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British Books Challenge 2012 Sign up Post

The British Books Challenge 2012 

I am delighted to announce 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.

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.

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. 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.

To sign up:
  • Write a post or page on your blog linking back to this one. (I find pages work best for me as they are always at the top of my blog)
  • In that post/page write a list of the titles you hope to read. If you are not yet sure, just add one or two and update as and when you read titles with hyperlinks to your review. This is become very important when looking at a extra special grand prize draw at the end of the year)
  • Insert your choice of buttons onto your sign bar. You will see there is a selection of them below the sign up form at the bottom of this post (which were design by Book Angel Emma - thank you lovely). Save the one you like onto your computer. Then go to add gadget on your sidebar to put the picture on your blog adding a hyperlink to it of the url address for this post.
  • Fill out the form below. I will add you and your sign up post / page to my British Books Challenge page in due course.
  • And finally, as you review the books on your blog, update your sign up post/ page with a link to your review. Every link up you do will be an entry into each month's prize pack (although some of the prizes may be donated by publishers only willing to send to the UK).
Exciting Extras
I am absolutely delighted to tell you I have had a huge amount of support and encouragement in the planning of this challenge from UK publishers.

These wonderful publishers / authors have agreed to provide British bookish goodies for prize packs which can be won by the challenge entrants.

Walker Books
Simon and Schuster
Nosy Crow

Watch out for the review link up post each month for details of what you could win.

 If you are a publisher who publishes books by British authors or British author who would be interesting in promoting their titles through the British Books Challenge giveaways please contact me.



Thank you so much for keeping this challenge alive :)
neer said…
I'd love to participate but are cross-overs with other challenges allowed?
Patricia said…
I have signed up for this - my first challenge - I am a little nervous, hoping everything hyperlinks properly!!!
I would like to read some books I already have, hope that's ok?
I have listed the first two.
Somehow your post gave me the courage to jump in!
Thank you, Kirsty

P.S. So much courage I'm thinking of also doing an "Off the Shelf" challenge. So many books.....
Anne said…
As far as I can tell, Americans are allowed to participate as long as we are OK potentially not being eligible for prizes (fine by me), right? In which case, I entered and I'm excited to expand my reading horizons to the other side of the Atlantic.
neer said…
Signed -up. Thanks for hosting it.
Ailsa said…
Sounds great! Good to support our 'home grown' authors :)

Chloe said…
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Thank you for reminding me to sign-up :D
Ailsa said…
I'm having trouble getting the picture to show up on my blog - can someone help me out with how to do it?
Rishi Arora said…

I have already signed signed up for the challenge, but my entry does not show up here, did I miss something?

Hi there!

Just stumbled onto your blog and this amazing challenge! I have entered (hope it's not too late!) and cannot wait to get involved in this ... :) Thank you for hosting!
Victoria Hooper said…
Hello! Only just found this, decided to sign up even though I'm very late to it. Hope I'm still allowed. I'm sure I'll have lots of fun catching up! :-)

Thanks for hosting it!