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message 1: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (last edited Feb 22, 2014 07:31PM) (new)

Diane | 12845 comments In honor of the Winter Olympics being held this year in Sochi, Russia, I thought it would be nice to have an Olympic challenge available.


Time limit: February 6, 2014 until August 4, 2016 (day before the Summer Olympics begins)
Genre: Any

There will be three chances to "medal":

Gold Medal - Read a book set in or written by an author from each of the 88 countries participating in the 2014 Olympics
Silver Medal - Read a book set in or written by an author from each country that wins a medal in the 2014 Olympics (i.e. 26 countries medaled in 2010)
Bronze Medal - Read a book set in or written by an author from each country that wins a gold medal in the 2014 Olympics (i.e. 19 countries won gold in 2010)

Here are the countries participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics:

Medals Key (so far): (G)Gold (S)Silver (B)Bronze


Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia (S)(B)
Austria (G)(S)(B)
Azerbaijan
Belarus (G)(B)
Belgium
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada (G)(S)(B)
Cayman Islands
Chile
China (G)(S)(B)
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Croatia (S)
Cyprus
Czech Republic (G)(S)(B)
Denmark
Dominica
Estonia
Finland (G)(S)(B)
France (G)(S)(B)
Georgia
Germany (G)(S)(B)
Great Britain (G)(S)(B)
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy (S)(B)
Jamaica
Japan (G)(S)(B)
Kazakhstan (B)
Korea (G)(S)(B)
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia (S)(B)
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Nepal
Netherlands (G)(S)(B)
New Zealand
Norway (G)(S)(B)
Pakistan
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland (G)(S)(B)
Portugal
Romania
Russia (G)(S)(B)
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia (G)
Slovenia (G)(S)(B)
Spain
Sweden (G)(S)(B)
Switzerland (G)(S)(B)
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Turkey
Ukraine (G)(B)
USA (G)(S)(B)
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (US)
Zimbabwe


message 2: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 437 comments hmmm, tempting...lol! like I need anymore challenges ;)


message 3: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Cappon This is a really cool idea.


message 4: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (last edited Jul 10, 2016 11:51PM) (new)

Diane | 12845 comments I am going to go for the gold. My first country is Belarus: Pack of Wolves



Albania: Broken April
Andorra: Death Has a Thousand Doors
Argentina: Martín Fierro
Armenia: Modern Armenian Prose
Australia: Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence
Austria: The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
Azerbaijan: Nizami: Selected Poems
Belarus: Pack of Wolves
Belgium: The Parable Of The Blind
Bermuda: The Gentleman Poet: A Novel of Love, Danger, and Shakespeare's The Tempest
Bosnia and Herzegovina: As If I Am Not There
Brazil: There Were Many Horses
Bulgaria: Under the Yoke
Canada: Fifth Business
Cayman Islands: Death by Jealousy
Chile: The House of the Spirits
China: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan): The Third Son
Croatia: On the Edge of Reason
Cyprus: Bitter Lemons of Cyprus: Life on a Mediterranean Island
Czech Republic: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Denmark: Anecdotes of Destiny
Dominica: Taming a Hurricane
Estonia: Purge
Finland As Red as Blood
France: The Phantom of the Opera
Georgia: The Sunny Night
Germany: The Emigrants
Great Britain: Jane Eyre
Greece: Zorba the Greek
Hong Kong The Painted Veil
Hungary: Eclipse of the Crescent Moon
Iceland On the Cold Coasts
India: A Suitable Boy
Iran: Reading Lolita in Tehran
Ireland: The Butcher Boy
Israel: Operation Shylock: A Confession
Italy: Foucault's Pendulum
Jamaica: Small Island
Japan: Thousand Cranes
Kazakhstan: Drinking Camel's Milk in the Yurt - Expat Stories from Kazakhstan
Korea: A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea
Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyz Legends
Latvia: Butterfly Putsch
Lebanon: An Unnecessary Woman
Liechtenstein: Ludmila A Story Of Liechtenstein
Lithuania: Lithuanian Short Stories
Luxembourg: The Candidate: A Luxembourg Thriller
Macedonia: Contemporary Macedonian Poetry
Malta: One Summer in Malta
Mexico: Under the Volcano
Moldova: Mierla Domesticita: Blackbird Once Wild, Now Tame
Monaco: The Grimaldis of Monaco: The Centuries of Scandal, the Years of Grace
Mongolia: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Montenegro: Montenegro or Bust
Morocco: The Sheltering Sky
Nepal: Sold
Netherlands: The Twins
New Zealand: Erewhon
Norway: The Birds
Pakistan: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Paraguay: Invisible Country
Peru: Deep Rivers
Philippines: Noli Me Tángere
Poland: Schindler's List
Portugal: Pereira Maintains
Romania: The Bald Soprano and Other Plays
Russia: Notes from Underground
San Marino: The Republic of San Marino
Serbia: Dictionary of the Khazars
Slovakia: Rivers of Babylon
Slovenia: Ljubljana Tales
Spain: The Shadow of the Wind
Sweden: The Man Who Went Up in Smoke
Switzerland: Smiley's People
Tajikistan: The Sandalwood Box: Folk Tales from Tadzhikistan
Thailand: The Shadow-Line: A Confession
Timor-Leste: Timor Lives! Speeches of Freedom and Independence
Togo: Greetings from Jungleland
Tonga: Royal Visit to Tonga
Turkey: Last Train to Istanbul
Ukraine A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
USA: Twelve Years a Slave
Uzbekistan: Americanski Girl
Venezuela: The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos
Virgin Islands (British): Swimming with the Dead
Virgin Islands (US): Crucian Tales: The Trials and Tribulations of Jimbo
Zimbabwe: The Grass is Singing


message 5: by Nancy H (new)

Nancy H | 810 comments Since I am trying to read more books this year set around the world, I am in. I don't know if I will achieve Gold, but at least will build some good reading 'muscles' along the way as I 'train.' (As if I need to practice reading- lol!)


message 6: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Reading has done wonders for my physique... okay, not so much.


message 7: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 437 comments for your mental physique! that counts right?


message 8: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Dee wrote: "for your mental physique! that counts right?"

I think it counts! My brains and eyes need to share some of the results of their exercise with the rest of me.


message 9: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding two more:

Poland: Schindler's List
Lithuania: Lithuanian Short Stories

Total Countries: 3/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 1
Total Medalists Read: 1


message 10: by Danielle (last edited Jul 10, 2015 07:30AM) (new)

Danielle (daniellecobbaertbe) | 68 comments I'm in as well, Diana. I will not achieve gold but I'm just in for fun.

Going for bronze:
9 golden medals

1: Austria: The Third Man
2: Belarus
3: Canada
4: China: The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices
5: Czech Republic: The Glass Room
6: Finland
7: France: An Officer and a Spy
8: Germany: The Eyewitness
9: Great Britain: Cold Granite
10: Japan: Shipwrecks
11: Korea
12: The Netherlands
13: Norway
14: Poland
15: Russia: Home of the Gentry
16: Slovakia
17: Slovenia
18: Sweden
19: Switserland
20: Ukraine
21: USA: The Snow Child


Other medal winners: 2
1: Australia: Jasper Jones
2: Italy: The Ruby in Her Navel


message 11: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding Czech Republic: The Unbearable Lightness of Being


Total Countries: 4/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 2
Total Medalists Read: 3


message 12: by Ellinor (last edited Jul 29, 2015 08:03AM) (new)

Ellinor (1001andmore) | 779 comments I'm in as well. I first thought that the time limit was August 2014 but then I read again and noticed that the time limit is 2016.
I will try for Gold too.

Time limit: February 6, 2014 until August 4, 2016 (day before the Summer Olympics begins)


Here's my list:

Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia (S)(B): The Rosie Project
Austria (G)(S)(B): The Afternoon of a Writer
Azerbaijan
Belarus (G)(B)
Belgium: Storm of Steel
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Great & Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms: How One Man Scorched the Twentieth Century But Didn't Mean To
Brazil: The Hour of the Star
Bulgaria
Canada (G)(S)(B): Dear Life: Stories
Cayman Islands
Chile: Talking In Whispers
China (G)(S)(B)
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Croatia (S)
Cyprus
Czech Republic (G)(S)(B): Closely Watched Trains
Denmark: The Hanging Girl
Dominica
Estonia
Finland (G)(S)(B): The Manila Rope
France (G)(S)(B): The Pigeon
Georgia: A Hero of Our Time
Germany (G)(S)(B): The Glass Bees
Great Britain (G)(S)(B): Erebos
Greece: Andi's War
Hong Kong
Hungary: Eclipse of the Crescent Moon
Iceland: Einvígið
India: The God of Small Things
Iran: The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
Ireland: The Newton Letter
Israel: The Testament of Mary
Italy (S)(B): Those Who Walk Away
Jamaica
Japan (G)(S)(B): 1Q84
Kazakhstan (B)
Korea (G)(S)(B)
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia (S)(B): Holes
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Mexico: Los de abajo
Moldova: In the Heart of the Seas
Monaco: The Marriage Plot
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Nepal
Netherlands (G)(S)(B): The Goldfinch
New Zealand
Norway (G)(S)(B)
Pakistan
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland (G)(S)(B): Mojsche und Rejsele
Portugal: The History of the Siege of Lisbon
Romania: Interview with the Vampire
Russia (G)(S)(B): Moscow to the End of the Line
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia (G)
Slovenia (G)(S)(B)
Spain: The Devil and Miss Prym
Sweden (G)(S)(B): A Faraway Island
Switzerland (G)(S)(B): Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Turkey
Ukraine (G)(B): All the Light We Cannot See
USA (G)(S)(B): Where the Red Fern Grows
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (US)
Zimbabwe


Total Countries: 37/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 12
Total Medalists Read: 18


message 13: by Jessica (last edited Dec 30, 2014 04:54AM) (new)

Jessica | 504 comments I'm in for fun too! Looks like a great challenge to join for when I can't decide which country to read next.

Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia (S)(B) - A Town Like Alice [29/05/14]
Austria (G)(S)(B)
Azerbaijan
Belarus (G)(B)
Belgium
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada (G)(S)(B) - Lives of Girls and Women [12/05/14]
Cayman Islands
Chile
China (G)(S)(B) - The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations [15/09/14]
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Croatia (S)
Cyprus
Czech Republic (G)(S)(B)
Denmark
Dominica
Estonia - Purge [09/03/14]
Finland (G)(S)(B)
France (G)(S)(B) - Chocolat [28/02/14]
Georgia
Germany (G)(S)(B)
Great Britain (G)(S)(B) - Three Men in a Boat [20/04/14]
Greece - My Family and Other Animals [31/08/14]
Hong Kong - The Painted Veil [16/03/14]
Hungary
Iceland - Burial Rites [31/03/14]
India - The Inheritance of Loss [08/08/14]
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy (S)(B) - Beautiful Ruins [26/06/14]
Jamaica
Japan (G)(S)(B) - Kokoro [18/08/14]
Kazakhstan (B)
Korea (G)(S)(B) - The Calligrapher's Daughter [05/12/14]
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia (S)(B)
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Nepal
Netherlands (G)(S)(B)
New Zealand - The Colour [27/04/14]
Norway (G)(S)(B)
Pakistan - I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban [08/06/14]
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland (G)(S)(B) - Finding Rebecca: A Novel of Love and the Holocaust [23/02/14]
Portugal
Romania
Russia (G)(S)(B)
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia (G)
Slovenia (G)(S)(B)
Spain
Sweden (G)(S)(B)
Switzerland (G)(S)(B)
Tajikistan
Thailand - Cross Currents [07/04/14]
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Turkey - The Grand Mirage [19/09/14]
Ukraine (G)(B)
USA (G)(S)(B) - Winter Season: A Dancer's Journal [13/02/14]
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (US)
Zimbabwe

Total Countries: 19/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 8
Total Medalists Read: 10


message 14: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments There have been a couple changes to the list. Apparently Afghanistan withdrew and India was re-instated. The count is still at 88 countries.


message 15: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding Austria to my list: The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss.


Total Countries: 5/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 3
Total Medalists Read: 4


message 16: by Shannon (last edited Feb 24, 2014 03:04AM) (new)

Shannon Silver: all medalists
6/2/2014 - 4/8/2016
3/26 countries

Australia
Austria
Belarus
Canada: Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman ✔ 24/2/2014
China: The Sand Pebbles / Rabbit in the Moon
Czech Republic
Finland
France: Villette
Germany: The Dark Monk
Great Britain: Stonehenge
Italy: To Find a Mountain
Japan: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Korea: Brother Fish
Latvia
Netherlands: Girl in Hyacinth blue
Norway
Poland
Russia: Fall of Giants by Ken Follett ✔ 13/2/2014
Slovakia
Slovenia
Sweden: The 100-year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared
Switzerland
Ukraine: The Silence of Trees
USA: Paper Towns by John Green ✔ 20/2/2014


message 17: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding Liechtenstein: Ludmila A Story Of Liechtenstein by Paul Gallico.



Total Countries: 6/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 3
Total Medalists Read: 4


message 18: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding Switzerland: Smiley's People by John le Carré.


Total Countries: 7/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 4
Total Medalists Read: 5


message 19: by Nancy H (new)

Nancy H | 810 comments I will update this later to include the whole list, but for now I want to log in with where I am so far:

1. United States: One Small Valley (2/6/14)
2. Great Britain (Scotland, specifically): Devil of the Highlands (2/8/14)
3. Canada: The Cruelest Month (2/11/14)
4. Mexico: Enchiladas, Rice, and Beans (2/13/14)
5. Netherlands: The Signature of All Things (This book is historical fiction that takes place in several countries but for here I am counting it for Holland/Netherlands) (2/15/14)

Total countries: 5/88
Total Gold: 4


message 20: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (last edited Feb 17, 2014 07:55PM) (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding Slovakia with Rivers of Babylon by Peter Pišťanek.



Total Countries: 8/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 5
Total Medalists Read: 6


message 21: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding USA with Twelve Years a Slave.




Total Countries: 9/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 6
Total Medalists Read: 7


message 22: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding Hungary with Eclipse of the Crescent Moon by Géza Gárdonyi.


Total Countries: 10/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 6
Total Medalists Read: 7


message 23: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding Moldova with Mierla Domesticita: Blackbird Once Wild, Now Tame by Nicolae Dabija.



Total Countries: 11/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 6
Total Medalists Read: 7


message 24: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding Great Britain with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.




Total Countries: 12/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 7
Total Medalists Read: 8


message 25: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 504 comments Poland - Finding Rebecca: A Novel of Love and the Holocaust by Eoin Dempsey (23/02/14)

Total Countries: 2/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 2
Total Medalists Read: 2


message 26: by Apoorv (last edited Apr 03, 2014 07:23PM) (new)

Apoorv  Moghe (goodreadscomapoorv) | 21 comments This is going to be fun. What a brilliantly sketched out task.. I am planning for the Gold, most because of the time span which is cool, but starting with an intention to read as diversely as I can.

Appreciate and kudos for the task, Diane !

Task : Olympic Challenge !
Duration : February 6, 2014 until August 4, 2016 (day before the Summer Olympics begins)
Target : Gold


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Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia (S)(B)
Austria (G)(S)(B)
Azerbaijan
Belarus (G)(B)
Belgium
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada (G)(S)(B)
Cayman Islands
Chile
China (G)(S)(B)
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Croatia (S)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (3/22/2014)
Cyprus
Czech Republic (G)(S)(B)
Denmark
Dominica
Estonia
Finland (G)(S)(B)
France (G)(S)(B)
Georgia
Germany (G)(S)(B)
Great Britain (G)(S)(B)
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (2/3/2014)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2/13/2014)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (2/25/2014)
Animal Farm by George Orwell (2/28/2014)
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy (S)(B)
Jamaica
Japan (G)(S)(B)
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (2/8/2014)
Kazakhstan (B)
Korea (G)(S)(B)
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia (S)(B)
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Nepal
Netherlands (G)(S)(B)
New Zealand
Norway (G)(S)(B)
Pakistan
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland (G)(S)(B)
Portugal
Romania
Russia (G)(S)(B)
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia (G)
Slovenia (G)(S)(B)
Spain
Sweden (G)(S)(B)
Switzerland (G)(S)(B)
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Turkey
Ukraine (G)(B)
USA (G)(S)(B)
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
Double Indemnity by James M. Cain (2/28/2014
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (US)
Zimbabwe
----------------------------------------------------

Summary :
Total Countries Read : 4 / 88
Total Gold Medalists Read : 3
Total Medalists Read : 4
Total Books Read : 8


The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Double Indemnity by James M. Cain Animal Farm by George Orwell Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie


message 27: by Poongothai (last edited Jan 04, 2015 10:54PM) (new)

Poongothai (poongsa) | 27 comments Duration : Feb 2014 to ???
Total Countries Read : 13 / 88
Total Medalists Read : (6)G (7)S (7)B




Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia (S)(B) The One That Got Away May 4
Austria (G)(S)(B)
Azerbaijan
Belarus (G)(B)
Belgium
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada (G)(S)(B) - Still Life Mar 2
Cayman Islands
Chile
China (G)(S)(B) - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Nov 10
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Croatia (S)
Cyprus
Czech Republic (G)(S)(B)
Denmark
Dominica
Estonia
Finland (G)(S)(B)
France (G)(S)(B) Sarah's Key June 7
Georgia
Germany (G)(S)(B)
Great Britain (G)(S)(B)Welcome To Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop Of Dreams Apr 7
Greece Your Wicked Heart Mar 5
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India - Oleander Girl Mar 22
Iran
Ireland - Shadow Spell May 20
Israel
Italy (S)(B)
Jamaica - Not Quite Enough May 6
Japan (G)(S)(B)
Kazakhstan (B)
Korea (G)(S)(B)
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia (S)(B)
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Nepal
Netherlands (G)(S)(B)
New Zealand - What the Librarian Did Mar 5
Norway (G)(S)(B)
Pakistan
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland (G)(S)(B)
Portugal
Romania
Russia (G)(S)(B)- The Ice King Sep 4
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia (G)
Slovenia (G)(S)(B)
Spain - The Spanish Groom Feb 22
Sweden (G)(S)(B)
Switzerland (G)(S)(B)
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Turkey
Ukraine (G)(B)
USA (G)(S)(B) - The Help Feb 13
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (US)
Zimbabwe

The Help by Kathryn Stockett What the Librarian Did (Harlequin Superromance, #1622) by Karina Bliss Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1) by Louise Penny The Spanish Groom by Lynne Graham Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Your Wicked Heart (Rules for the Reckless, #0.5) by Meredith Duran Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan The One That Got Away by Kelly Hunter Not Quite Enough (Not Quite, #3) by Catherine Bybee Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #2) by Nora Roberts Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay The Ice King by Dinah Dean Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See


message 28: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 504 comments France - Chocolat by Joanne Harris (28/02/14)

Total Countries: 3/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 3
Total Medalists Read: 3


message 29: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding:
Serbia: Dictionary of the Khazars
Romania: The Bald Soprano and Other Plays
Bulgaria: Under the Yoke


Total Countries: 15/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 7
Total Medalists Read: 8


message 30: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor (1001andmore) | 779 comments Updated Post #12: Adding Canada, Iceland and Switzerland.


message 31: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 504 comments Estonia - Purge by Sofi Oksanen (09/03/14)

Total Countries: 4/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 3
Total Medalists Read: 3


message 32: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 504 comments Hong Kong - The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham (16/03/14)

Total Countries: 5/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 3
Total Medalists Read: 3


message 33: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor (1001andmore) | 779 comments Updated Post #12. Added Israel and Spain.


message 34: by Laurie (last edited Mar 16, 2014 09:55AM) (new)

Laurie Can't resist a challenge - I'll back date my progress to this point.


Task : Olympic Challenge !
Duration : February 1, 2014 until August 4, 2016 (day before the Summer Olympics begins)
Target : Gold


Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia (S)(B)
Austria (G)(S)(B)
Azerbaijan
Belarus (G)(B)
Belgium
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada (G)(S)(B)
Cayman Islands
Chile
China (G)(S)(B)
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Croatia (S)
Cyprus
Czech Republic (G)(S)(B)
Denmark
Dominica
Estonia
Finland (G)(S)(B)
France (G)(S)(B)
Georgia
Germany (G)(S)(B)
Great Britain (G)(S)(B)
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy (S)(B)
Jamaica
Japan (G)(S)(B)
Kazakhstan (B)
Korea (G)(S)(B)
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia (S)(B)
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Nepal
Netherlands (G)(S)(B)
New Zealand
Norway (G)(S)(B)
Pakistan
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland (G)(S)(B)
Portugal
Romania
Russia (G)(S)(B)
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia (G)
Slovenia (G)(S)(B)
Spain
Sweden (G)(S)(B)
Switzerland (G)(S)(B)
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Turkey
Ukraine (G)(B)
USA (G)(S)(B)
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (US)
Zimbabwe


message 35: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor (1001andmore) | 779 comments Updated post #12: I added Latvia and Russia.


message 37: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 504 comments Iceland - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (31/03/14)

Total Countries: 6/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 3
Total Medalists Read: 3


message 38: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding:

Turkey - Last Train to Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin
Iran - Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Total Countries: 17/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 7
Total Medalists Read: 8


message 39: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding:

Malta: One Summer in Malta by Sue Moorcroft
Israel: Operation Shylock: A Confession by Philip Roth


Total Countries: 19/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 7
Total Medalists Read: 8


message 40: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 504 comments Thailand - Cross Currents by John Shors (07/04/14)

Total Countries: 7/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 3
Total Medalists Read: 3


message 41: by Ellinor (last edited Apr 17, 2014 07:07AM) (new)

Ellinor (1001andmore) | 779 comments Updated Post #12 - adding Netherlands and Mexico


message 42: by Rusty (new)

Rusty Tobin (tobinrr47gmailcom) | 229 comments Adding 3 more
Canada The Birth House
France The Lady and the Unicorn
Serbia The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All For the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

Total countries: 9/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 6
Total Medalists Read 7


message 43: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 504 comments Great Britain - Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome (20/04/14)

Total Countries: 8/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 4
Total Medalists Read: 4


message 44: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding:



Albania: Broken April
Bosnia and Herzegovina: As If I Am Not There
Greece: Zorba the Greek
Macedonia: Contemporary Macedonian Poetry
Montenegro: Montenegro or Bust


Total Countries: 24/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 7
Total Medalists Read: 8


message 45: by Aleksandra (last edited Nov 14, 2014 10:14AM) (new)

Aleksandra (aleksandrakonwa) | 53 comments Cool challenge, Im in :)My list :

Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia: The Fine Colour of Rust P.A. O'Reilley
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bermuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada (G)(S)(B)Anne of Avonlea L.M. Montgomery
Cayman Islands
Chile
China (G)(S)(B)
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
Croatia (S)
Cyprus
Czech Republic (G)(S)(B)
Denmark
Dominica
Estonia
Finland (G)(S)(B)
France A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Georgia
Germany (G)(S)(B)
Great Britain Christmas at the Cupcake Café Jenny Colgan
Greece Wedding Night Sophie Kinsella
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India: The Midnight Palace Carlos Ruiz Zaffon
Iran Persian Girls: A Memoir Nachid Rachlin
Ireland: The Butterfly Cabinet Bernie Mcgill
Israel The Jerusalem Puzzle Laurence O'Bryan

Italy : When in Rome Nicky Pellegrino
Jamaica
Japan (G)(S)(B): Glass Geishas Susanna Quinn
Kazakhstan (B)
Korea (G)(S)(B)
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia (S)(B)
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco Tea at the Grand Tazi Alexandra Singer
Nepal Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal Conor Grennan
Netherlands (G)(S)(B)
New Zealand
Norway (G)(S)(B) The Son Jo Nesbo
Pakistan In the Orchard, the Swallows Peter Hobbs
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland (G)(S)(B) wiedźma.com.pl Ewa Białołęcka
Portugal The Elephant's Journey Jose Saramago
Romania Black Sea Twilight Dominica Radulescu
Russia
San Marino
Serbia The Tiger's Wife Tea Obreht
Slovakia (G)
Slovenia (G)(S)(B)
Spain
Sweden (G)(S)(B)
Switzerland (G)(S)(B)
Tajikistan
Thailand Catching the Sun Tony Parsons
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Turkey Honor Elif Shafak
Ukraine (G)(B)
USA S.E.C.R.E.T. L.Marie Adeline
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (US)
Zimbabwe The Hairdresser of HarareTendai Huchu

16/88
Gold medals: 6


message 47: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding:

Croatia: On the Edge of Reason
France: The Phantom of the Opera
Italy: Foucault's Pendulum
Monaco: The Grimaldis of Monaco: The Centuries of Scandal, the Years of Grace
Morocco: The Sheltering Sky
Portugal: Pereira Maintains
San Marino: The Republic of San Marino
Slovenia: Ljubljana Tales
Spain: The Shadow of the Wind

Total Countries: 33/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 9
Total Medalists Read: 12


message 48: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 12845 comments Adding:

Togo: Greetings from Jungleland

Total Countries: 34/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 9
Total Medalists Read: 12


message 49: by Rabaab (new)

Rabaab | 3 comments Cool challenge I am in too. gold.


message 50: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 504 comments Canada - Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro (12/05/14)
Australia - A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute (29/05/14)
Pakistan - I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai (08/06/14)

Total Countries: 12/88
Total Gold Medalists Read: 5
Total Medalists Read: 6


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