Best Kept reading village reading challenge 2011-2012

I ve want to run a reading challenge and nearly did but backed out now I have a challenge I love and hope you will love and spread for me .


The challenge is reading books set in villages ,some of my firm favourites past and present have been set in villages this covers all genres and styles .From Christie’s Miss Marple ,Wyndham Midwich cuckoos ,Barbel stones in a landslide to Momples african Village .Villages make great source material and no matter where seem to have somethings in common ,they are a snapshot of their country or area ,but also you see the same characters occur over different books in different pl,aces the nosey old women ,the man with the straying eye ,the naughty child etc .I plan the challenge to run from March 1st 2011 –  march first 2012 .

scores –

Village station 1-3 books in a year you got there a least .

Village shop 4-6 books you have brought something ,and been seen .

Village church 6-12 you’re getting their part of the community and well-known .

Village pub 12 or more you’re in the corner the old local that every one knows and talks too .

Please feel free to post .There is month on march 1st will have some buttons hopefully and a mr linky to sign up with .

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa Hill
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 07:02:32

    Oh Stu, I had planned NOT to join any challenges this year (except 100 books) because I really want to work on my TBR, but this one is a temptation. I have no idea what books I could choose, but I’ll give it a go. (Maybe I can find something in the swag of African books I just bought because of Kinna, eh?)
    Where do we sign up?


  2. parrish
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 07:09:15

    How about Black Swan Green by David Mitchell.


  3. cousinsread
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 07:28:20

    I’ll definitely be interested in joining – I love books set in villages. What a great idea!


  4. Kinna
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 07:31:21

    I was also going to limit the number of challenges this year. But I have to do this one :). thanks Stu. I think I will make a list of African books set in villages for participants to use.


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  6. Tony
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 07:54:04

    Hmm, tempting. I think two of my January reads would have counted, so perhaps I could make it to the pinnacle of existence (the pub drunk)!


  7. verity
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 10:10:00

    What fun! The Miss Read books would be good for that.


  8. Lisa Hill
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 10:25:31

    Yes please, Kinna, an African list would be great.
    From Britain there’s Cranford, Chocolat by Joanne Harris, Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (??), and lots of books by Thomas Hardy.
    From Australia there’s The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham and The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville.


  9. JoV
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 12:28:25

    This is an interesting one Stu, unfortunately my mind draw a blank what to read for this but I wish you the very best of luck! 🙂


  10. Thomas at My Porch
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 12:56:46

    I am definitely in for this challenge. I can’t wait to see what I have in the TBR pile that will work for this one. I think I am going to go for Village Church. Ambitious but not too ambitious.


  11. Thomas at My Porch
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 12:57:21

    Would you mind if I made a button as well?


  12. LifetimeReader
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 20:45:19

    What a great idea! Count me in! I am so overwhelmed at the moment that my reads may not come until autumn. What a lovely theme.


  13. Vasilly
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 02:44:50

    This sounds like a really interesting challenge! Happy reading to you and all the participants!


  14. Nana Fredua-Agyeman
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 12:42:38

    I can unofficially sign up to this though I have three running challenges, because most of the books I read are set in villages. lol


  15. Petty Witter
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 15:59:40

    Lead me not into temptation, I’m already doing three challenges as it is. Anyway, many thanks for stopping by Pen and Paper, I appreciate your comments.


  16. Lisa Hill
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 20:57:10

    Where do we sign up for this, Stu?


  17. Lisa Hill
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 02:56:11

    No worries, Stu, I still haven’t finalised which books I’m going to read anyway.


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