Sunday, 7 February 2010

Support Your Local Library Challenge – quick update

This is a very quick update: last January I signed up for the Support Your Local Library Challenge, but life got so complicated later in the year that I stopped adding my links to the site. For the sake of tidiness, I'm posting my list of books completed and reviewed below. Out of the 50 I had planned to read, I managed 31 which wasn't bad, in the circumstances, and I reviewed 23.

The challenge did encourage me to make more use of the library, especially as I started to use the request facility much more. The library has is using a new system which improves searching and holding books, apart from the odd glitch, such as when they "held" a book for me at Allendale Library, a mere 80 miles away! The library staff, as charming and helpful as ever, sorted it out, and I duly collected the book a couple of days later. Thanks, guys.

By the end of 2009, 1307 links had been posted to the review site - my belated thanks go to J. Kaye for hosting - it was a terrific idea.

My Country Childhood ed. Susy Smith
Folklore of the Northern Counties of England and the Borders by William Henderson
The Tides of Time: Archaeology on the Northumbrian Coast by Caroline Hardy and Sarah Rushton
The Day Job by Mark Wallington
The Cipher Garden by Martin Edwards
The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterrill
The Winter Ground by Catriona MacPherson
Markham Thorpe by Giles Waterfield
Shot by Sarah Quigley
The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith
A Bit of Earth by Rebecca Smith
The Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill
Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
Kept: A Victorian Mystery by D.M. Taylor
The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield
After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson
The View from Downshire Hill by Elizabeth Jenkins
The Day Job by Mark Wallington
Gathering the Water by Robert Edric
My Country Childhood ed. Susy Smith
Brother and Sister by Joanna Trollope
A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil by Christopher Brookmyre
The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys
The Merchant's Mark by Pat McIntosh
Renegade's Magic by Robin Hobb
The Cat Who Brought Down the House by Lilian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who Talked Turkey by Lilian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell by Lilian Jackson Braun
Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell by M.C. Beaton
Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris


  1. I heard about the library challenge from you and took it up without actually signing on. The previous year, I had read 0 books from the library so I cautiously pledged myself to twelve for 2009. The final result was forty, so it worked!

  2. This challenge had exactly the same effect on me. I managed 25 books, a third of my books read last year, but really the best thing was it made me use the library more and not automatically *buy* the books I was wanted to read. And I'm carrying that on even though I'm not doing the challenge this year.