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Take the 2018 British Books Challenge!

Lucas Maxwell


Lucas Maxwell has been working with youth in libraries for over fifteen years. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, he's been a high school librarian in London, UK for over a decade. In 2017 he won the UK's School Librarian of the Year award and in 2022 he was named the UK Literacy Association's Reading For Pleasure Teacher Champion. He loves Dungeons & Dragons and is the author of Let's Roll: A Guide for Setting up Tabletop Roleplaying Games in Your School or Public Library. You can follow him on Twitter and on his blog.

I usually try to stay away from taking part in too many reading challenges. Just keeping up with my own Goodreads challenge is stressful enough.

This year, that all changed. I was made aware of a great challenge aimed at reading and reviewing books by British authors, the British Books Challenge!

The challenge is hosted by Chelley Toy whose award-winning blog, Tales of Yesterday, is full of great reviews, author interview and more.

British Books Challenge

The goal of the British Books Challenge is to read at least 12 books by British authors throughout the year. The books can be as old or as new as you like.

Signing up is simple, Chelley has created a form at her site here.

When you review a book, you can submit your review link to her site for a chance to win monthly prizes!

She also has a great list of recommended British reads available at the sign up page.

If you’d like to share you on social media, you can track the challenge using #BritishBooksChallenge18.

If you’re seeking further reading recommendations (listen for the blatant self promotion alarm), I’ve got a lot of reviews of British MG & YA authors at my site, The Portable Magic Dispenser. I’ve got authors from all over the world on there but there is a ton of UK stuff on there.

Of course, if you’re looking for other reading challenges, look no further than Book Riot’s own Read Harder Challenge or their 50 DIY Reading Challenges list. They have some amazing opportunities to discover new literature and share them with new people.

I hope to see you online taking part in the British Books Challenge and others this year, happy reading!