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Saturday, 4 December 2010

British Books Challenge 2011

I am delighted to announce that I am hosting the first ever British Books Challenge at The Bookette.

My thanks go to Book Chick City for inspiring this challenge with her Typically British Challenge and graciously allowing me to host my own version.

I have been somewhat nagged by a certain British blogger to organise this challenge and what can I say, in the end I buckled under the peer pressure. Thanks Sammee!

But I can see that with my promotion of all things British and especially authors, this challenge deserves a place on my blog. I hope I do it the justice it deserves!

So what is the British Books Challenge?
The BBC (hee hee) is a reading challenge where bloggers sign up to read books by British writers throughout 2011.

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 and children's literature but you are welcome to read adult novels if you wish.

There are two entry categories for the challenge:

Home Grown
This is for British bloggers who have access to many British books via their public libraries, fit-to-bursting bookshelves at home etc. The target is to read 12 novels. Thanks to The Story Siren for creating a formula with the Debut Author Challenge that really works - one British book a month should be easy peasy!

International Friend
For any wonderful bloggers living overseas who wish to support British writers.
You can choose to between:
Winston Churchill - Read 6 books by British authors in 2011
The Royal Family - Read 12 books by British authors in 2011

There will also be the chance to earn yourselves a Crown if you manage to read 50 books by British writers in the year. This is open to everyone because I want to give special treats to people who love to support British talent. You don't need to decide now if you are aiming to meet this target. I'll post about this much later in 2011.

To sign up:
  • Write a post on your blog linking back to this one.
  • In that post write a list of the titles you hope to read. If you are not yet sure, just add one or two.
  • Insert the button [Either right click and save on the one in this post or you can go to this link]
  • Then link your post in the widget below.
  • And finally, as you review the books on your blog, update your sign up post with a link to your review.
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. I want to say a huge thank you to the following:
Chicken House
Bloomsbury UK
Oxford University Press
Quercus
Orion
Random House Children's Books
Simon and Schuster
Stephanie Burgis

These wonderful publishers / authors have agreed to provide British bookish goodies for prize packs which can be won by the challenge entrants. [Credit to The Story Siren for this idea]. There will also be BBC entrant only giveaways on my blog to say thank you for supporting British writers.

The prize pack for January is already here thanks to the wonderful Claire at Chicken House. It is awesome even if I do say so myself. Watch out on 1st January for the review link up post and details of what you could win.

You may have questions. I have never hosted a challenge before so I know I will be learning as I go along. So I have set up a Google form which you can use to submit a question. Go HERE to do that.

Before I go I have one more thank you and that is to Irena. I think I may have driven her a little crazy with all the emails I have sent while trying to get the BBC off the ground. She has been so patient. So thanks Irena!

SIGN UP is now CLOSED. Please email me if you are desperate to take part: thebookette [@] googlemail.com




Good luck everyone and thanks for taking part!

85 comments:

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Oh no, it signed me up twice, sorry!

Otherwise - great job on putting together this challenge, I love it! I love the names you came up with for the categories.

You're welcome, it was my pleasure! I am still pretty sane.:)

This will be so much fun, yay!

kirsty at the overflowing library said...

fab fab challenge. Love it already!

Lauren said...

Awesome. I'll definitely be signing up, and I think the Winston Churchill / Royal Family thing is hilarious.

Michelle at Clover Hill Book Reviews said...

Fantastic!!! Can't wait to take part, I love that it can be new or old, and therefore encouraging all styles, genres and British Authors! Count me in :))

Jo said...

Great challenge, Becky! I'll definitely give it a go.

Bookworm1858 said...

Awesome-I hope I can reach 50 because I'd love a crown [Fun fact: Stephanie means "crowned one" so maybe it will happen!]

asamum said...

Great challenge I am in but will write and link when I have more time on work on Monday ;D
I dont suppose there is a list of UK books floating about is there?????

Becky said...

Irena, don't worry! It is so easily done. Thanks for taking part.

Kirsty, thank you! I am so glad you are taking part.

Lauren, Yay! I'm glad you found my categories amusing ;-)

Michelle, yay! I wanted it to be really flexible and also to give people the opportunity to read the books that have been on their shelves for a while.

Jo, thanks! YAY!

Stephanie, ooh aiming for the top. I like it!

Emma, glad you will be able to take part. I can't do a list of UK books because it would be longer than the Thames river LOL. But if you are not sure if the book is by a British author you can tweet me and I will investigate for you. Of course, there are many great British writers and I will be spotlighting them throughout the year so hopefully that will give you a starting point.

Library Mice said...

OOh, do I count as Home Grown or International Friend? I am a bit of both after all :0)

Sarah said...

Great challenge idea Becky, I'll definitely be taking part in this one :o) I'll be writing all my challenge posts when I've caught up on my reviews but will definitely sign up next week!

Becky said...

Library Mice, you can do either my dear. If I was you, I'd go for home grown because you are living in the UK after all.

Sarah, thank you. So glad that you want to sign up.

Julianne said...

I'm definitely going to take part - will officially sign up when I've decided what other challenges to do next year, I'm going to do one big post for them all to keep things tidy.

prophecygirl said...

I'll definitely be joining in with this.. I'll post about it sometime this week. Great idea!

Clover said...

What a wonderful reading challenge, and one I'll definitely take part in. Expect my link up in the next week :)

Becky said...

Julianne, that is so wonderful to hear. It sounds like you will be doing lots of challenges.

Jenny, so happy to hear that you are going to join in. You are the original British blogger. It wouldn't be right without you.

Clover, yay! So glad you want to take part. Thanks so much.

Lucy Coats said...

Wonderful idea. Am very excited to be joining in at Scribble City Central. A fantastic way of supporting our brilliant UK authors of children's and YA. Thanks, B!

I Want To Read That said...

Yay! An AWESOME challenge - and the perfect excuse for me to buy 12 sparkly new books!

Hmm...now which should I choose?

*Runs off to make a list*

Thanks for doing this - it's going to be great fun:)

Cliona said...

Hey I try to enter but it said my URL must start with &#39 or something like that and I typed that in but it still wouldn't let me. How do I get it to work? Thanks from Cliona at Bookster Reviews.

Cliona said...

Oh no, it's okay, it worked! Awesome challenge! I love the whole Winston Churchill Royal Family thing! Genius!

Becky said...

Lucy, it is an absolute pleasure. I am delighted that an author is going to join in too. So exciting!

Sammee, ah... the girl who started it all. If I get over-excited about this, it will all be your fault LOL. Seriously, I am really glad that you encouraged me to do this. People seem to think it is a good idea!

Cliona, glad you managed to work it out. I can only think it had a little glitch. Welcome to the challenge.

Liz said...

Have signed us up for this. Very exciting! Hope I've done it properly...*gnaws lips*

Nayuleska said...

Becky this is a brilliant idea! I'm signing up and aiming for 50 :) You've put in a lot of work for this and we very much appreciate it!

Risa said...

This is just the sort of challenge I love!! I've signed up...shall most likely aim for 50 if I can find the time!^_^

Risa said...

I'm going to try Gaskell for the very first time actually! I've been reading so much about her in other blogs that she has really piqued my curiosity....not to mention that I watched the BBC series of North and South.:D

Thank you very much for the welcome!

verilion said...

This is a great idea Becky. Thank you for doing this, I'm really looking forward to my 2011 reads.

Aspiring Writer said...

Brilliant idea! I'm a 'home grown' entrant and will definitely focus on YA/kidlit reading for the challenge. Nice way to keep us focused - thanks.

Alex said...

Thanks for doing this challenge. Now I have a good reason to read all those British novels I have collected over the years. I will link my post about this challenge as soon as I write it.

Avid_Reader said...

Great challenge! I'd love to participate. I live in Canada, but love England and read lots of British fiction each year. My aim will be to achieve the International Friend - Royal Family level. Shouldn't be a problem since at least 30 of the books I read in 2010 have been by British authors.

I'll track my progress on my blog at the following link: http://confessionsavidreader.blogspot.com/p/2011-british-book-challenge.html

Thanks for the opportunity to take part.

Becky said...

Liz, thanks. It is great to have the support of MFB.

Nayu, awww... thanks. It is so nice to be appreciated. mwah!

Risa, wow! I like your style.

Verillion, thanks for signing up!

Aspiring Writer, oooh... I look forward to hearing more about your aspirations. Great to see people having different reasons for joining.

Alex, great!

Avid Reader, I am so pleased to have international entrants. It is great to be spreading a love of British books across the world.

Alex said...

I have definitely decided to do this challenge and can't wait to begin.

BookZone said...

Evil auto-complete on my browser has messed up my sign up link above - it really shouldn't have a reference to Michelle Paver's Dark Matter. Oh well.... at least I have signed up now :-)

Becky said...

Alex, that's wonderful news!

Bookzone, I have fixed it for you! Thanks for signing up. How did I not know how awesome your blog was before today? It is brilliant!!!

Jesse Owen said...

Fantastic idea, I'm all signed up now, can't wait to begin :D

Pisinat said...

I just sign up! I love the idea, graet challenge! Come on January, hurry up =D

Lynsey Newton said...

Whilst I love the idea, it's taken me a bit of time to come round to the idea of ACTUALLY participating. You know I love US books but I've been reading a lot of UK reads recently and have loved them. So in short...I wasn't gonna....but now I'm gonna. And I'm actually looking forward to it now ;)

Jenna said...

I was going to limit my challenges this year, but I can't pass this up! I'm American, but I love British books! (and TV!) I've been going through everyone else's posts discovering new books. Can't wait to get started in January!

Jenna

Risa said...

Becky, I'm signing up again as I'm shifting my blogger account to wordpress in 2011. Have entered my name with my new acciount.:)

Risa

Lexia Ashkenye said...

I'm looking forward to this, Thanks for hosting.

Kat said...

Sounds like an awesome challenge-- I'm so excited to be participating! I'm American, but this challenge made me realize I read a lot of British books (and didn't even know it). Looking forward to January! :)

Audra said...

I'm new to your blog but just signed up for your fabulous challenge -- I'm an American attempting this -- aiming for The Royal Family -- thanks for hosting! I can't wait to see what folks read -- I always need more things to add to my TBR!

SJH (A Dream of Books) said...

Great idea! I'm really excited about supporting some home-grown talent :)

Jillian said...

Thanks for hosting! :-)

kel.light@journaljourneys said...

Can't resist this one!

kel.light@journaljourneys said...

Sorry I just realised my link in the sign up didn't have the direct link to my challenge blog post.

http://journaljourneys.typepad.com/journal-journeys/2010/12/book-challenge-british-book-challenge.html

theincrediblebookeatinggirl said...

I love the blog!
I really hope to read more classic British kid's fiction this year; even though I'm a kid's bookseller I am guilty of merely knowing of them...

Joan

Laurie said...

Perfect challenge for me! I'm going for the crown!

Nikki-ann said...

What a great challenge! Count me in! :)

mostlyhere said...

Wonderful challenge! Thanks for making this happen. I signed up.

maryom said...

There! Signed up at last! It won't appear on our blog till 7th Jan though. I may start reading some of my pick before then.

Birdie said...

Ooooh, I can still sign up today, right? I'm all over this one! I think I'll be trying for Royal Family level.
Thanks for hosting this challenge!

PS--word verification was 'marmate'. Silly computer, even Colonials know it's marmite!

Sarah said...

Took me ages to get around to it but I finally wrote my sign up post :o) Looking forward to seeing what books everyone reads for this one!

juniperjungle said...

Can't wait to get going with this!

sarah said...

Really looking forward to this, I randomly read anything and everything and this will focus the mind somewhat :)

Caroline said...

Hi Becky!
I re-signed up by putting the real link to my sign up post (sorry!!)
x

Joy said...

Great challenge! This is going to be fun.

Kerrie said...

I'm trying for International Friend: Royal family level. My choices will all be criem fiction, and I have a lot of British authors already in my sights.
I have listed it amongst my 2011 challenges

Tania Katherine said...

Hoping to join the Royal Family :).

Susan said...

This looks like such a fun challenge. Thanks for hosting it! I've signed up for The Royal Family.

lisabratby said...

I'm up for the challenge and will be reviewing YA books.

Wriggling Writer said...

Hurrah - finally something to get me going on the reading blog linked to my main writing one. I've been really slack and haven't started reviewing on it yet, but this gives me a purpose!

I'll be reading mainly a mixture of childrens/YA/fantasy.

Good luck to all and thanks for organising this!

novelniche said...

This is a brilliant idea! I'm thrilled to be taking part ('The International Friend' section, 'The Royal Family' challenge) I'm covering a fairly wide range of styles, forms and concerns in my shortlist.

Happy reading to all! :)

Anonymous said...

Have been debating whether to do this after stumbling across your blog a few days ago and given in and signed up. Really looking forward to it!

intenseturknori said...

Signed up under the name Noreen! I think this is a great challenge, and I'm really excited to do it~! I'm from Canada, going for the Royal Family. Most of the books I picked were slightly old, since I'm don't really know what's new, book-wise, in the U.K Market. I pretty much used wikipedia to look up some british authors I already knew. I hope this will go well! - noreen

Kate said...

Finally - a challenge that shows off all the best British authors! It is about time us Brits showed off our writing skills, plus it's a great opportunity to discover the amazing reading power of cups of tea! Thanks so much, Becky! x

Lynn said...

Hello

Looking forward to this challenge. Thought I'd signed up already but can't see it on there - sorry if I've put myself on twice!

Phanee said...

Hi!
Just signed up for the challenge! Hope I'm not too late! I didn't see a deadline, but I hope I've signed up on time! Looking forward to some great reads!

Meri Greenleaf said...

What a fun challenge- I'm joining in even though I'm a bit late. :)

Belledechoc said...

This is a brilliant idea.

Rose City Reader said...

I am definitely going to sign up for this one! I will come back with my link as soon as I get my post up.

It would be a good cross-over with my Battle of the Prizes, British Version challenge!

lisabratby said...

You can read my first review of Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick here: http://wp.me/p1fCh1-41

Raimy-rawr said...

I'm so glad you kept this open a few more days Becky! Thank you!
It's such a good idea, I never even think of the nationality of the author usually so I'll be learning as I go along lol

Michelle said...

Sounds great!

Julie said...

Looking forward to adding this as a sub-challenge to my 50 book challenge!! Great idea!

Stephanie M. Hasty said...

can't wait to start!

Sonythebooklover said...

Couldn't wait to start but after I finished my post to sign up the linky was expired. ^.^ what do i do?

Booksnyc said...

Hi!

I finally posted my sign-up post but the linky has expired - just wanted to let you know that I am up for the chanllenge and thanks for hosting it! http://booksnyc.blogspot.com/2011/02/2011-challenge-sign-ups.html

Risa said...

Hey there, Becky! I know I've already done this twice, but I'll be bugging for the last time. Sorry!

I shifted back to my blogger account a little over a month ago and I was wondering if you could change the link under my blog name above. It's 36. Bread Crumb Reads. Here's the URL: http://breadcrumbreads.blogspot.com/search/label/BBC%20Reading%20Challenge

Thank you!^_^

Becky said...

Risa, no worries. I've changed it for you :-)

Risa said...

oh, great! Thank you!:)

Kerrie said...

Becky - Yesterday I completed reading my 12th book, so now I'll try for a Crown. My post is here

Celise Winters said...

I know I signed up late, but I figured this would be plenty of fun. Here's my link. Thank you for hosting this!

http://incandescentenchantments.blogspot.com/2011/08/british-books-challenge-2011.html

Kerrie said...

I've now completed 50 books Becky. I'm claiming my crown here

uniquegirl said...

Please sign me up!
http://whatorlidid.blogspot.com/2011/12/british-book-challenge.html

Lynn said...

I've enjoyed the BBC Challenge - it makes you think more about the book choices you're making - I've read over 100 books this year and because of this challenge 25 of those have been British authors - without all the other bloggers with their reviews it would have probably been less than that. Thanks to you and all your reviewers.
Lynn :D

Jojo P. said...

What a fun and open challenge! I need to read more books this year, anyway!



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