I have a theory…

Set yourself a crazy challenge and people will follow you, either to cheer you on or see how soon you give up…

Crazy old week. First I ask a very silly question – can I read my way around the UK? Then I rope in two unsuspecting friends for what will be a challenge and a half – 144 books to be read to tick off every county in UK and NI. 146 if we include the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Then… well, now we have to start the reading.

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Between us we have three books and, more importantly, counties down and I have now listed all of the suggested reads to tick off some of our journey. Stats to date – well we have 50 suggestions out of 144 counties. Just a mere 94 counties to find lol. We’re not beaten though as this is just suggested books and none of us have really interrogated out TBR’s yet. Not to mention the fact it’s only the first week in Jan. We have a whole year of book releases to keep us amused…

However, back to my theory. People will follow an epic challenge. And this is pretty epic. I should have stuck with the 85 books I committed to for the Good Reads challenge. Still. My follower count has boomed this week and I am now at 2020 followers across WordPress, Twitter and Facebook. Unbelievable considering I was impressed with having about 100 followers back in May last year.

A big hello to my new followers, a massive thanks to everyone who is (still) following me, an apology for my often odd ramblings and a welcome on board to anyone joining me, Abbie and Rachel on board the Library Bus for our grand tour of the UK. Regular updates will follow. Hey – we may even take pictures ;).

Challenge aside, it’s shaping up to be a bumper year as I head towards my blogiversary in May. Last year I didn’t really get involved in blog tours much. I was new and a little shy. This year I already have 11 pencilled in by the 21st March. And if I can’t find a few UK counties in amongst that lot I may as well give in now…

Happy reading all.

JL

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    1. Hello. I think this is a fab idea. I’ve always said that done correctly setting becomes a character in itself and we have some fabulous character in the UK for sure. Will be in touch re my home county – trying to think of a crime novel set there. I know Jenny Blackhurst’s latest was in Shropshire which I read last year but don’t know about her first?

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