Tales Post – British Books Challenge – August


Welcome to the British Books Challenge 2017 – August!


Officially holiday season!  I know I can’t wait for my week off work soon where all the reading is going to happen!

And again so many amazing reviews linked up for the July British Books Challenge (especially considering I put the post up super late!).   You all did SO amazing!  I’m so glad to see you are all enjoying the challenge so much!  I heart you all very much!

47 reviews of books by British Authors were linked up in July!

That makes a grand total of 504 reviews of books by British Authors in total since we all started in January!

*group hugs*

And thank you so much for embracing our author and debut of the month for July as well as all of the other amazing books you all read!

Thank you all!

Lets pull out or sun chair and jump to August!

About The British Books Challenge

The British Books Challenge is a reading challenge that will be running here on Tales Of Yesterday between 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017 and the main focus of the challenge is reading and reviewing books by British authors.

I have created a #BritishBooksChallenge17 summary page here which will also keep track of my own progress in the challenge too.

If you have not signed up yet there’s still plenty of time – find out more about the challenge here

Please note you can sign up to the challenge at any time throughout the year but only sign up entries made on or before the 31st December 2016 will be entered to win the sign up prize.

This is the first time I am hosting this particular challenge and I have lots of things planned for us all!

I have been in touch with lots of publishers who have kindly donated lots of lovely prize packs for us throughout the year for the challenge!

Right lets get the ball for August rolling starting with the winner of the July Prize Pack!


With thanks to the lovely people at Gollancz for July’s brilliant bumper prize pack which contained the following four books…..

All valid reviews and links by British Authors that were linked up on the July linky here were eligible to be entered to win the May prize pack. With people who read any books by our Author Of The Month, Lisa Heathfield and/or our Debut of the month, No Filter Book by Orlagh Collins, earning extra entries.

But there can only be one winner!

And the winner is…….

Release by Patrick Ness – Darren @BartsBookshelf


Please email me your address so that I can arrange for your prize to be sent out to you!

I hope everyone also enjoyed all the extra giveaways and posts I ran on my blog or via twitter over July too 🙂



August’s prize pack has been kindly donated by the lovely people at (insert name) and contains the following (insert number) books ……

(Book Cover)

(Book Blurb)

(insert graphic with August Prize Pack and Books)

A huge thank you to (insert name) for donating this super brilliant Prize Pack for August!

I also have a couple of special post from these authors going up throughout August too!

One winner 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 winner 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 and don’t forget you gain extra entries for any reviews by Debut or Author of the Month for August! 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.

Please Remember…..

Only participants with a valid sign up page that has been linked here are eligible for entry to the monthly prize packs mentioned on this monthly link up page – you can still sign up here

When you add your link to the Mr. Linky below please make sure you link directly to your review, not just to your blog/vlog (invalid links will be deleted)

Books must have been read and reviewed in 2017 to count towards the challenge so those books you read last year but reviewed in 2017 don’t count!  Only books reviewed in June on your blog will count towards the challenge (you could have read them in earlier in the year though – I’m feeling kind 🙂 )

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.

Also see the Author Of The Month and Debut Of The Month section for ways to gain extra entries each month!

And lastly feel free to share your reviews on social media using the #BritishBooksChallenge17 hashtag – it’s not compulsory but it would be fun to share any great British Books you have loved with others!

Lets get chatting and celebrating all of the brilliant British books and authors that we have and all of the wonderful British books that we are reading!

Always remember – never tweet an author into a negative review and be constructive.

For more information about the #BritishBooksChallenge17 click here

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.


And the #BritishBooksChallenge17 Author Of The Month for August is…….

Ben Davis!


Ben makes me laugh so much!  He is super funny and his books are fab and I’m so happy that he is our August Author Of The Month!

Not heard of Ben and his books?  I have you covered!

Look out for a Spotlight post in the next few days about Ben and his brilliant books!

Don’t Forget…..

If you read, review and link up any books by the author of the month (in the same month that they are author of the month only) then that one review will get you an extra entry into the monthly prize pack draw.  So a double entry for one review!

If the author has multiple books and you read them all you will gain a double entry for each review of each book.

I also have a special treat lined up too!

Look out for a post with the man himself going live at some point in August!


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 author of the month then please contact me by email.


As always there are so many good debuts coming out this month that it was really hard to decide which to pick….

And the #BritishBooksChallenge17 Debut Of The Month for August is…….

S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett


I am so hugely excited about this book and am so happy that it is our Debut Of The Month!

Not heard of S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett? I have you covered!

Look out for a Spotlight post in the next few days about this book!

Don’t Forget…..

If you read, review and link up a review of S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett (in the same month that they are debut of the month only) then that one review will get you an extra entry into the monthly prize pack draw.  So a double entry for one review!

I also have some special treats lined up too!


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

As well as the above I have lots of other exciting posts and giveaways going up throughout the month too which I will run through twitter and share using the hashtag so do look out for those too!


As well as following the hashtag #BritishBooksChallenge17 I would also suggest following my blog using your preferred feed subscription (by email by filling in the subscription box at the top of my blog , BlogLovin’ etc) in order to keep up with the latest news and posts regarding this challenge throughout 2017!

Here’s to a wonderful August!

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.

Name – Please add your name and blog / YouTube channel e.g Chelley Toy – Tales Of Yesterday

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4 Responses

  1. RachelVerna@aol.co.uk' Rachel Verna

    August 17, 2017 8:39 am

    Hi, is okay that I just put my initials (RV’s Strangeness) when I linked a review? It just it was too long with the the full book title to link otherwise.


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