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British Books Challenge 2012: FAQ and suggested reading

I am delighted that I am hosting the 2012 British Books Challenge at The Overflowing Library taking over from the wonderful Becky at The Bookette who has decided not to carry on hosting the challenge in 2012.

To sign up for the Challenge go to yesterday's post to fill in the form.

So what is the British Books Challenge?
The BBC is a reading challenge where bloggers sign up to read books by British writers throughout 2012 which was first hosted in 2011 by

The books can be in print or out. Old or new titles. They can be from any genre and for any age. My blog is obviously focused on YA literature but you are welcome to read adult or children's novels if you wish.
If you sign up for the Challenge you will be aiming to read at least 12 books by British Authors (which works out to one a month).  For every book you review each month you will get an entry into the draw to win a monthly prize pack (subject to location as published are donating and mailing our prizes). Therefore the more you read the more entries you will rack up. Towards the end of the year I hope to do some kind of special prize draw for those who have gone to the most effort over the year managing to read 50 or more British Books (I'm thinking there will be signed books involved)

A huge thanks to Becky for letting take on her challenge and letting me shamelessly steal her ideas and work from all the fantastic things she did with the Challenge last year.

To sign up: Go to the sign up post HERE by 31st January 2012

For suggestions of British Titles to read: Go to my list of British Books or look at other participants lists for ideas (See list of participants on the British Books Challenge Page). Also visit Teenage Fiction for all ages who posts lists of books published each month with the titles with British authors highlighted

Frequently asked Questions:
I post reviews on more than one blog. Can they count towards my challenge total?


I am an international entrant and sometimes I do not have time to write my reviews in English. Can I write them in my native language?
Of course. It would be helpful if there was a little summary in English so that I can comment but as long as you make sure the book's title is translated somewhere on your post then it is fine. I'm delighted that international bloggers are going to help promote British authors.

Do Irish authors count towards my challenge total?
No. Ireland is not part of the UK. The UK is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Authors who live in any of these locations can count towards the challenge.

How about authors who were say born in America (insert any other country here) but are currently living in the UK?

Yes, we are using the following criteria to decide whether an author can count towards the challenge:
  1. Authors who were born in the UK, live in the UK and are published in the UK
  2. Authors who were born overseas but are CURRENTLY living in the UK and their books were/are being published in the UK first
  3. Authors who were born in the UK are currently living overseas but their books are being published in the UK first
I know it can be tricky to work this out so if you are not sure contact me and I'll see what I can do to help

I do not have a blog but I would love to take part. Is there a way that I can take part?
Unfortunately not.

I am a publicist promoting a book by a British author (or indeed a British author). Can I promote my book via the British Books Challenge?
Yes. If you would like to donate prizes to the monthly prize packs that would be fantastic. Please contact me to discuss.

I have a question that you haven't answered here. How can I contact you?
Go to my about me page for my email address or contact me on twitter at @overflowingklc