Welcome to the British Books Challenge 2017 – December!
We are wrapping up warm and getting cosy this month with lots of fab books as we get ready for Christmas and a brand new year! Where has the year gone!
I can’t wait to count up how many books by British Authors we have read for the whole year! You have all done so amazing! Thank you for being on board with this challenge and so eager whilst also bearing with me over the past couple of months! I heart you all very much!
So far we have a grand total of 561 reviews of books by British Authors in total since we all started in January 2017!
And thank you so much for always embracing our author and debut of the month as well as all of the other amazing books you all read!
Thank you all!
Lets wrap up warm and jump into December!
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 December rolling!
November’s prize pack contained the following book which will be sent out by myself….
All valid reviews and links by British Authors that were linked up on the November linky here were eligible to be entered to win the November prize pack. With people who read any books by our Author Of The Month and/or our Debut of the month earning extra entries.
But there can only be one winner!
And the winner is…….
Is Monogamy Dead by Rosie Wilby
Please email me your address so that I can arrange for your prize to be sent out to you!
Decembers prize pack will be sent out by myself and contains the following book ……
**Please note this is the Zoella Book Club Edition**
“This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more.”
–Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything
From the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not comes an explosive examination of grief, mental illness, and the devastating consequences of refusing to let go of the past.
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
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 December! 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.
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 December 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 winner was……
Rachel Verna’s Strangeness
Devotion by Ros Barber
And the #BritishBooksChallenge17 Author Of The Month for December is…….
I adore Miranda and her books so much ! I’m so happy that she is our December Author Of The Month!
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.
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 December is…….
Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan
Technically the hardback was released in January 2017, but the paperwork has been released this December and as I’ve heard so many lovely things about this book. I am so hugely excited about this book and am so happy that it is our Debut Of The Month!
If you read, review and link up a review of our debut of the month (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
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 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!
Lastly thank you to everyone who has joined in this challenge this year! Its been so wonderful to have you all on board. And if you want to continue I’m running #BritishBooksChallenge18 so do feel free to sign up here!
Happy Christmas and here’s to a fab new year!
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
URL – Please add a direct link to your review post here