Saturday, July 31, 2010

Typically British Reading Challenge 2010

Reading Book Challenge!
I'm joining in with a reading challenge... one I hope I don't have too much trouble completing!  It's hosted by another blogger, Book Chick City. And also, the logo is just so like that of my Brit blog that I cannot resist.
Isn't he adorable?


Okay, so the rules.....

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

- 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.

-  Any book format counts. Must be fiction not non-fiction.

- 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!
- Obviously only British authors count!

- Feel free to join in here or at Book Chick City. 

COMPLETED: MY completed books will be listed below. If you have any recommendations of great British reads, and that are available in ebook/ digital format, let me know! 

I am aiming for "Cream Crackered" Status in the next 6 months. Feel free to join in with me!
(Translation: Rhyming slang for knackered, meaning exhausted, tired out
Cream crackers are like cheese biscuits but unrelated to being knackered :-)  )

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. What a classic, and I think more fun to read as an adult.  I have a couple of versions of this for my Kindle, and there are free versions out there, but I do like this version: it is very well formatted compared with some of the others, has a clickable Table of Contents, and contains Tennier's brilliant illustrations from the original, not lost at all on the black and white Kindle.

It also have unlimited device usage, meaning you can have it on as many Kindle devices and apps as you have registered to your account.

For $1.99 this one also includes
"Through the Looking-Glass" but I haven't read this again yet this year so I shan't include it on my challenge list.

Daughter and I read Alice together during a couple of doctor waiting room sessions :-)

2.The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection [Kindle Edition]
 I think I should get the "Cream Crackered" Award straight off for this!  This is all of Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" books in one. 40,000+ locations, well formatted, interactive table of contents (click Go To beginning to reach it from any page) so you can pick up and read any of the books at any time. All for 99 cents.
There are a few typos; I'm around 60% through the volume and have spotted 4 or 5. But I'm okay with that.

The only thing I would like to add to the Kindle format is the 5-way jump between chapters that some big volumes have. Other than that, it's great. And if you like detective stories, Holmes is surely the place to start.


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