Sunday, December 27, 2009

Typically British Reading Challenge

Hosted by Book City Chick.

1st Jan 2010~ 31st Dec 2010, fiction or non-fiction.


• "Put The Kettle On" – Read 2 Typically British novels.

• "Gordon Bennett" – Read 4 Typically British novels.

• "Bob's Your Uncle" – Read 6 Typically British novels.

• "Cream Crackered" – Read 8 Typically British novels.

My tbr list (8 books) with completed books highlighted or linked to reviews:

Black Swan Green**** by David Mitchell

So Many Ways to Begin**** by Jon McGregor

Mrs. Dalloway*** by Virginia Woolf

Blacklands***** by Belinda Bauer
The Outcast**** by Sadie Jones
The Blue Flower***** by Penelope Fitzgerald 
Orlando***** by Virginia Woolf
Holiday**** by Stanley Middleton
Solar***by Ian McEwan
Even the Dogs***** by Jon McGregor
Our Horses in Egypt***** by Rosalind Belben

As of Tuesday March 9, 2010, I'm officially "Cream-Crackered" but I challenge on:

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt

Infinities by John Banville
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble
Five quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

Half Broken Things by Morag Joss
something by Iris Murdoch

I read 26 books by UK authors in 2009, including some top drawers novels by A.S. Byatt, Doris Lessing, Iris Murdoch, Sarah Waters, Virginia Woolf, Chris Cleave, Brian Lynch (yes, the Irish poet and director),
William Fiennes, Alistair Campbell, Samantha Harvey, Sue Gee, Sally Vickers, Stanley Middleton, Jon Mcgregor, Susan Hill, Deirdre Madden, and newcomer Edward Hogan. I'll have no problem with this challenge I should think. It will be fun to see what others read. Won't you join us?

Always open to questions about works or authors mentioned, comments, reading suggestions (literary fiction only and No Spoilers please), dissenting opinions, or links to reviews. I'd love to read them.


  1. I am giving serious thought to joining this one myself. You have a great list of books there!

  2. Hey, this looks like a great challenge. I'll have to join up myself.

    You should look at this one too. I'm going to join it as soon as I get my booklist together:

    Talk with you later,

  3. Sounds like a great challenge- good luck :-) I never join challenges but this one I could probably do in my sleep! :)

  4. Welcome to the Typically British challenge. Great list, have fun! :)

  5. I am going to join this one too. Being British I feel I should concentrate on some of my own country's authors.

  6. I'm compiling a list of Bloggiesta participants who have a Twitter account. I couldn't find a Twitter button or an email address to contact you privately on your blog. If you're interested in being on this list, please email me @ missremmers @ gmail (dot) com your Twitter username! Thanks

  7. Good luck with this challenge! I hope to read: Black Swan Green, Wolf Hall, and The Children's Book in 2010 - hope we both enjoy all of them :)

  8. Good TBR list..i know..i own most of them but have read only a few..and i am lousy at Book Challenges (though i started a 25 Book Challenge on Library Thing for this coming year)..i just stopped by here to wish you a Grand New well




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