After the Sunday Papers #4: Reading Challenge Update

I have now completed four reading challenges so, instead of posting individual wrap-ups for each challenge, I’ve decided to incorporate them all into this week’s After the Sunday Papers post.

Before I begin, I want to let you all know that I probably won’t have internet access this week as I’m going away tomorrow to spend five days in one of my favourite parts of England, the beautiful Lake District.

I won’t be able to comment or reply to comments, but I’ve scheduled one or two posts for while I’m away.  This is the first time I’ve tried the WordPress scheduling feature so I hope it works!

Now, on with the challenge updates.  For the full lists of books I’ve read for each of the challenges mentioned below, with links to my reviews, see my Completed Challenges page.

The first is the Typically British Challenge.  The idea was to read books written by British authors.  I signed up for the “Cream Crackered” level, which meant I needed to read 8 books.  The 8 British authors I chose were Anne Bronte, Horace Walpole, Richard Adams, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Anthony Trollope, Daphne du Maurier, Thomas Hardy and Georgette Heyer.

The second challenge I’ve completed is the Chunkster Challenge.  I knew this one wouldn’t be a problem for me as I read so many long books.  To complete the challenge I needed to read 6 or more chunksters of 450+ pages or 3 books with 750+ pages.  I ended up reading 4 with 450+ pages and 2 with 750+ pages, so I think I’ve now satisfied the requirements of the challenge!

For the 2010 Classics Challenge, I had to read 6 classic novels.  Before the challenge started, I made a list of the classics I wanted to read but I’ve actually only read one from the list and five others that I hadn’t been intending to read.  This is why I don’t like making lists for challenges – I know that I won’t be able to stick to them.

The fourth challenge I’ve completed is the 18th & 19th Century Women Writers Challenge.  I only needed to read two books for this, and the two that I read were The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and The Doctor’s Wife by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

I am still working on the rest of the challenges I signed up for and am making good progress with most of them.

Have a great week, and I’ll be back on Friday.

3 thoughts on “After the Sunday Papers #4: Reading Challenge Update

  1. Mel says:

    Have a wonderful time in the Lake District Helen. I remember visiting there for a week many years ago at a similar time of year and loved it. It is very wintry here in Australia currently so I feel even more nostalgic about somewhere that would be bursting with golden summer (although it does rain a fair bit there also doesn’t it – fingers crossed for you it is more the golden summer theme for your stay 🙂

    This Sunday afternoon I finished reading The Master by Colm Toibin and absolutely loved it.

  2. Iris says:

    I hope you enjoy your time in the Lake District. I have always wanted to visit it.

    And I’m so jealous and stressed that you’ve already finished 4 challenges! I have only finished one.. help!

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