Friday 2 May 2014

2014 British Books Challenge: Link your May Reviews

Wow so it's May already & the year is still flying by at a scary rate! How are you guys getting on with the challenge? Are you on target for whatever total you've set yourself? I read 6 (and a half!) books by British authors in April so I'm pretty happy with that and am definitely on target for hitting 50 books by the end of the year. I just need to find my reviewing mojo again because I'm incredibly behind with my reviews right now!

April Winners:

The March prize was sponsored by Random House and they are sending 2 lucky winners a pack containing their Carnegie Medal Shortlisted books: Blood Family by Anne Fine, Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper and The Child's Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnson. I'm happy to announce that the lucky winners are:

Sarah from Sarah Elizabeth's Bookshelf
(for her review of The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Susy Cox)

Congratulations! You have 1 week to email me with your address or a new winner will be chosen. By sending me your contact information you are agreeing that I can pass it on to my contact at Random House so that they can send out your prizes.

May Prize Pack:

I have to say a huge thank you to Curious Fox who are our sponsors for the May prize pack. They are offering FIVE winners all the chance to win a copy of The Serpent House by Bea Davenport.

Five winners will be picked at random from the list of valid reviews submitted each month and will be announced in the following month's review link up post. The winners will then have 1 week to contact me to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen. Obviously the more reviews you enter the greater your chance of winning but it doesn't matter if you only review one book (or even skip a month or two in the challenge!) you'll still be entered for each review you do write. I'm afraid that due to postage costs this month's prize pack will be open for UK participants only, the winners will need to give me permission to pass their address to my contact at Curious Fox for them to send out the prizes.

Important Information:
  1. Please make sure you sign up for the challenge before you start linking your reviews, I will delete links from people who aren't registered. You can sign up HERE if you haven't already.
  2. When you add your link to the Mr. Linky below please make sure you link directly to your review, not just to your blog (invalid links will be deleted)
  3. Books must have been read in 2014 to count towards the challenge so those books you read in December but reviewed in January don't count!
  4. Also, please make sure that the reviews you link are for books written by British Authors - they can be born in Britain (living here or abroad) or they can be adopted British Authors (who were born elsewhere and now live here) but if they don't fit into one of those categories then they don't count. (as above invalid links will be deleted and won't get you an entry into the prize pack). Please note that Britain includes England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, I'm afraid authors from Southern Ireland don't count.
  5. If you need ideas for books by British Authors check out the FAQ page for lots of suggestions. You don't have to choose books from these lists though - they are just to give you ideas if you need help!
Link Your Reviews:

Now for the important part, make sure you link all of your reviews using the Mr. Linky form below. In the Your Name field please include your blog name, the title of the book and the author. Make sure the link takes me directly to your review or your entry won't count and will be deleted from the list.


  1. Replies
    1. I spent the whole of last year behind on this challenge so I know how you're feeling! I hope you manage to get caught up soon though :o)

  2. I'm on another DCI Banks reading kick! I hope this counts because he was born in Yorkshire but lives in Canada now. That's cool, right?!

    1. Hi Tina, Peter Robinson definitely counts since he was born in the UK :o) I've not actually read any of his books but have heard good things about that series so I'll have to try it next time I'm in the mood for a crime novel binge :o) I hope you're enjoying them

    2. Thank you Sarah. I love his mysteries and am on #7 in the Inspector Banks series.

    3. If you're still loving the series by book 7 then they must be good :o)

  3. I seem to have read loads of British Authors this month. It goes that way sometimes with me, some months are quieter than others! I hope everyone is enjoying this challenge as much as I am :-)

    1. I'm glad you're having a good month and enjoying the challenge Chrissi :o) I'm actually ahead of target for the challenge which is fab since I haven't managed to hit my goals for the last couple of years LOL



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