Round up of The British Book Challenge 2016

It’s that time of year again… time to reflect on the British Books I’ve read this year for the British Books Challenge. I read a grand total of 66 British books! (I shall add anymore to this post if I read moreย between now and 1st January)ย Yay!

The challenge involves reading 12 books from British authors, so I think we can safely say I smashed that number! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I really enjoy finding British authors to read as much of my reading is dominated by US authors (they are amazing though!) Linked below are the reviews of the 66 British books that I read!

  1. Lighter Than My Shadowโ€“ Katie Green
  2. For Hollyโ€“ Tanya Byrne
  3. Am I Normal Yet?โ€“ Holly Bourne
  4. The Demon Headmasterโ€“ Gillian Cross
  5. The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pigโ€“ Emer Stamp
  6. The Hauntingโ€“ Alex Bell
  7. In A Dark, Dark Woodโ€“ Ruth Ware
  8. The Number One Rule For Girlsโ€“ Rachel McIntyre
  9. Carrieโ€™s War-Nina Bawden
  10. The Sin Eaterโ€™s Daughterโ€“ Melinda Salisbury
  11. Radio Silenceโ€“ Alice Oseman
  12. The Samaritanโ€“ Mason Cross
  13. Movingโ€“ Jenny Eclair
  14. More Of Meโ€“ Kathryn Evans
  15. The Nextย Togetherโ€“ Lauren James
  16. The Boy In The Dressโ€“ David Walliams
  17. Consumedโ€“ Abbie Rushton
  18. V is for Violetโ€“ Alison Rattle
  19. Read Me Like A Bookโ€“ Liz Kessler
  20. Follow Me Backโ€“ Nicci Cloke
  21. Noble Conflictโ€“ Malorie Blackman
  22. When I Was Invisibleโ€“ Dorothy Koomson
  23. Poppyโ€™s Placeโ€“ Karina Charman
  24. The Horse and His Boyโ€“ C.S. Lewis
  25. Orangeboyโ€“ Patrice Lawrence
  26. Always With Loveโ€“ Giovanna Fletcher
  27. The Moonlight Dreamersโ€“ Siobhan Curham
  28. According To Yes-Dawn French
  29. The Borrowersโ€“ Mary Norton
  30. Swimming To The Moonโ€“ Jane Elson
  31. The Castleโ€“ Sophia Bennett
  32. The Woman Next Doorโ€“ Cass Green
  33. Songs About A Girlโ€“ Chris Russell
  34. Maggot Moonโ€“ Sally Gardner
  35. Shtumโ€“ Jem Lester
  36. The One We Fell In Love Withโ€“ Paige Toon
  37. My Embarrassing Dadโ€™s Gone Viralโ€“ Ben Davis
  38. Cuckooโ€“ Keren David
  39. Harry Potter and The Cursed Childโ€“ J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  40. All About The Hypeโ€“ Paige Toon
  41. The Girlsโ€“ Lisa Jewell
  42. Head Over Heelsโ€“ Holly Smale
  43. Crushโ€“ Eve Ainsworth
  44. Perijee and Meโ€“ Ross Montgomery
  45. How Not To Disappearโ€“ Clare Furniss
  46. A Dictionary of Mutual Understandingโ€“ Jackie Copleton
  47. Looking for JJโ€“ Anne Cassidy
  48. A Boy Made Of Bricksโ€“ Keith Stuart
  49. Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimesโ€“ Paula Harrison
  50. Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
  51. The Last Act of Loveโ€“ Cathy Rentzenbrink
  52. Time To Say Goodbyeโ€“ S.D. Robertson
  53. On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
  54. Beautiful Broken Thingsโ€“ Sara Barnard
  55. The Widowโ€“ Fiona Barton
  56. The Wolves of Willoughby Chaseโ€“ Joan Aiken
  57. Dead Romanticโ€“ C.J.Skuse
  58. Haunt Meโ€“ Liz Kessler
  59. Missing, Presumedโ€“ Susie Steiner
  60. Strange Starโ€“ Emma Carroll
  61. Ballet Shoesโ€“ Noel Streatfeild
  62. The Lie Treeโ€“ Frances Hardinge
  63. Into The Treesโ€“ Robert Williams
  64. Lighthousekeepingโ€“ Jeanette Winterson
  65. Infinite Skyโ€“ C.J. Flood
  66. The Sleeping Prince– Melinda Salisbury

A massive thank you to Kirsty from Overflowing Library for hosting this challenge this year.

As this is one of my favourite challenges, I am definitely on board for 2017. In 2017, the challenge will be hosted by Michelle from Tales of Yesterday. Sign up here!

Blog Tour: The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp

Welcome to the last stop on the blog tour for Emer Stamp’sย The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig,ย which is a cute middle grade series.

The author:


Emer Stamp is the author and illustrator of The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig. Emer grew up on a farm in Devon before training in graphic design and working for some of London’s top advertising agencies. She was the Creative Director for the Adam and Eve DDB communications agency, which creates advertisements for clients including John Lewis, Halifax, Cadbury’s and Save the Children. She lives in London.





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We love Pig , but Pig loves Farmer. After all, Farmer gives Pig yummy slops and special back scratches, and calls him Sausage and seems to love him more, the fatter he gets. Just as well Pig doesn’t speak any Farmer. But Duck does (Duck’s clever like that), and he’s determined his best friend should know the truth.



I decided to read this book to see if it would be suitable for my class to devour. They’d definitely find it a hilarious read and I’ll certainly put copies of this series in my revamped book area. It’s entertaining and will capture the heart of many children. Pig is a lovable character, whoย I’m sure children will adore.

This book is definitely aimed at young children. It has so much within it that children will adore. It’s funny and silly. It also mentions farts within the first couple of pages. I can imagine reading this to my class and them being in hysterics!

The story is fast paced and action packed. It’s a little crazy, but in a GOOD way. I can’t wait to see the reaction of my class to these books!

Pig’s story continues in the next two books!

The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig (Pig Diary #2)ย The Seriously Extra Ordinary Diary of Pig (Pig Diary #3)

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