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British Books Challenge 2016 sign up info and FAQs

I am delighted to announce that I am hosting the 2016 British Books Challenge at The Overflowing Library taking it back over from Michelle who hosted it in 2015

So what is the British Books Challenge?
The British Books Challenge is a reading challenge where bloggers sign up to read books by British writers throughout 2012 which was first hosted in 2011 by It has since been hosting by The Overflowing Library, Feeling Fictional and Fluttering Butterflies and it back this year with me here.

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).

I am hoping there will continue to big prize packs but watch this space. I've had 24 hours notice that I'm hosting this year and haven't had the chance to think about that yet

To sign up: Go to the sign up post and sign up using the linking tool. Link to your sign up page/post (either is fine) and not just your website please. Your sign up page / post should declare that you are taking part in the challenge with some ideas of what books you might want to read over the year. This can be very flexible. I tend to outline the author's I want to read and update with titles as I go along.

For suggestions of British Titles to read:  
Look at other participants lists for ideas
Look at my goodreads list of the various British Authors I have read.

Frequently asked Questions:
I post reviews on more than one blog/youtube channel. 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 (e.g. James Dawson, Laura Dockrill, Philip Pullman)
  2. Authors who were born overseas but are CURRENTLY living in the UK and their books were/are being published in the UK (e.g. Liz De Jager, Patrick Ness)
  3. Authors who were born in the UK are currently living overseas but their books are being published in the UK (e.g Sarah Alderson)
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 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.

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