[CLOSED] 2018 Unite the Kingdoms Reading Challenge

Forum » Book Talk | Refresh | Search

Sort Options 

Complete Thread
Running this for a 3rd year!

Given that the 666 challenge combines the countries of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland as one country being: United Kingdom, I though it might be a neat idea to host a side challenge.

Yep you guessed it, this is a reading challenge to read at least one novel from each of the Kingdoms!
The novel should be SET in each of these countries. It is your choice if you accompany the author's origin too.

ie

SCOTLAND
"Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman
Set in Glasgow, Scotland

NORTHERN IRELAND
"My Father's House" by Bethany Dawson
Set in Mid-Ulster, Northern Ireland

.....you get the idea

For reference, Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland = doesn't count!
To give you a tip for this challenge:
✓Antrim ✓Armagh ✓Down ✓Fermanagh ✓Londonderry ✓Tyrone
✗Dublin ✗ Cork ✗Limerick ✗Waterford ✗Kilkenny ✗Galway


This will be an easy one for some, but most of all it'll be interesting seeing the books that people find to use/count for this challenge as the year goes on.

This challenge will start at 12:01am January 1st, 2018 and will close 11:59 December 31, 2018.

 

 

I have a soft spot for the UK as I lived there for four years. I know I have books in my TBR pile set in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland but I'm not sure about Wales...

 

join this year.

 

that Scandal in Skibbereen which takes place in County Cork is not allowed?

 

that Scandal in Skibbereen which takes place in County Cork is not allowed?

Afraid not.
County Cork (situated in the province of Munster) is the largest and southernmost county of The Republic of Ireland.
In other words, its in The Republic of Ireland, not Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. The Republic of Ireland is not.

More info here:
https://www.aransweatersdirect.com/---/102905857-what-is-the-difference-between-ireland-and-northern-ireland

 

Read an early Rebus which takes place in Edinburgh Scotland so I think that counts. Hide & Seek is the second in the John Rebus series by Ian Rankin and moves from tenements occupied by squatters to the palatial residences of the newly rich.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8444598

I also read a book set in Ireland but I think it is probably the Republic, not Northern Ireland as the location is a small seaside village in the south. Nevertheless Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume was a very interesting book about two misfits, a man and a dog.

 

Read an early Rebus which takes place in Edinburgh Scotland so I think that counts. Hide & Seek is the second in the John Rebus series by Ian Rankin and moves from tenements occupied by squatters to the palatial residences of the newly rich.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8444598

I also read a book set in Ireland but I think it is probably the Republic, not Northern Ireland as the location is a small seaside village in the south. Nevertheless Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume was a very interesting book about two misfits, a man and a dog.


✔ "Hide and Seek (Inspector Rebus #2)" by Ian Rankin
Set in Edinburgh which is Scotland's compact, hilly capital city.

But...

✖ "Spill Simmer Falter Wither" by Sara Baume
Well after much digging...
"It is beside the sea in an unremarkable village that we only know is somewhere in Cork because of Ray's telephone number."

 


✖ "Spill Simmer Falter Wither" by Sara Baume
Well after much digging...
"It is beside the sea in an unremarkable village that we only know is somewhere in Cork because of Ray's telephone number."

Thanks, that solves that.

 

Set in London, England:
Tania Kindersley: Elvis Has Left the Building
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7888898

 

"What She Knew" by Gilly Macmillan
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4788327

 

The first book set in the UK I've *finished* this year is:

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein, in an audio version read by Maggie Service

Set shortly before WWII, when there was actually a King of the United Kingdom, this is a prequel to Code Name Verity, featuring Julie & her brother Jamie. I enjoyed it quite a lot.

The author's afterword provides a bit more info about Scottish Travellers and river pearls. As a side note, one of the characters has Treacher Collins syndrome, like Auggie in Wonder.

 

Set in a fictional location(?) near the Irish border in Northern Ireland:
Emer McCourt: Elvis, Jeesus ja minä (Elvis, Jesus and Me)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6004452

 

"Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman [eBook]
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5199068

I found this novel a really tough one to warm up to. Which is a shame because the 2nd half is really quite wonderful.

 

"I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14668962

 

Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink
by Anthony McCarten
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14911553

Nonfiction, and the inspiration for the movie of the same name. Somehow much more interesting than it would have been if I was required to read it for school. ;)

 

The Irish Famine by Helen Litton
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15055507

A short history, with illustrations and facsimile documents. Gives both the devastating numbers and some of the smaller-scale human stories that make it all seem more real.

It feels a little like cheating to count this for both the Republic of Ireland (666 challenge) and Northern Ireland (this challenge) but the famine was before the partition of Ireland, and cities & counties from both present-day countries are represented in the book.

 

"White Church, Black Mountain" by Thomas Paul Burgess [eBook]

A lengthy story of a man's struggle through 3 periods of his life in his dealing with the fall out from the Troubles (known internationally as the Northern Ireland conflict during the late 20th century).
An interesting read, however one that seemed to take a long time to 'come together'.

 

I am using Terry Pratchett's The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner as my Wales read for this challenge - I listened to an audio version (2017 free download from the Sync program) read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

This is a collection of short works written when the author was a young man: four of the fourteen stories are set in the "Wild West" Welsh town of Llandanffwnfafegettupagogo, "home of the fastest truncheon in the west".

I hope this challenge will run again in 2019, since I think it's the only reading challenge I've successfully completed for 2018! :)

 

Are you sure you want to delete this item? It cannot be undone.