Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Introducing British Authors Month!
Welcome to my British Authors month! I will be discussing British authors and books for the entire month of November, and I have some amazing giveaways and guest posts from some really fab UK bloggers as well as British authors. I'm so super excited about this month and I sincerely hope that you all enjoy it too.
But for now, I thought it best to talk a little bit about why I'm doing this. As most of you already know, I'm not even British. I am an American who has lived in England for the past 11 years. It's become home in a way that I didn't think was possible. I was never a huge Anglophile before I moved here but I'm finding it very interesting exploring British history and landmarks. Especially with two young children, I'd like them to be aware of the country they live in, appreciate their surroundings and also the huge wealth of literature that is produced locally!
Another reason is that the way I was raised was always to support the home team. Obviously this mostly applied to sports teams (Go Oregon Ducks!), but I think the principle can apply to many things, and in this instance applies to British authors and British books. And I feel like British books and authors need to be shouted about and celebrated more often! There are some truly amazing authors and books out there at the moment and I'd like to tell you about some of them over the course of this month.
But of course, this idea was inspired by other people as well. I can tell you honestly, that before Becky from The Bookette began hosting her very wonderful British Books Challenge, I had absolutely no idea which of my books were written by British authors. None at all. And for a very long time after signing up for Becky's challenge (and I still do this!) I'd pick up a book from my shelf and think 'I wonder if this author is British or not' and I'd immediately check google. And I'd be hugely surprised. And it was fun and interesting thing to do. And becoming more aware of these things has made a huge impact on my reading choices.
So that's where I'm coming from. And just because I'm curious, what would YOU like to see most during British Authors Month?