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British Books Challenge 2017


I utterly failed at reading at least one ‘classic’ a month in 2016 – I read a couple and didn’t hate them but the desire to pick up more faltered and faded away as the year went on. Oops.

For 2017 I have decided I’m going to join in with the British Books Challenge which is being hosted by Chelle over on her Tales of Yesterday Blog.

I am already confident that I will actually manage this challenge because unlike classics – British books are things I choose to pick up on a fairly regular basis. Often, though, I can do massive runs on American authors so I think I will enjoy making sure I support authors closer to home throughout 2017.

bbc-pointed-shaded-510x184Now, the aim is to read and review at least 12 British books throughout the year – I don’t think I can decide on all 12 right now – doubtless new and shiny things will come my way through the year and I will change my mind. However, the are a couple already on my bookshelf that I am definitely going to put at the top of my BBC-TBR pile as my January and February reads:

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

I actually did a mini review of the sampler I got for this at YALC back in summer and was very kindly sent a full copy to review… which I have utterly failed to read in the chaos of 2016. BAD book blogger!

It feels like a January kind of read – for curling up on the sofa on a chilly evening with a blanket and a hot chocolate. I also have The Death House on my shelf by Sarah as well which I need to read. Maybe it will turn into a Sarah Pinborough marathon!

Kook by Chris Vick

Another book that has been on my shelf since summer which I have failed to pick up.

Chris Vick did his Creative Writing MA at the same uni that I did my BA at (in the same subject!) and I’m always interested in supporting fellow Spartans when they get books released.

I love Kook‘s edgy front cover and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the story – especially as I have heard loads of good things about it from people whose book recs I trust!


For now, this is my planned reading list. It is liable to change as the year goes on and I undoubtedly acquire new books… but for now, these are what I am aining to read:

JANUARY

13 Minutes – Sarah Pinborough

The Death House – Sarah Pinborough

FEBRUARY

English Passengers – Matthew Kneale

Revenger – Alastair Reynolds

MARCH

The Dragon’s Eye –Dugald A. Steer

APRIL

Elizabeth Is Missing – Emma Healey

MAY

Second Lives – Scott K. Andrews

JUNE

Kook – Chris Vick

1984/Animal Farm – George Orwell

The Last Wild – Piers Torday

JULY

The Hunter’s Kind – Rebecca Levene

AUGUST

How To Be A Pirate – Cressida Cowell

Dreaming The Bear – Mimi Thebo

SEPTEMBER

The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting – Holly Bourne 

OCTOBER

The Amazing Story Of Adolph Tips – Michael Morpurgo

The Kites Are Flying – Michael Morpurgo

NOVEMBER

The Ice Twins – S. K. Tremayne

DECEMBER

The Dreamfighter and other Creation Tales – Ted Hughes

At the end of each month, I will come back here and update which books I read and link them up to my reviews so you can see them all in one place (and see if I’m on track with the challenge)!


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18 thoughts on “British Books Challenge 2017

  1. Thanks so much for signing up to the challenge! I can’t wait to see what reads you read and your reviews x

  2. Good luck! I really enjoy British books and most of the books I read are British. You can’t beat a really good quality American book and I do like Scandinavian thrillers, but I’m sure I will read well over 12 British books next year!
    The only one of your planned reads I’ve read was The Ice Twins, which was a 7 out of 10 kind of book for me!

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