Wednesday, December 12, 2012

British Reading Challenge 2013

You may already know this about me and this blog ... but I love supporting British authors :) Which is why I will be joining the BBC reading challenge, this year being hosted by the lovely Sarah from Feeling Fictional.  I think the previous hosts, Kirsty from The Overflowing Library and Becky from The Bookette have done a wonderful job and I am excited to see Sarah take over the reins for this fantastic reading challenge!

Here is the list of books that I intend to read for this challenge.  In 2012, I read 58 (I believe!) books by British authors, and just over 200 books.  Which makes the ratio of books by British authors to be roughly 1 in 4.  I really want to increase this number to maybe 1 in 3. Or even 1 in 2? I wonder how possible that could be.  I will do what I can in order to read as many books by British authors as possible!

The following list may change, as I am ONLY reading UKYA until the new year.  But here is my list of books up for consideration for this challenge in 2013...

Verity Fibbs by Cathy Brett
Beads, Boys and Bangles by Sophia Bennett
Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill
The Medusa Project: Hostage by Sophie McKenzie
The Medusa Project: The Rescue by Sophie McKenzie
The Medusa Project: Hunted by Sophie McKenzie
Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie
Blood Ransom by Sophie McKenzie
Sister, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
Silent Saturday by Helen Grant
Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid
The Dead by Charlie Higson
Gladiator: Street Gladiator by Simon Scarrow
Body Blow by Peter Cocks
He's After Me by Chris Higgins
Duty Calls: Battle of Britian by James Holland
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Itch by Simon Mayo
Turf by John Lucas
Slated by Teri Terry
A Witch in Love by Ruth Warburton
Waves by Sharon Dogar
Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz
The Haunting Ground by Cliff McNish
Candy by Kevin Brooks
One Seriously Messed-Up Week by Tom Clempson
My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher
Numbers 2 by Rachel Ward
Numbers 3 by Rachel Ward
Illegal by Miram Halahmy
Hold On by Alan Gibbons
Wintercraft: Blackwatch by Jenna Burtenshaw
A Reckless Magick by Stephanie Burgis
The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
Lottie Biggs Is Not Tragic by Hayley Long
1.4 by Mike Lancaster
The Glimpse by Claire Merle
Rebel Heart by Moira Young
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Phew! I think that's more than enough books to keep me busy for a little while!  Are you thinking of joining in with the British Books reading challenge? Here is the sign-up post.

Have you read any of these books? Where do you recommend that I start? Or what is your favourite book by a British author?


  1. This list looks great - there are quite a few on here I'd like to read myself! Rebel Heart by Moira Young is awesome, you should start there :). I'm going to go have a think about my own list for the challenge now...

    1. Thanks :) I'm really keen to read Rebel Heart, I'm not sure why I haven't read it as yet!

      Good luck compiling your own list!

  2. Great list! All of those Sophie McKenzie books are fantastic, I love that author. I really want to read Waves, He's After Me, Slated, My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece and Rebel Heart. Good luck with the challenge, Clover! :)

    1. Thanks Zoe :) I'm really looking forward to the Sophie McKenzies. I've only recently begun reading her books and I have a lot to catch up on!

  3. Thanks so much for signing up Michelle, you always do so much to support British authors. We should have a think about if there is any kind of joint project we could do later in the year that fits with the BBC and your
    Celebrating British Authors feature!

    You have some fabulous books on your list and I'm looking forward to reading your reviews :o)

    1. You're very welcome, Sarah! Thank you for being a wonderful host this year :)

      Would LOVE to do a joint project with you, what did you have in mind?


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