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Janet's English Counties Challenge

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From the master list below, I those titles highlighted in bright red have been read specifically for this challenge and highlighted blue have been reread.  Those highlighted in dark red were read before the challenge started.   I will read a new one for each country and for those I have read before, I will reread some and will change some for different titles - I will decide as I go, but I intend to do more new reads than re-reads.

 

1. Bedfordshire - My Uncle Silas by H. E. Bates - read for challenge - 5/5
2. Berkshire - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
3. Bristol - The Misses Mallett by E. H. Young
4. Buckinghamshire - The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper - read for challenge - 5/5
5. Cambridgeshire - The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers read for challenge – 4/5
6. Cheshire - Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell – read for challenge – 5/5
7. City of London - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - read lots of times!  - 5/5
8. Cornwall - Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier - read for challenge - 5/5
9. Cumbria - Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome [alt. The Maid of Buttermere by Melvyn Bragg] – read for challenge – 3½/5
10. Derbyshire - Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks - read 2008 - 5/5
11. Devon - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie or The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – read for challenge – 5/5
12. Dorset - Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – read for challenge – 5/5
13. County Durham - Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens – read for challenge – 5/5
14. East Riding of Yorkshire - South Riding by Winifred Holtby – read for challenge 5/5
15. East Sussex - Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne – re-read for challenge – 5/5
16. Essex - The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James - read 2009 - 3½/9

17. Gloucestershire - Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee - read 2008 - 5/5
18. Greater London* - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – read for challenge – 4/5
19. Greater Manchester - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell – read for challenge 5/5
20. Hampshire - Watership Down by Richard Adams - read 2009 - 4½/5

21. Herefordshire - On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin – read for challenge 4/5
22. Hertfordshire - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - read 2008 - 5/5
23. Isle of Wight - England, England by Julian Barnes [alt. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham - read 2009 - 5/5
24. Kent - The Darling Buds of May by H. E. Bates – read for challenge – 5/5
25. Lancashire - Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson - read 2008 - 3½/5

26. Leicestershire - The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend – read for challenge – 5/5
27. Lincolnshire - The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
28. Merseyside - An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge - read 2009 - 3/5
29. Norfolk - The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley
30. North Yorkshire - Dracula by Bram Stoker [alt. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot] – read for challenge – 4/5
31. Northamptonshire - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
32. Northumberland - The Stars Look Down by A. J. Cronin – read for challenge – 4/5
33. Nottinghamshire - Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence – read for challenge – 2/5
34. Oxfordshire - The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford – read for challenge – 5/5
35. Rutland - Set In Stone by Robert Goddard – read for challenge – 4/5
36. Shropshire - Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse – read for challenge – 3/5
37. Somerset - Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
38. South Yorkshire - A Kestrel For A Knave by Barry Hines - read 2011 - 4/5
39. Staffordshire - The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
40. Suffolk - The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
41. Surrey - Emma by Jane Austen - read 2013 - 5/5 or The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells - read 2012 - 5/5
42. Tyne and Wear - Another World by Pat Barker – read for challenge - 4/5
43. Warwickshire - Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
44. West Midlands - Middlemarch by George Eliot – read for challenge – 4/5
45. West Sussex - Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons – read for challenge- 4/5
46. West Yorkshire - Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – read for challenge – 5/5
47. Wiltshire - Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
48. Worcestershire - The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall – read for challenge – 3/5

 

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I'd forgotten all about this thread and I haven't updated it, so here's what I've done so far.  I'm behind with my reviews, so I haven't actually written down any coherent thoughts about Middlemarch or Wuthering Heights yet!

 

16/48

 

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Here's a pictorial representation of my progress so far...

 

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I finished Dorset - Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy today. 

 

That takes my total to 17/48.  :)

 

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I haven't updated this thread for ages (I'd forgotten all about it!  :blush: ) so here's my latest progress after finishing South Riding by Winifred Holtby (for East Riding of Yorkshire) yesterday:

 

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That means I'm exactly half way through on 24/48 read.  :)

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I love that map, do the colours represent anything specific? Well done on reading half the books so far :).

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Thanks. :)  I'm just colouring in the counties I've done so far, but I'm making them random different colours to keep the counties defined. 

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Oooooh a colourdy map!!! I might steal that idea for my challenge, do you mind?  :lurker:

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Ooh, pretty map and spreadsheet! :) You've covered quite a few counties in just 6 months!

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Oooooh a colourdy map!!! I might steal that idea for my challenge, do you mind?  :lurker:

Of course I don't mind! :D  :hug:

 

Ooh, pretty map and spreadsheet! :) You've covered quite a few counties in just 6 months!

Thanks.  :)  I'm really enjoying this challenge.   Moreso than the World one really as it's so much more achievable!  :)

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I finished North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell today.  :wub:

 

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I'm glad you enjoyed North and South!  (I knew you would ;):giggle2:)

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Wow, 3/5 is your lowest rating for a book in this challenge, and there's only that one and another 3,5/5, and all the rest are 4/5s and 5/5s :o :O :o What a great challenge with such amazing reads!! :smile2: I hope the rest goes smoothly, too :D 

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Janet

 Great job on the challenge so far ,and for sticking with it . I like how you have the organized list with the ratings and dates and the colored map . Very nice job !

 

Are you going in any particular order , or just whatever strikes your fancy at the time ?

 

And if you had to pick ONE favorite so far, which would it be ?

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I'm glad you enjoyed North and South!  (I knew you would ;):giggle2:)

Thanks - it was so great and I loved the way it finished.  :)

 

Wow, 3/5 is your lowest rating for a book in this challenge, and there's only that one and another 3,5/5, and all the rest are 4/5s and 5/5s :o :o :o What a great challenge with such amazing reads!! :smile2: I hope the rest goes smoothly, too :D

Thanks, Sari.  :)  I can't believe how high they've scored - but they have really been exceptional choices.   I'm really enjoying this challenge. 

 

Janet

 Great job on the challenge so far ,and for sticking with it . I like how you have the organized list with the ratings and dates and the colored map . Very nice job !

 

Are you going in any particular order , or just whatever strikes your fancy at the time ?

 

And if you had to pick ONE favorite so far, which would it be ?

Thanks, Julie.  :)  I'm not doing them in any particular order, although I think, having looked again this morning, I'm possibly subliminally choosing those that appeal the most.   I have therefore started Lady Chatterley's Lover today as that's one I've not really been looking forward to - otherwise  I'm in danger of getting to the stage of reading all the 'best' ones (the ones I perceive to be best, anyway!  :giggle2: ) and being left with books that don't appeal so much!

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Yesterday I finished The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers - Cambridgeshire - 26/48

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I finished The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall yesterday for Worcestershire.  That takes my total so far to 28/48.  :)

 

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Pretty good ratings overall so far (a lot of 4's and 5's), you're making nice progress :).

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Thanks, Gaia.  :)  

 

I'm very much enjoying this challenge. 

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Hmm - I haven't updated since I was on 28/48 and I'm now on 32.

 

Here's my progress map.

 

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I've added Norfolk (The Go-Between by L P Hartley) and Suffolk (The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald) so far in 2017 - I'll have to go and look to see what the other two were!

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Good progress being made! :D  I'm further along than I thought ... I thought I was on 31, but I'm actually on 35 and part way through three others, so hoping I might be able to get them finished this month. :)

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That's very impressive.  :)

 

I've started Howards End by E M Forster today for Hertfordshire as I want to read something new rather than re-reading Pride and Prejudice. :)  I wasn't mad about A Room with a View when I read it so I hope this one is more enjoyable!

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I loved both A Room With A View and Howard's End, so I'm hoping you enjoy HE more than you liked ARWAV!  If you do enjoy it, there's an excellent film adaptation with Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Hopkins :wub:

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I might still try the film at one stage, Claire!

 

I finished Howards End today - that's number 33/48

 

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Yes the film's great.

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