Saturday, December 3, 2016

Reading England Challenge...

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

This was a fun reading challenge hosted by Behold the Stars, and a great literary pilgrimage across England as well. I ended up reading 11 books set in 9 different counties, which means I reached Level 3 -- Reading 7-12 counties. Yay! Here are the books I read for the Reading England 2016 Challenge and the counties where they are set:

Jacob's Room  by Virginia Woolf

Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Seeking Persephone by Sarah M. Eden

When Falcons Fall by C.S. Harris

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Happy Reading!


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    1. I liked how low-key it was, and also how the books I was reading anyway filled several of the counties without me having to try and find specific books to read. The perfect reading challenge for me. :)

  2. What a fun challenge! It's a great way to pay attention to the geography of a story, which can and should impact the story itself. I don't think Rebecca could work set anywhere but Cornwall!

    1. I agree! I love settings like Cornwall and Wales and Scotland...they always seem to add a little something extra to the story. :)

  3. What a great challenge! Are they running it again in 2017? If so, I'm going to have to think really hard about it, because I love England.

    1. I think she said she was going to take a break in 2017, but will probably host this challenge again in 2018. But you can check out her post for yourself at:

  4. I would really like to do this challenge someday, even if it's not an "official" one. It would be fun to explore the landscape of England through reading, in a more conscious way than I have done hitherto.

    1. I had a lot of fun with it...and there's so many really good books out there set in England that it makes this particular reading challenge even more fun. :)

  5. Well done! And yes, I'll most likely host it in 2018. I've got so much I want to read next year, not sure I'll fit it in for 2017. But I would like to get back to it for 2018. Thanks for joining :)

    1. I know what you mean about not being able to fit in all the books you want to read; it happens to me all the time. I'll look forward to joining your challenge in 2018. Until then...happy reading! :)