Reading England…

Here I was, sitting happily with all my November planned reading done and feeling smug on how well I cope with Reading Challenges and my TBR when God did an LOL and I read Jane’s post and I knew…well, I knew I would be a part of it, even before I read the details. It’s called Reading England 2015 and was originally conceived by o at Behold the Stars!


The goals and rules are simple enough and I quote verbatim from o :

The Goal: To travel England by reading, and read at least one book per however many counties of England you decide to read.

The Rules:

  • This challenge begins on the 1st January 2015 and ends on 31st December 2015, but of course if you really get into it then keep it going 🙂
  • You can sign up any time between now and the end of 2015. Only books read after 1st January 2015 count, though.
  • Choose a level (below), but do not feel obliged to pick your books or even your counties beforehand.
  • Because this is a classics blog, I’d encourage people to read classic novels, but how you define classics is up to you.
  • You are not limited to English authors. Henry James, for example, is American but his novel The Turn of the Screw is set in Essex, and so he counts for the challenge.
  • It would be grand if you blogged about the books you read for each county but you don’t have to. If you do, you don’t have to feel obliged to give any information about the county in general other than, maybe, “This is my review of x which is set in the county of x”. You could also include a description of the landscape in your posts, but again you don’t have to.
  • You do not have to read the books in their original language, translations are accepted (I only read in English so I would never dream of making other people read in their second language!)
  • Audio books, Kindles, and whatnot are accepted too.
  • Poetry, plays, biographies, and autobiographies count as well as novels.

The Levels:

  • Level one: 1 – 3 counties
  • Level two: 4 – 6 counties
  • Level three: 7 – 12 counties
  • Level four: 12 + counties

I have decided not be overambitious or give in to my intellectual greed in 2015 and therefore contend myself to Level Two 4-6 counties; if by chance I better it, well so much the better I guess.

Now for the books – This is my plan, but not a concrete and cemented boundary line and therefore subject to change!!


  • Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier


  • Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope


  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell


  • Howards End by E. M. Forster


  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro


  • Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Here goes the list and here I go again…I never learn!!! But there is just sooooooo much to read!!

P.S. I was planning to review “Picnic at Hanging Rocks by Joan Lindsey, but that will now have to wait!!!


15 thoughts on “Reading England…

  1. I love North and South too – I’m quite tempted to have a re-read!

    I’m planning on reading Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning too, I’ve barely read any EBB.

    Good luck, thank you for joining! 🙂

    1. Thank You for hosting such an innovative reading event…I read a bit of EBB, but that too in college which is like a decade old history!! I LOVE and Worship Gaskell and cannot imagine a English Lit reading event without reading atleast one of her works!!

  2. Oh wonderful! I’m glad to see you jump in! Kudos to you for trying another du Maurier. You’ll have to let me know how it goes. Another thumbs up for North and South! I’ve never been disappointed with a Gaskell novel. Best of luck with your challenge!

    1. I should try another Du Maurier….I would hate to write off someone without a second chance!! I LOVE Gaskell…so am really excited about North and South!!!

    1. Thans Stefanie…..I choose Howard’s End specifically because of your review…it was on my TBR forever and this challenge seemed like a good time to finally read it!

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