Monday 8 March 2010

Typically British Challenge Wrap Up and Competition Nearly Closing.

I have to excuse my absence from the blogging world this weekend. I had such a busy weekend, I thought it was easier to just stay off completely than attempt to play catch up. Sometimes life can just be take over and you just don't have time for anything else.

I had my monthly scrap day on Saturday, so I have lots of new pages to show you at the end of the week. Then yesterday we went ten pin bowling with our friends and then on to a Chinese buffet where I ate far too much food, but how can you resist with all that food laid out waiting to be tried.

Anyway todays post is wrapping up my first completed challenge of the year. I read 8 books for the Typically British Challenge and quite frankly being British, this was an easy one for me to complete.

Here are the eight books I read.

1) How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

2) Skellig by David Almond

3) The Seance by John Harwood

4) Thaw by Fiona Robyn

5) The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

6) Jackdaw Summer by David Almond

7) White Is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

8) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

This challenge brought me the joys of reading David Almond and Jane Austen, two authors that I now can't wait to read more books by.

My least favourite book had to be The Seance by John Harwood, but I am not going to give up on him, as I have heard his other book is fantastic.

This challenge is still open until the end of the year, so if you feel like joining in, please click here and head over to Book Chick City to join in.

So that is one challenge down and about another 14 to finish, without the addition of the Once Upon a Time challenge which I am sure starts soon and the Non Fiction Five one also starting soon. I think I might need to kick it up a gear in order to get a few more challenges finished.

Don't forget my competition to win Thaw finishes this Wednesday and so far I have very few entries, so there is a good chance of winning. Click here if you want to enter to win.


  1. Well done on finishing another challenge Vivienne, you amaze me at your reading speed.

    I missed your comp post so have just entered and added it to my sidebar.

    Real life has that habit of getting in the way :P Looking forward to seeing your scrap pages.

  2. Congrats on finishing your first challenge. I am sorry to hear that you didn't like The Seance. I actually really liked it. The Ghost Writer is much better, but I still liked The Seance very much. I hope you get to read The Ghost Writer nonetheless.

  3. Congratulations on completing the book challenge, I'm going over there to see just what is involved. I haven't read a single book on your list but after hearing you mentione Pride And Prejudice several times I'm slowly wavering and considering reading it.

  4. WOW - congratulations on completing a challenge so early in the year! I love the list of books and have Sarah Waters (Fingersmith) and John Harwood (The Ghost Writer) on my TBR pile as well.

  5. Wow, done already? Good for you! I think I'm only 1/3 done for the British challenge. I can't wait to see your new scrapbooking pages. Have a great week and happy reading.

  6. Real life is much more important than the blogging world - it sounds like you had a great weekend!

    Congratulations on completing a challenge already!

  7. Vivienne, at first I was afraid that this challenge was over--and I have not even started it!

    Congratulations on completing this reading challenge.

    I mention you in today's post. :)

  8. Carmen - real life is taking over at the moment. This is the first chance I have had to get to the computer all day.

    Andreea - I am looking forward to reading The Ghost Writer.

    Petty Witter - C'mon you know you want to read Pride and Prejudice and soon!

    Molly -Sarah Waters was brilliant and I hope to read Fingersmith soon too.

    Kaye - being English, I feel it was a bit of a cop out challenge. I read so many English books anyway.Perhaps I need to broaden my geographical horizons a bit.

    Kathy - it was far too busy. I have a really busy week ahead too and I am struggling to fit everything in.

    Suko - don't worry, you have loads of time.

    I saw your post. Thanks for mentioning me today.

  9. Sounds like an awesome weekend, Vivienne. :) Much more productive and exciting than mine. hehe.

    Yay on completing the challenge! It'll be a miracle if I complete one this year. haha. Good on ya. :D

  10. Congrats on completing the challenge. That's great!

  11. Congratulations on completing the challenge!

    I've read SKELLIG and P&P and loved both. I want to try the others you've listed here. :D


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