Saturday, December 6, 2014

Reading England 2015: The Reading List

I am not usually so organised but I do have a plan for this challenge 

  • to read the books that I have on my bookshelf or kindle.
  • to make the counties where my forebears lived a priority to visit. ( marked with *)
And as I'm enjoying seeing what other bloggers are planning on reading I thought I'd share mine.

Bedfordshire *

John Bunyan ? - unless someone can tell me of another author from this county.


Our Village by Mary Russell Mitford


Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray


Maurice by E.M.Forster


Rambles Beyond Railways by Wilkie Collins (thanks Jane)

Cumbria *

Helbeck of Bannisdale by Mrs Humphrey Ward

Derbyshire *

Adam Bede by George Eliot


Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope


The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy


To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Kent *

The Chronicles of Pop Larkin by H.E.Bates
Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham

London *

The Odd Women by George Gissing
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

Nottinghamshire *

Sons and Lovers by D.H.Lawrence


Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett


Queen Lucia by E.F.Benson
Mapp and Lucia by E.F.Benson

Yorkshire *

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith


  1. Great list! I loved To The Lighthouse and the Vicar of Wakefield. Ooo, thanks for reminding me about Mapp & Lucia ...... I've seen the series but have never read the books, so it's time to change that. Good luck with this challenge!

    1. I bought them at a Book Fair and it's definitely time I read them. Really looking forward to the challenge.

  2. I love the idea of this challenge but I'm not sure I'm up for it right now. I have not paid much attention to geography in English novels (other than vaguely north/south regional differences), and it will be interesting to learn how you experience further distinctions. It will also be a wonderful way to explore your ancestry. Enjoy!

    1. What I like about this challenge is no deadlines - no pressure........and I love England so any opportunity to spend time there I will take .

  3. I have decided to look for short challenges during 2015 such as January in Japan or November non fiction but I will use my own books for these also. I have a ton of books in my house I have not read and I need to so I can move them on (and make room for new ones?) Good luck with your challenge.

    1. I like the short monthly events too and will be joining in with those as they come along.

  4. Glad you're joining! Great list - I'm glad to have some new ideas for mine! Good luck :)

  5. What an amazing list of books! You are good reaing from what you have and I love that you're tying in your family history.

    1. I am terrible at buying and then leaving the books sitting on the shelf so will be an attempt to actually reading some of them.

  6. I love that you're linking this with your ancestors old stomping grounds.
    Great idea.

    I'm planning on joining in this one to also get through my Classics Club TBR list. I hope I'm more success than I was with this years challenges :-/

    1. One can only try and I'm hoping this challenge will make a big dent in my CC list.