Ever since I started blogging, I’ve seen things on lots of blogs centred around the British Books Challenge. The aim is to read twelve books by British authors over one year; A goal I hope is achievable next year, as I’m always on the lookout for more great UKYA, and it’ll be a great new challenge to try.
The lovely Michelle @ Fluttering Butterflies is hosting the challenge in 2015, and I’m really excited about it. For this Sign-Up post, I’ve picked a handful of books that I’d like to read for the challenge. (Maybe not the specific ones I’ll end up reading first in 2015, because I always reorder my TBR… It’s chaotic!)
#1: Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
This is definitely a modern contemporary classic, and a leading title in UKYA – I have no idea why I haven’t read it before, actually! I love Malorie’s books and would love to read this for the challenge not only because it fits into the category, but because the follow-up book is out very soon.
#2: The Manifesto on how to be Interesting by Holly Bourne
I attended the Young Adult Literature Weekender at the Southbank centre last month. I really enjoyed it, and undoubtedly the best panel was the Gender In YA panel, which included Holly. I’ve read great reviews of her two books and TMOHTBI sounds brilliant.
#3: Before I go to Sleep by S J Watson:
This is an adult title! I’ve been interested in reading this ever since my dad first received his proof copy, before it was released and when he was blogging. I remembered that the author is British so decided this should definitely be on my challenge TBR – I’d also love to read it before the DVD of the film comes out!
#4: The Bubble-Wrap Boy by Phil Earle:
I love Phil Earle’s books – he’s a fantastic contemporary fiction author whose books should be more recognised, I think! This is his latest book and it’s been on my TBR pile for a while – this will be a good excuse to read it (:
#6: My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick:
I’m a very big fan of Marcus Sedgwick’s books, but this is one of his older titles that I haven’t yet read. I would love to read this (as well as maybe some other Marcus Sedgwick books, like Ghosts of Heaven!) for the British Books Challenge.
Good luck to any body else who is doing the challenge! If you’re a blogger or booktuber, and you’re interested in signing up for 2015, click here to go to Michelle’s submissions blog post.
Thank you so much for joining this challenge, Georgia! I’m really excited about it. You’ve picked some brilliant books – I absolutely adore Boys Don’t Cry and The Bubble Wrap Boy in particular. Definitely need to read more by Marcus Sedgwick myself. Good luck and happy reading 🙂
No worries, Michelle – I’m really looking forward to it! Can’t wait:)
Good luck Georgia, they look like brilliant books to be aiming to read next year and you’ve reminded me of a few I need to read too!
Looks like you have some great books to get started. I’m looking forward to this challenge!
Thanks – enjoy the challenge!:)