British Book Challenge 2018



The British Books Challenge is a reading challenge hosted by Tales Of Yesterday,  and the main focus of the challenge is reading and reviewing books by British authors.

This challenge is available for all bloggers and/or booktubers who review books on their blogs, YouTube channels or readers who review on other websites such as Goodreads.

If you sign up for the challenge you will be aiming to read at least 12 books by British authors (which works out to one a month).

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

Please note that entries must have been read and reviewed in the month that you are entering your link/entry.

In terms of what books would count towards the challenge – the books can be in print or out. Old or new titles. They can be from any genre and for any age range. In previous years Becky, Michelle and Kirsty focused mostly on young adult books on their respective blogs, and Sarah’s reviews for the challenge spanned many genres and age ranges. The primary focus on Tales Of Yesterday will be on YA and MG with a few adult books in the mix too, however feel free to read any books by British authors and have those books count towards the challenge: children’s books, middle grade, young adult, new adult, or adult fiction or non-fiction – whatever you feel like reading by any British Authors.


As the goal is set at 12 – I’ll track my progress here 

  1. The Runaway Children by Sandy Taylor
  2. Springtime at the Cider Kitchen: Little Somerby #2 by Fay Keenan
  3. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  4.  Where The Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine
  5.  The Single Girls Calendar by Erin Green
  6.  The Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies
  7.  Wedding Bells at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples
  8.  Spring on the Little Cornish Isles; The Flower Farm by Philippa Ashley
  9.  The Last Laugh by Tracy Bloom
  10.  Wartime Brides and Wedding Cakes by Amy Miller
  11.  The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tennant
  12.  Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
  13.  The Girl in the Photograph by Kirsty Ferry
  14.  The Unforgotten by Laura Powell
  15.  Coffin Scarcely Used by Colin Watson
  16.  Bump in the Night by Colin Watson
  17.  The Café at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke
  18.  Spring at Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett
  19. Hopjoy Was Here by Colin Watson
  20.  The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées by Rebecca Raisin
  21.  Lonelyheart 4122 by Colin Watson
  22. A Bicycle Made for Two by Mary Jayne Baker
  23. The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans
  24.  Annie’s Summer by the Sea by Liz Eeles
  25.  Who Needs Men Anyway? by Victoria Cooke
  26.  The Wedding that Changed Everything by Jennifer Joyce
  27.  The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin
  28.  The Bridesmaid Blues by Tracey Sinclair
  29. Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
  30.  A Year of Taking Chances by Jennifer Bohnet
  31. Charity Ends at Home  by Colin Watson
  32. You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac
  33. My Big Greek Summer by Sue Roberts
  34. Secrets and Tea at Rosie Lee’s by Jane Lacey-Crane
  35. The Runaway Wife by Dee MacDonald
  36. Escape to the Country by Alison Sherlock
  37. One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge
  38. Summer at the Castle Café by Donna Ashcroft
  39. The Skeletons of Scarborough House by Kitty French
  40. The Little Cornish Kitchen by Jane Linfoot
  41. The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan
  42. Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan
  43. The Foyles Bookshop Girls by Elaine Roberts
  44. Summer at the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies
  45. The Butcher’s Daughter by Victoria Glendinning
  46. Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval
  47. The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young
  48.  The Bakery at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke
  49. Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel by AJ. Pearce
  50. A Summer Scandal by Kat French
  51. The Lido by Libby Page
  52. The Happiness List by Annie Lyons
  53. The Cottage on Sunshine Beach by Holly Martin
  54. Blue Murder by Colin Watson
  55. The Distance Between Us by Georgie Capron
  56. Plaster Sinners by Colin Watson
  57. Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
  58. The Single Mums’ Mansion by Janet Hoggarth
  59. The Summer Getaway by Tilly Tennant
  60. The Summer House of Happiness by Daisy James
  61. The Getaway Girls by Dee MacDonald
  62. The Starfish Studio by Phillipa Ashley
  63. Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman
  64. Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris
  65. Evie’s Little Black Book by Hannah Pearl
  66. My Very Italian Holiday by Sue Roberts
  67. Come Away with Me by Maddie Please
  68. The Serial Dater’s Shopping List: 31 Men in 31 Days by Morgen Bailey
  69. The Stylist by Rosie Nixon
  70. The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick
  71. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  72. Telegrams and Teacakes by Amy Miller
  73. The Secret of the Irish Castle by Santa Montefiore
  74. Return to the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies
  75. Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood
  76. The Perfect Fit by Mary Jayne Baker
  77. Sheer Mischief by Jill Mansell
  78. Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin
  79. The Magic of Christmas Tree Farm by Erin Green
  80. Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson
  81. How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England by Ruth Goodman
  82. The Little Book Café: Tash’s Story by Georgia Hill
  83. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
  84. The Little Book Café: Emma’s Story by Georgia Hill
  85. The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke
  86. Cottage on a Cornish Cliff by Kate Ryder
  87. Happily Ever After at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples
  88. The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant
  89. The Little Christmas Teashop of Second Chances by Donna Ashcroft
  90. Christmas at the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies
  91. One Way Ticket to Paris by Emma Robinson
  92. A Village Affair by Julie Houston
  93. A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden
  94. A Way Back Home by Alison Sherlock
  95. Watch for Me at Christmas by Kirsty Ferry
  96. Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King
  97. Second Chances at the Log Fire Cabin by Catherine Ferguson
  98. Summer at Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett
  99. Snowflakes at Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett
  100. A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft
  101. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
  102. Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton
  103. A Daughter’s Christmas Wish by Victoria Cornwall
  104. New Arrivals at Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke
  105. The Woman Who Kept Everything by Jane Gilley
  106. The Abbot’s Tale by Conn Iggulden
  107. The Shop Girls of Lark Lane by Pam Howes
  108. Christmas at Strand House by Linda Mitchelmore

Apparently 12 wasn’t enough – I’ve got over one hundred, and thoroughly enjoyed my trek this year!