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Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Eastern European Challenge!


I came across this challenge today and thought it was super cool, so decided to join it! 
I found it over at The Black Sheep Dances

There aren't many rules and it's basically about reading and reviewing a few Eastern European books in 2012~ Sounds fantastic to me! There at least a dozen awesome books from Eastern Europe that immediately popped in my head when I fist found this fab challenge and I think I'll have plenty of fun participating in it! :)

Here's some info about the challenge:

Regions: Choose titles about or by an author from any of the following regions: Croatia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, Belarus, Estonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Romania, Moldova, and Kosovo.

Titles: Can be any genre: crime, poetry, literary fiction, history, historical fiction, memoirs, etc. If possible, try to select titles that are translated works to help support the continuing exposure of Eastern works to Western readers.

Links to reviews of Eastern European or Russian titles are in the comments box here:
http://www.theblacksheepdances.com/2011/01/links-to-your-reviews-of-eastern.html

Suggested titles by participants are here:
http://www.theblacksheepdances.com/2011/01/suggest-title-for-eastern-european.

Levels:
tourist: 4 books over the 12 months
ambassador: 8 books over 12 months
scholar: 12 books over 12 months

I think I will go for SCHOLAR level, as I plan on doing one Eastern European book per month!
Here are a few books that I would love to read and feature on my blog:

1) Andrzej Sapkowski - The Blood of Elves (Poland, fantasy)
2) Dorota Masłowska - Snow White and Russian Red (Poland, contemporary/historical)
3) Sergei Lukyanenko - Night Watch (Russia, fantasy)
4) Dmitry Glukhovsky - Metro 2033 (Russia, fantasy/dystopia)

There's more, I just need to do research if they were translated to English :)
I'm really excited for this challenge! Woohoooo! 2012 is going to be so fun!



13 comments:

Bonnie said...

This challenge sounds amazing! I have always been facinated with Eastern Europe and would love to read more authors from that region. That being said I don't know many so I'm going to be checking out your list! ;)

Dana - Let's Book It said...

Very interesting challenge. I look forward to hearing what you think about these books.

Nicki J Markus said...

I love Lukyanenko's Night Watch series - enjoy! If you enjoy the books, there are two good Russian film versions of Night Watch and Day Watch! ;)

roro said...

u go girl
njoy & have fun

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Interesting. My family is Hungarian so this has peaked my curiosity.

said...

That´s cool! :) I am from Czech republic :P I hope you´ll enjoy this!:)

Princezná said...

wooo this is a cool challenge!! I'm from Slovakia and you have my full support :)
I would recommend you some books but I'm afraid they're not translated and that's a shame :(
I know you have two polish books already, but I really enjoyed Witches Daughter by Dorota Terakowska... it could be translated so check it out it's really nice :)
If you would find some books by authors from Slovakia it would be awsome!

mimz said...

Wow, that sounds awesome! I'm from Bulgaria and I fully support this challenge. :D Hope you find many great books.

Melissa said...

This sounds like lots of fun! I think I've maxed myself out for challenges already, but maybe it's one to plan for next year =) I went to eastern Europe for the first time last summer and LOVED it!

I'll send you a private message on GoodReads and we can coordinate a time to meet up next weekend. Looking forward to it!

P.S. The Jessica Darling series is AWESOME especially if, like me, you were a little socially awkward as a teen. Jess reminds me SO much of myself that I sometimes wonder if the author somehow acquired copies of my own teenage diaries and published them =)

Amy said...

That sounds like a really cool challenge. Have fun with it. :)

Amy said...

Hey Evie!
Thanks for the shout-out for the EE Challenge! This is a fun challenge, as the first year we had over 70 participants from 22 nations.
You can always check the list for new titles too, and usually throughout the year I will do a few giveaways to participants only.
Again, thanks for spreading the word!
Amy

BookLuvr Mindy said...

Whoa! This is a crazy challenge! Have fun!

bookluvrmindy
Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Natalia Belikov @ Dazzling Reads said...

My dear Evie!! =9 I love your challenge! I will definitely looking forward to the reviews of these books and then read them myself to expand my horizons! =D

muah!!! I hope you are doing awesome my dear!! ^.^

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