Just on a whim, I posed the question the other day as to whether it was possible to read my way around the whole of mainland UK. I hadn’t really given it a lot of thought, but as spend a large portion of the year driving around the country, I thought it would be interesting to see if you could do the same in books.
I’ve noticed a wide variety of locations in the books I read, many of them American for sure, but a large number also set in the UK. There is a fascination with major cities such as London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and as I read a lot of crime I’d probably expect that. Crime does tend to be more prevalent in areas of urban sprawl. But there are many stories set outside of these cities, a good number of which I have probably read or intend to read.
So would this challenge work? I’ve been reliably informed by @tripfiction that this is possible and they do have links to many books on their website http://www.tripfiction.com. So the question is, can I do it?
Having looked up UK counties (ignoring islands and NI for now as I want it to be places I could drive to without assistance of ferries and the like) there are apparently 86 of the delightful little things to be found. I am also excluding political district territories such as the one I live in. It’s not a county, just an excuse for yet another politician we don’t need.
I think I have the full list below but if I am missing any or any are wrong (this was from Wikipedia after all) please let me know. Also if you have book suggestions I am all ears and any and all are welcome. I see this as a long term goal, something to tick off as I go rather than trying to ace it in a year as I would never get round to reading books I want to or have promised for review if I did. So many are set in the same places I would end up duplicating myself and never moving forward. I have also convinced Abbie over at Bloomin’ Brilliant Books to join me in this foolish quest – will be nice to have some company on the journey.
Tyne and Wear
So. I am currently in Cambridgeshire reading ‘Watch Her Disappear‘ by Eva Dolan. Only 85 to go…
What do you think? Can we do this? Any book suggestions for us? Should we include London boroughs or just the city as a whole? Should we venture in NI too? And does anyone else want to join us in this madness?
Wish us luck.
Happy Reading All