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Sunday, 19 December 2010

British Books Challenge 2011: FAQS

What is the British Books Challenge? The BBC is a year long reading challenge. More detail about the challenge can be found at THIS post.

Where do I sign up for the challenge?
To sign up, please go to THIS post.

Is there is a closing date to sign up for the challenge?
Yes, please sign up by January 31st 2011 if you wish to take part.

I post reviews on more than one blog. Can they count towards my challenge total?
Yes, for example, I am posting guest reviews from Irena on my blog but these are her reviews and count towards her challenge total. Please make sure you link your reviews on your sign up post.

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.

These authors are Irish and therefore cannot count towards the challenge:
John Boyne

Derek Landy
Michael Scott
Eoin Colfer
Sarah Rees Brennan
Siobhán Parkinson
Oisín McGann
Roddy Doyle
Kate Thompson

Carrie of Books and Movies is hosting an Ireland Challenge. So hop on over to her POST and find out about signing up if you are keen to read Irish authors in 2011.

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, leave me the author's name in the comments or use the form below to submit a question and I will get back to you about whether we can include the author in the challenge.

Is there a list that I can use to check whether an author counts towards the challenge?
Thanks to Reading Teenage Fiction there is a list of all YA books being published in the UK in January. Karen has kindly identified the British authors. Visit her post HERE.

Do you have any suggestions of authors that we should try?
Check out my own list of books that I am going to read in 2011. That may be a good place to start! Otherwise my favourite British authors are Keren David, Gillian Philip, Marcus Sedgwick, Katherine Roberts, Michelle Paver, Joseph Delaney... the list goes on and on.

I do not have a blog but I would love to take part. Is there a way that I can take part?
I am considering setting up a blog for reviews to be added to by people who are not bloggers but who would still like to take part. Obviously this is a lot of work for me to manage and monitor so I want to see how much interest there would be in this option. So if you are interested, please say so in the comments, or you can email me: thebookette @ googlemail.com with BBC Non-Blogger Option in the subject and we'll take it from there.

I have a question that you haven't answered here. How can I contact you?
Use the I have a Question Form above and I will answer it!


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Great FAQ post! It will be very useful for bloggers.

Pisinat said...

Great FAQ! The answers are very clear, I'm sure it will be helpful! Thank you for hosting this challenge!

Jo said...

For non-bloggers, rather than set up a blog, would not having them post reviews on Goodreads or something similar, and link to them?

Keren David said...

Becky, thanks so much for setting up this challenge and for the lovely mention.I've returned the compliment here http://awfullybigblogadventure.blogspot.com/2010/12/bookettes-bbc-by-keren-david.html

Happy Christmas!

Carrie said...

I'm the host of the Ireland Challenge - here's the link: