The British Books Challenge 2016

We’re now a few days into 2017, so I can firmly say that my attempt at this challenge was a huge failure. Who would have thought that reading 12 books by British authors would be all that hard? Me, apparently. I think I put too many restrictions on myself and was too adamant to succeed–I don’t do well with self-imposed rules.

My 2016 reading year was somewhat off, a failure compared to years before. Not only did I fail this challenge, I also failed my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the first time ever. SO because of that, I don’t feel as bad at failing this. I tried, that’s the main thing, right? Hopefully in 2017 I’ll be able to read more British authors, but I’m not going to force myself to do it. If I do, I do. If I don’t, that’ll be a bit of a shame, but I won’t try to force myself to like I did in 2016 and end up lacking the motivation to keep reading.

The idea for The British Books Challenge is very simple; over the course of 2016, all you have to do is read (at least) 12 books by British authors. I don’t know if it’s a rule that the 12 books have to be by 12 different authors, but just to add a little extra spice of a challenge, I’m going to do that (So that means no series! I’m not going to re-read the Harry Potter books and count them as 7 entries!). As I’m heavily involved in the YA community online, I often get the feeling that I read more American books than anything, so I’m looking forward to read a little closer to home.

Below are the books I’ve read as part of the challenge, as well as a link to my review for them!


  1. THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon

…through some really great writing and very entertaining characters, things begin to smooth themselves out and weave into a really masterful story in the second half, with an ending leaving me eager for more!


A classic story that I’m not sure if I’ve ever read! It was whimsical and wonderful, and reading it as a 22 year old gave me a lot of new perspectives and thoughts on some of the more classic scenes in the book.

3. THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton

This book was practically everything I thought it would be, but managed to pull out a few surprises! I was expecting a fairly intense and historically accurate read, and was given just that. I didn’t have much of an idea what the plot would cover, but it was enjoyable enough, and made me feel for the characters by the end! Definite 4/5 as I only had a few niggling problems with it.

4. CAREER OF EVIL by Robert Galbraith

I’ve loved all of JK Rowling’s Robert Galbraith books so far, and CAREER OF EVIL (when I finally got around to picking it up again) didn’t disappoint! I don’t know where I’d rank it out of the three so far (it’s been a while since I read the first two, so I don’t remember my exact thoughts on them), but I wasn’t as shocked by the Big Reveal at the end like I was with the other two. Nonetheless, it was still a great read!



6. HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD – Parts One and Two by JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

I think it will probably be a while before I can firmly state my honest opinions on this book. I was always more than happy with the seven books being the entire story of Harry Potter. The Cursed Child was a blend of perfect and mind-boggling what is going on? and so I’m going to give it time before I say whether it was a 5-star addition to the series, or a Go Set A Watchman sort of addition to the series. Right now, I just want to be happy being back in the wizarding world.


I tried to resist reading this book for so long because I wanted to get through my insurmountable TBR pile first. Eventually I caved, and I’m really glad that I did. This was such a powerful story about mental health, and I really like a review that I read of it. I don’t want to steal what this person said (and I’m really annoyed that I don’t remember who it was right now!), but they said that it’s a story about mental health where the ending isn’t recovery, it’s encouragement. We don’t see Norah overcome her anxiety or her agoraphobia, but we see her taking steps and beginning to feel like she can overcome them.

8. STARDUST by Neil Gaiman

9. (50% of) SANCTUS by Simon Toyne