#AroundTheUKIn144Books – Challenge

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You may have seen on Twitter and Facebook that Bloomin’ Brilliant Books is teaming up with Jenna at Jen Med’s Book Reviews and Rachel at Rachels Random Reads to complete an epic (crazy??) challenge.  We aim to read a book set in every county in the UK.  Are we mad? Probably, but it should be great fun and we hope you will join in along the way.  Jenna put out a post last week explaining the idea and ‘the rules’. 

Here is what she said…

So. Since yesterday when I introduced the idea of the Read the UK challenge, it has taken on a personality all of its own. It seems to be a very popular idea and I guess I can understand why. It also led to some debate over definition of a county and, if you take modern definition or current county boundaries, then the list is longer. A lot longer. Like an extra 58 books.
Never ones to run from a challenge though, Abbie and I are quite happy to redefine boundaries but it does mean that the challenge will take a little longer to complete. That’s okay. We have no time scales, we just want to know if it is possible. That said, it gets awful lonely on a long trip and while one of us is ‘driving’ the other will be sleeping (fat chance with two insomniacs on board lol) so we need a little company along the way.
And we found it. Joining us on this now epic 144-book challenge is none other than Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Reads. As Rachel reads different genres to me and Abbie we stand a much greater chance of completing so we are going to tackle all 144 counties, metropolitan boroughs or whatever the heck they are called these days in the UK and NI including all of the islands. Yep. Epic challenge indeed.
Our plan is thus:
1. No timescales. We read as we always intended to but we will endeavour to cross off all counties along the way. We may come looking for help i.e. book suggestions, and we’ll certainly be looking up all suggestions made so far – thanks for those.
2. We will post our review as and when the book is read and tag all posts #AroundTheUkIn144Books. Hopefully with your support we can get it trending on Twitter too – wouldn’t that be a hoot.
3. At least once a month we will try and ‘meet up’, perhaps reading a book from the same county but certainly delighting all you lovely bookish folk with a group update.
As for the rest… we’re winging it. This has to be a fun journey and it can’t interfere with the normal running of our blogs or it just won’t work. That said, it will be great to take stock this time next year and see how many counties we have visited between us. I’ll even try and find someone to map it for us because lord knows, I’ll be no good at that.
The new list of counties we are attempting to visit is below (note we are including London as one big lump as I’m too old and tired to try and separate books into the relevant boroughs and there will be much crossover anyway):
Aberdeen City                                                       Luton
Aberdeenshire                                                      Medway
Angus                                                                       Merseyside
Antrim                                                                      Merthyr Tydfi
Argyll and Bute                                                    Middlesbrough
Armagh                                                                   Midlothian
Bath and North East Somerset                     Milton Keynes
Bedford                                                                   Monmouthshire
Berkshire                                                                Moray
Blackburn with Darwen                                   Na h-Eileanan Siar
Blackpool Neath                                                 Port Talbot
Blaenau Gwent                                                    Newport
Bournemouth                                                       Norfolk
Bridgend                                                                 North Ayrshire
Brighton and Hove                                             North East Lincolnshire
Bristol                                                                      North Lanarkshire
Buckinghamshire                                                North Lincolnshire
Caerphilly                                                               North Somerset
Cambridgeshire                                                   North Yorkshire
Cardiff                                                                      Northamptonshire
Carmarthenshire                                                 Northumberland
Central Bedfordshire                                         Nottingham
Ceredigion                                                             Nottinghamshire
Cheshire East                                                       Orkney Islands
Cheshire West and Chester                            Oxfordshire
City of Edinburgh                                               Pembrokeshire
Clackmannanshire                                            Perth and Kinross
Conwy                                                                     Peterborough
Cornwall                                                                Plymouth
Cumbria                                                                 Poole
Darlington                                                             Portsmouth
Denbighshire                                                       Powys
Derby                                                                      Redcar and Cleveland
Derbyshire                                                            Renfrewshire
Devon                                                                     Rhondda Cynon Taf
Dorset                                                                     Rutland
Down                                                                      Scottish Borders
Dumfries and Galloway                                  Shetland Islands
Dundee City                                                         Shropshire
Durham                                                                 Somerset
East Ayrshire                                                       South Ayrshire
East Dunbartonshire                                       South Gloucestershire
East Lothian                                                        South Lanarkshire
East Renfrewshire                                             South Yorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire                                 Southampton
East Sussex                                                          Southend-on-Sea
Essex                                                                       Staffordshire
Falkirk                                                                    Stirling
Fermanagh                                                          Stockton-on-Tees
Fife                                                                          Stoke-on-Trent
Flintshire                                                              Suffolk
GL: Greater London                                         Surrey
Glasgow City                                                       Swansea
Gloucestershire                                                 Swindon
Greater Manchester                                        Telford and Wrekin
Gwynedd                                                             Thurrock
Halton                                                                   Torbay
Hampshire                                                          Torfaen
Hartlepool                                                          Tyne and Wear
Herefordshire                                                    Tyrone
Hertfordshire                                                    Vale of Glamorgan
Highland                                                             Warrington
Inverclyde                                                          Warwickshire
Isle of Anglesey                                                West Dunbartonshire
Isle of Wight                                                      West Lothian
Kent                                                                      West Midlands
Kingston upon Hull                                        West Sussex
Lancashire                                                         West Yorkshire
Leicester                                                             Wiltshire
Leicestershire                                                   Worcestershire
Lincolnshire                                                      Wrexham
Londonderry                                                     York

So – where can you follow us on our epic UK ‘road trip’? Well here of course (Jen Med’s Book Reviews). It was my daft idea – can’t abandon the team now. I’m the designated driver – just call me Jennie Sat Nav.
You can also follow Tour Director – Abbie Rutherford over on www.bloominbrilliantbooks.com

Entertainment Director – Rachel Gilbey over on rachelsrandomreads.blogspot.co.uk
The adventure starts here. Wish us luck. Alternatively it you want to get on the ‘library bus’ and travel with us, let us know. The more the merrier.
Happy Reading All

Given that anything below Hull is merely ‘somewhere down south’ to me this should be an interesting journey!  As Jen says, feel free to join in it should be a lot of fun.

Abbie x

11 thoughts on “#AroundTheUKIn144Books – Challenge

  1. What a fantastic challenge!
    Best of luck with completing it, I hope you enjoy the journey!

    I often try to include local books in swaps etc if there is one that fits the recipient’s reading likes, so can recommend a few for Dundee & the surrounding areas.

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