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!

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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!!

Cornwall

  • Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier Read 2016 (See Below)

Cumbria

  • Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope – Read 2016 (See Below)

Lancashire

Shropshire

Surrey

Wiltshire

Worcestershire

  • 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!!

Update 2016

As one can see – my Reading England 2015, did not go as well as I planned. However I loved and I mean LOVED this event and O was generous enough to host it again. She has added a lot of variety this time by giving us a couple of options in the event and here I quote directly from her website –

Challenge #1 – The Goal: To travel England by reading, and read at least one book per however many counties of England you decide to read.
Challenge #2 The Goal: To read as many books as you wish from just one county. You can ‘Read London’, ‘Read Dorset’, ‘Read Yorkshire’, ‘Read Cumbria’ – any county you wish!
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I am going with Challenge#1 and the rules remain simple and again I quote from her site-
  • This challenge begins on the 1st January 2016 and ends on 31st December 2016.
  • You can sign up any time between now and the end of 2016. Only books read after 1st January 2016 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.
  • Don’t feel obligated to blog about each book if you don’t want to, and if you do – don’t feel you have to include general information about the county. You could also include a description of the landscape described from the book in your posts, but again you don’t have to. This is purely for fun 🙂
  • You don’t have to read the books in their original language, translations are of course accepted.
  • Audio books, Kindles, etc 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

Last year I decided to go with Level 2 and really failed. Therefore I learnt my lesson and decided to be over-ambitious and aspire for Level 3. Yes, no fool like an old fool! I now charge forward and in keeping in with my attempts to  be a more disciplined reader; I am attempting to complete those works, which I could not read in 2015 as part of this event

Cumbria

Cornwall

Hertfordshire

Sussex