Monday, 25 November 2013

British Books Challenge 2014 - Sign Up Page


I'm very excited to announce that I'm going to be continuing to host the British Books Challenge in 2014! I hope that everyone who has taken part in the past will continue to participate and it would also be fab to see some new people joining us - come on you know you want to!

So what is the British Books Challenge?

The BBC is a reading challenge that was created by Becky from The Bookette in 2011 as a way to encourage people to read more books by British authors. The challenge was taken over by Kirsty at The Overflowing Library for 2012 and has been hosted here at Feeling Fictional since 2013.

The books can be in print or out. Old or new titles. They can be from any genre and for any age range. Becky and Kirsty's blogs both focus on YA books but I read a mixture of adult, NA and YA so you can expect to see reviews of both on my blog. Obviously it's entirely up to you if you want to read adult, NA, YA or children's novels - or a mixture of them all!

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. Therefore the more you read the more entries you will rack up. Towards the end of the year I hope to do some kind of special prize draw for those who have gone to the most effort over the year managing to read 50 or more British Books. 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 it will depend on finances and whether I can afford postage costs for sending out the books.

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. They have both put in an incredible amount of work to promoting British authors and I hope I can do half as well as they did next year. Special thanks to Kirsty for letting me pretty much cut and paste her FAQ and sign up pages!

To Sign Up:
  • Write a post or page on your blog linking back to this one.
  • In that post/page write a list of the titles you hope to read. 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 BCC button onto your sign 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.
  • Fill out the Mr.Linky form below, make sure the link you add is directly to your sign up post and has your blog 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 so this is very important!
  • And finally, as you review the books on your blog, update your sign up post/ page with a link to your review. Every link up you do will be an entry into each 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.

Current Participants in the 2014 British Books Challenge:

Please enter your blog name and the link must go directly to your sign up post.



British Books Challenge 2014 Button:

Please the button to your sidebar and link it to this sign up post so that more bloggers can join in the fun!

40 comments:

Clover said...

Oh! I thought the BBC challenge was being passed around and I was waiting for my turn. Oh well. Congrats on all the work you've put into hosting this challenge! I shall definitely be joining you and will work on my sign-up post very soon :)

Sarah G said...

Sorry Michelle, I didn't realise you were interested in hosting the challenge! When Becky was looking for someone to take it over I was under the impression that only Kirsty, Sammee and myself were interested so the three of us agreed to pass it around between us. Sammee was due to take over for 2014 but as she's in a blogging slump she didn't feel up for taking it over, Kirsty has a lot of other things going on so I agreed to keep it for 2014 and one of them would have it for 2015. If you want to take it over starting from January that's fine, I'll delete the sign up post & you can create a new one?

Rachel Hamilton said...

I'm a bit of a techno idiot and have linked to my website rather than a specific page within my blog category where I'll be doing the reviews. Hope that's okay. Any advice welcome!

Anonymous said...

This is a lovely challenge I enjoyed doing. I wonder if you saw my suggestions under the December link-up. I'm surprised the bit about international participants possibly left out in 2014. I spoke of many, many options if a winner happens to be overseas, rather than not qualifying. Instead of the whole pile: a gift certificate, a treat from Book Depository with free shipping, appeal to publishers that your guests are international. Omitting doesn't need to be the outcome. I read and support English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh books and wonder if a solution might be brainstormed. :) xoxo

Sarah G said...

No problem Rachel, I should be able to edit it for you but I'll let you know if I need you to do anything else :-)

Sarah G said...

Hi, I'm sorry that not all of the prize packs are available to international participants. Unfortunately that's one of the problems with being a British blogger - my contacts are nearly all with British publishers. The prize packs I sponsor are usually available to everyone (make sure you enter in January for a chance to win!). When a publisher generously sponsors a prize pack I have to go along with their rules for where they will send the prizes. I can't even tell you how many giveaways I haven't been able to enter because they are for US/Canada participants only LOL. I hope it doesn't put you off taking part in the challenge though :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone, looking forward to reading lots of British books again this year!

Carrie Ann said...

I'm a new book blogger and not quite sure how all the linking works. I'm pressing buttons and hoping for the best. Carrie

Anonymous said...

This is a great challenge and am really looking forward to taking part....first book selected :)

Anonymous said...

A great idea! Really looking forward to taking part...first book selected :)

Allie @ Little Birdie Books said...

Oooh I'm so glad I've stumbled upon this! I have a few reading challenges I'm taking part in this year, so I'm happy to add this on :D we need to spread the word about British authors, especially in contemporary / YA circles!

Sarah G said...

Hi Beth, great to have you on board again this year :o) I hope you find lots of fab books to read!

Sarah G said...

Hi Carrie Ann, welcome to the challenge, I hope you enjoy taking part! If you have any questions feel free to email me :o)

Sarah G said...

It's lovely to see some new faces taking part in the challenge this year! I hope you enjoy taking part :o)

Sarah G said...

Hi Allie, welcome to the challenge, it's a great way to discover new British authors so hopefully you'll find some new books to read :o)

Nikki-ann said...

I've only just realised I'd not signed up, but I've just rectified that! If there's one challenge I do every year, it's this one! :)

Nikki-ann said...

P.S. - Many thanks for all the hard work you put in for this challenge! It's very much appreciated! :)

Sarah G said...

I'm so happy that we have so many challenge regulars who take part every year :o) I hope you enjoy this one as much as all the others!

Sarah G said...

Aww thank you :o)

Anonymous said...

Def. joining this:) will go check titles, write post come back - are non fiction books allowed?

Anonymous said...

cannot seem to get this comment up - so if there are half a dozen I apologise:( I am def up for this challenge - will go check titles, write post and return - are non fiction books allowed as well as fiction?

Sarah G said...

All books are allowed (fiction or non fiction) as long as they're written by British authors :o) I hope you have fun joining the challenge :o)

Sarah G said...

I think I just answered your question in the above comment but just in case you didn't see it I thought it would be best to reply again :o) You're welcome to read non-fiction as well as fiction for the challenge so as long as the book is written by a British author it counts :o)

Sorry if you had problems commenting, I have it set up so I have to approve comments on blog posts from more than 2 weeks ago because that is where I get most of the spam comments. I try to check once a day in case any comments are waiting for approval though!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Trying again this year!
Read so many last year, but was waiting to post my reviews at year end.
MoM passed away, and I wasn't online for months, so there went all the reviews!

Thanks for hosting - looking forward to a new start =)

Kulsuma said...

Been meaning to do this for years!

Kulsuma said...

Been meaning to do this for years! I do love British books!

Sarah G said...

I'm glad you've decided to take part in the challenge again this year :o)

Sarah G said...

Great to have you on board Kulsuma :o) I hope you enjoy taking part

Anonymous said...

I've never seen nor had the priviledge of "Canada-only". But I share your grief about the too-frequent "USA-only"!!!! It's an 'ouch' for Canadians because we aren't overseas; we're across the border and should'nt be categorized as 'international' at all. Anyway thank you for answering this query, Sarah. I wondered if you could ask publishers about splitting the loot. Then one book overseas doesn't cost much, plus you won't be short any months, whilst one person wins 10 novels. [GRIN]

Yes indeed, I shall be your guest again either way. You're a sweet person with whom it's a pleasure to play the game. :) Should you wish to be my guest, 3 challenges of my own premiere February 1st! I run to February 2015 so there's no rush anywhere near Christmas.
http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/ethereal-2014/
http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/gentle-spectrums-2014/
http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/mykindofmystery2014/

Sarah G said...

I will mention your suggestion to my contacts when I'm talking to them about prize packs but I know from personal experience how much it can cost even to send just 1 book internationally (I've spent a fortune on postage since I started my blog & just can't afford to do it any more which is why most of my giveaways are now sponsored ones).

I think most of the giveaways I've seen on US blogs are usually US or US & Canada only so I do understand your frustration. I'm glad you're still going to take part in the British Books Challenge though!

I'm trying not to sign up for as many challenges this year (although I already signed up for 5 LOL) but I'll have to check yours out :o)

Lou www.myloubook.com said...

Thanks again for letting me join the challenge !

Sarah G said...

I'm glad you decided to take part Lou! I hope you have fun with it :o)

Cynthia So said...

Hi, bit late to the party, but I'm joining in! I just started blogging last month. (: Hopefully this challenge will get me to read more British books! I used to read lots and lots when I was younger but that's kind of changed.

Sarah G said...

Hi Cynthia, welcome to the challenge - I hope you enjoy taking part :o) Welcome to the world of book blogging too! I'm sure you'll love it

Anonymous said...

Hi, we are incredibly late to the party but we have "officially" blogged about 4 British Books so far this year so I have added those to our list, I hope you don't think we are cheating :) We are currently working through The BBC Big Read Top 200 so should have contributions to make for a good while to come. We cannot wait to be part of a larger community.

Sarah G said...

I'm happy you've decided to join in the challenge & hope you have fun taking part :o) There is no such thing as joining too late (although the 30th of December wouldn't give you much time LOL!)

Feel free to add the links to books you've already reviewed in the earlier part of the year too. Good luck with the BBC Big Read Top 200 too, I should really have a look at that list & perhaps set myself a challenge

Gill said...

Hi I've just joined but my join-up post isn't scheduled to go live until 24th July, hope that's OK. I've already read 13 British books since starting my blog in April so I'm feeling confident at hitting around 40 books by the end of the year. I think this is a great idea, well done for organising.

http://thebookishreader.blogspot.co.uk/

Sarah G said...

Hi Gill, I'm glad you've decided to take part in the challenge, it sounds like you've already made a great start :o) It's no problem when you post your sign up page, just add your link here when it's up so that other people taking part can find you. I hope you enjoy taking part & find lots of fab new British authors for your wish list

Cody Young said...

Just written my post - had some trouble linking the button, but did include two other links that come back to your sign up page. Hope that works.

Sarah G said...

Hi Cody, welcome to the challenge :o) I hope you enjoy taking part & don't worry too much about the button!

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