Instead of participating in a Historical Novels reading challenge like I have for the past several years, I’ve decided to narrow my focus, and read my way through England. This challenge is being hosted by Behold the Stars, and proves to be the type of challenge I’m looking for in 2016. Two options were given. I could read my way through the various English counties, or just through one. I’ve decided to participate in option 1: read my way through different counties. For this challenge I plan to be a “Level three” and read 7-12 counties. Check out the rules below!
The Goal: To travel England by reading, and read at least one book per however many counties of England you decide to read.
Example: You aim to read three books set in three different counties, and you read Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and The Darling Buds of May by H. E. Bates. Reading these means you have read a book from Dorset (Far From the Madding Crowd), London (Mrs Dalloway), and Kent (The Darling Buds of May).
- 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.