Tales Post – British Books Challenge – February 2018

Welcome to the British Books Challenge 2018!


And it’s February already!!  I know January feels like the longest month ever, but I felt that it went super fast!  Just me?!

So if your new here – The British Books Challenge is a reading challenge that will be running here on Tales Of Yesterday between 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018 and the main focus of the challenge is reading and reviewing books by British authors.

I have created a #BritishBooksChallenge18 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 2017 will be entered to win the sign up prize.

This is the second time I am hosting this particular challenge and I have lots of things planned for us all to discover some amazing British Authors!

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 started!

January’s prize pack was kindly donated by the lovelies at Electric Monkey and Egmont and contained the following 5 books!

There was a fantastic 96 reviews by British Authors linked up on the January linky here!

And thank you for embracing our Author and Debut Of The Month – an amazing 12 of you reviewed with The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart and/or The Fandom by Anna Day and earned double entries into the prize draw!

That is totally amazing!  Thank you to everyone who has taken part!

I’ve picked a winner at random….

And the winner is…….

Liam @ BookWormHole with his review of The Fandom by Anna Day


These 5 fab books are all yours!

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


February’s prize pack has been kindly donated by the lovelies at Little Tiger and Stripes and contains the following 3 books!

A huge thank you to Little Tiger and Stripes for donating these brilliant books to kick off our February!


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 February! 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 February 2018 to count towards the challenge , however I am happy that if you read the book in January and reviewed in February to link those up as basically you are putting the review up in February – I am hoping that makes sense!

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 #BritishBooksChallenge18 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 #BritishBooksChallenge18 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 #BritishBooksChallenge18 Author Of The Month for February is…….


Here are ten absolutely true things about me:

  1. 1.  I am a woman. I really am! I do get a lot of letters addressed to ‘Mr Stevens’, though.
  2. 2.  I have a pet bearded dragon named Watson, and she is a girl too.

3.  I was born in California, and I moved to England when I was three. This means that I have two passports (like a spy), and that I could be the President of the USA and the Prime Minister at the same time if I wanted to be. If this writing thing doesn’t work out, I might consider it.

4.  I grew up in Oxford, across the road from Alice in Wonderland. If she hadn’t been Victorian and fictional, I think we could have been friends.

5.  When I was little, I wanted to own a zoo and write books about it. I also wanted to be married to Gerald Durrell. I dreamed big.

6.  Colin Dexter once sent me a fan letter. I met him when I was twelve and told him that when I grew up I was going to write murder mysteries. I must have been really insistent, because he believed me.

7.  I really did go to an English boarding school, Cheltenham Ladies College. And I really did sleep in a dorm, and learn Latin, and have school on Saturday mornings. I never detected a murder, though, which was a bit of a disappointment.

8.  I’ve been on University Challenge! I was the Captain of the Warwick University team. We didn’t win, unfortunately, but I did get to meet Jeremy Paxman.

9.  When I was at university, I did my MA on crime fiction. So I really do have a degree in murder.

10.  I used to work as an editor, helping other authors get their books published, but today I’m lucky enough to be a full-time author!

You can find out more about Robin on her website – www.robin-stevens.co.uk

Or follow Robin on Twitter – @redbreastedbird

When Hazel Wong’s beloved grandfather passes away, Daisy Wells is all too happy to accompany her friend (and Detective Society Vice President) to Hazel’s family estate in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong.

But when they arrive they discover something they didn’t expect: there’s a new member of the Wong family. Daisy and Hazel think baby Teddy is enough to deal with, but as always the girls are never far from a mystery. Tragedy strikes very close to home, and this time Hazel isn’t just the detective. She’s been framed for murder!

The girls must work together like never before, confronting dangerous gangs, mysterious suspects and sinister private detectives to solve the murder and clear Hazel’s name – before it’s too late . . .


Or check out the rest of the A Murder Most Unladylike Series or Robin’s standalone book The Guggenheim Mystery!

Also check out guest posts from Robin on Tales…..

Spotlight – Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Tales Event – Arsenic For Tea Launch

Guest Post – Trains And First Class Murder

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.

Look out for a special post from the lady herself sometime in February and there may also be a giveaway!


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.

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

So the our #BritishBooksChallenge18 Debut Of The Month for February is…….

Sunflowers In February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Lily has died in a car accident. The trouble is, Lily’s really not at all sure she wants to ‘move on’ . . . This funny, heartbreaking novel is perfect if you loved John Green or The Lovely Bones.

Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road.

She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. And very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance, arrive and she sees her own body that she realises that she is in fact . . . dead.

But what is she supposed do now?

Lily has no option but to follow her body and sees her family – her parents and her twin brother – start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time . . .

A moving, startlingly funny and yet achingly sad debut novel from a stunning new talent.


Disastrous cook, chaotic parent, disorganised wife, terrible giggler, and survivor of writing a book from underneath a 60kg Newfoundland lap-dog.

You can follow Phyllida on twitter – @shrimpyshrimpy1


Don’t Forget…..

If you read, review and link up a review of Sunflowers In February by Phyllida Shrimpton  (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!

Look out for a special post sometime in February and there may also be a giveaway!


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 #BritishBooksChallenge18 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 2018!

Thanks for signing up for the British Books Challenge 2018!  Happy Reading!

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 British Books Challenge sign up post here


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16 Responses

  1. Daniella says:

    Ooh I’m so excited for Sunflowers in February, it sounds like it will be an emotional read!

    Daniella x

  2. I’m so glad Robin Stevens was chosen as one of this month’s authors. I’ve been intending to start the Murder Most Unladylike series for as long as I can remember, and this is the kick up the bum I needed – hopefully I’ll be able to read a few installments before the month is over!

  3. Samantha @ East Of Imagination says:

    I am loving this challenge! I feel like it is inspiring me to read more than I normally would, it’s a great motivation!

  4. Tanja says:

    Hi Chelle
    I’ve linked ‘Out of Heart’ by Irfan Master and ‘Wed Wabbit’ will follow shortly. I’m reading ‘The Explorer’ at the moment but can read and review ‘Jolly Foul Play’ too. I’m also planning to write a book haiku for each book I review.

  5. Tanja says:

    Whoops! Meant to include Name of book and author in link. This is what happens when you post late at night!

  6. Tanja says:

    Sorry Chelle
    I appear to accidentally have done a triple entry. I tried to delete it by using the removal widget. I hope I haven’t deleted my record. Whoops!

  7. Bianca says:

    My first review is in! Thanks for organizing this!

  8. I hope everyone had a great February! I read some amazing books this month.

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