20 July 2010

Typically British Reading Challenge - Cream Crackered achieved.- updated post

Perhaps if you need some encouragement to read British crime fiction, this challenge hosted at Book Chick City, will be the challenge for you.

Timeline: 1st Jan 2010~ 31st Dec 2010.
Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.
You may already have read some eligible books

1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

2. There are four levels:

"Put The Kettle On" – Read 2 Typically British novels.
"Gordon Bennett" – Read 4 Typically British novels.
"Bob's Your Uncle" – Read 6 Typically British novels.
"Cream Crackered" – Read 8 Typically British novels.

3. Any book format counts. Must be fiction not non-fiction.
4. You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront then you can change them, nothing is set in stone!
5. The books you choose can crossover into other challenges.

I've excluded my Agatha Christie reading from the list below:, but as you can see, I've already completed the challenge.
To qualify, the titles I chose had to be written by British writers, set in Britain, crime fiction, and read this year. I'm sure I'll read more during the remainder of the year.
  1. 5.0, SKELETON HILL, Peter Lovesey
  2. 4.7, DANCING FOR THE HANGMAN, Martin Edwards
  3. 4.7, THE MONSTER IN THE BOX, Ruth Rendell
  4. 4.6, THE SUFFOCATING SEA, Pauline Rowson 
  5. 4.5, THE SPY'S WIFE, Reginald Hill
  6. 4.4, COFFIN SCARCELY USED, Colin Watson
  7. 4.1, DEATH OF A GLUTTON, M. C. Beaton
  8. 3.9, THE CHORISTER AT THE ABBEY, Lis Howell
The 2 Irish novels I originally counted:
4.7, THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST, Stuart Neville
4.6, THE WHITE GALLOWS, Rob Kitchin


    Uriah Robinson said...

    Chuckle, chuckle, I have spotted a mistake in this list. One up to me. ;o) Cream teas at Greenway on Kerrie. Please forgive me but I could not resist.

    Dorte H said...

    Perhaps not a challenge I need - my tags say 63 British (not including Scotland and Ireland, another 20), whereas I have 23 American, 43 Swedish, 21 Norwegian and 17 Danish tags.

    Kerrie said...

    A nice challenge though for those whose diet is not typically British

    Unknown said...

    Congrats on completing the challenge!! If enough people are interested I may run it again next year! Thanks for taking part! :)

    Deb said...

    Without even knowing about this challenge, I'm already "Cream Crackered." Perhaps they should add another level: Marmite on toast.

    Kerrie Smith said...

    Norman (Uriah) has pointed out to me that at least one of the books on my list is not "British", (THE WHITE GALLOWS) and so now I'm feeling geographically challenged and am wondering if THE GHOSTS OF BELFASTS is strictly British. Good thing I am listening to a very British one in the car (DOUBLE VISION by Pat Barker), and about to start THE MONSTER IN THE BOX by Ruth Rendell. I owe Norman a cream tea next year at Greenways when I'm in England in May, and I'll obviously have to update this post in the future some time.

    Erotic Horizon said...

    Whoooo hoooo..

    Congrats Kerrie... was there any doubt that you would get there...

    Enjoy a cup of Earl Grey tea on me hon...and a scone...


    kathy d. said...

    I was just looking at the list and my Irish cockles were raised when I saw "The White Gallows," listed as British. Last I checked, Republic of Ireland is independent.

    Anyway, I have read 3 books penned in England ("The Crossing Places," "Death Wore White," "Cold in Hand:)
    1 in Scotland, ("Still Midnight").

    The rest are 21 U.S., 1 Australia, 1 Italy, 1 German, 1 Iceland, 1 Netherlands, 6 Swedish, 1 Canadian.

    Cathy said...

    Congratulations on completing the challenge, Kerrie. I'm saying nowt about the oversight, since it is a well known fact that all Americans are geographically challenged. ;)


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