I’m a big fan of reading challenges, and have unsuccessfully tried to complete two in the last two years. Note the word ‘unsuccessfully’! Yes, I’m a failure, but perhaps it was because the challenges just didn’t speak to me. With that in mind, I decided to create my own, so here’s the BritVoyage Reading Challenge for 2022.
Since BritVoyage is a UK focused travel and lifestyle blog, I thought it only right that the categories have a UK theme. The UK has some fantastic authors of all ages, genders, races, and sexualities, so why not pick from their selection? Each month is a different genre or topic, and you’ll find five recommendations for each one, but don’t feel like you have to choose one of them if you have something else in mind. Don’t feel like you have to do the categories in order either.
I’ll be starting this challenge on January 1st 2022, and if you’re joining me, there are a couple of things you could do. Either create a blog post letting me know what you’ll be reading, and link back to this page, or use the hashtag #britvoyagerc2022 in anything you post on Instagram – I’ll share it to my story!
Without further ado, here are your categories and recommendations for your reading challenge, starting in January 2022.
January: Start Strong
Read a 19th Century classic.
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
- North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
- Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
February: Be my Valentine
Read a romance either by a British author, or set in the UK.
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover – DH Lawrence
- I’ve Got Your Number – Sophie Kinsella
- Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
- Small Pleasures – Clare Chambers
March: Me, Me, Me
Read an autobiography of a British figure.
- No Shame – Tom Allen
- A Del of a Life – David Jason
- Diary of an MP’s Wife – Sasha Swire
- A Life in Football – Ian Wright
- This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
April: Lambing Season
Read a children’s book by a British author
- Winnie the Pooh – A.A.Milne
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K Rowling
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S Lewis
- Northern Lights (His Dark Materials) – Phillip Pullman
- Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
May: Foxes and Badgers
Read a novel about an animal
- Watership Down – Richard Adams
- Animal Farm – George Orwell
- Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
- War Horse – Michael Morpurgo
- Redwall – Brian Jacques
June: June-ver guess what happens
Read a thriller set in the UK
- Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
- Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
- The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
- Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
July: Time to Travel
Read a UK based travelogue
- Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
- Walking with Plato – Gary Hayden
- The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot – Robert Macfarlane
- Around Britain by Cake – Caroline Taggart
- I Belong Here – Anna Sethi
August: Holiday Vibes
Read a novel by a non-British author, set elsewhere.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
- The Fisherman – Chigozie Obioma
- Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid
- My Year Abroad – Chang-rae Lee
- Imogen – Jilly Cooper
September: The UK isn’t just England
Read a book by a non-English, UK author
- Milkman – Anna Burns
- Lanark – Alasdair Gray
- Pigeon – Alys Conran
- Mayflies – Andrew O’Hagan
- Night Watch – Sarah Waters
October: Black History Month
Read a book by a black British author
- Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams
- Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
- Small Island – Andrea Levy
- That Reminds Me – Derek Owusu
- East of Acre Lane – Alex Wheatle
November: Step in Time
Read a novel set in the UK of the past
- All Among the Barley – Melissa Harrison
- Island of Wings – Karin Altenberg
- Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart
- The Last Kingdom – Bernard Cornwell
- The Lady of the Rivers – Philippa Gregory
December: The Whole Truth, and Nothing But
Read a British non-fiction book.
- All on the Board
- Outraged – Ashley dotty Charles
- Everything You Need To Know About Politics – Jess Phillips
- The Shortest History of England – James Hawes
- The Secret Headteacher – Anonymous
- Jews don’t count – David Baddiel
I hope you enjoy the BritVoyage Reading Challenge in 2022. I’m dead excited to see what you’re reading, and perhaps some reviews too!
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