Friday, December 31, 2010

British Book Challenge

You may have noticed that Becky from The Bookette is hosting this fabulous reading challenge for 2011? British Books Challenge 2011. Well, I'm joining. I love supporting the home team (despite not being British myself!!) and will do my best to highlight some wonderful British talent this next year.

Because I live in England, I'm signing up for the Homegrown challenge - which is to read 12 books by British authors in 2011.

Here is my tentative list, all taken from my TBR shelves:

1. Lucas by Kevin Brooks
2. Candy by Kevin Brooks
3. Annexed by Sharon Dogar
4. Waves by Sharon Dogar
5. My Swordhand Is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick
6. The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick
7. Dark Flight Down by Marcus Sedgwick
8. Extreme Kissing by Luisa Plaja
9. Swapped By A Kiss by Luisa Plaja
10. From Where I Stand by Tabitha Suzuma
11. 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison
12. Breathing Underwater by Julia Green
13. The Dead by Charlie Higson
14. Pretty Bad Things by CJ Skuse

...And that's only the very tip of my pile. I'm sure I'll have no problem reading 12 books by British authors this year, but it will be fun and I'm in good company!

Here is my completed list of British books read for this challenge:

1. Entangled by Cat Clarke
2. Being Billy by Phil Earle
3. By Midnight by Mia James
4. Gladiator: Fight For Freedom by Simon Scarrow
5. Lottie Biggs Is (Not) Mad by Hayley Long
6. Annexed by Sharon Dogar
7. Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace
8. Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton
9. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
10. Swapped By A Kiss by Luisa Plaja
11. Girl Meets Cake by Susie Day
12. Long Reach by Peter Cocks
13. A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master
14. Pride and Premiership by Michelle Gayle
15. Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin
16. Far From Home by Na'ima B. Robert
17. An Act of Love by Alan Gibbons
18. Montacute House by Lucy Jago
19. Mistress of the Storm by ML Welsh
20. Fool's Girl by Celia Rees
21. Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
22. Lottie Biggs Is (Not) Desperate by Hayley Long
23. Mortlock by Jon Mayhew
24. A Note of Madness by Tabitha Suzuma
25. Rockoholic by CJ Skuse
26. In the Bag by Jim Carrington
27. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd
28. Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
29. The Truth About Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne
30. An Act of Love by Alan Gibbons
31. Far From Home by Na'ima B. Robert
32. Hidden by Miriam Halahmy
33. Angel's Fury by Bryony Pearce
34. Duty Calls: Dunkirk by James Holland
35. Pretty Twisted by Gina Blaxill
36. To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell
37. Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
38. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
39. David by Mary Hoffman
40. A Most Improper Magick by Stephanie Burgis
41. 0.4 by Mike Lancaster
42. A Tangle of Magicks by Stephanie Burgis
43. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
44. Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
45. Lucas by Kevin Brooks
46. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
47. Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess
48. Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling
49. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
50. Naked by Kevin Brooks
51. Divided City by Theresa Breslin
52. Number by Rachel Ward
53. From Where I Stand by Tabitha Suzuma
54. Extreme Kissing by Luisa Plaja
55. Big Woo by Susie Day
56. Take a Chance On Me by Jill Mansell
57. Rich and Mad by William Nicholson



  1. Great list! I am excited to read Candy too. I haven't read any Kevin Brooks so it is time that I changed that.
    Are you sure Julia Green is British? A rather British name but I'm not sure if she is...?
    Thanks so much for signing up to the challenge. Best of luck.

  2. I'm doing this challenge too, though I've yet to pick all 12 books. I really should get that sorted! :)

  3. Thank you so much for including my books. Just wanted to reply to Becky in case either of you were still wondering - Julia Green is definitely British!

  4. I'm doing this challenge as well and I have 'The Dead' by Charlie Higson on my list too.

    It will be nice to read some of the homegrown talent out there :)

  5. Becky - Hi :) I've only read two books by Kevin Brooks so far, but I've enjoyed them both, so I'm looking forward to reading more from him. Already spoke to you about Julia Green! And thanks.

    Nikki-ann - It's a fun challenge, isn't it? I'm not sure how much this original list will correspond to the finishing one though :)

    Luisa - Thanks for helping us out there! :)

    SJH - I'm quite looking forward to it. And I've been saving The Dead for awhile as I enjoyed The Enemy so much.

  6. Yay - new books I haven't heard of. Off to go and check out goodreads and find them. I really would like to start reading more fiction form British authors, even though I myself am also not British :D

  7. Tammy - oh good luck with that, I think there's some really fabulous British authors writing at the moment, there'd be so much for you to choose from :)

    I live here, but I'm not British. Though maybe one day I'll sit and take my citizenship test? Who knows.

  8. Thanks for clearing up the query about Julia Green. That is fab news!

    I've started Waves now. It is wonderful.

  9. Becky - really? Good to hear! I won't be reading Waves until closer to July, but it's always nice to hear that it's a good one..


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