The British Books Challenge is hosted by Michelle at Tales of Yesterday. Find out more about it HERE.
The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. I smashed it once again this year by reading 63 books by British Authors.
Here are 2017’s efforts!
- The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
- Paper Butterflies– Lisa Heathfield
- We Come Apart– Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
- How Hard Can Love Be?– Holly Bourne
- Disclaimer– Renee Knight
- Margot & Me– Juno Dawson
- The Trouble With Goats and Sheep– Joanna Cannon
- The Witchfinder’s Sister– Beth Underdown
- London Belongs To Us– Sarra Manning
- The Cuckoo Sister– Vivian Alcock
- The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time– Mark Haddon
- The One– John Marrs
- Mad Girl– Bryony Gordon
- Lie With Me– Sabine Durrant
- Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane– Caroline Baxter
- Fish Boy- Chloe Daykin
- Awful Auntie– David Walliams
- The Last Beginning- Lauren James
- Girlhood– Cat Clarke
- One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton
- Release- Patrick Ness
- Unboxed- Non Pratt
- Follow Me– Angela Clarke
- Watch Me– Angela Clarke
- Trust Me– Angela Clarke
- Truth Or Dare– Non Pratt
- I See You- Clare Mackintosh
- Blood Sisters– Jane Corry
- The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
- The Nearest Faraway Place– Hayley Long
- The Graces– Laure Eve
- Miss You– Kate Eberlen
- Damage– Eve Ainsworth
- Indigo Donut– Patrice Lawrence
- Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen
- Her Husband’s Lover– Julia Crouch
- He Said/She Said– Erin Kelly
- Cartes Postales from Greece– Victoria Hislop
- Fortunately, The Milk– Neil Gaiman
- Good Me, Bad Me– Ali Land
- The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury
- Charlotte Says– Alex Bell
- Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds
- Coraline- Neil Gaiman
- The House– Simon Lelic
- The Betrayals- Fiona Neill
- The Trophy Child– Paula Daly
- Saffy’s Angel– Hilary McKay
- Behind Closed Doors- B.A Paris
- No Virgin– Anne Cassidy
- No Shame– Anne Cassidy
- Then She Was Gone– Lisa Jewell
- The Treatment– C.L Taylor
- Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll
- Black Hearts In Battersea– Joan Aiken
- The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club- Alex Bell
- 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough
- The Hours Before Dawn– Celia Fremlin
- Noah Can’t Even– Simon James Green
- Witch Child- Celia Rees
- The Friend– Dorothy Koomson
- A Quiet Kind Of Thunder– Sara Barnard
- Finding Jennifer Jones– Anne Cassidy
2018 brings yet another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each.
Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!
JANUARY – The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader -C.S. Lewis
FEBRUARY- Matilda-Roald Dahl
MARCH – The Girl Of Ink And Stars- Kiran Millwood Hargrave
APRIL- Ratburger- David Walliams
MAY – The Wide Window (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #3)-Lemony Snicket
JUNE- The Face On The Milk Carton-Caroline B. Cooney
JULY – Murder Most Unladylike- Robin Stevens
AUGUST- The Creakers- Tom Fletcher
SEPTEMBER – Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing -Judy Blume
OCTOBER- Nightbirds on Nantucket (The Wolves Chronicles #3)- Joan Aiken
NOVEMBER – Number The Stars- Lois Lowry
DECEMBER- Time Travelling With A Hamster- Ross Welford
Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!
Here are 2018’s books that Beth and I will be reading for our Banned Books feature that has been running since July 2014!
JANUARY: Summer Of My German Soldier–Bette Greene
FEBRUARY: Twilight–Stephenie Meyer
MARCH: Fallen Angels –Walter Dean Myers
APRIL: Saga Volume 3 –Brian K.Vaughan and Fiona Staples
MAY: Blood And Chocolate –Annette Curtis Klause
JUNE: Brave New World–Aldous Huxley
JULY: Julie Of The Wolves –Jean Craighead George
AUGUST: I Am Jazz– Jessica Herthel
SEPTEMBER: Taming The Star Runner– S.E. Hinton
OCTOBER: Beloved –Toni Morrison
NOVEMBER: King & King –Linda de Haan
DECEMBER: Flashcards Of My Life– Charise Mericle Harper
I’m looking forward to seeing if I agree with the reasons for these books being banned. If you want to have a look at the previous books (42 of them!) that Beth and I have read for this feature, check out the page for Banned Books here on my blog
Welcome to my first wrap up post for this little feature inspired by one of my sister’s favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings
Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. I picked 5 books that I thought I might give 5 stars and since I have now read them I thought I’d let you know if I was right!
Click on the book image to learn more about the book and the link below the book to find my review!
This book got 4 stars from me. It was a little slow in places so I couldn’t give it that 5!
Ahh, Emery Lord didn’t let me down. I thought this was an incredible, touching read. 5 stars!
I felt like this book was the biggest let down, because of how slow it was. 😦 3 stars!
I love me some Paula Daly. This book was incredible, but not quite a 5 star for me. 4 stars!
This is such an important book with stories from authors that have been bullied or have bullied themselves. I gave it 4 stars.
So only 1 5 star read out of my predictions! I’m pleased that I did get one right though! I shall do this again as it’s been a lot of fun! 🙂
This post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings
Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predicts were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video! But here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…
Click on the book image to learn more about the book on Goodreads!
The Friend- Dorothy Koomson
I am a huge fan of Dorothy Koomson’s writing and her books thus far have either got 4, 4.5 or 5 stars… so I’m quietly confident.
The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord
Emery Lord is one of my favourite writers in the YA genre. I love how her books often have much more depth than you might expect.
Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow
I have heard amazing things about this book! It looks intense, but I think it could be important.
The Trophy Child- Paula Daly
I’m a massive fan of Paula Daly’s writing. I can’t wait to read this one soon!
Dear Bully- Various Authors
I have wanted to read this book for ages and I’m hoping it’s worth the wait!
I shall let you know if these books did become 5 stars! Has anyone read any of them? Let me know!
I have decided to join in with ARC August (hosted by Read, Sleep, Repeat) to keep up to date with those pesky ARCS. Don’t get me wrong, I love having ARCS but sometimes I’m not so good at keeping up with them. I’m getting better though and challenges like these often help out.
Here are the rules:
- Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count
- No blog necessary to participate, but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
- Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in
e-ARCS I aim to read
(Book images go to Goodreads!)
‘Real book’ ARCS I aim to read
I’m happy to say that only one of these ARCS are backlist ARCS which is Indigo Donut. The rest of them are either August or October ARCS. I’m hoping that getting these books read will keep me on track! I’m trying so hard not to request as many ARCS as I used to!
Are you joining in with ARC August? Please feel free to link me to your sign up posts so I can cheer you on!