Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Europa Challenge! My Goals

I started reading Europa Editions books in 2009 with The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which I picked up after looking it over many times at the bookstore, and I loved it. Then I started noticing the distinctive-looking books all over. The next one I read was Alina Bronsky's masterful Broken Glass Park, which offers as true a depiction of the effects of family violence on children as I've ever seen. After that I was hooked! To date I've reviewed 8 of their books on my blog but I've read about four  more that I haven't reviewed yet; once Liberty and I settled on starting this project I decided to save them up to post as part of the challenge.

I also did a Spotlight series on Europa earlier this year, including interviews with authors Alina Bronsky and James Scudamore, as well as with Europa's editor in chief, Michael Reynolds.

As far as the challenge, my goal is to read 14 more Europas this year (Amante level, and I'll probably sign on to the Perpetual Challenge too- who am I kidding, right?) and post reviews of the remaining books I haven't reviewed yet, as well. I just finished Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's book of short stories The Woman with the Bouquet, and after that I'm going to pick through my stash of 30-odd Europas to fulfill the challenge. In other words, I haven't decided what exactly I'll read yet!
Good bets for me are:
  • Get Me Out of Here, by Henry Sutton, which EE sent me for review,
  • The Companion, by Lorcan Roche (also qualifies for the 2011 Ireland Challenge),
  • In A Strange Room, by Damon Galgut (also qualifies for the Complete Booker Challenge),
  • The Art of Losing, by Rebecca Connell, and
  • The Jasmine Isle, by Ioanna Karystiani.
I'm not going to count any of the books I've already read and not reviewed towards the challenge. Those are:
  • Old Filth, by Jane Gardam,
  • Tokyo Fiancée, by Amélie Nothomb,
  • French Leave, by Anna Gavalda, and
  • The Lost Daughter, by Elena Ferrante.
I'm so excited to be doing this blog challenge with all of you and I can't wait to read everyone's posts & reviews! Want to join? Go to EuropaChallenge.blogspot.com to find out how.

7 comments:

Care said...

I am going to run upstairs RIGHT NOW to see what I have! might be 2...

bermudaonion said...

Have fun!

Rayna Eliana said...

Enjoy! Great list!

reviewsbylola said...

The Art of Losing is on my list too. I also have three or four other Europas that I haven't read and I am always on the lookout for more.

Kathleen said...

I look forward to reading all about the challenge and the books you end reviewing.

Zibilee said...

It sounds like you have some pretty good goals there, and I am eager to read your reviews, as Europa is a publisher that I am rather interested in. Good luck, Marie!

Booksnyc said...

I love how everyone is reading different books! Your list is completely different from mine so I look forward to your reviews!