Well, it’s that time of year once again to join a challenge or two – as I’m not very good at them I don’t participate in many but this year I intend to stick with the one I’ve chosen.
And the one I’ve chosen is the BBC (no, not the British Broadcasting Corporation :p) The British Books Challenge or to put it another way a challenge to read 1 british book a month making for 12 in total. I’m pretty sure I normally read more than 12 british books in a year anyway, so hopefully I’ll read more than 12
The baton of hosting the challenge this year has fallen to Sarah over at Feeling Fictional so I’ll hand you over to Sarah to explain the challenge in a much better way than I could.
The BBC is a reading challenge that was created by Becky from The Bookette in 2011 as a way to encourage people to read more books by British authors. The challenge was taken over by Kirsty at The Overflowing Library for 2012 and this year it’s my turn.
The books can be in print or out. Old or new titles. They can be from any genre and for any age range. Becky and Kirsty’s blogs both focus on YA books but I read a mixture of adult and YA so you can expect to see reviews of both on my blog. Obviously it’s entirely up to you if you want to read adult, YA or children’s novels – or a mixture of all three!
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). For every book you review each month you will get an entry into the draw to win a monthly prize pack. Therefore the more you read the more entries you will rack up. Towards the end of the year I hope to do some kind of special prize draw for those who have gone to the most effort over the year managing to read 50 or more British Books. As prize packs are mainly being sponsored by British publishers I’m afraid that some of the prizes will only be available for UK participants but I hope that international bloggers will still take part. I will try to host a couple of international giveaways throughout the year but it will depend on finances and whether I can afford postage costs for sending out the books.
If you have any questions about the challenge then make sure you check out the FAQ page.
I have to say a massive thank you first to Becky for originally creating the challenge and also to Kirsty for hosting it in 2012. They have both put in an incredible amount of work to promoting British authors and I hope I can do half as well as they did next year. Special thanks to Kirsty for letting me pretty much cut and paste her FAQ and sign up pages!
Good Reads 2013 Challenge
Last year was the first year I attempted the Good Reads personal reading challenge – which lets just say whilst I was off to a good start – failed miserably – with a target of 76, I managed to read around 60 – oops!
So I’m going to try the impossible – my target this year is 81 (yeah! I don’t like round numbers hehe )