British Books Challenge 2015

In 2015 I will be hosting the British Books Challenge.  I have participated in this particular reading challenge for the past fours years and I'm crazy excited to now be hosting it myself.  I have a real passion for reading and supporting British authors and I really do hope that you will join me in this very special reading challenge in the new year.  I have to say a massive thank you to Rhys from Thirst For Fiction for designing this year's blog button! 

So what is the British Books Challenge?

The British Books Challenge is a reading challenge that will be running here on Fluttering Butterflies between 1st January to 31st December 2015 and the main focus of the challenge is reading and reviewing books by British authors.

This challenge is available for all bloggers and/or booktubers who review books on their blogs, YouTube channels or readers who review on other websites such as Goodreads.

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 (assuming that you've left all appropriate links on the monthly link page!) Therefore the more you review the more chances you have at winning that month's prize(s). There may also be some kind of special prize draw for those challenge participants who have gone to the most effort over the year and reviewing 50 or more books by British authors. 

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 this will be dependent on my own personal finances.  Please be aware that you may have to provide me with your address which may sometimes be passed on to a publicist in order for your prize to be sent out.

In terms of what books would count towards the challenge - the books can be in print or out. Old or new titles. They can be from any genre and for any age range. In previous years Becky and Kirsty focused mostly on young adult books on their respective blogs, and Sarah's reviews for the challenge spanned many genres and age ranges. The primary focus on Fluttering Butterflies will be on YA and MG, however feel free to read any books by British authors and have those books count towards the challenge: children's books, middle grade, young adult, new adult, or adult fiction or non-fiction. 

If you have any questions about the challenge then make sure you check out the FAQ page HERE

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 and to Sarah for hosting from 2013-2014. All three of these amazing women have put in an incredible amount of work towards promoting British authors and I hope I can do half as well as they did next year. Special thanks to Sarah for letting me pretty much cut and paste her FAQ and sign up pages!

To Sign Up:

  • Write a blog post or page on your blog or upload a video to your YouTube channel linking back to this one.
  • In that post/page/video compile a list of titles by British authors that you hope to read and review during 2015. If you are not yet sure, just add one or two and update as and when you read titles with hyperlinks to your review.
  • Insert the British Books Challenge button onto your blog's side bar. To do this save the button you like onto your computer, then go to add gadget on your sidebar to put the picture on your blog adding a hyperlink to it of the url address for this post. For Youtubers, please include the graphic within your video.
  • Fill out the Mr.Linky form below. Do make sure the link you add goes directly to your sign up post and has your blog/channel name as the title. Links to anything other than sign up posts will be deleted and only people who have created a sign up post will be eligible to win the monthly prize pack. This is very important step!
  • And finally, as you review the books on your blog/YT channel, update the monthly review pages with a link to your review. Every link up you add will be an entry into that month's prize pack (although some of the prizes may be donated by publishers only willing to send to the UK).

Exciting Extras:

I am absolutely delighted to tell you I have had a huge amount of support and encouragement in the planning of this challenge from UK publishers.

These wonderful publishers / authors have agreed to provide British bookish goodies for prize packs which can be won by the challenge entrants (I will be updating this list as new prize packs are confirmed)

Sponsor details coming soon

Watch out for the review link up post each month for details of what you could win.

If you are a publisher who publishes books by British authors or British author who would be interesting in promoting their titles through the British Books Challenge giveaways please contact me by email.

Books read In January:

Love Hurts edited by Malorie Blackman
Game Changer by Tim Bowler
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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