 2007    

    I love your world reading project!
    For Georgia or Azerbaijan you might want to consider reading “Ali and Nino” by Kurban Said. It’s a love story between a Georgian girl and an Azeri boy, set in early 20th century. It is not a difficult read and is one of the recommended novels for anyone interested in the Caucasus region. Don’t let the term “love story” fool you, it’s a great book that gives a very good insight into the region and its way of life.
    For a book about Armenia or by an Armenian writer, you might want to visit Armenian House for inspiration.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 9, 2007    

    Thank you for the great resources, Myrthe! I’ve put your recommendation on my list 🙂

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 13, 2007    

    You’re welcome! I hope that you’ll put a review on your blog once you’ve read “Ali and Nino”. I’d be curious to know what you think of it.

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 13, 2007    

    I pretty much review every book I read, so when I read it…you will find the review here 🙂 Thanks for your interest!

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 6, 2008    

    I was about to come over and suggest Embers for your Hungary read, but I see you already own it! I read it last year, and I was completely surprised by how much I loved it. 😀

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 6, 2008    

    Thanks for the recommendation, Eva! This one is coming up on one of my book groups soon, so I will be reading it sooner rather than later 🙂 Stay posted for my review!

  7. Mome Rath Mome Rath
    January 7, 2010    

    Fascinating choices! I’m glad to see you have di Lampedusa’s The Leopard down for Italy, as well as a Kadare book for Albania. I can also recommend Kadare’s The Three Arched Bridge and The Palace of Dreams, though the latter was rather hard to find. As for Russian books, I’d recommend two additional vastly different authors: Mikhail Bulgakov, with The Master and Margarita; and Boris Akunin, with either The Winter Queen or Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk.

  8. January 27, 2010    

    Mome Rath: Thank you so much for the recommendations!

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