I’ve been looking over the books I own or want to borrow from the library and they fit into these two challenges. The first challenge is mostly my attempt to read through what is already on my shelves and also to help me choose books for my daughter who will be studying the 20th Century in 2021. So lots of books set in WWI & II and the former USSR. I mentioned below that I’d like to include more nonfiction and I’ll likely include that in a European context.
Updated to add some books I’m reading or planning to read:
Belgium – William: An Englishman by Cicely Hamilton
Russia – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Netherlands – The Return of the Prodigal by Henri Nouwen
Italy – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Armin
France – The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
Romania – Dracula by Bram Stoker
The European Reading Challenge is hosted by Rose City Reader and the details are here:
The second challenge is the 2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge which I did in 2020 because I wanted to balance out my reading more. I used to read more nonfiction than fiction until I started to make my way through as many classics as I could, which I’ve loved, but I want to level things out a bit more. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised and interested in so many of the new books that have come out in this category. I think the standard of literary nonfiction that is written for the layperson has increased significantly in more recent years, especially in the area of science. This challenge is hosted by Shellyrae at Book’dOut. She has twelve categories and there are four I’d like to do: Biography, Travel, Wartime Experiences, Disease and maybe some others.
Biography: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
War Time Experiences: A Woman in Berlin (Anonymous)
Challenge details are here.