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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.

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.

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
    For suggestions of British Titles to read: Go to my list of books I have reviewed where I have put in brackets behind the British titles or look at other participants lists for ideas (See list of participants with links to their BBC challenge post / page below). 

    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.

    Can I count books that I have already counted on other challenges?
    I don't see why not. For example you could read a British debut author's book and count it towards the British Books Challenge and The Story Siren's Debut Author Challenge.

    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

    2012 British Books Challenge Participants 
    (all links go to participants challenge post / page) 

    A Book Crazy Jane Austen Lovin Gal
    A Cup of Hot Pleasure
    A Dream of Books
    A Reading Daydreamer
    A Trillian Books
    A + M + D = :)
    Always Lost in Stories
    Amused by Books
    Angler's Rest 
    Beauty of Electicism 
    Big Book Little Book
    Book Angel Booktopia
    Book an appointment with wisdom books 
    Books in the city
    Booster Reviews
    CheezyFeet Books
    Chose YA 
    Cicely Loves Books 
    Classic Mystery Hunt
    District YA
    Feeling Fictional
    Find your Next Good Read
    Fluttering Butterflies 
    Fridge Fulla Books
    Heaven, Hell and Purgatory (Vicki)
    I want to read that
    It's time to read 
    Kismet Spills All
    Loons and Quinne @ Library Time
    London Shaped Heart 
    Luna's Little Library
    Lynne's Book Blog 
    Mad House Family Reviews
    Mel's Random Reviews
    Music Minded Book Freak 
    My unpublished life
    Non-stop reading
    Notes of Life 
    Once upon a Bookcase 
    Pages and Pomegranates 
    Paper screens
    Piper's Pages
    Rainbow Drops
    Read between the Lines 
    Reading Challenged
    Reading 'n' reviewing
    Rebecca Books
    Richard LeComte's Life at the keyboard
    Ribble Babble
    Rollerblades and Vintage Grenades 
    Shakira's Book Blog 'n' Stuff
    Sheery's Place 
    Sister Spooky 
    So tomorrow
    Stuff according to Georgie 
    The Book Addicted Girl
    The Book Bundle
    The Double M life
    The Girl in a cafe
    The Heart of Wizardary
    The joy of the Written Word
    The Library Mouse
    The Novel Nerd 
    The Ramblings of a Book Loving Shopaholic
    Thoughts from the Hearthfire 
    Too Many Book, Not enough time
    Trecos and Trapos 
    Two Little Birds
    VD Griesdoorn 
    Valli's Book Den
    Vicky Thinks
    We sat Down
    What Orli did
    Whispering Words 
    Words: Others and Mine
    Writer on Wheels
    Writing from the Tub
    24 flashes - backstage